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  • Eating Local Part 2

    May 6, 2011 7:33 PM

    Eating food from Acadiana producers not only helps boost the economy, but can also benefit your health. You may be wondering, with those added benefits, how you can get involved. We talked with one family that gets it done, everyday. A typical dinner for Tanya Campbell ' s family... more »
  • Eating Local Part 1

    May 5, 2011 7:06 PM

    We've all seen the ads encouraging us to shop local. That got us asking, how often do folks eat local? We found that there's a circle of food buyers and sellers that help boost Acadiana's economy. A routine morning in the kitchen at " Jolie's Bistro " in Lafayette... more »
  • Morgan City Preparing for Rising Waters

    May 4, 2011 7:35 PM

    Officials in Morgan City are preparing for what could be the highest water levels since 1973. That year, the city flooded. But, four decades later, the city is now prepared for those rising waters. "You've got to put more water down the Atchafalaya and I can tell you what... more »
  • Crawfishermen Prepare for Possible Rising Waters

    April 29, 2011 6:52 PM

    Acadiana crawfishermen are preparing for the possibility of rising waters in the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya Basin. They say, that water boost may also boost business. "Some of the crawfish dealers were getting kind of worried that we might have a short season," said Carroll Snyder, co-owner of of... more »
  • Preventing Post Office Closure

    April 28, 2011 7:47 PM

    The mayor of Loreauville and the Iberia Parish Council are taking some precautionary steps, in hopes of preventing the closure of the town's only post office. They've written letters to the United States Postal Service, opposing a recent USPS proposed regulation. If approved, proposed regulation (39 CFR 241.1) would... more »
  • Car Trade Ins Rise with Gas Prices

    April 18, 2011 7:25 PM

    Relief from the pain at the pump may not be coming to drivers just yet. In Louisiana, the price of gas per gallon has risen 3.1 cents in the past week, to an average $3.67. The state average is still below the national average, which has risen to $3.80 a... more »
  • Toussaint Guilty Verdict

    April 8, 2011 7:40 PM

    A jury in Evangeline Parish finds 34 year old Ordesto Toussaint guilty of 2nd degree murder. He was charged with three counts: 2nd degree murder, theft of a vehicle and simple arson. The charges were all in connection with the murder of 18 year old Elizabeth Fontenot. She was killed... more »
  • St. Martin Parish School Board Cuts

    April 7, 2011 7:18 PM

    The St. Martin Parish School Board is avoiding a financial crisis by making cuts to their staff. It's a move that is actually getting praise from teachers. "We were pleased with the results," said Latonia Cretian, a teacher at Teche Elementary and president of the St. Martin Federation of... more »
  • Church Sued

    April 6, 2011 11:14 PM

    A Catholic church in Vermilion Parish and the Diocese of Lafayette are being sued. The suit was filed this week by an Abbeville lawyer who represents 25 people. They say, St. Anne's cemetary officials removed personal items from gravesites without their permission. "They thought is was vandalized," said Mona... more »
  • Remembering Mamou Soldier

    April 1, 2011 7:45 PM

    Funeral arrangements have been made for a Mamou soldier who died Tuesday at Ft. Hood. Sgt. Randy Richard suddenly collapsed while standing in formation. His family says Richard died after a blood clot in his knee lead to a heart attack. "Randy was a very friendly person, a very... more »
  • Disability Awareness Month

    March 31, 2011 7:42 PM

    The St. Mary Parish Recycling Facility is trying to raise money for a new vocational training building. Their having a raffle for Intellectual and Developmental Disability Month. It will help support the non-profit organization that runs the facility, The Center of Hope , which provides the workers who sort the... more »
  • Perjury Investigation, Suspect Maintains Innocence

    March 25, 2011 8:06 PM

    A Breaux Bridge police detective is being investigated for lying while under oath in an armed robbery case. Detective Raymond Calais could face perjury charges, after testifying at a hearing Wednesday. "I am convinced, whether it was intentional or otherwise, this officer gave testimony that was not correct or... more »
  • Recycling Push

