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  • Kidnapping Victim's Family Speaks Play Video

    November 10, 2013 11:53 PM

    The Lafayette woman kidnapped by her ex boyfriend just days ago is now recovering at home with family in Carencro tonight and her uncle is speaking out. Police say Bethany Arceneaux was abducted near her son's daycare on Madeline Avenue when her ex-boyfriend, Scott Thomas, forced her into a... more »
  • KARMA Stabbing Victim Speaks Out Play Video

    October 27, 2013 11:03 PM

    Two people allegedly attacked at a Downtown Lafayette Nightclub are out of the hospital tonight. Police say they received the call about 12:30 Saturday morning that the two were stabbed at Karma Nightclub. The victims drove themselves to University Medical Center in Lafayette where police were called to investigate... more »
  • Drunk Driving Suspect Bonds Out of Jail Play Video

    October 20, 2013 9:24 PM

    An Abbeville family says they're lucky to be alive after a suspected drunk driver hit their home. The crash happened around midnight on South St. Valerie Street. The suspect, Brandon Thomas hit a fence, a truck and then another fence before pushing two other vehicles into a house. This... more »
  • Family Mourns After Fiance & Father is Murdered Play Video

    October 13, 2013 9:15 PM

    The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder near Mamou. It happened before 5:00 Saturday afternoon on Reeton School Road off LA 13. Detectives say one person was shot and later died at the hospital. Saturday afternoon, Crystal Reed's life changed forever. Deputies knocking on her front... more »
  • Nationwide Food Stamp Issue Hits Acadiana Residents Play Video

    October 12, 2013 10:01 PM

    Many residents across the country found themselves unable to use their food stamp cards due to a system failure. Seventeen states are affected including Louisiana. A spokesperson for XEROX says some electronic benefits transfer systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues. Technicians are addressing the issue, but they say the... more »
  • New Details Released About Pilot in Crash Play Video

    October 10, 2013 9:44 PM

    The investigation continues into why a helicopter crashed in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday morning. The crash happened about 30 miles northeast of Venice. Four people were on board and all were taken to the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. Two people have injuries and are still in... more »
  • Pilot's Name Released in Fatal Helicopter Crash

    October 10, 2013 1:20 PM

    The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office is releasing the name of the pilot who died in a helicopter crash Wednesday morning. Chief Medicolegal Death Investigator Mark Bone says 47-year-old Patrick Becnel from Belle Chase died after crashing in the Gulf of Mexico about 30 miles northeast of Venice. In... more »
  • Update: Warrant Issued for Substitute Teacher Play Video

    October 9, 2013 6:38 PM

    The investigation of a Krotz Springs Elementary substitute teacher continues. Today, KATC learned, in August, the Krotz Springs Police Department issued a warrant for a substitute teacher accused of assaulting a student last school year. Krotz Springs Police Chief Norman Mouille tells us they issued a warrant for... more »
  • Acadiana Author Highlights Haunted Properties Play Video

    October 8, 2013 7:20 PM

    Halloween is right around the corner and ghosts and goblins will lurk around corners. Some say the spirits are alive all year at T'Frere's Bed and Breakfast in Lafayette. The home was built in the 1880's. It's believed a young widow named Amoly lived there. As the story goes,... more »
  • Woman Credits Neighbor for Saving Her Play Video

    October 7, 2013 6:41 PM

    A Lafayette family says they're lucky to be alive after a trailer fire spread to their home. The fire started just after five o'clock Sunday night on Della Street near the Breaux Bridge Highway. One trailer was a total loss, and two others were damaged. Luckily no one was... more »
  • School Districts Aren't Ready for Mandated Change Play Video

    October 4, 2013 6:35 PM

    Major changes are on the way for standardized testing statewide. The new test, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC will be online. It tracks students' progress in English and Math. Schools will have one year to prepare for the new online test and PARCC... more »
  • State Superintendent Defends Common Core Curriculum Play Video

    October 3, 2013 6:18 PM

    State Superintendent of Education John White is continuing his statewide tour. Today, he stopped in Lafayette Parish at Truman Montessori and N.P. Moss Prep. The goal of the tour is to highlight innovative teaching and to get feedback from educators on what's working in the classroom. White spoke about... more »
  • LPSS Revisiting Health Insurance Debate Tonight Play Video

