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  • Woman flagging traffic at wreck is killed by truck

    December 27, 2010 9:31 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A woman hit the side of the I-220 bridge in her car, then was hit and killed Monday by a tractor-trailer as she tried to flag traffic around the wreck in the dark, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office said. The tractor-trailer overturned, scattering plywood across the... more »
  • US executions drop by 12 percent in 2010

    December 20, 2010 9:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of executions in the United States dropped 12 percent in 2010, and the number of people sentenced to die is nearing historic lows, a report from an anti-capital punishment group says. The Death Penalty Information Center attributed the reductions to changing attitudes toward capital punishment,... more »
  • Man dies when struck by train in Arcadia

    October 26, 2010 10:27 AM

    ARCADIA, La. (AP) - Police say a man who was listening to an iPod as he walked along a stretch of railroad tracks in Arcadia died when he failed to move out of the path of a train. Police Chief Victor Rogers identified the victim as 29-year-old Ray Andrew White... more »
  • Payton Says Recent Injuries No Excuse for Inconsistency Caused by Players

    October 11, 2010 5:04 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Sean Payton says he has no interest in citing bad breaks, injuries or bad bounces on the football field as reasons that his normally high-powered offense isn't putting up points at its usual pace. The New Orleans Saints' head coach says he and Drew Brees... more »
  • Gymboree agrees to $1.8 billion buyout by Bain

    October 11, 2010 10:26 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Children's clothing retailer Gymboree Corp. is being purchased by affiliates of asset management firm Bain Capital for $1.8 billion. Gymboree said Monday that the deal is for $65.40 per share, a 24 percent premium to Gymboree's Friday closing stock price of $52.95. The retailer, based in... more »
  • Lafayette Man Killed by Train in Jennings

    October 11, 2010 9:47 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Jennings police say a 43-year-old Lafayette man was struck and killed by a train. Police Chief Todd D'Albor said that 43-year-old Russell Anthony Carrier was struck early Sunday morning by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train. D'Albor said Carrier was visiting family in the area and... more »
  • Unseen Poem by Ted Hughes Details Sylvia Plath's Death

    October 6, 2010 5:30 PM

    LONDON (AP) - The New Statesman says it's publishing a previously unseen poem by Ted Hughes that details the night his estranged wife, Sylvia Plath, killed herself. Hughes, a Briton, and Plath, an American, are considered among the 20th century's greatest poets. Their stormy relationship has been the focus... more »
  • Church destroyed by Katrina to be Rebuilt

    October 4, 2010 6:32 AM

    SLIDELL, La. (AP) - Five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed St. Genevieve Catholic Church near Slidell, construction will soon begin on a new church. Church officials say the edifice will take the shape of a cruciform and measure nearly 12,000 square feet. It will have space for more than 500... more »
  • Couple Accused of kidnapping and Raping Jaycee Dugard Indicted by Grand Jury

    October 1, 2010 5:20 PM

    PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted the couple accused of kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard, who was held for 18 years in California. Phillip and Nancy Garrido were indicted on 19 counts in a process that will eliminate the need for a preliminary hearing, where their alleged... more »
  • Teen accused of Killing His Parents Pleads Guilty by Reason of Insanity

    September 22, 2010 12:21 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A 15-year-old West Ouachita High School student indicted in the deaths of his parents has pleaded of not guilty by reason of insanity. The News-Star reports the teenager entered his plea Wednesday before state District Judge Daniel Ellender in Monroe. The teen is accused of killing... more »
  • Miami Court Upheld Ruling Overturned Law Banning Adoption by Gays

    September 22, 2010 11:32 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - A Miami appeals court has upheld a ruling overturning Florida's law banning adoption by gays. The 3rd District Court of Appeal issued its decision Wednesday affirming a lower court's decision that the ban is unconstitutional. Florida is the only state with a law flatly banning gays from... more »
  • Wages Earned By Spill Cleanup Will Not Be Subtracted From Claims