    March 24, 2011 7:59 PM

    Lafayette is pushing to become greener. Officials say, 50% of those who have curbside recycling bins use them. That's more than those in major cities, like Los Angeles. "I would call us a model community in Louisiana and even in the Gulf South," said Mark Pope with the Lafayette... more »
  • Church Leaders React to Vandalism Arrest

    February 28, 2011 8:42 PM

    A black man is being charged with hate crimes for vandalizing two predominately black churches in Lafayette. The first incident happened on February 13th at St. James the Baptist Church on Plum St. The second, happened Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, which is on Twelfth St. just... more »
  • Medicare Cuts, Less In-Home Care

    February 25, 2011 7:31 PM

    Almost 100 home healthcare administrators are now without a job. This, after Louisiana Healthcare Group, or "LHC" in Lafayette if forced to make cuts. And, cutbacks in Medicare are the reason. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services imposed a 5% reimbursement cut on all medicare home health services. The 80... more »
  • LPSB Stimulus funds End

    February 24, 2011 7:39 PM

    A money pool for the Lafayette Parish School Board has dried up. In the past two years, $16 million in federal stimulus money has helped fund several school programs, but that ends this June. That means, unless another source of money, like grants, is found, those programs may have... more »
  • Iberia Tree Moving

    February 23, 2011 7:44 PM

    A 150 year old oak tree in New Iberia will soon be on the move. It's travel expenses are being paid with tax dollars. The tree is called "Mr. Al." Recently, petitioners convinced the Department of Transportation and Development not to cut it down. "Mr. Al" is currently in... more »
  • Role of Counselors

    February 18, 2011 7:22 PM

    An educational committee in Baton Rouge is pushing for new guidelines to better define the role of school counselors. The Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence is a group of teachers, lawmakers, superintendents, business leaders and college faculty. They tackle school issues, finding solutions to the problems and present their... more »
  • Jacee, already an Acadiana Idol

    February 17, 2011 8:01 PM

    Lafayette High School student, Jacee Badeaux, is making strides on American Idol. The 15 year old made it past the group auditions Wednesday night. His supporters say it wasn't just his talent that shined through. After his first group kicked him out, Jacee was brought to tears, not knowing... more »
  • Technology Boosting Education

    February 16, 2011 7:25 PM

    New interactive curricula are being presented to Louisiana school boards, including those in Acadiana. They are updated materials for schools who are already using technology in classrooms, like N.P. Moss Middle School's STEM Academy. "When I first started in 1985, everything was paper and pencil and chalkboards," said Patti... more »
  • Search for Missing Vermilion Parish Fisherman

    February 11, 2011 7:46 PM

    Four agencies are searching for a missing commercial fisherman in Vermilion Parish. Officials say the man may have been missing since Wednesday afternoon. They began searching Thursday evening. The search and rescue team was stationed at Hebert's Landing in Forked Island on Friday. The team is made up of... more »
  • Two Arrested in November Murder; Victim's Mother Speaks Out

    February 10, 2011 8:17 PM

    Two men are now behind bars, charged with first degree murder. This, three months after the murder took place. It was November 6, 2010 when a patrolling Lafayette police officer found 43 year old Thomas Jolivette's body. It was dumped in an alley near a dumpster behind the Piggly Wiggly... more »
  • New Traffic and Crime Safety Training for Law Enforcement

    February 9, 2011 7:42 PM

    Twenty Acadiana law enforcement agencies are learning all about a new program, aimed at attacking quality of life issues through traffic and crime data. They're gathering at the Lafayette Police Department for a three day training seminar on "Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety," or "D-DACTS." With... more »
  • Power Companies Prepare for Ice Storm

    February 3, 2011 7:39 PM

    The four major power companies in Acadiana are closely watching the radars. At their stations, it's all hands on deck. SLEMCO , CLECO , Entergy and LUS are all calling in back up crews from across the state, in preparation for Thursday night's ice storm. "We are preparing. We... more »
  • McKinley St. Murder: Arrests Made, Victim's Father Speaks

