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  • Free Usher syndrome conference Saturday, Oct. 25

    October 11, 2014 1:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A disease that causes deafness and gradual blindness will be the subject of a free four-hour conference at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Usher syndrome is the leading genetic cause of deaf-blindness. The National Institutes of Health says it affects about one child in 25,000. But it... more »
  • Free Native American Culture Day at Vermilionville

    September 20, 2014 11:53 AM

    LAFAYETTE, LA - The community is invited to join the Bayou Vermilion District's Vermilionville as they celebrate their annual Native American Culture Day on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at their historic village. Representatives from many of Louisiana's Native American tribes will be on hand throughout... more »
  • Free activities at Kisatchie Forest Day next week

    March 7, 2014 7:03 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Kisatchie National Forest Day is set for March 15 as part of the month-long Central Louisiana Outdoor Adventure Festival. The day will include free outdoor family activities including kayaking, yoga on the beach, a CrossFit workout, mountain biking, trail running and paddle boarding. There also... more »
  • Free legal clinic in Alexandria

    October 23, 2013 9:18 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project Inc. will present a free legal clinic on Thursday in Alexandria. The Town Talk reports the clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Rapides Parish Main Library. Area volunteer attorneys will be available... more »
  • Dress like Bob Dylan and get in free, says museum

    May 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The Worcester Art Museum is offering free admission to anyone who dresses up like Bob Dylan on May 24, which will be the musician's 72nd birthday. Museum officials say images of Dylan are included in its photography exhibit, "Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation,"... more »
  • Lafayette Bars Go Smoke-Free for a Night; Could Change be in the Air?

    November 14, 2012 11:17 PM

    A smoking ban in Lafayette bars and gaming facilities was brought up again Wednesday night, but it wasn't at a council meeting, but rather at the bars themselves. The advocacy group, "Let's Be Totally Clear" sponsored a smoke-free event in downtown Lafayette Wednesday night. It coincides with The Great... more »
  • Hearts of Hope's FREE Self Defense Class

    June 14, 2012 9:53 AM

    The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office and Hearts of Hope will be hosting a FREE Self Defense Class at the Clifton Chenier Center on Thursday, June 14th at 5:30p. Education and awareness are vital to the prevention of crimes of all types. DATE: JUNE 14, 2012 TIME: 5:30p PLACE: Clifton... more »
  • FREE Health Fair

    March 16, 2012 10:31 AM

    ABBEVILLE - Get the information you need to feel great and live healthier Wednesday, April 17th at the FREE Health Fair sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Vermilion Volunteers for Family and Community and the Vermilion Parish Library. The Health Fair will be held at the Abbeville Library, 405 E. St.... more »
  • Free exhibit includes rare Louisiana furnishings

    March 5, 2012 5:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 50 pieces of early Louisiana furniture will be on display through June 17 in a free exhibit at The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibit, called "Furnishing Louisiana," includes 12 galleries of Creole and rustic Acadian furniture such as armoires, high-post beds, chests, tables,... more »
  • Free Tax Help Available Nationwide

    January 27, 2012 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - Over 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this year as the Internal Revenue Service continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations providing vital tax preparation services for low- to moderate-income and elderly taxpayers. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program... more »
  • Free income tax return preparation for low income individuals and families

    January 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    The ASSIST Agency, a local nonprofit agency, is providing free income tax return preparation for low income individuals and families in Acadia, Jeff Davis, and Vermilion Parishes. There are certified VITA Volunteers that are trained by the IRS to prepare taxes. These volunteers will assist with the Earned Income Tax... more »
  • Education documentary to be shown free in La.