    September 21, 2010 4:48 PM

    The administrator of the fund for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster says he will waive a requirement that wages earned by spill cleanup workers be subtracted from their claims of lost revenue. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is doling out the $20 billion fund that BP set... more »
  • Fewer Applicants for People Being Affected by Moratorium

    September 21, 2010 1:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There have been far fewer applicants than expected for money from a $100 million fund BP PLC set up to help deepwater rig workers after a federal moratorium on drilling prompted by the massive oil spill. With nine days left to apply, a spokesman for the... more »
  • BP Well Permanently Sealed and Declared Dead by Sunday

    September 15, 2010 12:06 PM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - The U.S. government's point person on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill says the well that blew out is expected to be permanently sealed and declared dead by Sunday, nearly five months after a rig explosion set off the disaster. National Incident Commander Thad Allen told... more »
  • Controller Distracted by Phone Call Was Cause of Midair Collision Over Hudson River Last Year

    September 14, 2010 3:57 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Errors by an air traffic controller distracted by a personal phone call set the stage for a midair collision last year over the Hudson River between a tour helicopter and a small plane that claimed nine lives, a federal safety panel said Tuesday. While the National Transportation... more »
  • Man Shot By Father-N-Law Second Time in Five years

    September 10, 2010 11:50 AM

    MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - DeSoto Parish sheriff's deputies say a man who refused to prosecute his father-in-law for a shooting five years ago has allegedly been shot by him again. Cpl. Dusty Herring said 74-year-old Alvis McKinney was booked Wednesday with third-offense DWI as well as aggravated battery against 39-year-old... more »
  • Man on Horse Hit by Car

    August 30, 2010 12:28 PM

    CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA)- A man escaped severe injuries after the horse he was riding was hit by an on-coming car. According to Caddo Parish Sheriffs, the car was traveling on Highway 169 and was coming to the intersection of Highway 71, and the driver didn't see people riding their... more »
  • Katrina Victims Homes Destroyed by Fire on 5th Anniversary

    August 30, 2010 11:58 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Some displaced Katrina victims from New Orleans lost their homes again in an apartment complex fire in Austin on the fifth anniversary of the hurricane. Authorities say at least half a dozen people were injured during the blaze Sunday. The cause of the fire, which damaged... more »
  • State-Owned Fleet Cut By More Than 1,000 Vehicle

    August 24, 2010 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has cut the state-owned vehicle fleet by more than 1,000 cars, trucks and vans over the last year. The administration says that's the lowest level since the 2003-04 fiscal year - but it's still short of an administration goal to trim... more »
  • Gov't: 23K Workers Affected by Gulf Oil Drill Ban

    August 21, 2010 4:10 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico would directly put more than 9,000 people out of work and indirectly affect another 14,000 jobs, according to a memo from the nation's top drilling regulator. The federal document, which weighed the economic impact and alternatives... more »
  • State wants more disaster loans forgiven by feds

    August 19, 2010 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - One in five of the sheriffs, school boards, parish councils and other storm-ravaged local government agencies who borrowed federal funds after hurricanes Katrina and Rita won't have to repay a dime of the loans. Those 11 agencies - in New Orleans and surrounding St. Bernard... more »
  • 2 Alleged Sex Offense Cases Being Investigated by Eunice Police

    August 16, 2010 4:22 PM

    Two alleged sex offense cases are being investigated by the Eunice Police. At 3 am on Saturday the Eunice Police received a complaint from a woman who alleges a man raped her in a Beulah Gardens Apartment. The man claims it was consented. The case remains under investigation. ... more »
  • Sisters Separated by Childhood Adoptions Find Each Other-Looking For "The Baby"

    August 16, 2010 11:02 AM

    RUSTON, La. (AP) - Four of five sisters separated by childhood adoptions have found each other and are looking for their youngest sister, "the baby." Fifty-six-year-old Betty Roberson of Shreveport began the search in 2005 with an advertisement she bought on eBay. An article in The News-Star about her search... more »
  • Global Vaccine Sales Rose by 16 Percent Last Year

