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  • EPA: La. must tighten Nucor air pollution permit

    March 22, 2014 3:33 PM

    CONVENT, La. (AP) - The federal Environmental Protection Agency is ordering the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to tighten the air pollution permit granted to Nucor Corp.'s St. James Parish plant. NOLA.com ' T he Times-Picayune reports that the EPA concludes the new pig iron and direct reduced iron manufacturing... more »
  • Bill would ban e-cigarette sales to minors in La.

    March 18, 2014 4:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 is getting its first legislative hearing. Sen. Rick Gallot, a Ruston Democrat, is asking a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday to forward the measure to the full Senate for debate. The bill would... more »
  • Lawmakers to consider raising La. minimum wage

    February 26, 2014 5:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Groups that advocate for low-income families are asking Louisiana lawmakers to boost the state's minimum wage, saying too many workers are struggling with poverty in the state. Several Democratic lawmakers have filed proposals that would set Louisiana's minimum wage anywhere from $8.25 per hour to... more »
  • La. to sell $500M in bonds for construction work

    February 11, 2014 5:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is getting ready to borrow nearly $500 million to replenish the fund that pays for state-backed construction projects. The bond sales will be held Tuesday, with the results needing approval from the State Bond Commission before the borrowing deals are complete. The plan involves... more »
  • New system seeks to ease traffic snarls in La.

    February 5, 2014 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State police say a new statewide training system will get roads reopened more quickly following accidents. The Advocate reports the Traffic Incident Management system developed by the Federal Highway Administration is already in place in 33 states. The system aims to make sure all first... more »
  • DHH rescinds new La. abortion rules

    February 4, 2014 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration announced Monday night it was scrapping rewritten licensing regulations for abortion clinics that abortion rights supporters had said would force all five of the state's clinics to shut down. The Department of Health and Hospitals said it would rewrite the regulations... more »
  • Another frigid night in La.

    January 30, 2014 8:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Another night of icy weather means one more day of government offices and school closures in parts of Louisiana. State government was to be closed Thursday in 23 parishes. And at least 18 school districts were expected to remain closed. Most of the state was under... more »
  • La. AG offers defense of role in Big Oil lawsuit

    January 10, 2014 9:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit that says he illegally approved a New Orleans-area flood protection board's contract with lawyers who are suing the oil and gas industry over coastal wetlands loss. Caldwell's office on Thursday released a copy of his state... more »
  • Axiall considers La. for $3 billion ethane plant

    December 20, 2013 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Axiall Corp. says it's considering building a $3 billion ethane cracker and chemical plant somewhere in Louisiana. The Atlanta-based chemical manufacturer says it could make a decision sometime early next year. Axiall would invest $1 billion of its own money, while an unnamed partner would... more »
  • Forum to focus on Civil War in La.

    December 16, 2013 7:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Historic New Orleans Collection is planning a daylong forum on the Civil War in Louisiana. The sessions will be presented Jan. 25 in connection with the collection's annual Williams Research Symposium. The collection currently is showcasing two related exhibits: "Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the... more »
  • LSU AgCenter: La. Thanksgiving costs up 9 percent

    November 27, 2013 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thanksgiving dinner costs in Louisiana are up about 9 percent - from $44.35 for a dinner for 10 last year, to $48.50 this year, the LSU AgCenter says. The biggest chunk of that increase is in the turkey. An AgCenter survey found that turkeys in... more »
  • La. teachers retiring in high numbers

    July 10, 2013 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana teachers are continuing to retire at higher-than-usual numbers - more than 7,500 in the last two years. The number of retirements in 2013 increased from the 24 percent increase last year. Dana Vicknair, assistant director at Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, tells The Advocate... more »
  • La. offers workshops on wetland management

    May 20, 2013 10:06 AM

  • Vaccinate horses, La. official says

    April 29, 2013 8:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is advising horse owners to vaccinate their animals for eastern equine encephalitis and west Nile virus as mosquito season kicks in. Strain said authorities have not found cases of either disease so far this year in sweeps across the state.... more »
  • La. black bears active early

    March 18, 2013 9:01 AM

    PATTERSON, La. (AP) - Though they'd normally still be in winter dens, Louisiana black bears are unusually active in St. Mary Parish, For some reason bears in coastal areas couldn't fatten up enough for denning, so they're awake, active and hungry, Maria Davidson, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries... more »
  • Smoothie King HQ to stay, expand in La.