    October 2, 2013 5:14 PM

    Tonight, the Lafayette Parish School Board could choose a new insurance provider for the system. Just a few weeks ago, the board rejected a proposal to switch from Blue Cross to a new company called Key Benefit Administrators. Teachers spoke against the change, saying they were happy with Blue... more »
  • Missing Erath Man Believed to be in Mexico Play Video

    September 30, 2013 7:13 PM

    The search for a missing Erath man is sparking the attention of law enforcement in and outside of the U.S. 20-year-old Damien Trahan was last seen leaving his job at Champagne's Supermarket in Erath a week ago. This is the first missing person's case in Erath since Police Chief... more »
  • Alleged Case of Abuse at Branch Elementary Play Video

    September 26, 2013 7:12 PM

    An Acadia Parish mother wants answers after she says her son came home from school with bruises and scratches. Eight year old Dylan Milliman is autistic and refused to get on the bus at Branch Elementary nearly two weeks ago. His family says three faculty members forced him on... more »
  • Rats Found in Lafayette Parish Schools Play Video

    September 25, 2013 6:29 PM

    Some say rodents are a growing problem in Lafayette Parish Schools. This school year, 11 schools have filed a total of 18 work orders have been filed reporting rodent issues in Lafayette Parish schools. Carencro High has filed five work orders, the most reports this school year. Following closely... more »
  • More than Six Dozen Arrested During Multi-Agency Operation Play Video

    September 23, 2013 5:56 PM

    More than six dozen people are behind bars in Lafayette after operation "Fall Time Blues." Lafayette Parish law enforcement agencies, State Police and Federal agents teamed up for the three-day operation last week. More than a dozen law enforcement agencies gathered at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Monday... more »
  • Facebook Page Created to Help Alleged 9-11 Vandal Play Video

    September 13, 2013 6:47 PM

    Two days after the 9-11 memorial in Downtown Lafayette was defaced, a group is rallying around the suspect. Salvador Perez remains behind bars tonight and is being held on $11,000 bond. He appeared before Judge Thomas Fredrick via video from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. Perez is facing charges... more »
  • Funding Could Change for Non-Government Organizations Play Video

    September 12, 2013 6:39 PM

    One state representative is looking to eliminate funding for non-government organizations better known as NGO's. Representative Dee Richard, of Thibodaux wants to re-direct that state money to fund higher education. Richard is considering a constitutional amendment that would require NGO's to get funding from another source other than state... more »
  • Students Reflect on 9-11 Twelve Years Later Play Video

    September 11, 2013 7:18 PM

    The painful memories of 9-11 are still fresh in the minds of many Americans, but some of the youngest in our country are just learning about the terrorist attacks more than a decade ago. For some Acadiana students, 9-11 is just a history lesson. This year's high school seniors... more »
  • Mold Issues Ongoing Problem in Schools Play Video

    September 10, 2013 6:31 PM

    Mold issues in Lafayette Parish Schools continue to be an ongoing battle. In total, nearly 200 mold complaints have been filed in Lafayette Parish Schools over the past three years. As of last week, all have been taken care of except ten. This school year, pre-k students at... more »
  • Parents Concerned About School Lunch Times Play Video

    September 9, 2013 6:48 PM

    Parents at J. Wallace James Elementary School in Lafayette are concerned their students are eating lunch too late. The school starts serving lunch at 11:00 and moves in grade order starting with pre-k. Fourth and fifth graders do not eat until 1:30. More than 700 students go through... more »
  • Car Burglars Hit Neighborhood Again Play Video

    September 6, 2013 7:09 PM

    For the second time this week, a Lafayette neighborhood is hit by thieves. It's the same "m-o" as the case from earlier this week, when 15 cars were burglarized. The cars were all unlocked. The thieves going car-to-car, checking the doors, finding the open ones and taking items... more »
  • New Surveillance Video Shows Potential Car Burglary Suspects Play Video

    September 5, 2013 7:30 PM

    The Lafayette Police Department is still investigating more than thirty car burglaries in three Lafayette neighborhoods. We have new surveillance video, showing three men going car-to-car on Renee Avenue, off West Bayou Parkway, Tuesday morning, trying to break in. Police say they don't have any suspects, but believe they... more »
  • Alleged Child Predator Arrested Play Video

    September 5, 2013 7:13 PM

    A golf instructor from Baton Rouge is facing serious charges in Acadiana concerning one of his students. 65-year old Paul Hensley is charged with on-line solicitation and indecent behavior with a juvenile. According to State Police, he arranged to meet up with a boy outside of instruction-time. That's when... more »
  • Resident Petitioning for Traffic Light Play Video