    August 13, 2010 12:06 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A healthcare market research publisher says global vaccine sales rose by a healthy 16 percent last year. Kalorama Information reports that sales shot up to $22.1 billion, from $19 billion in 2008. The firm's researchers are forecasting vaccine sales will rise at a compound annual rate... more »
  • Health Care Overhaul Extend the Life of Medicare by 12 years

    August 5, 2010 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The annual checkup of the government's big benefit programs for the elderly showed that the administration's sweeping health care overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years. But officials are cautioning that the dramatic gain will depend on achieving significant savings... more »
  • Cuban cardinal honored by American Catholics

    August 3, 2010 9:50 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega has been honored by American Catholics for mediating the communist island's release of dozens of political prisoners. Ortega, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Havana, accepted the highest prize presented by the Knights of Columbus at their annual convention in Washington. The Catholic men's... more »
  • Hospital board chair replaced by LSU

    August 2, 2010 8:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette attorney and funeral home director was ousted as chair of the governing board for the public hospital to be built in New Orleans, before the first board meeting. The LSU System announced Monday that Elaine Abell has been replaced as chair of the... more »
  • Oyster Fishermen Paid by BP ?

    July 28, 2010 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Oyster fishermen don't know if they'll be paid by BP for the shellfish deaths caused by opening the state's freshwater diversion structures in a bid to flush out oil encroaching on the oyster beds because of the Gulf spill. The decision to open the release... more »
  • Prepare by Pre-Applying Online for Disaster Food Stamps

    July 23, 2010 11:36 AM

    With Tropical Storm Bonnie expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico later today, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is encouraging residents to prepare by pre-applying online for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (DSNAP), formerly called Disaster Food Stamps. "Hurricane season is well underway, and this... more »
  • Seafood Industry Being Hurt by False Public Perceptions

    July 22, 2010 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Representatives of Louisiana's seafood industry say they are being hurt by false public perceptions about the safety of Louisiana seafood, as well as by a slow-moving federal inspection program that's keeping safe waters closed to fishing. The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board met Thursday and... more »
  • LA Has Lostl Over $200,000 By Purchasing Nonrefundable Airline Tickets

    July 21, 2010 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state inspector general's report says the state has lost well over $200,000 over the past four years by purchasing nonrefundable airline tickets that never were used. Louisiana State University had the most unused tickets among state agencies with more than $33,000 worth. Wednesday's report... more »
  • Administrator of $20 Billion Only For The Victims Who Were Harmed by the Tragedy

    July 21, 2010 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The administrator of a $20 billion Gulf oil spill compensation fund says he's working only for the victims who were harmed by the tragedy. Kenneth Feinberg said Wednesday that the fund will be "up and running in August," and will be both generous and fairly administered. However,... more »
  • Relief Tunnel Should Finally Reach BP's Well By The Weekend

    July 21, 2010 11:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government's spill chief said a relief tunnel should finally reach BP's broken Gulf of Mexico well by the weekend, meaning the three-month-old gusher could be snuffed for good within two weeks. After several days of concern about the well's stability and the leaky cap... more »
  • Former AES Counselor Pleads Guilty by Reason of Insanity

    July 20, 2010 2:03 PM

    UPDATE-New information on the sex scandal at Ascension Episcopal School. DR. Allison Hargrave, former counselor, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Hargrave is charged with having sex with a 14-year old student she counseled . Court documents say Hargrave's attorney plans to introduce expert evidence that Hargrave has... more »
  • IRS Opened Telephone Line To Taxpayers Affected By Oil Spill

    July 9, 2010 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service today announced the opening of a special telephone line for taxpayers affected by the Gulf oil spill. Individuals who have questions about the BP payments or who are experiencing filing or payment hardships because of the oil spill should contact the IRS at... more »
  • Muddy Fourth Celebrated by Thousands

