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  • October casino revenue down

    November 16, 2012 5:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gamblers lost nearly $185 million at Louisiana's state licensed casinos in October, down from the nearly $199.7 million for September and slightly more than the $181.4 million for October of last year. Most of the money was dropped at the state's 13 riverboat casinos. Total revenue... more »
  • Jefferson sales tax down 7.7 percent in August

    October 25, 2012 7:48 AM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - Jefferson Parish had a particularly rough month for sales tax revenue in August. Parish President John Young told the council Wednesday in a meeting in Kenner that sales tax revenues were down about 7.7 percent in August compared with August 2011. According to figures from the... more »
  • Parish may crack down on owners of abandoned boats

    May 15, 2012 9:17 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish officials are considering a law to crack down on owners of sunken boats who abandon the vessels and leave the parish with the bill for removal. If approved, the ordinance will authorize officials who find sunken vessels to identify the owners and issue warnings.... more »
  • Shreveport cracks down on weekend street cruisers

    April 18, 2012 6:00 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Weekend cruising along the streets of Shreveport this time of the year has been a tradition for teens and young adults for decades, but police are cracking down. Starting recently, a task force of two dozen additional officers began saturating area parks and targeted areas between... more »
  • Alcohol-related fatalities down in Lafayette area

    April 10, 2012 9:26 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A coalition to fight drunk driving says it has helped boost the number of DWI arrests in Lafayette Parish and cut the number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths. The group got a $1.3 million grant to increase DWI patrols, starting in 2009. The number of arrests... more »
  • Weekly US Oil, Gas Rig Count Down 11 to 1,997

    February 4, 2012 2:01 PM

    The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is down 11 this week to 1,997. The Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 1,245 rigs were exploring for oil and 745 for natural gas. Seven were listed as miscellaneous. Among the major... more »
  • Louisiana shuts down for MLK Day holiday

    January 16, 2012 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State offices in Louisiana are closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Federal offices, local schools and other institutions also will be closed for the day, though many businesses will be open. U.S. financial markets and many banks also... more »
  • Cecilia Primary on Lock Down

    January 11, 2012 9:45 AM

    Cecilia Primary is on lock down at this time after a burglary suspect is on the run. St. Martin Superintendent, Richard Lavergne, says the suspect is reportedly in the woods near the school. As a safety precaution, it was decided that the school be placed under lock down until the... more »
  • TW-Telecom users were without phones earlier today

    July 16, 2011 3:54 PM

    TW-Telecom users in Southern Louisana were without phone service today. Representatives say storms moving through Lake Charles knocked out power to their main office. Roughly 140 claims were filed, but representatives weren't sure how many people were actually affected. The lines were down in Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette,... more »
  • Down 2-0, Rivers Wants Celtics to Get Aggressive

    May 6, 2011 8:42 AM

    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) - Time was against these Celtics before. Father Time. When Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen brought their 30-something bodies to Boston in 2007, they joined Paul Pierce as a potent All-Star trio. But each year, observers talked about a small window of success for the aging Big... more »
  • 250 Year Old Youngsville Oak To Be Cut Down

    January 19, 2011 10:36 PM

    A 250 year old oak tree in Youngsville is on the chopping block. The tree is in the way of the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Highways 89 and 92 in Youngsville. At Wednesday night's meeting, the Youngsville City Council was presented an alternative plan by engineers... more »
  • 3 trillion pigs down, Angry Birds keeps thriving

    December 9, 2010 10:00 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The slaughter of some 3 trillion pigs is the kind of thing that's usually met with outrage. But Angry Birds, the extremely popular smart phone app, is a pop culture sensation, addicting mobile users at a rate nearly as impressive as the body count that its... more »
  • Downtown Alive!