    January 12, 2012 10:52 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - A documentary narrated by actor Matt Damon that addresses problems facing the nation's public education system is being shown free of charge in Metairie, La. The film, "American Teacher," is being circulated among education officials nationwide. On Monday, a free screening is being offered in Louisiana... more »
  • Free Towing Service Hopes to Keep Drunk Drivers Off the Streets

    December 29, 2011 11:50 PM

    With New Year's celebrations happening all over Acadiana this weekend, police and an Acadiana business are reminding party-goers to always have a safe way home. Usually the sound of your vehicle being towed isn't what you want to hear after a night out. But Guy's Towing Service is just... more »
  • Free Admission to LSU's First Game

    October 13, 2011 11:49 AM

    LSU's season opening basketball game against Nicholls State in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Nov. 12 will be open to the public free of charge. The game is part of the second-ever basketball-football doubleheader on the LSU campus as LSU will have its homecoming football game with Western Kentucky... more »
  • Pakistan Warns of Plot to Free Bin Laden's Wives

    September 9, 2011 9:44 AM

    KARACHI (AP) - Pakistan is warning that the Taliban are plotting to get Osama bin Laden's wives and children freed by kidnapping a government official and then offering to exchange him for the slain al-Qaida chief's family. U.S. Navy seals killed bin Laden in a May raid on his house... more »
  • Caldwell Parish schools free of federal oversight

    July 28, 2011 9:10 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Caldwell Parish schools are officially desegregated and no longer need federal approval of school districts, a federal judge has ruled. But the federal court based in Shreveport says a closer look is needed at Richland Parish schools. U.S. District Judge Robbie James ruled earlier this month... more »
  • Medical Experts Recommend Free Birth Control

    July 20, 2011 10:43 PM

    Women could soon have access to free birth control and other contraceptive methods after a recommendation by some of the top medical experts. While some organizations are applauding the idea, others oppose it. Free birth control, cancer screenings and STD counseling are just a few of the eight preventative... more »
  • Lack of Hungry Closes Program

    June 19, 2011 2:40 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The federal program that has offered free meals for decades to school-age children during the summer break is suffering a gradual demise in Rapides Parish because of low participation. Two locations of the 33 in Rapides Parish have been shut down because of low turnout, according... more »
  • Kids Get Fingerprinted for Free

    April 9, 2011 7:21 PM

    Ragin Cajun athletes came out to support a safety event at Cajun Field Saturday afternoon. Free fingerprinting by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office was offered to kids ages 3 to 12. Kids also enjoyed games, face painting, and visiting with UL athletes. Carleigh Martin, President of the Student... more »
  • Prom on a Dime

    April 1, 2011 5:30 PM

    Prom night is supposed to be a night of making memories that will last a lifetime, but for some it's more of a nightmare trying to find the funds to buy everything they need. Assistant Director of Americorps, Lacey Shelton, said "we started this to give girls an opportunity to... more »
  • Free Prom Dresses Distributed

    March 19, 2011 11:51 PM

    Dozens of high school girls have a new outfit just in time for prom. Saturday morning girls got to choose from hundreds of donated gowns -- for free! UL Lafayette's Americoprs Program teamed up with the Cinderella Project of Baton Rouge to distribute the dresses at the Hilton Garden... more »
  • Free ACT Prep Course in Crowley

    February 6, 2011 12:06 PM

    More than 60 students from across Acadiana hit the books Saturday all to get tips on how to raise their A.C.T. scores. KATC'S Chris Welty was in Crowley for the practice test. Reading, math, and problem solving...a Saturday morning review compliments of the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office. "I... more »
  • FREE mammograms today!

    December 15, 2010 6:59 AM

    FREE mammograms are being offered in Lafayette today. Women who meet the necessary qualifications can head to the Clifton Chenier center on West Willow the screenings begin at 5pm and last until 8pm. For more information on the restrictions call 235-7898 or visit
  • Wal-Mart Offering Free Shipping for Online Buys

    November 11, 2010 8:17 AM

    BRISBANE, Calif. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is going for the jugular in the holiday retailing war, announcing Thursday that it will offer free shipping on nearly 60,000 online items - with no minimum purchase requirement. The nation's biggest retailer, long known for its low prices, is raising the stakes... more »
  • Birth Control Could be Free

    November 1, 2010 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law. That could start a shift toward more reliable - and expensive - forms of birth control that are gaining acceptance... more »
  • Free Mammograms for Acadiana Women

    October 27, 2010 6:47 AM

    FREE Mammograms will be offered today in Lafayette. The screenings will take place at the Saint Bernadette clinic from 5pm to 8pm. You need the following qualifications in order to get the mammogram: - Ages 40 - 64 - No Insurance - Low Income For more information call,... more »
  • Free Scary Face Pancake at IHOP