    January 20, 2011 8:18 PM

    New Developments in the brutal beating last October that left a UL student dead. Thursday morning, police arrested three men in connection with the murder. 21 year old Ian Trahan of Youngsville and 23 year old Wayland Guillory of Lafayette are charged with 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 1st Degree... more »
  • New Flood Maps: Vermilion Parish

    January 19, 2011 7:51 PM

    New flood maps for Vermilion Parish are now in effect. But, who do they affect? And, how? FEMA put the new flood hazard maps, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps or "DFIRMS," into effect on Wednesday. "People that were not in the flood zones... they have put them... more »
  • Immaculate Conception: Past, Present, Future

    January 14, 2011 8:03 PM

    Parishioners of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church are still coming to grips with the loss of their place of worship. They're reflecting on their memories of the church and looking toward the future. According to the Diocese of Lafayette, the church was built in 1853, then became its own parish... more »
  • Phone Gangster, "Spoofing"

    January 13, 2011 7:35 PM

    A cell phone application is causing concern for local officials. The app is marketed as tool to keep caller's information private, but it may actually help some criminals steal personal information. State Police and the Better Business Bureau say the "Phone Gangster" app is being used by criminals to... more »
  • Jindal Approval

    January 3, 2011 8:08 PM

    The man who started a petition to recall Governor Jindal is looking for more support. Opelousas native Ronnie Ceasar is hosting town hall meetings throughout the state. Monday, he held two in Lake Charles and Lafayette. But, a new poll suggests supporters have already spoken. Last week, a poll... more »
  • Fireworks Spark Deadly House Fire

    December 23, 2010 7:26 PM

    Opelousas Police have three teenage boys in custody, all suspects in a late night fire. A 16 year old boy and two 14 year old boys are now charged with aggravated arson and 2nd degree murder. This, after a deadly fire in Opelousas. It happened around 10:00pm Wednesday night in... more »
  • Helping Hands for the Holidays

    December 22, 2010 8:10 PM

    Many families could use a hand during the holidays. Some, are struggling with the basics of day to day living. So, a group of local organizations have joined forces to help those in need, in a big way. "Helping Hands for the Holidays" is a project by Stuller Family Foundation... more »
  • Petition to Recall Jindal

    December 17, 2010 8:06 PM

    With less than a year until the next governor's race, a petition has been filed to recall Governor Bobby Jindal. The petitioner, Ronnie Ceasar of Opelousas, filed the documents Wednesday afternoon with the Secretary of State's Office. Ceasar says he's fed up with cuts to Louisiana's higher education and... more »
  • Vermilion Plans for BP Money

    December 16, 2010 7:55 PM

    All 9 parishes in Acadiana will receive a portion of over $2 Million from BP to promote tourism. That announcement was made last month. But, so far no parish has received any of that money, because it comes with some strings attached. Here's a breakdown of BP's grants to... more »
  • Christmas Gifts Stolen

    December 15, 2010 7:05 PM

    In Acadia Parish, almost $500 worth of gifts is gone. It's similar to the famous Dr. Suess story, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," but this story is all too real for one family. Kaylin Dugas lives in a new subdivision in Rayne with her four children, all under the... more »
  • Bicyclist Beating Death

    December 7, 2010 6:30 PM

    Opelousas Police are still looking for the man who ran over a bicyclist and then beat him to death. Police say, Tyrone Mitchell was riding his bike on Adams St. Sunday night in Opelousas, when a dark colored oldsmobile with large rims hit him. That's when the driver of that... more »
  • Port Barre Counseling

    December 6, 2010 7:50 PM

    Tragic news for the town of Port Barre. Monday morning, one of the two victims critically injured in Friday's school bus crash in Port Barre died. 5 year old Karen Stoute succumbed to her injuries at around 11:30am. She had been in critical condition since Friday with a traumatic brain... more »
  • Jeanerette Layoffs