    September 4, 2013 6:27 PM

    If you've traveled Verot School Road during peak drive times, morning or afternoon, you know it's a traffic nightmare. The Department of Transportation and Development is hoping to relieve congestion, widening Verot from two lanes to four lanes. Residents say even with four lanes, traffic will still be... more »
  • Police Investigating Rash of Car Burglaries Play Video

    September 3, 2013 7:57 PM

    The Lafayette Police Department is investigating more than thirty car burglaries in the last four days. The most recent hit was this morning off West Bayou Parkway and Charles Read where more than 15 cars were broken into. Early Sunday morning, items were stolen from three cars on Acadian... more »
  • Working Hard on Labor Day Play Video

    September 2, 2013 7:21 PM

    While thousands across the country have the day off others are hard at work. There are those who no matter what the calendar says have to get up and get to work. "Regardless of what holiday it is, our services will always be here and we're always available... more »
  • Shrimp & Petroleum Festival Underway Play Video

    August 30, 2013 7:16 PM

    One of the state's oldest festivals is underway in Morgan City. The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival kicked off last night and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. For the first time in years, festival goers only have to worry about overeating and getting a sunburn. The last... more »
  • Seth Fontenot Pre-trial Begins Tomorrow

    August 28, 2013 7:49 PM

    Seth Fontenot will be back in court tomorrow morning for a pre-trial hearing. Fontenot is accused of killing 15-year-old Austin Rivault and injuring two other teens after shooting at their vehicle. He's facing charges of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder. Tomorrow, both... more »
  • New Recycle Bins Delivered to LHS

    August 28, 2013 11:19 AM

    Recycling will continue at Lafayette High School thanks to Allied Waste. This morning, the company delivered eight new recycle bins. After our story aired, the director of Allied Waste, Greg Schultz contacted the school saying they'll provide recycling services free of charge. Schultz says recycling services will also... more »
  • Health Insurance Raising Concerns at LPSS Play Video

    August 27, 2013 7:09 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School Board is holding a health care workshop. They're discussing changing insurance providers, meaning possible changes in benefits. The talk of change isn't sitting well with some insurance users in the school system. They say the board is moving too fast and a new provider... more »
  • School Recycling Issues Growing in Lafayette Parish Play Video

    August 26, 2013 6:26 PM

    Recycling could be a thing of the past for several Lafayette Parish schools. For years, recycling services were free, but starting next month, schools will have to foot the bill. Every year, Lafayette High recycles more than 120-thousand gallons of material, that's more than 10-thousand gallons each month.... more »
  • Principal Cleared in Simple Battery Investigation

    August 23, 2013 6:28 PM

    Carencro Police say a crime was not committed by Carencro Middle School Principal Spurgeon Banyard. Police are no longer investigating an alleged case of simple battery at the school. A student, Roy Clark claims the principal scratched his face and busted his lip. A police report was filed on... more »
  • Iberia Parish Residents Fighting to 'Save the Library' Play Video

    August 22, 2013 6:41 PM

    Residents in Iberia Parish are fighting to make sure money isn't cut from the library's budget. The Iberia Parish council will vote to introduce a proposition diverting funds from the library's current budget to fund the levee district. The levee tax failed earlier this year. Now, one council... more »
  • Newlyweds Making Big Splash for Bora Bora Tourism Play Video

    August 15, 2013 7:20 PM

    A Lafayette couple is making a splash for tourism in Bora Bora after their wedding photos are used in advertisements for a resort. One month ago, Jamie and Leryn Richaud were married during a private ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. Next thing they know, pictures... more »
  • Challenges Ahead for Lafayette Parish Schools

    August 14, 2013 6:40 PM

    Students across Lafayette Parish are facing homework assignments this evening after summer break officially ends. Today, Superintendent Pat Cooper welcomed students and faculty as they arrived on campuses across the district. More than 30-thousand students are registered this school year. Cooper says this is a rough estimate and the... more »
  • Resident Concerned About Blighted Property Play Video

    August 13, 2013 7:06 PM

    Blighted properties are becoming a growing eye sore in dozens of Lafayette Parish neighborhoods and it's an ongoing battle with the city to hold property owners accountable. One house on Patton Street off North Washington is boarded up and the yard is overgrown. Neighbors say they report the issues,... more »
  • Not Guilty Pleas Entered in Alleged Ticket Quota Scandal Play Video