    November 3, 2010 7:48 AM

    Downtown Alive! is a community tradition and popular staple in Acadiana's cultural and social calendar is now in its 27th year. The Fall 2010 DTA! season brings great entertainment in the form of free, family-friendly, smoke free, outdoor concerts to Downtown Lafayette. Sponsored by Cox Communications, Lafayette Coca-Cola, Let's Be... more »
  • TSA rolling out new pat-down technique at airports

    October 28, 2010 9:22 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration is changing the way it pats down passengers at airports - moving from the screener's traditional hand pat to more of a hand-sliding motion, a law enforcement official said Thursday. The TSA regularly reviews and updates its screening procedures, agency spokeswoman Kristin Lee... more »
  • Iberiabank 3Q earnings down

    October 27, 2010 9:40 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Iberiabank Corp. said it posted a drop in third-quarter earnings from a year ago when the company had a one-time gain for acquiring a failed banking company in Alabama. For the three months ending Sept. 30, Iberiabank earned $13.9 million, or 52 cents, per share, compared... more »
  • UPDATE: Schools on Lockdown, Search for Alleged Killer Turns Up Nothing

    October 20, 2010 1:00 PM

    Iberia Parish placed four schools on lockdown around 10:00 a.m. as a precaution due to the search for escaped inmate Paul Collins Jr. Tips led authorities to an apartment complex off Rogers Street. Due to their proximity to the search, Johnston Elementary, Hopkins Elementary, Park Elementary and Anderson Middle... more »
  • Senate Passed Bill to Require TV Stations to Turn Down Loud Commercials

    September 30, 2010 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation to turn down the volume on loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. The Senate late Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to require television stations and cable companies to implement industry standards capping the volume... more »
  • LA National Guard Use Down Time To Unwind

    September 21, 2010 12:11 PM

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - With the constant mission of escorting convoys, and conducting special operations, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment does not get a day off, but Soldiers from the Louisiana Army National Guard's "Task Force Bandit," used what down time they had to unwind from the daily grind... more »
  • BP Shutting Vessel of Opportunity Program Down

    September 15, 2010 5:48 PM

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - BP is ending the program that hired coastal boats to scout for oil in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi during the Gulf of Mexico spill. Administrators in Mobile said Wednesday they were shutting down the vessel of opportunity program in the three states. It continues operating in... more »
  • iPhone Shuts Down LA Post Office

    September 15, 2010 11:35 AM

    SWARTZ, La. (AP) - Ouachita Parish deputies closed a post office in Swartz after a customer told workers he heard something ticking in an outside mailbox and deputies confirmed something was ticking or beeping. Maj. James Purvis tells The News-Star that it turned out to be an Apple iPhone being... more »
  • ABC News president David Westin stepping down

    September 6, 2010 9:50 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - ABC News President David Westin says he's stepping down at the end of the year after more than 13 years on the job. Westin said in a memo to his staff on Monday that he told his bosses a month ago that he was ready to... more »
  • UPDATE-Chemical Spill in Patterson-Hwy 90 West Reopens

    August 25, 2010 3:42 PM

    UPDATE- Westbound lanes have reopened. The Eastbound lane is still closed. The 18 wheeler was leaking methanol with aluminum chloride onto the Eastbound lane. Once realized what it was they reopened westbound lane. Highway 90 East in Patterson is still closed at this time. ----------------------------------- Sheriff Naquin... more »
  • Lake Chicot Drawn Down for Bridge Repairs

    August 18, 2010 3:38 PM

    VILLE PLATTE - Visitors to Chicot State Park are advised that lake levels will be drawn down, beginning in early September, in order for the Dept. of Transportation & Development (DOTD) to perform routine bridge inspection and repairs during the first two weeks of October. Initial inspections of the... more »
  • BP Has Started to Pump Cement Down the Throat of the Well

    August 5, 2010 10:53 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it has started to pump cement down the throat of the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well in hopes of sealing it for good. The company said Thursday it started to shove cement down the well at 9:15 Central time from pipes attached to ships... more »
  • Hayward Will Step Down In October

    July 26, 2010 3:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tony Hayward, who became the face of BP's flailing efforts to contain the massive Gulf oil spill, will step down as chief executive in October and be offered a job with the company's joint venture in Russia, a person familiar with the matter said Monday. The... more »
  • Alarm System Was Shut Down Day of Rig Explosion