    October 26, 2010 4:31 PM

    IHOP will be giving kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake Friday, October 29th from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The "design-your-own" Scary Face Pancake includes a pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO cookies and candy corn on the side,... more »
  • FREE Mammograms will be offered this Wednesday in Lafayette

    October 25, 2010 10:51 AM

    FREE Mammograms will be offered this Wednesday in Lafayette. The screenings will take place at "Saint Bernadette" clinic from 5pm to 8pm. There are some requirements. to find out more, contact the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program by phone 235-7898 or online at
  • Free Kidney Screening

    September 22, 2010 5:39 PM

    Most Americans know that heart disease and cancer can be silent killers and understand that monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol and having regular mammograms are critical to protecting their health. Too few adults-and not enough doctors-realize, however, that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is another common, life-threatening illness that often goes... more »
  • Free Concert in Gulf Shores to Boost Tourism

    September 1, 2010 5:34 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Gulf Shores officials say Bon Jovi and Brad Paisley will perform concerts in mid-October to boost tourism on the Alabama coast after the Gulf oil spill. Bon Jovi will appear on Oct. 15 and Paisley on Oct. 17. Their concerts are in conjunction with the... more »
  • Free Faith Hill Concert Tonight

    August 24, 2010 4:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Country music star Faith Hill brings her signature style and grace to New Orleans to honor the resilient spirit of Gulf Coast residents who are still rebuilding five years after Hurricane Katrina. Hill headlines a free concert Tuesday evening to celebrate how far the Gulf Coast... more »
  • Free Tax Seminar For Business Operator

    July 28, 2010 12:46 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Revenue offers a free seminar to help business operators understand sales tax and other important issues. The next session is at 2 PM, Monday, August 16th at LDR's Lafayette office, 825 Kaliste Saloom. For details or to register, call (337) 262-5455
  • Remington College Will Offer Free Back-to-School Haircuts For Kids

    July 26, 2010 1:24 PM

    Remington College-Lafayette Campus will offer complimentary back-to-school haircuts for children this summer. The popular Cuts for Kids event will begin on Monday, July 26 and run for two weeks. Parents can bring in children ages 17 and under for a complimentary haircut provided by instructors and students in the Remington... more »
  • Apple Will Give Free Protective Cases to Buyers of New iPhone

    July 16, 2010 2:51 PM

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apple Inc. will give free protective cases to buyers of its latest iPhone to alleviate the so-called "death grip" problem in which holding the phone with a bare hand can muffle the wireless signal. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the giveaway Friday during a news conference... more »
  • Roman Polanski Declared A Free Man

    July 12, 2010 5:57 PM

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) - In a stunning ruling, Roman Polanski was declared a free man on Monday - no longer confined to house arrest in his Alpine villa after Swiss authorities rejected a U.S. request for his extradition because of a 32-year-old sex conviction. The decision left the Oscar-winning director... more »
  • A Series Of Free Beach Concerts Courtesy Of BP

    July 12, 2010 11:18 AM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - A series of free beach concerts may be in the works on the Alabama coast, courtesy of BP. A free Jimmy Buffett concert Sunday drew thousands to the beach in Gulf Shores. Officials say they hope to line up a string of big-name performers through... more »
  • Free Back to School Haircuts

    July 6, 2010 12:18 PM

    Remington College in Lafayette will offer complimentary back-to-school haircuts for children this summer. The Cuts for Kids event will begin on Monday, July 26 and run for two weeks. Parents can bring in children ages 17 and under for a complimentary haircut provided by instructors and students in... more »
  • BP Handing "Feel Free To Talk" Cards To All 40,000 Oil Clean Up Workers

    July 2, 2010 3:30 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - BP PLC says it's handing out cards to all 40,000 of its cleanup workers telling them they can talk to the media - but only if they want to. The message on the small cards? "Feel Free to Talk." The oil giant, stung by footage... more »
  • Free Concert: Lost Bayou Ramblers In Venice Tonight

    June 24, 2010 1:24 PM

    Tonight, June 24, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Venice Marina in Plaquemines Parish the winners of this year's Big Easy Award for Best Cajun Band, the Grammy award nominated Lost Bayou Ramblers weave the message of coastal restoration throughout their energetic music. National Wildlife Federation will be gathering stories... more »
  • eBay Statement: Free Jimmy Buffet Tickets Not To Be Sold On Website