    August 12, 2013 6:26 PM

    Henderson Police Chief Leroy Guidry and those involved in an alleged ticket-quota scandal pleaded not guilty in court today. Guidry is maintaining his innocence. He and Assistant Police Chief Mack Lloyd are accused of having officers illegally write tickets on the interstate in their town. According to the... more »
  • Virtual Classroom Helping Students Succeed Play Video

    August 9, 2013 6:44 PM

    An alternative learning method is giving students in St. Martin Parish the opportunity to learn at their own pace. It's called the Virtual Classroom. The district implemented the program last year to allow students an alternative to the traditional classroom. When it was first offered, only 40 kids... more »
  • Evacuees Return Home Only for Minutes

    August 5, 2013 11:41 PM

    The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office has suspended escorting residents into their homes. Early Monday afternoon, residents were allowed to go home for less than 10 minutes to pick up prescription medications, pets, and clothes. Not going home wasn't an option for the Wiltz family. Like many, they had... more »
  • LHS Renovations Coming into Question Play Video

    August 2, 2013 7:20 PM

    Major renovations are underway at Lafayette High School, but some are questioning if the campus will be ready for the first day of school. Since class let out in May, crews have been replacing floors and cleaning mold. Some classrooms were completely gutted and remodeled. Thad Welch, Special... more »
  • LPSS Increasing Security Measures Play Video

    July 31, 2013 7:20 PM

    Seventy-five new cameras are going up in Lafayette Parish schools ahead of the new year. Right now, the system has 276 cameras. However, more than a quarter of those are not working properly and they're being replaced. At Northside High, there are 72 cameras installed. A few miles... more »
  • Documentary to Highlight Heroic Efforts Play Video

    July 30, 2013 6:02 PM

    Lafayette lawyer and award winning movie director, Allan Durand is working with UL students and faculty to film the 'Cajun Navy.' The documentary captures the story of a St. Martin Parish couple, who went into the disaster zone, after Hurricane Katrina, to save those left behind. As the... more »
  • Displaced Teachers Waiting on New Assignments Play Video

    July 25, 2013 6:27 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School System is still working to place more than a dozen teachers back into the classroom. In May, those teachers didn't have a set school they would be working in this coming school year. At the start of the summer, 56 teachers were without assignment.... more »
  • Acadiana Catholic School Enrollment Better Than State Average Play Video

    July 23, 2013 6:27 PM

    In a few short weeks, thousands of students across Acadiana will head back to the classroom. New numbers from the National Catholic Educational Association show enrollment in Catholic schools is down 18 percent statewide in the past decade. The decrease in enrollment is even higher nationwide topping 23... more »
  • Wade Lohse Sentenced to 20 Years Hard Labor Play Video

    July 22, 2013 6:57 PM

    Wade Lohse is now serving a twenty year sentence in jail with hard labor after accepting a plea deal in court today. Lohse pled no contest to vehicular homicide in the death of Cacie Barras McGrew. She's the 29 year old Youngsville mom who died last year in a... more »
  • Levee Nearly Complete Around Vermilion Parish School Play Video

    July 19, 2013 6:25 PM

    As we head into the peak of hurricane season and the start of a new school year. Contractors are working to complete a levee project in Vermilion Parish. The levee is to protect two schools, no strangers to flooding. Forked Island E Broussard Elementary is used to cleaning... more »
  • Audit Raises Questions Play Video

    July 18, 2013 7:30 PM

    A new statewide audit by the Louisiana Tax Commission raises major questions about the accuracy of property assessments. The auditor cites examples of property tax bills on similar homes in the same neighborhoods varying by 100 percent or more. Officials investigated whether each parish's overall assessed value, based... more »
  • Search is on for teachers in Lafayette Parish Play Video

    July 16, 2013 7:16 PM

    Principals across Lafayette Parish are waiting for the green light to fill open teaching positions. At the end of the past school year, there were over 400 teacher openings. That's now down to 90. Administrators say they have 85 eligible candidates waiting to fill those spots. The school... more »
  • Artificial Reef Named in Honor of Acadiana Family Play Video

    July 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    In Iberia Parish, a big environmental project is underway. In Cypremort Point, officials have started construction of a new artificial reef. Once complete, the reef will cover more than eight acres of Vermilion Bay, helping to strengthen the marine environment. This is no ordinary reef. It's taking on a... more »
  • Duson Mayor Saving Thousands While Town Grows Play Video