    December 3, 2010 6:46 PM

    Dozens in Jeanerette are out of work tonight. This, after almost 80 employees were laid off today at Jeanerette Mills. It's the beginning of the end for the plant, which has operated as a distribution center for Fruit of the Loom for the past 40 years. It used to... more »
  • Pathways of Hope

    December 2, 2010 7:26 PM

    Turning a tragedy into a glimmer of hope. That's the idea behind a new memorial park in Mamou. Pathways of Hope will give grieving moms a place to go and share memories. It was started by Kim Bourgeois of Eunice. Her son, Ryan, died in his sleep in July from... more »
  • Safe Decorating

    December 1, 2010 7:25 PM

    Christmas decorations are going up all across Acadiana. But, if you haven't decked your home with dazzling lights just yet, energy and fire officials have tips that could save you money and worry. Cleco is encouraging families to swap out old lights with light emitting diode or LED lights.... more »
  • Crime View

    November 22, 2010 7:05 PM

    A crime fighting tool for Lafayette Parish residents is now better than ever. The Crime View website has been re-launched with more updates and new alerts. The web based software collects data from 911 calls and determines statistics, laying them out in charts online. "We think it's a positive... more »
  • Holy Rosary Renovations

    November 15, 2010 7:13 PM

    For over 20 years, Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette has sat vacant. Now, there's a new push to restore the dilapidated complex, one of the most endangered historic sites in the state. "There is much to be done," said Gloria Linton. Linton is a member of the school's... more »
  • Fall Frenzy: Schools of Choice

    November 12, 2010 7:09 PM

    It's a "showcase showdown" for some Lafayette Parish schools over at the Cajundome Convention Center. But, it's all in good fun. The Fall Frenzy gives Lafayette's Schools of Choice the opportunity to attract new students using creative displays. "Every year it gets bigger and bigger," said Angie Simoneaux, with... more »
  • "Go-Cups" Gone

    November 3, 2010 8:23 PM

    Taking your alcoholic drinks "to-go" will soon be a thing of the past in parts of Lafayette. The City Parish Council passed the so called "Go-Cup" ordinance late last night, after about three hours of debate. But, now some residents are questioning the details of the ordinance. KATC brought your... more »
  • On the Campaign Trail: Rep. Charlie Melancon

    November 1, 2010 12:06 AM

    It's the home stretch for the mid-term election. Here in Louisiana, the big race being watched is the race for US Senate. Incumbent Senator David Vitter is facing his biggest challenge from Congressman Charlie Melancon. Both have been on the campaign trail for months. So, we asked, "What does the... more »
  • Happy Campers at New State Park

    October 28, 2010 7:28 PM

    A State Park, 30 years in the making, finally opens it's gates. Rachael Boudreaux and her husband were the first campers at Palmetto Island State Park, arriving at 7 Thursday morning, after just a 7 mile drive. "It's been a long time coming. We're so excited that it's open... more »
  • Pothole Killer

    October 18, 2010 7:27 PM

    Louisiana is known to top the list of "Worst Roads in the Nation." But, some Lafayette drivers could be in for a smoother ride. New technology to fill potholes is being taken for a test drive in the Hub City. A Philadelphia company has one of it's "Pothole Killer" trucks... more »
  • Coulee Project Vetoed

    October 14, 2010 7:20 PM

    The $800,000 Anslem Coulee drainage project is put on hold, for now. The project would have provided some relief to residents in Lafayette Parish's District 9, who say the coulee brings problems like mosquitos and flooding. Councilman William Theriot, who represents the district, added the line item on September... more »
  • Kaplan Hospital Tax

    October 13, 2010 7:37 PM

    A hospital in Vermilion Parish is banking on voters to keep it's doors open. A sales tax in Kaplan is up for renewal on November 2nd. If passed, it will continue to fund Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital. The hospital has served Vermilion Parish residents for 50 years, as the only... more »
  • 4 Star School