    June 23, 2010 4:21 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Tickets to Jimmy Buffett's free concert in Alabama to show support for the oil spill-stricken Gulf Coast have been grabbed up quickly and begun showing up for sale on eBay for more than $100 each. That prompted eBay officials to release a statement Wednesday saying... more »
  • Buffett Plans Free Concert on Alabama Beach

    June 20, 2010 7:03 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Jimmy Buffett and a few of his friends plan to give a free concert on the Alabama coast to show support for the Gulf region. Alabama tourism director Lee Sentell says show will be July 1 on the beach at Gulf Shores. Buffett's website says... more »
  • Tax Free Weekend

    May 29, 2010 11:30 PM

    As we worry about oil in the gulf our fears are increased with the threat of an active hurricane season. Since 2007 the State of Louisiana has waived state sales taxes on Memorial Day Weekend so people can fill their carts with flashlights, gas cans, generators-- the stuff for surviving... more »
  • Free Fishing Weekend

    May 26, 2010 2:47 PM

    The Office of State Parks (OSP) continues the partnership with the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) of supporting outdoor recreation opportunities during the 2010 Free Fishing Weekend (June 12-13) and free day-use admission at selected State Parks’ facilities on June 12. “We’re happy... more »
  • Special Olympics Offer Free Sight, PT, Dental

    May 21, 2010 9:48 AM

    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Special Olympics summer games will be held Saturday and Sunday at Southeastern Louisiana University, with opening ceremonies Friday. More than 700 athletes will participate. As part of the program, athletes can get free vision, physical therapy and dental screenings on Saturday. Vision and physical therapy... more »
  • May 22 Free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

    May 17, 2010 1:27 PM

    Lafayette, LA - Drs. Mitchell Lirtzman and Charles Wyatt, Lafayette cardiovascular surgeons with Louisiana Heart, Lung and Vascular Center, have teamed up with The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana (formerly Southwest Medical Center) and Aneurysm Outreach, Inc. to offer a free abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening to qualified participants. The... more »
  • Free Parking Ending in Ike-Damaged Galveston

    May 17, 2010 9:14 AM

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Most free parking is disappearing from downtown Galveston as the city replaces Hurricane Ike-damaged meters with high-tech versions. Ike swamped much of Galveston in September 2008. The Galveston County Daily News reported Monday that the city has removed more than 700 Ike-damaged meters. Updated meters, operated... more »
  • Nicholls to Become a Tobacco-Free Campus

    May 11, 2010 10:54 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Nicholls State University will become a tobacco-free campus effective Jan. 1. University spokeswoman Renee Piper says the policy change prohibits the use of tobacco in any form. The current policy prohibits the use of tobacco products within 25 feet of campus buildings, on sidewalks or inside... more »
  • Videos Showing Violence Against Animals: Free Speech

    April 20, 2010 2:34 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law aimed at banning videos that show graphic violence against animals, saying it violates the right to free speech. The justices, voting 8-1, threw out the criminal conviction of Robert Stevens of Pittsville, Va., who was sentenced to three... more »
  • Free Mammograms Offered In Lafayette

    January 18, 2010 1:50 PM

    FREE breast exams will be performed by a physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner for women ages 40 to 64. Wednesday, January 20, 2010 5 PM - 8 PM Clifton Chenier Center 220 West Willow St, Building A Lafayette, LA FREE screening mammograms will be available for women... more »
  • Free Mammograms for Acadiana Women

    January 13, 2010 3:17 PM

    The goal of the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP) is to prevent unnecessary disease, disability, or premature death due to cancer of the breast and cervix in women who live in Louisiana. To accomplish this, LBCHP provides quality, no-cost breast exams, mammograms, and pap smears to women who... more »
  • Free H1N1 Shots In Opelousas

    January 8, 2010 3:22 PM

    Opelousas General Health System will be providing free HINI Vaccines to the public on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. in the main, front lobby of the hospital. Individuals must be 10 years of age or older to receive the vaccine. A parent or guardian must... more »
  • Opelousas General Health System To Offer Free Mammograms