    July 11, 2013 6:15 PM

    A Lafayette Parish mayor is taking fiscal responsibility to a new level, spending thousands of dollars less than other mayors across the parish. In 2012, the six mayors racked up a total of 45-thousand dollars in expenses. They were reimbursed for things like travel, cell phones, and business meals.... more »
  • Lafayette Parish School Renovations Underway Play Video

    July 9, 2013 7:24 PM

    More than one million dollars in improvements are underway in Lafayette Parish schools this summer. Leading the charge to fix the schools is a man backed by the superintendent with a reputation for getting things done. Thad Welch was named Special Assistant to Doctor Pat Cooper and his... more »
  • Controversial Hire Taking on More Responsibility Play Video

    July 8, 2013 7:44 PM

    Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Thad Welch is taking on more responsibilities in the Lafayette Parish School System. You'll recall Welch's position came under fire from the school board after it was revealed he does not have a high school diploma. In January 2012, Welch started working as a... more »
  • Road to Sainthood is Lengthy Play Video

    July 5, 2013 6:47 PM

    Pope John Paul II will be declared a saint. Pope Francis signed a decree this morning which clears the late pope for sainthood. It all hinged on a second miracle performed by John Paul II which Pope Francis officially recognized. The miracle concerned a woman in Costa Rica... more »
  • Water Fights Draw Hundreds to Erath Play Video

    July 4, 2013 6:11 PM

    The party is continuing tonight in Erath where hundreds are gathered for the town's 67th annual Fourth of July celebration . It's deeply draped in traditions, one of which is the town's annual water fight. Patriotism fills the air in Erath. Flags wave, people dress in red, white and... more »
  • UL Becoming More Bicycle Friendly Play Video

    July 3, 2013 7:04 PM

    Yet another construction project is in the works at UL. Next spring, construction will begin on phase two of the bike path extension. Phase one is a bike path along Cajundome Boulevard going from Eraste Landry to Johnston Street. Phase two will connect the existing path with the main... more »
  • State Police Increasing Presence Play Video

    July 2, 2013 7:38 PM

    State Troopers are preparing for a "boom" of drivers on the roads for the Fourth of July weekend. For many Americans, the Fourth of July holiday means a long weekend, that could involve some travel. According to AAA, nearly 41-million people are expected to hit the road this week.... more »
  • State Police Hiring for First Time in 5 Years Play Video

    July 1, 2013 6:10 PM

    They've tightened their belts, but for the first time in five years, more funding is on the radar for State Troopers. Today is the start of the new fiscal year for the state and State Police are starting the year off on a high note. The department is getting... more »
  • Average Hourly Wage Increasing in Lafayette

    June 28, 2013 6:23 PM

    Acadiana families may have more money in their pockets than last year. According to new figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage in Lafayette has risen nearly sixty cents since May 2011 up to nineteen dollars in May 2012. The average wage for all... more »
  • Little Kahuna Water Park Update

    June 27, 2013 11:51 PM

    Crews are still working on the water park off I-10 near Iowa in Jeff Davis Parish. So far no official date on when Little Kahuna could open. Judging from I-10, it looks like the park is overgrown with weeds and none of the water slides are ready, but... more »
  • Family Fighting Jindal's Veto

    June 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    Governor Jindal is coming under fire after vetoing four million dollars from next year's budget that would have expanded a program for the developmentally disabled. Jindal says the state can't afford to expand the new opportunity waiver, or "NOW." The program provides residential support, community integration and development as... more »
  • Carencro Experiencing Growing Pains

    June 24, 2013 7:13 PM

    We often hear growing is a good thing, but dealing with growing pains can be a problem. The City of Carencro is tackling growing pains when it comes to water, sewage and natural gas and it's residents who will end up paying for it. Over the last two... more »
  • Parents Facing Charges for Children's Crimes

    June 18, 2013 6:35 PM

    Parents in Grand Coteau are facing charges for the crimes their kids are accused of. It's the police department's way of cutting down on a spike in juvenile crime since school has let out. Assistant Police Chief Mike Buck says only a handful of kids are causing problems here... more »
  • Search Intensifies for Lake Charles Murder Suspect

    June 17, 2013 7:31 PM

    The search is intensifying for a Lake Charles murder suspect. The 499th FBI Top Ten Fugitive is Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara and agents believe they're closer to locating him. Agents believe Guevara is hiding in Mexico, but he may have re-entered the United States illegally. Guevara is accused... more »
  • Employees on Edge After Rumors of Plant Closing