    October 7, 2010 7:47 PM

    School performance scores were released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education. Among the results, was some good news for the Lafayette Parish School System. The district is now home to six 4-star schools, more than any other district in Acadiana. Joining Woodvale Elementary and Paul Breaux Middle, from last... more »
  • Deputy Complaint

    October 6, 2010 7:37 PM

    KATC has learned more about the deputy involved in the deadly tasing of a Lafayette man. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office says they have never received any complaints about Deputy Chris Guidry. But, one mother says she tried to complain about him three months ago, but couldn't get a hold... more »
  • Remembering Alesi

    October 5, 2010 7:32 PM

    Family, friends and customers are mourning the loss of a Lafayette pizza pioneer. Mariano "Mike" Alesi passed away Monday night at the age of 90. He leaves behind a long legacy of Italian cuisine, as the owner and founder of Alesi's Pizza House. "I'm not just saying this because... more »
  • Opelousas Mayoral Race

    September 30, 2010 7:59 PM

    Voter turnout is expected to be higher than normal in Opelousas, for the October 2nd election. This, as interest in the Mayor's race grows. Three candidates are challenging incumbent Donald Cravins, Sr.: Harvey Darbonne, the Rev. Frank Ford and Lena Anderson. All three challengers spoke with KATC on Thursday,... more »
  • Blowout Blowup

    September 29, 2010 7:41 PM

    The latest hair trend used by celebrities in Hollywood is making it's way to the South. The Brazilian Blowout is a treatment that takes about 2-3 hours to apply, costs about $350, and lasts 2-6 months. The product's website makes claims that even women with "frizzy, damaged or processed hair"... more »
  • Jennings Attempted Murder, Suicide

    September 24, 2010 7:36 PM

    A Jennings man is dead and a woman is in critical condition, after a domestic dispute leads to gunfire. Police are calling it an attempted murder, suicide. They say 44 year old Rocky Domingue was arguing with his girlfriend Thursday night when he shot her and then pulled the trigger... more »
  • Buying Votes in Mamou

    September 22, 2010 7:53 PM

    Early voting for the October 2nd election is underway, and scandal is following close behind in Mamou. Police arrested and charged Ricky John McGee with six counts of voter bribery. But, these allegations aren't coming as much of a shock to the community. Mamou resident, Donald Lebleu says his... more »
  • Name Your Price: Property Auction

    September 16, 2010 6:47 PM

    Over 60 properties will be up for grabs this weekend, and interested buyers will get to name their own price. The Louisiana Land Trust Auction is selling State owned land that was once used for the Road Home Program. "It's properties that people just didn't see fit to repair.... more »
  • UL Game Towing

    September 13, 2010 11:57 PM

    The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is celebrating the win at their first home game of the season. But for some Cajun fans, the euphoria quickly ended as soon as they left the field. Some had to pay nearly $250, after they parked at Westwood Village Shopping Center across Bertrand... more »
  • UPDATE: Opelousas Girl Hit by Stray Bullet

    September 10, 2010 6:38 PM

    New Information: Police are now looking for 17 year old Casey Rubin of Opelousas. They say he is considered a person of interest. The other man they took into custody last night has been released and is not facing any charges. Meantime, the 8 year old victim is... more »
  • Boaters React to Platform Fire

    September 2, 2010 7:35 PM

    With Labor Day weekend upon us, recreational fishermen are already hitting the waters, including Vermilion Bay. The oil platform exploded less than 100 miles south of the fishing area, and once word spread, many thoughts of loved ones and the economy crossed the minds of locals. "It's what you... more »
  • 3rd District Runoff

    August 30, 2010 7:51 PM

    Congressional primaries were held Saturday, but voters in three Acadiana parishes will have to recast their ballot in October. This, after none of the three candidates got 50% of the votes in the US Representative-3rd Congressional District race. Voters in Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary were among 13... more »
  • Primary Preview