    November 21, 2012 6:29 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Louisiana-based Smoothie King, which was sold in July to a South Korea-based corporation, will move its headquarters from Covington to Jefferson Parish and expand its 45-person headquarters staff with 60 new jobs. The announcement was made Tuesday by state officials and Greater New Orleans Inc., the... more »
  • AG: 5 drug companies to pay $18.6M to La.

    October 25, 2012 7:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says five pharmaceutical companies will pay the state more than $18.6 million to resolve allegations they misreported drug price information to the state's Medicaid program. Caldwell's office says it has recovered a total of more than $83.8 million... more »
  • Sec. of State: 2.92M registered to vote in La.

    October 11, 2012 8:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Preliminary statewide voter registration totals show that at least 2.92 million Louisianians will be eligible to vote Nov. 6 when the race for U.S. president tops the ballot. Election officials tell The Advocate on Wednesday the numbers mean there are already about 100,000 more eligible... more »
  • La. gas worker dies of burns from W.Va. motel fire

    September 11, 2012 9:46 AM

    WILSONBURG, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office says a Louisiana man has died of burns he suffered during a weekend hotel fire. Media outlets identified the victim as 21-year-old Dustin McCellen. The marshal's office didn't provide his hometown, and the chief investigator on the Wilsonburg blaze didn't... more »
  • Dentist charged with fraudulently billing La.

    July 27, 2012 8:25 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport dentist has been charged with fraudulently billing Louisiana's Medicaid program. Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says 48-year-old Charles S. Williams Jr. was arrested Tuesday on 16 counts of Medicaid fraud and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Caldwell's office Thursday... more »
  • La. taking applications for Katrina loan program

    July 19, 2012 7:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state of Louisiana is accepting applications for a program offering low-interest loans of up to $5 million to businesses affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The state Office of Community Development said in a statement Wednesday that the loans are designed to... more »
  • La. energy customers can expect some refunds soon

    July 19, 2012 6:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Officials say customers at two Louisiana-based energy companies will be receiving refunds as credits on their energy bills this summer. Members of the state's Public Service Commission voted to let Pineville-based electricity provider Cleco Corp. put a refund on its customers' September bills. PSC attorney... more »
  • Bayou Country Superfest to begin Saturday in La.

    May 25, 2012 7:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A horn section backs up country singer Jerrod Niemann this weekend in south Louisiana's Bayou Country Superfest, a two-day festival that includes Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Sara Evans and others. "We're going to be in an area with a history of jazz... more »
  • La. man gets prison in bankruptcy case

    April 19, 2012 6:51 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Maurice man who was convicted of concealing bankruptcy assets has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty in Lafayette on Tuesday sentenced 52-year-old Thad Corey Theall to 27 months in prison and ordered him to repay $50,000 to... more »
  • La. House approves private school tax rebate

    March 28, 2012 6:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House backed a proposal Tuesday to give a dollar-for-dollar state tax rebate to people who donate money to nonprofits that give scholarships to help students attend private and parochial schools. The proposal by Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, is part of Gov. Bobby... more »
  • NJ ticket wins Powerball, no big winners in La.

    March 22, 2012 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lottery officials say the winning ticket in Wednesday's $70 million Powerball drawing was sold in New Jersey and there were no big winners in Louisiana. The winning numbers for Wednesday's drawing were 32, 43, 53, 55, 56 and Powerball was 6. The next Powerball drawing... more »
  • Landrieu: La. get $63.5M for hurricane recovery

    March 22, 2012 7:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Louisiana is getting about $63.5 million in hurricane recovery funds that will be spent on levees, the Port of New Orleans, raising homes and to fix other damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Landrieu said Wednesday that $55 million will go... more »
  • With tweaks, coastal plan heads to La. lawmakers

    March 22, 2012 6:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A $50 billion, 50-year proposal aimed at stopping coastal land loss in Louisiana was approved unanimously Wednesday by a governor's panel and moved on to the state Legislature. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority approved a series of changes to a draft report issued in January,... more »
  • La. man pleads guilty to stealing $42K in benefits