    July 23, 2010 2:06 PM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - An electronics technician aboard the ill-fated oil rig Deepwater Horizon told an investigative panel Friday that an alarm system was partially shut down on the day the rig exploded. Mike Williams said the system was turned on to monitor for fire, explosive gas and toxic gas... more »
  • BP Says It Has Started To Slowly Dial Down The Gush Of Oil

    July 15, 2010 3:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it has started to slowly dial down the gush of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The step will take several hours and if it works, BP believes no oil will be leaking into the water for the first time since the crisis began... more »
  • Jindal Signed Bills Into Law To Crack Down On Sexual Predators

    July 7, 2010 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal signed five bills into law from the Governor's 2010 legislative package to strengthen the ability of law enforcement to track down and punish sexual predators that prey on children. Governor Jindal said, "These new laws continue to build on our aggressive efforts to... more »
  • Judge Refused To Delay Decision To Strike Down Moratorium

    June 24, 2010 1:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge in New Orleans has refused to delay his decision to strike down a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Justice Department had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to stay his ruling while... more »
  • Scientist: Oxygen Levels Down in Gulf Oil Plumes

    June 22, 2010 8:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A marine scientist says underwater oil plumes are reducing oxygen in parts of the Gulf of Mexico, but the drop-off isn't steep enough to endanger marine life just yet. Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia said Tuesday that water samples show oxygen concentrations within the... more »
  • Concealed Weapons In Church Bill Shot Down

    June 8, 2010 2:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate committee has shot down a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried inside churches. The bill, which had passed the House in a 74-18 vote, found no support in a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday. The measure by Rep. Henry Burns,... more »
  • Lawmakers Could Slow Down Plans to Hire Outside Contractors

    May 20, 2010 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State lawmakers could slow down Gov. Bobby Jindal's plans to hire outside contractors to run some of Louisiana's inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities - if the Senate agrees to a proposal that has won House backing. The House voted 64-27 Thursday for a bill that would... more »
  • Man Allegedly Tries To Burn Down House With Wife In It

    May 13, 2010 6:08 PM

    Aaron Lebouf is behind bars in Vermilion Parish. Deputies say he tried to burn down a house with his wife in it. Aaron Lebeouf's wife was staying with a friend when she saw him outside. He then allegedly threw something through the window. The victim says she... more »
  • Oil and Gas Wells Be Prepared to Shut Down if Ordered

    May 11, 2010 7:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is telling operators of oil and gas wells to be prepared to shut down if ordered by the Coast Guard. The emergency order issued Tuesday applies to oil and gas wells in Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson,... more »
  • New Orleans Hornets Coach Stepping Down

    April 20, 2010 4:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jeff Bower is stepping down as coach of the New Orleans Hornets but will remain the team's general manager. Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman says Bower, who has been general manager since 2005, will turn his focus immediately to the search for a new coach and the... more »
  • Opelousas Police Close Down Alleged Crack Dealers Business

    April 15, 2010 6:35 PM

    Opelousas Police Press Release: On Thursday the Opelousas Police Department's Crime Suppression Team closed down another crack dealers business. Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow said the CST Team has been watching a residence in the 700 block of Lourdes Street for a few weeks and gathered enough information to get... more »
  • Federal Prison Still On Lock Down

    March 29, 2010 4:57 PM

    POLLOCK, La. (AP) - The federal prison in Pollock remained on lockdown Monday. A news release from the Warden's office says the lockdown status was instituted in the maximum security penitentiary Sunday evening after one inmate assaulted another. During a lockdown the inmates are kept in their living quarters and... more »
  • Winter Blues Hit Acadiana

    March 1, 2010 1:51 PM

    The "winter blues" is a phrase usually unheard of in south Louisiana, but this year's freezing temperatures, streaks of gloomy days and general wet season have brought many people down. This winter season has brought the roughest weather Acadiana has seen in a long time, and it has made... more »
  • Lafayette Crime Stats Released: Many Crimes Down From 2008

    February 2, 2010 4:41 PM

    The Lafayette Police Department is showing an overall reduction in all but one crime category over 2009 within the City of Lafayette. The category of Theft had an increase in numbers from the previous years. Police attribute the increase to the large number of car burglaries that occurred during the... more »

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