    August 27, 2010 7:33 PM

    Polls across Louisiana will open at 6am Saturday morning. Acadiana voters will decide on three races, including the 3rd Congressional District Seat. Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination: Hunt Downer of Houma, Jeff Landry , and Kristian Magar , both of New Iberia. All three candidates say... more »
  • Burglary Boost

    August 26, 2010 6:32 PM

    Burglars are terrorizing an Iberia Pariah town. Jeanerette police and marshals are working with residents to catch the criminals. Thursday, local officials held a town hall meeting to reassure the community that they are working to keep them safe. "We hear your cry we feel your frustration, we're frustrated.... more »
  • New Iberia Growth

    August 25, 2010 6:06 PM

    New Iberia is moving forward with its initiative to grow and prosper. Wednesday, city and state officials met with residents about the "Louisiana Development Ready Community" program. "This is about the business community, the private citizenry and the government coming together, to grow," said Mike Tarantino with Iberia Industrial... more »
  • Angelle on Lt. Governor's Race

    August 20, 2010 5:59 PM

    The latest poll released by Southern Media & Opinion Research, shows Secretary of State Jay Dardenne leading the Lieutenant Governor's race over musician Sammy Kershaw. But what does the current Lt. Governor have to say about the position that was almost eliminated? KATC caught up with Scott Angelle in Eunice... more »
  • Elevation Funds Debate

    August 19, 2010 7:45 PM

    Some Vermilion Parish homeowners are struggling with a huge financial decision. Thursday afternoon, The Office of Community Development held a meeting in Abbeville to try to resolve a debate between 540 people across Louisiana and State officials. It all started in 2008, after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, when residents... more »
  • LEDA Job Fair

    August 18, 2010 6:21 PM

    Some businesses looking to hire are now combing through thousands of resumes. The Lafayette Economic Development Authority held their 15th annual job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome Convention Center. With the nation's unemployment rate hovering near 10 percent, organizers say they were not surprised to see nearly 3 thousand jobseekers... more »
  • Memories On Hardback

    August 11, 2010 7:04 PM

    One woman's memories are now reaching hundreds in hardback. An Acadiana author is putting nearly a century of life experience into a 350 page book. 92 year old Zoe Sagrera Lynch was born and raised on Cheniere au Tigre. It's a small island in Vermilion Parish. You can only... more »
  • UPDATE-Missing Jennings Man

    August 3, 2010 4:59 PM

    UPDATE-In an effort to locate missing 21 year old Jayce Ryan Dupuis of Jennings, search teams from eight different law enforcement agencies assisted the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office in an intense air, ground and water search of an approximate two square mile area in the vicinity of the Jaenke... more »
  • "Stolen Memories"

    August 2, 2010 6:46 PM

    A Breaux Bridge mother is enduring yet another loss, after a home invasion. Kelly Breaux says her family came back from a weekend of camping on Sunday to find their home had been ransacked. She said the thieves took off with 3 laptops, a camera, cell phone and other small... more »
  • Manslaughter Indictment

    July 30, 2010 6:26 PM

    There are new developments in the death of a St. Landry Parish toddler. 25 year old Napoleon Prudhomme was indicted this week for the manslaughter of 2 year old Marla Keys. The incident happened nearly three months ago, when Prudhomme was watching his girl friend's child. According to reports... more »
  • Reactions to Manhunt

    July 29, 2010 8:39 PM

    Law enforcement agencies have secured a quarter mile area around the intersection of Landry St. and Admiral Doyle in New Iberia. They are searching for Paul Collins, the man wanted for allegedly murdering his ex-wife in St. Martinville. Collins ran into a sugar cane field around 9:30am. From that... more »
  • Monitoring Abbeville Police

    July 28, 2010 6:31 PM

    This year, Abbeville has gotten a new building for their police department and a new chief too. Now, more changes may be on the way. Chief Tony Hardy says he's received complaints about some of his officers either speeding or not working while on duty. Now, he wants to "patrol"... more »
  • Prepare Now, Don't Panic Later