    July 4, 2010 3:49 PM

    COLFAX, La. (AP) - Louisiana has dozens of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, but for some the only way to go is to cover themselves in mud. Louisiana Mudfest celebrates its third year this weekend, with people from all over descending on Grant Parish to enjoy music, swimming,... more »
  • Payrolls Drop by 125K, Jobless Rate Falls

    July 2, 2010 8:43 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A wave of census layoffs cut the nation's payrolls in June for the first time in six months, while private employers added a modest number of jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, its lowest level in almost a year. The Labor Department says employers cut... more »
  • Jindal Education Bill: Lawsuit Filed By Teachers Union

    July 1, 2010 1:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A teachers union has sued over a new law pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to let public schools waive certain state education regulations. The lawsuit was filed by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers on Thursday - one day after Jindal signed the bill into law.... more »
  • Jindal: Trip to sand berm followed by press conference today

    June 23, 2010 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is keeping up pressure on federal authorities to allow resumption of an offshore dredging project. The project is designed to collect sand for the building of barriers to protect the coast from oil. The problem: The Interior Department says one area where sand... more »
  • Teen Shot by New Orleans Police

    June 21, 2010 10:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Three New Orleans police officers have been placed on administrative leave following the weekend shooting death of a teenager. Officers were responding to a call of shots fired Sunday night when they were directed to a person carrying an assault rifle. Officers confronted the person and... more »
  • Judge Rule by Wednesday: Overturn Moratorium

    June 21, 2010 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Companies that ferry people and supplies to offshore oil rigs are asking a judge to overturn a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard two hours of arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore, a Covington, La.-based... more »
  • Alabama Gov. Wants All Harmed by Oil Spill Compensated

    June 13, 2010 3:35 PM

    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley says he wants everyone who has been harmed financially by the BP oil spill to be compensated. Riley was interviewed Sunday on Dauphin Island on CNN's "State of the Union." The show's anchor, Candy Crowley, asked who he wanted to receive... more »
  • US Rig Count Increases by 21

    June 11, 2010 3:15 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 21 this week to 1,527. Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 954 rigs were exploring for natural gas and 561 for oil. Twelve were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago... more »
  • BP Agreed To Expedite Payment Claims To Businesses Disrupted By Oil

    June 10, 2010 11:56 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says BP has agreed to expedite the payment of claims to businesses and individuals whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Tracy Wareing (WEHR'-ing), who is with the National Incident Command office, told reporters in Washington that the understanding... more »
  • Inspectors Trained To Sniff Out Seafood Tainted By Oil

    June 7, 2010 5:50 PM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - William Mahan bends over a bowl of raw shrimp and inhales deeply, using his left hand to wave the scent up toward his nose. Deep breath. Exhale. Repeat. He clears his palate with a bowl of freshly cut watermelon before moving on to raw oysters. Deep... more »
  • Erin Brockovich Will Travel To LA Coast Next Week To Investigate Claims

    June 3, 2010 6:14 PM

    GULF COAST - Erin Brockovich will travel to the Louisiana coast next week to investigate claims by workers hired by BP that oil spill clean-up efforts have made them seriously ill. Brockovich will also meet with residents, property owners and local businesses that have been economically impacted by the Gulf... more »
  • BP CEO Refutes Claims Made by Scientists

    May 30, 2010 6:35 PM

    VENICE, La. (AP) - BP PLC CEO Tony Hayward is refuting claims by scientists that there are large undersea plumes from the Gulf oil spill. Hayward said Sunday the oil is on the water's surface, and that BP's sampling showed "no evidence" of oil in the water column. Scientists from... more »
  • May 16 Benefit Concert For Oil Spill Relief

    May 10, 2010 4:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lenny Kravitz, Ani DiFranco and Mos Def are among the headliners for a benefit concert to support relief efforts for those affected by a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kravitz, who lives part of the time in New Orleans, was the first to... more »
  • Stephen McKay Hurst Indicted by a Grand Jury

    April 30, 2010 4:46 PM

    Stephen McKay Hurst, a teacher who allegedly allowed students to have sex in his Lafayette apartment while he filmed them has been indicted by a grand jury. Hurst has been charged with: 2 counts of Production Of Child Ponography 1 count of Attempted Production Of Child Ponography ... more »
  • Pedestrian Struck by Car

