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  • Miss. preparing for its Civil War commemoration

    December 3, 2010 9:38 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State and local tourism officials are hoping Civil War commemoration events, including re-enactments and conferences, will draw money-spending visitors to Mississippi over the next four years. The state will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the conflict from 2011 to 2015. "It is economic development. We want... more »
  • Manhunt for Paul Collins Junior now into its 19th Hour

    October 20, 2010 6:26 AM

    The manhunt for Paul Collins Junior is now in its 19th hour (started at 10:30am Tuesday). Collins is an accused murderer who escaped from prison yesterday. St. Martin Parish deputies say Collins jumped off the roof of the jail and got away. Deputies say correctional officers were escorting inmates... more »
  • "Sister Act" will be getting its groove on Broadway style

    October 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A theatrical adaptation of the movie "Sister Act" will be getting its groove on Broadway style. Producers say the musical based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg will begin performances at the Broadway Theatre in late March with an opening on April 20. The show... more »
  • Fruit of the Loom Announces Closure of its Distribution Center in Jeanerette

    October 4, 2010 3:17 PM

    Fruit of the Loom, Inc. announced today the permanent closure of its Distribution Center in Jeanerette, Louisiana. Approximately 178 employees are affected by this announcement. The decision is the result of continued consolidation efforts by the company to remain competitive in a global market. The phase down is expected to... more »
  • Ford says its U.S. sales rose 46 percent

    October 1, 2010 12:48 PM

    DETROIT (AP) - Ford says its U.S. sales rose 46 percent in September as it saw strong sales of redesigned cars and trucks. Ford had expected sales to rise significantly from September of 2009, when sales dropped as last summer's Cash for Clunkers program came to an end But Ford... more »
  • LSU announces Friday that its overall enrollment is up

    September 17, 2010 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's flagship university has boosted its enrollment, even as budget cuts have slashed programs and services at the campus. LSU announced Friday that its overall enrollment is 28,771 this semester, a 3 percent increase from last year when the school had 27,992 students. The... more »
  • Coast Guard Backing Off Its Earlier Report of Oil Sheen Spreading

    September 2, 2010 5:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard is backing off its earlier report that an oil sheen about a mile long was spreading following a platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said Thursday afternoon that crews was unable to confirm the oil sheen.... more »
  • Oil & Gas Blowout in Assumption Parish has Stopped on its own

    August 24, 2010 12:15 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE, La. (AP) - State police say an oil and gas blowout in Assumption Parish has stopped on its own. Trooper Bryan Zeringue (zuh-RANG') tells The Advocate that are preparing to cap the well from the surface while the flow is stopped. Zeringue said the exploratory well northwest of Paincourtville... more »
  • Social Network MySpace is Revamping its Home Page

    August 11, 2010 5:49 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The once-dominant social network MySpace is revamping its home page. It's looking a little more like its more popular and populous rival, Facebook, even as it attempts to set itself apart. In simplifying its user home page, MySpace is making users' stream wider and more prominent.... more »
  • Louisiana Prison Nourishes Its Own

    August 9, 2010 9:21 AM

    DEQUINCY, La. (AP) - Strawberry preserves ... blueberry syrup ... fresh honey ... homegrown tomatoes ... Believe it or not, that's just a sampling of the usual fare at C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center in DeQuincy. But prison officials say the 942 inmates are by no means pampered or spoiled.... more »
  • Woman's Foundation, Inc. is Celebrating its 30th Anniversary

    July 22, 2010 5:20 PM

    Woman's Foundation, Inc. is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. The Foundation is a local non-profit organization, whose mission statement is "to promote the total well-being of women and their families". In their 30 years they have served 450,000 people throughout Acadiana. The Woman's Foundation, Inc. has contributed to the... more »
  • Gulf Oil Spill Panel Started Its Work Today

    July 12, 2010 3:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The presidential panel that is supposed to find the cause of the Gulf oil spill started its work Monday with a hearing focused more on the response and the impact. Amid interruptions by protesters, the National Oil Spill Commission heard more from oil executives, experts and... more »
  • Ex-FEMA Director Could Help BP Out of its Disaster

    June 28, 2010 8:19 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - James Lee Witt, America's go-to guy for disaster response, knows how to take an unpopular organization and turn it around. If BP hires the former Federal Emergency Management Agency director to help with community relations, it could further a makeover of the oil giant's Gulf Coast image.... more »
  • LUS Fiber announced its first major upgrade

    June 17, 2010 6:02 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - LUS Fiber announced its first major upgrade to its Fiber-To-The-Home and Business system at a press conference today. The new upgrade will feature a platform developed by world-renowned Microsoft, an industry leader in technology and entertainment. Microsoft Mediaroom is an IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) platform that is... more »
  • BP has increased its efforts to contain the oil

    June 14, 2010 1:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says BP has increased its efforts to contain the oil gushing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico. Rear Adm. James Watson, who is the federal on-scene coordinator, said in a statement Monday that the government will continue to hold BP... more »
  • BP is in the middle of its first major pipe cut

    June 1, 2010 1:36 PM

    PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen is saying that BP is in the middle of its first major pipe cut in the company's latest bid to contain the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Allen, the national incident commander, said Tuesday that it could be... more »
  • Government Must Reconsider its Ban on Selling Small Turtles

    April 26, 2010 1:21 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The government must reconsider its ban on selling small turtles, a federal district judge has ruled. "This is a firefight this time," said Eddie Jolly, president of the Independent Turtle Farmers of Louisiana. "This has got teeth. We're going to win this one." Judge Dee D.... more »

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