    July 23, 2010 7:05 PM

    Bonnie may not make a direct hit on Acadiana but, the Office of Emergency Preparedness is warning residents not to be complacent. Officials are hoping Acadiana residents prepare now, so they won't panic later. Shoppers were passing up the hurricane displays at Home Depot Friday. Even those who admitted... more »
  • Foreman Drive Striping

    July 22, 2010 6:44 PM

    New tar and stripes now cover Foreman Dr. in Lafayette. But businesses and residents along the new road are not exactly thrilled with the results. Those we spoke with say they feel that the yellow striping is a botched job. "Our tax dollars pay this to improve the road,... more »
  • LOGA Messages

    July 21, 2010 6:42 PM

    Both local and national news media were covering the Rally for Economic Survival. But, as they recorded Governor Jindal, Sammy Kershaw, and other celebrities and politicians, one camera was set up specifically for the "average man and woman." The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is documenting 30 second to... more »
  • Dangerous Heat in Cars

    July 15, 2010 7:34 PM

    It's that time of year when the temperatures are soaring. Those numbers are in the mid-to-high 90's and the heat index in reaching 110-degrees. The hot summer days are also a time when folks often participate in out-door activities. But, officials are warning of the dangers that may come along... more »
  • Crowley Fluoridation

    July 14, 2010 7:18 PM

    The battle over what's in Crowley's water system is brewing once again. For the past two years, the city has added fluoride to the water, after the council approved the measure. Now, fluoridation is mandated by the state. But, some residents are not happy with the additional chemical in their... more »
  • "BP Makes Me Sick"

    July 9, 2010 6:35 PM

    Those who were sent to help with the cleanup efforts in the Gulf, now need help themselves. Thousands of workers are face to face with the oil spill every day, skimming it off the water, cleaning animals and laying boom. About 1,500 of those workers have complained about feeling sick... more »
  • FEMA Trailer Auction

    July 8, 2010 6:23 PM

    One of the biggest health concerns after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was high formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers. But since then, the fear of becoming sick in the trailers has vanished with a good bargain. 300 FEMA trailers now fill the old Evangeline Downs Race Track in Carencro. Anxious... more »
  • Winn Dixie Rewards

    July 7, 2010 5:53 PM

    More relief is coming to the gas gump, as one grocery store launches a new rewards program. Winn Dixie kicked off the program Wednesday, which allows shoppers to save in the store as well as at Shell gas stations. It's called "Fuelperks." For every $50 customers spend in the... more »
  • Wrongful Death Verdict

    July 1, 2010 7:38 PM

    A wrongful death case in St. Landry Parish is over. An Opelousas jury awarded a $7.5 million verdict to a Krotz Springs couple. The two week trail ended Saturday morning, but the case began 7 years ago. It was January 3, 2003 when the parents of Brianna Hutto took... more »
  • 4th of July Celebration

    June 30, 2010 7:37 PM

    Festivities are already underway in Erath for their 64th annual 4th of July Celebration . The town isn't just preparing for a festive weekend, they're also preparing for a safe one. Downtown Erath has been transformed into all things red, white and blue. Carnival rides, food and drink vendors... more »
  • BP Community Outreach Center

    June 25, 2010 7:20 PM

    People looking for answers about the Crude Disaster now have a new way to access information. No more searching websites or calling hotlines. Instead, BP employees are standing by, in the flesh, to talk with you face to face. "Our goal is pretty simple, we're here to protect the... more »
  • Operation Dry Water

    June 24, 2010 6:34 PM

    With more boaters out on Acadiana waters, so are patrol agents. And after recent deadly accidents on the waterways, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries is campaigning this weekend to prevent further deaths. It's called "Operation Dry Water," and targets impaired boat operators. Last year, there were 32 boating accident deaths... more »
  • Boom Vandalism