    February 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An Opelousas man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining disability insurance benefits from the Social Security Administration. Forty-six-year-old Kevin V. Leday faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison following his guilty plea Wednesday in Lafayette to theft and fraud charges. Federal prosecutors say Leday... more »
  • Antitrust suits target La. pool products company

    January 16, 2012 9:53 AM

    EW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana company that bills itself as the world's largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool products is becoming an Olympic-size target for plaintiffs' lawyers filing antitrust lawsuits. In November, Pool Corp. settled claims by the Federal Trade Commission that the Covington-based company used its "monopoly power"... more »
  • Man accused of killing ex-wife in Winnfield

    January 6, 2012 9:39 AM

    WINNFIELD, La. (AP) - Winnfield police have arrested a man in the death of his ex-wife. Gregory Washington has been booked with second-degree murder. He is accused of killing Jacquelyn Washington after a domestic argument got out of control. Police say the victim was found shot and stabbed multiple times... more »
  • Cantaloupe eater diagnosed with listeria in La.

    October 3, 2011 6:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's health department says someone who ate cantaloupe about two weeks ago has been diagnosed with listeria. Department spokeswoman Lisa Faust said Sunday that epidemiologists are investigating whether the cantaloupe can be linked directly to the illness. She said she cannot confirm any details about... more »
  • La., W.Va. chefs team up to benefit fallen miners

    September 21, 2011 9:33 AM

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Fans of West Virginia and LSU football are laying the rivalry aside until Saturday night to collaborate on a culinary fundraiser for the families of 29 coal miners killed in an explosion last year. Morgantown's Richwood Grill is dishing up shrimp, crab and crawfish omelets, crab... more »
  • Architect named to La. fire board

    September 5, 2011 9:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jeffrey Smith has been named to the state Fire Prevention Review Board. Smith, an architect with the Hammond, La., firm Holly & Smith Architects, was appointed to the post by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The board reviews laws and regulations established by the state fire marshal.
  • Corps, La. join forces to study river diversions

    August 24, 2011 6:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers and state officials say they will join forces to study the best methods for turning the Mississippi River into a land-making device by diverting its water and sediment into coastal areas that are eroding. Army Corps and state officials say they... more »
  • Navy CPO Arrested in Wife's Fatal Stabbing in La.

    May 30, 2011 7:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say a Navy chief petty officer stationed in Virginia has been arrested and faces charges in the fatal stabbing of his wife - possibly with a pen. Officer Williams of the New Orleans police says a first-degree murder warrant accuses 43-year-old David Hugh... more »
  • La. Man Gets 17 Years in Prison for Child Porn

    May 6, 2011 7:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Houma man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for downloading child pornography to his home computer. U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon also ordered 55-year-old Robert Kim Istre on Thursday to register as a sex offender following his prison term.... more »
  • Rising Big River Poses Threat to La. Oyster Trade

    May 6, 2011 6:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Just a year after the BP oil spill crippled Louisiana's oyster industry, the fishermen face a new problem. Freshwater is set to be diverted from the mighty Mississippi River into the salty waters where the shellfish grow, potentially killing them. To protect people, homes and businesses... more »
  • Coast Guard responds to ruptured pipeline near Cameron, La.

    March 31, 2011 3:06 PM

    The Coast Guard continues its response Thursday to the report of a ruptured condensate oil and natural gas pipeline near Cameron, La., received Wednesday by watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles. At approximately 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, the dredging barge Bayport reported that a 12-inch, condensate oil and... more »
  • Louisiana Man Pleads not Guilty in Infant Son's Death

    October 28, 2010 8:44 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A 38-year-old West Monroe man has pleaded not guilty in the Sept. 16 death of his infant son. James Edward "Juicy" Clampit, who was charged with one count of negligent homicide, entered his plea on Wednesday. Police say the 11-month-old boy's death was attributed to a... more »
  • La. jurors see video of man dying after stun gun

    October 22, 2010 9:30 PM

    WINNFIELD, La. (AP) - Minutes after a doctor testified that he believed a combination of medical conditions made worse by repeated shocks from a Taser stun gun caused the death of Baron Pikes, the jury watched a video of the dying man writhing on the police station floor. Scott Nugent... more »
  • Louisiana agency: missing items found

    October 20, 2010 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A recent state audit accuses the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections of losing track of $1.5 million in property. Officials agreed with the audit's findings at first but said that they have located most of what was missing after looking around a little... more »
  • Louisiana Corrections Agency may Sell off State Prisons

    October 14, 2010 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Department of Corrections is contemplating the sale of prisons to cut costs during difficult budget times. State Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc that everything has been put on the table. LeBlanc said he is looking for creative ways to chop his budget. The state... more »
  • 101st Airborne member killed, was from La.