    April 22, 2010 5:22 PM

    One person is recovering tonight after being hit by a car. It happened around 4 this afternoon at Johnston and Ambasssador Caffrey. The pedestrian was crossing Johnston Street when the car struck him. He's said to have minor to moderate injuries. The pedestrian will be ticketed for... more »
  • House Debate: More Info. On Jobs Created By Economic Development

    April 19, 2010 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Bills aimed at getting more information about the types and numbers of jobs created by the state's economic development dollars are heading to the full House for debate. The House Commerce Committee quickly approved a package of proposals that requires more detailed reporting about the... more »
  • LA Black Lawmakers Appalled By Attorney General Decision

    March 26, 2010 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's black state lawmakers say they are "appalled" by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's decision to join the lawsuit against the federal government over the newly passed health care overhaul. The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus issued a statement Friday calling the lawsuit frivolous and saying it... more »
  • Man Who Fell In Monroe Lake Wasn't Biten By Alligator

    March 25, 2010 11:21 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A swirl in the dark water of Black Bayou Lake followed by a sharp stabbing injury to his arm after he fell into the water, led a man to believe he was bitten by an alligator. But Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agent Capt.Alan Bankston says... more »
  • Seattle Fugitive Arrested By Marshals In Opelousas

    March 17, 2010 5:50 PM

    Lafayette, LA - This morning the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force with vital assistance from the Opelousas Police Department arrested forty-six year old Gabriel Lewis at 812 Ballard Lane, Opelousas, LA. After an extensive search of the residence, Lewis was found hiding in the attic and was ultimately arrested without... more »
  • Lake Charles Area School Bus Window Hit By BB Gun

    March 16, 2010 5:36 PM

    A Calcasieu Parish School System Head Start bus with 7 three and four year olds was struck by what appeared to be a bb from a bb gun. The side window of the bus cracked, but no glass fell. There were no injuries to the students, nor to the driver.... more »
  • State Police Investigate Person Struck By A Car

    March 15, 2010 7:39 PM

    Today, Louisiana State Police Region 2 detectives investigated a disturbance that occurred on Paulette St. in Crowley, LA. According to investigating troopers shortly before 1:00 p.m., Lisa Broussard (W/F 35years old) was involved in a disturbance at 153 Paulette St. in Crowley, LA. The initial investigation indicated that Broussard... more »
  • Meth Arrests Made After Stop By K-9 Officer

    February 24, 2010 1:33 PM

    Angelle Carty W/F 25 of Jennings and Gary Thomas 51 of Lake Charles, were observed at a local car wash sitting in their car for an extended time. Officer Ryan Courville ran the tag on the car and discovered that the tag on the car had been switched for another... more »
  • Pedestrian Hit By 18-Wheeler On I-49 During Rush Hour

    January 21, 2010 3:41 PM

    Carencro- Today, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a fatal crash in which a Lafayette man was killed when he was struck by an 18-wheeler on I-49 northbound near milepost 7.5. Killed in the crash was twenty nine year old William Guillory of Lafayette. Guillory was walking north on... more »
  • Jeff Davis School Board System Calls Parents By Mistake

    January 21, 2010 1:40 PM

    A glitch in a Jeff Davis Parish School Board system is calling all students' homes and saying they are absent. If you receive this message, it is in error. You are asked not to call the school. Officials are working on the problem and hope to have it... more »
  • White Lake Fishing Permits To Be Given Out By Lottery

    January 14, 2010 6:39 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2010. A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning... more »
  • Jennings drive by shooting

    December 27, 2009 10:48 PM

    The Jennings Police Department received a report of a drive by shooting at West Wood st and S Main St at approximately 7:35 PM. Subject Brandon Wilridge was shot by an unknown Black Male who then fled in an unknown vehicle. Mr. Wilridge was transported to the Jennings American Legion... more »

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