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  • Lake Charles shows drop in crime

    May 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Overall, crime is down in Lake Charles. That's according to numbers released Thursday by the police department. Criminal offenses reported were down 3 percent and arrests were down 8 percent, according to the department's 2012 crime report. Although murder, rape and robbery numbers were up,... more »
  • Feds drop charges that ex-cop sold stolen goods

    June 4, 2012 7:07 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have dropped all charges against a former Monroe police officer who had been accused of putting 14,000 stolen items for sale on eBay. The News-Star reports that U.S. District Judge Robert James granted a prosecution motion Friday to dismiss without prejudice all charges against... more »
  • Coyote-related calls drop in Calcasieu Parish

    January 24, 2012 10:49 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The number of coyote-related calls in Calcasieu Parish has dropped significantly over the past year. Nathan Areno, head of Animal Services for the parish, tells the American Press his department received 75 calls in January 2011 and only two so far this month. Areno said... more »
  • FedEx Earns, Drop in Claims Push Stocks Higher

    December 15, 2011 11:49 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Strong earnings from FedEx and a sharp drop in claims for unemployment benefits pushed stocks slightly higher in early trading Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 55 points, or 0.5 percent, to 11,879 at 11 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow lost 360 points over the... more »
  • National Birth Rate Lower

    November 17, 2011 12:53 PM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say the national birth rate continues to drop. Declines were seen in most age groups and for all races, with the rates for teens and women in their early 20s at the lowest point since record-keeping began in the 1940s. U.S. births have been dropping since... more »
  • July home foreclosures drop in Louisiana

    August 11, 2011 9:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana followed the national pattern in home foreclosures last month, seeing a sharp decline from both June and July 2010. But foreclosure tracking firm RealtyTrac said that is not cheery news for housing markets. The Irvine, Calif.-based company said Thursday that delays on clearing out 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 »
  • Unemployment Claims Drop Sharply to 434K

    October 28, 2010 8:36 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the second drop in a row and a hopeful sign the job market could be improving. The Labor Department says initial claims for jobless benefits dropped by 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 434,000 in the week that ended Oct.... more »
  • Louisiana Traffic Deaths Drop

    September 21, 2010 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says traffic deaths last year dropped to the lowest levels since 1984. The commission said Tuesday that 824 people were killed and 73,856 were injured in crashes in 2009. Last year was the second consecutive year that deaths and injuries declined... more »
  • St. Landry Sales Taxes Drop

    September 7, 2010 9:13 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Sales tax collections, which have been in trouble all year St. Landry Parish, fell a staggering 36.7 percent in August compared to last year. Ronnie Richard, sales tax officer with the St. Landry School Board that tracks the numbers for the parish, said the drop is... 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 »
  • Interest Rates Extend Drop on Fears of Slowdown

    June 28, 2010 8:49 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Interest rates have fallen to new lows for the year in the bond market after concerns grew that a global rebound is stalling. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note maturing in May 2020 has fallen Monday to 3.03 percent from 3.11 percent Friday. That... more »
  • Louisiana casinos saw a drop in revenue

    June 15, 2010 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's state-licensed casinos saw a 9.3 percent drop in revenue last month from the previous May. State police report that the 13 riverboat casinos, Harrah's downtown New Orleans casino and the four casinos at race tracks took in $203.6 million in May. That's down from... more »
  • Lafayette Household Chemical Drop-Off Day

    April 15, 2010 4:20 PM

    If you live in the city of Lafayette or in unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish, city-parish government would like you to attend their household chemical drop-off day this Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at the Cajun Field parking lot. Residents can properly dispose of old household chemicals such as... more »
  • Louisiana graduation rate falls

    October 19, 2009 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new report says Louisiana suffered the biggest drop in its public high school graduation rate of any state in the Southern region over a five-year period. The study says 13 of 16 Southern states reviewed showed graduation gains between 2002 and 2006, a big... more »

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