    October 14, 2010 8:57 AM

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Military officials at Fort Campbell say improvised explosives killed a U.S. Army truck driver. Spc. Matthew C. Powell of Slidell, La., was assigned to Company A., 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). A news release from the post... more »
  • La. Traffic Stop led to TX Murder Arrest

    September 28, 2010 10:32 AM

    LIVONIA, La. - A Louisiana traffic stop led Texas authorities to the man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl in March 1996 and leaving her body under a bridge in Chambers County. Livonia Police Officer John Thibodaux stopped a car in January for swerving between lanes in Livonia. He... more »
  • Thursday is the Deadline for last Louisiana Casino License

    September 23, 2010 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Thursday is the deadline for applications for Louisiana's 15th and final riverboat casino license allowed by law. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board put the license up for applicants after it was returned to the state in April by Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. Pinnacle had planned to use... more »
  • La. 87 Drain Replacement-Detour Set

    September 20, 2010 12:36 PM

    La. 87, 0.4 of a mile west of La. 3182 (Bayside Bridge), in Iberia Parish will be closed for cross-drain replacement beginning Tuesday, September 21, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The detour will consist of La. 3182, La. 182 and La 320. DOTD appreciates your patience and... more »
  • 28th South West Louisiana Zydeco Festival

    September 1, 2010 6:31 AM

    PLAISANCE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's oldest zydeco festival gears up this week with a parade and a free jam session at what organizers say is one of the oldest zydeco clubs still standing. The 28th Annual Original Southwest "La-La" Zydeco Music Festival on Saturday in Plaisance will culminate three days... more »
  • La. HWY 70 Reopens After Oil and Gas Well Blowout

    August 30, 2010 12:40 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE, La. (AP) - A section of La. Highway 70 closed for nearly three weeks because of an oil and gas well blowout in Assumption Parish has been reopened to traffic. The Mantle Oil and Gas LLC well blew Aug. 11 and forced authorities to shut down La. 70 between... more »
  • 4 Apply for LA. Higher Ed Commissioner Job

    August 25, 2010 8:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Four candidates have applied so far to be Louisiana's new higher education commissioner, but the Board of Regents hasn't yet worked out a salary range for the job with lawmakers, who must approve the amount. The board, which governs public higher education in Louisiana, hopes... more »
  • Number of state-owned vehicles drops in La.

    August 24, 2010 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has cut the state-owned vehicle fleet by more than 1,000 cars, trucks and vans over the last year. The administration says that's the lowest level since the 2003-04 fiscal year - but it's still short of an administration goal to trim... more »
  • Faith Hill in concert in La. for Katrina's victims

    August 24, 2010 9:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Country music star Faith Hill says giving back just comes naturally for the Mississippi native, and she has a message for those still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. "We are here for you still and you are not forgotten," Hill said before headlining a free concert Tuesday... more »
  • Rapper Juvenile pleads guilty in La. drug case

    August 13, 2010 9:55 PM

    CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - New Orleans rapper Juvenile has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in Louisiana. The St. Bernard Parish sheriff's office says the 34-year-old, whose real name is Terius Gray, entered the plea Thursday. The rapper and an aquaintance were arrested Feb. 25. He received a... more »
  • Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Child Porn

    July 23, 2010 2:31 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. - Curtis Dale Lolley, 55, of Doyline, La., was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for the sexual exploitation of two females under the age of 18 for the purpose of producing child pornography and possession of child pornography, U. S. Attorney Stephanie A.... more »
  • New Rule: La. Food Aid Won't Count BP Payments

    May 13, 2010 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Social Services says oil spill payments from BP PLC won't count as income for deciding who can get food cards and other cash-based aid programs. The department says that business accounts also won't count as assets. The rule is designed to... more »
  • Woman Wanted for Stealing Furniture and Jewelry