    June 23, 2010 6:35 PM

    What's supposed to be being used to protect Louisiana's coast from the oil, is instead being vandalized. After several reports of boom vandalism,a Public Service Announcement was released in hopes of preventing further damage. The PSA urges residents to help protect the State's shoreline and marshes by not cutting,... more »
  • Slemco Storm-Rider Charge

    June 16, 2010 6:32 PM

    Slemco costumers are seeing a new charge on their bill. It's called "Gustav-Ike Storm-Rider" and is suppose to help the electric company replenish funds used during those 2008 hurricanes. Communications Manager at Slemco, Mary Laurent, says other electric companies implement charges like this after storms all the time. But,... more »
  • Eunice Carjacking

    June 9, 2010 6:17 PM

    A Basile man is without his car today, but is thankful for what he does have. Daryl Francois was carjacked around 12:30 Wednesday morning at Tropical Car Wash in Eunice. The suspect threatened him with a knife and demanded his car. "As soon as he walked up and I... more »
  • State of the Coast Conference

    June 8, 2010 7:21 PM

    Three organizations are gathering in Baton Rouge to discuss the Gulf Oil Spill's effects on Louisiana's wetlands. Over 650 people are attending the State of the Coast Conference. The groups: The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, The US Army Corps of Engineers, and The Coalition to Restore Coastal... more »
  • Remembering Coach Stokley

    June 7, 2010 7:32 PM

    Friends are remembering former UL Lafayette Head Football Coach, Nelson Stokley. He died Saturday at the age of 66. Stokley was diagnosed with alzheimer's disease over three years ago. Friends say, although the disease became more present in his final days, they're focused on remembering the great life he lived.... more »
  • Rabid Dog Found at Willow Brook Apartments

    June 2, 2010 5:52 PM

    Lafayette Animal Control picked up a rabid dog last Tuesday that was found wandering around Willow Brook Apartments at 1307 West Willow Street. It is believed the dog had been roaming the complex since May 13th. It has since been "put down." The small white terrier had black spots... more »
  • Government Response to Crude Disaster: Local Reactions

    May 28, 2010 6:41 PM

    President Obama inspected Fouchon Beach Friday, which is threatened by the Gulf oil spill. The President also got a briefing at a Coast Guard station and a meeting with Governors and other officials. While President Obama toured Louisiana's coast residents inland are voicing their opinions about the government's response... more »
  • Abbeville Water Plant: No More Brown Water

    May 27, 2010 6:44 PM

    Abbeville residents will soon be in the clear. Recent construction at the city's water plant has turned resident's drinking water brown. The renovations have been underway for about two years and the water became discolored in April. Officials say that's because the final project, the Clarifier, is now under... more »
  • Deputy Investigated in Sexual Assault

    May 26, 2010 6:32 PM

    A St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Deputy is under investigation after a Breaux Bridge woman filed a complaint of sexual assault against him. 49 year old Cheri Begnaud says the alleged incident happened Friday at her house in the 1600 block of Prairie Highway. Cheri says two deputies were called... more »
  • Broussard Resident Helps Bird in Venice

    May 21, 2010 8:48 PM

    The Crude Disaster gives one Acadiana resident a fishing trip she won't soon forget. Broussard resident, Windy Maitreme saw firsthand what the oil is doing to Louisiana's coast. "It's devastating to see the oil, merky brown... You can definitely see the oil in the water. As far as we... more »
  • School Bus Accident

    May 21, 2010 6:06 PM

    Ambassador Caffery is extremely slow moving after an accident involving a school bus. It happened on Ambassador Caffrey near the Kaliste Saloom intersections. Six students were on board and are said to be doing fine with no injuries. All attend L. Leo Judice Elementary School. Witnesses on the... more »
  • Operation Sweep: Re-model of Ramada Inn

    May 20, 2010 6:57 PM

    A new second chance program is in the works in Lafayette. It will not only help those in need but will also re-model an eye sore off of I-49. The old Ramada Inn property will be transformed into one of eight phases for the program. The building has been... more »

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