    December 28, 2009 1:00 PM

    Opelousas General Health System is offering free Mammograms to women who qualify. This service is being sponsored through a $30,000 grant from the Acadiana Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. To qualify for a free mammogram, women must meet 3 of the following requirements: be between the... more »
  • Women's And Children's To Offer Free H1N1Vaccines

    December 16, 2009 5:54 PM

    Free H1N1 Flu Vaccinations will be offered at Women's and Children's in Lafayette. Vaccinations will be given in the hospital classroom at the facility. They will be given tomorrow Dec 17, between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 in the afternoon. They will be available to the... more »
  • FREE ACT precourse offered

    November 16, 2009 3:14 PM

    The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office BASE Mentoring Program is offering a FREE ACT Prep Course on Saturday, December 5, 2009. The class will begin at 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at that Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office Training Center located at 1037 Capitol Avenue, Crowley LA. Students are asked to bring... more »
  • Free Health Screenings

    November 12, 2009 2:33 PM

    There will be Free flu and H1N1 shots (while supplies last)including Free health screenings (cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and sickle cell) at the SWLA Center for Health Services - St. Antoine Gardens at 716 Hellen St. in Lafayette. The health screening event takes place on Saturday, November 14th from 8AM... more »
  • FREE, Online Concert

    November 12, 2009 2:24 PM

    CYBERSPACE (AP) - Wanna go to a concert by Alicia Keys, Daughtry or Usher? A new Web site lets you do so - without even leaving your home. The new concert-viewing Web site gives music fans the opportunity to see the virtual "shows" from any number of different angles. You... more »
  • Local Company Provides Free Home Care to Veterans

    November 9, 2009 2:30 PM

    A First Name Basis Home Care, founded in Lafayette with offices in New Orleans, Mandeville and Baton Rouge, provides non-medical home care to its clients. The company assists seniors with their daily needs in their homes, often avoiding placement in assisted livings or nursing homes. A company sponsored program... more »
  • Dauterive Hospital launches tobacco-free campaign

    November 9, 2009 2:02 PM

    NEW IBERIA, La. - Dauterive Hospital is going tobacco-free on Feb. 12, 2010. As of that date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted - inside or outside - on the property, including all parking areas. This initiative also will include the elimination of designated areas outside Dauterive... more »
  • Winners of the Miles Perret/Clint Black Concert

    October 23, 2009 1:14 PM

    Over the past three days GMA has given away FREE Clint Black/Jaryd Lane tickets; congratulations to Jenny Broussard of Mire, Pam Benoit of Church Point and Barbara Meaux of Rayne. These lucky winners and a guest will enjoy a night of food, fun, and music held (rain or shine) downtown... more »
  • Louisiana State Museum-Patterson is now admission free

    October 23, 2009 12:55 PM

    PATTERSON - The Louisiana State Museum-Patterson , housing two unique collections exploring the region's historic aviation and logging industries, has adopted a free admissions policy effective Saturday, October 24. "Our goal is to make this wonderful family-friendly destination even friendlier, especially in a tough economy," said Sam Rykels, Assistant Secretary... more »
  • Free mammograms for women who qualify

    October 21, 2009 2:55 PM

    FREE mammograms will be available to those women who qualify. Individuals who qualify will fall between the ages for 40 to 64, have no insurance and have a low income. The next screening will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 beginning at 5pm until 8pm at the St.... more »
  • How to Deal With Freeloading Friends and Family

    October 6, 2009 2:50 PM

    Mellody Hobson Reveals Warning Signs, Ways to Stop Financial Freeloaders .
  • See the Hornets Play for FREE

    September 28, 2009 2:56 PM

    The Hornets will host their open practice for fans at the Earl K. Long Gym on Saturday, October 3. Tickets for the event are free and will be available to the public (maximum of four per person) starting at 10 AM on Tuesday, September 29 at the Cajun Dome Box... more »
  • Chick-Fil-A Sandwich Giveaway

    September 7, 2009 8:57 AM

    Chick-Fil-A is kicking off the 2009 college football season with a FREE chicken sandwich giveaway. Today (Monday, September 7th), from 10:30am to 8pm, customers can visit any participating restaurant wearing their favorite sports-related apparel to receive a free Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich. This includes any article of clothing with... more »

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