    March 22, 2010 4:38 PM

    Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish needs your help to locate a wanted fugitive. Church Point Police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate Deborah Kim Henry, 45 years of age, white female, 5’7” in height weighing 200 pounds. Her last known address is 200 South Sherman Street Iowa,... more »
  • Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

    March 15, 2010 2:41 PM

    Stephanie R. Payne, 40, of Monroe, La., pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud relating to the sale of stolen merchandise on eBay, Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan announced today. During today’s court proceeding, Payne admitted to stealing merchandise from National retailer with a location... more »
  • Larry Callier Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

    March 10, 2010 1:31 PM

    Larry Caillier, II, 32, of Opelousas, La., was indicted for production and possession of child pornography and attempt to coerce a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts, Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan announced today. Caillier has been ordered detained pending trial after his arrest on February 26,... more »
  • Eunice Woman Dies in Accident

    March 10, 2010 9:58 AM

    A Eunice woman died early this morning as the result of a single vehicle crash in Jefferson Davis Parish. The driver, Shasta Ann Fuselier, 31, of Eunice, La., was traveling north on La. 102 near Grand Marais Road in a 2005 GMC Yukon. For unknown reasons, the vehicle left... more »
  • Former Chief Financial Officer of Acadian Medical Center Sentenced

    March 9, 2010 7:11 PM

    The former Chief Financial Officer of Acadian Medical Center in Eunice, La., was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for mail fraud for embezzling $192,047.03 from the physician's student loan repayment program, Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan announced today. Melissa Hanks Bordelon, 40, of Nashville, Tenn.,... more »
  • St. Landry Parish Crime of the Week

    March 9, 2010 3:14 PM

    The week St. Landry Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving robberies that happened in Opelousas, La. The Opelousas City Police Department is currently investigating two armed robberies which occurred at 1138 N. Main Street, at Cash Tyme. The first occurred on 12/01/09 during the evening hours. The employee was... more »
  • Jindal Marks Groundbreaking for Widening of Final Segment for La. 28

    December 16, 2009 2:49 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal marked the groundbreaking for the widening of the final segment of La. 28 from the Vernon Parish line to La. 121 in Rapides Parish, which he called a critical corridor for Central Louisiana, Ft.Polk and the country's national security efforts. Governor Jindal said,... more »
  • St. Martin Parish Outstanding Warrants

    December 16, 2009 2:40 PM

    December 16, 2009 (St. Martinville, La.)- TheSt. Martin Parish Outstanding Warrants for this week are as follows: Terry Vidrine-29-Wanted for Domestic Abuse Battery, Child Endangerment, Aggravated Assault, Cruelty To Juveniles. Delores Comeaux-56- Arnaudville-Wanted for 6 Counts Of Issuing Worthless Checks over $1700.00. Tiffany... more »
  • Four Kids Killed in I-10 Crash, None Wearing Seatbelts.

    November 29, 2009 12:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four children ages 2 to 14 were among five people killed when a minivan packed with kids rolled on a Louisiana interstate, and seven others remained in critical condition, state police said Sunday. None of the 13 children in the van was wearing a seatbelt, and... more »
  • 72-year-old Eunice movie theater to be restored

    November 25, 2009 11:59 AM

    EUNICE, La. (AP) - The Queen Cinema, a downtown Eunice landmark since 1937, is getting a new lease on life thanks to a $10,000 matching grant from the Louisiana Main Street program. "We are really excited. This is the biggest grant our Eunice Main Street program has ever received,"... more »
  • Halloween meeting for 100 sex offenders

    October 31, 2009 4:26 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - About 100 sex offenders from a six-parish area in Central Louisiana had orders to attend a Halloween night meeting at the Louisiana Probation and Parole office in Alexandria. Officials say the meeting, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is partly to help the community feel... more »
  • Opelousas mom to plead not guilty in baby's death

    September 27, 2009 4:32 PM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A defense attorney says an Opelousas woman accused in the shaking death of her infant will plead not guilty to a second-degree murder charge. Latonia Lavergne was arrested Wednesday by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, after an investigation that lasted more than a year. Her... more »

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