    June 7, 2013 6:54 PM

    In Amelia, hundreds of employees are on alert after rumors that McDermott Incorporated may leave St. Mary Parish. So far, no comment from McDermott Incorporated on whether they'll be leaving. Currently, five hundred people are employed, the lowest number the company has seen in years. A deal with BP... more »
  • LHSAA Tables Split Playoff Issues

    June 6, 2013 7:23 PM

    The Louisiana High School Athletic Association summer meeting is underway in Baton Rouge this week. The commission is debating the split over football playoff picks. In a last minute decision, the LHSAA decided to table the issue until January when this year's football season will be over. Today,... more »
  • Butte La Rose Residents Concerned about Erosion

    May 27, 2013 6:55 PM

    Several Butte La Rose residents are watching their land wash away. The residents live along the Atchafalya River. Over the past few years, they have seen nearly 30-feet of land erode into the river. Now, residents fear their homes could be next. While life on the water is... more »
  • Woman Finds Note with KKK Reference

    May 24, 2013 7:26 PM

    A Lafayette woman is scared after she says she found a threatening and racist note on her front door. The note made references to the KKK and implied she should move. April Cox found the note Tuesday night at her home on Essie Street, off Willow in North... more »
  • Mamou Elementary LEAP Test Issues

    May 23, 2013 7:24 PM

    Some Mamou Elementary parents want answers about failing scores on the LEAP test. Administrators say, during testing week, a teacher showed review videos that were potentially too similar to questions on the actual test. The school reported that to the state, which decided the students may have been given... more »
  • Lieutenant Ricky Rees Laid to Rest

    May 22, 2013 7:13 PM

    Lafayette Police Lieutenant Ricky Rees was laid to rest today. He died Saturday after a motorcycle crash in Iberville Parish. He was a 23 year veteran of the Lafayette Police Department and leaves behind two teenage children. Hundreds turned out to pay their final respects. Holding American flags,... more »
  • Mom Praying for Son's Killer

    May 20, 2013 7:18 PM

    Acadia Parish Deputies identified the man who was killed Sunday in a triple shooting as 18-year-old D'Andre Goodley of Eunice. So far, no arrests have been made. The shooting happened at a gas station off LA-35 in Branch just after eight o'clock Sunday night. The two others shot... more »
  • Cruise Cancelled After Military Orders; Couple Fights for Refund

    May 17, 2013 7:08 PM

    A military family from Carencro, stationed overseas in Germany is fighting Carnival Cruise Lines for a refund. The couple was set to go on a Mediterranean cruise but received military orders they could not leave Germany. So, should they receive a refund? After KATC made a phone call... more »
  • Alleged Assault Investigated at Krotz Springs Elementary

    May 16, 2013 7:35 PM

    Police are investigating an alleged assault at a St. Landry Parish school. A substitute teacher at Krotz Springs Elementary is accused of throwing the top of a desk across the classroom and flipping a student out of his seat. Both the school board and the police department wouldn't... more »
  • Patterson Could Receive New Junior High

    May 15, 2013 7:19 PM

    "Demolish and re-build Patterson Junior High" is an engineer's recommendation to the St. Mary Parish School Board. To re-build, the board is asking Patterson residents to approve a 15-mil property tax which would generate about twenty-one million dollars over the next twenty years. Cracked tiles, walls separating and... more »
  • Four Charter Schools Could be Built in Lafayette

    May 14, 2013 7:12 PM

    Four charter schools could soon be on the way for Lafayette Parish. Wednesday afternoon, the school board will consider partnering with Charter Schools USA. Like other charter schools, those with this company would run on private donations and some public funds. Charter USA requires parental involvement and teacher... more »
  • Living With Alzheimer's: Part 2

    May 9, 2013 11:46 PM

    Hundreds of families are learning to cope with Alzheimer's dementia. The disease is debilitating. Alzheimers' affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. One out of three seniors die with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia.... more »
  • Voters to Decide on Property Tax to Support Basile High

    May 3, 2013 7:04 PM

    In Acadia and Evangeline Parishes, voters will decide whether to renew a 10-year property tax to fund the Basile High School Athletic Department. The tax generates roughly 74-thousand dollars for the school. The property tax, enacted nearly thirty years ago, has been renewed three times. The money allows the... more »
  • Police Looking for Clues into Pressure Cooker Bomb Threat

    May 2, 2013 6:31 PM

    The search is on for whoever threatened to blow up Broussard Middle School using a pressure cooker bomb. The campus is on South Morgan Street off the Amabassador Caffery Extension. Around 9:30 Thursday morning, Broussard Police evacuated students to a nearby church. After a two hour search, nothing... more »
  • State Debating Higher Education Tuition Hikes

    April 30, 2013 7:26 PM

    Depending what happens in the legislature, tuition could rise for thousands of students at universities across the state. Tuesday, the House Education Committee held a hearing on a proposed bill which would allow universities to raise tuition without legislative approval. "We're trying desperately to maintain quality and performance... more »
  • Man is Fighting to Save his Neighborhood

    April 25, 2013 8:01 PM

    A Lafayette man says his neighborhood is being taken over by "slum lords" and blighted property. Jimmy LeBouef lives on Chester Street in Upper Lafayette off of Moss Street, one block away from Northside High. He wants blighted houses in his neighborhood condemned and is asking the city to... more »
  • Acadiana Teachers Rally at State Capitol

    April 24, 2013 10:26 PM

    Teachers from all over Acadiana hit the steps of the Capitol calling for change. They made it very clear they don't support Governor Bobby Jindal's education proposals, specifically the Act One Legislation. That plan consists of a number of education bills, some deal with teacher evaluations and others would... more »
  • Louisiana Eye Care Facing Possible Changes

    April 22, 2013 11:50 PM

    Changes could be on the way for eye care in Louisiana. Under House Bill 527, optometrists could perform procedures now performed by medical doctors. A board may determine whether optometrists could give certain injections or perform laser surgery. Eye care doctors across the state are at odds because there... more »
  • Local Non-Profit Fighting to Keep Doors Open

    April 19, 2013 7:01 PM

    A Lafayette non-profit is facing financial hardships and is struggling to keep its doors open. The Family Tree opened in 1979 and offers education and counseling services to families at little to no cost. The agency lost it's main source of federal funding and heavily depends on grants. ... more »
  • Suspended Teacher is Fighting for His Job

    April 18, 2013 10:22 PM

    A Carencro High teacher is screaming retaliation. He says he was suspended from his job after speaking out about violence inside the classroom. Thursday morning, Jamal Taylor was escorted from the campus and now, his job is up in the air. Taylor has a stack of paperwork documenting... more »
  • 10-Thousand Books Will be Delivered to Area Students

    April 16, 2013 6:39 PM

    KATC and the United Way of Acadiana are handing out more than ten thousand books this week to students at schools across Acadiana. This is made possible because of Acadiana's generosity during our second annual Day of Literacy in March. Hundreds of new and gently used books were donated... more »
  • Crowley Could End Fire Protection Services Outside City-Limits

    April 12, 2013 6:45 PM

    The City-of-Crowley could cut off fire protection services for areas outside of city limits. Tuesday, the Crowley City Council said it's frustrated the Acadia Parish Police Jury hasn't finalized a contract. If a deal isn't reached, Crowley will stop providing fire protection by June first. For more than... more »
  • Louisiana Schools Will Transition to Online Testing

    April 9, 2013 7:06 PM

    For years, standardized testing has been the same in Louisiana, the Leap and the I-Leap. Soon, those tests will be a thing of the past. The new test, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or "PARCC" will be online. The test is designed to track students'... more »
  • Wade Lohse Calls KATC & Post Video While on the Run

    April 8, 2013 9:30 PM

    The most wanted man in Acadiana, Wade Lohse, is speaking out while on the run. The US Marshal's Office and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office are still searching for Wade Lohse. Authorities say he's armed and dangerous. Two weeks ago, he walked out of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse just... more »
  • Cacie Barras McGrew's Mom Speaks Out After Lohse Video

    April 8, 2013 1:38 PM

    Cacie Barras McGrew's mother, Cindy Barras, is speaking out to KATC about the YouTube video Wade Lohse posted explaining why he ran out of a Lafayette courtroom two weeks ago before his trial. "First of all, he didn't show true remorse and the justice system cannot be wrong on... more »
  • Wade Lohse Considered Most Wanted Man in Acadiana

    April 5, 2013 7:18 PM

    The US Marshal's Office is joining the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department in the search for a man who ran off before his trial for vehicular homicide. Wade Lohse is on the run and authorities say he's armed and dangerous. Last week, he walked out of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse... more »

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