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  • La. school bus law could add costs and travel time

    July 5, 2014 12:13 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Officials are warning that a new state law could cause a big increase in school bus costs and travel times across Louisiana. The law, which takes effect in August, prohibits bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to... more »
  • Hurricane season could bring movies back to NW La

    March 30, 2014 10:00 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport's film liaison says hurricane season is likely to bring feature filmmaking up from the coast and back to northwest Louisiana. Shreveport native Tom Logan is already set to begin filming "Campin' Buddies" on May 12. Film liaison Arlena Acree tells The Times that she's in... more »
  • LA State Library Poetry Lineup

    March 20, 2014 8:10 AM

    In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book is announcing the fourth annual Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets program. Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana poet laureate, will host the event Thursday, April 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the State... more »
  • Police: 4 dead after La. shootings, 3 injured

    December 27, 2013 6:25 AM

    RACELAND, La. (AP) - A southern Louisiana man attacked his former in-laws and the head of a hospital where he'd worked, killing three - including his wife - before killing himself, authorities said. The shootings happened about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans on Thursday, the first reported by Lafourche... more »
  • La. doctor pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

    October 25, 2013 6:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says a Kenner doctor has pleaded guilty to charges he defrauded the state's Medicaid program. Dr. Fiaz Afzal pleaded guilty on Thursday to 35 counts of Medicaid fraud. He was indicted in November 2010 by an East Baton... more »
  • LA Wildlife and Fisheries' Agent Ryan Faul Play Video

    July 1, 2013 7:55 AM

    LA Wildlife and Fisheries' Agent Ryan Faul stops by GMA to discuss water safety on the 4th of July.
  • La. high court plans Law Day observances

    April 22, 2013 8:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Supreme Court plans activities in May to commemorate the nation's annual Law Day observance. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson says the court plans programs to educate school children about the role of judges and the courts. Mock trials and tours of the Supreme Court building on... more »
  • LPPRD 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    March 27, 2013 6:57 AM

    Lafayette Parks and Recreation, the MLK Assoc. and Modern Woodmen of America are hosting the 12th Annual Lafayette Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will be at Thomas Park on Saturday, March 30th, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. The event is free to the public. There will... more »
  • La announces end of shrimp season in some areas

    December 18, 2012 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's fall shrimp season is closing in most state inside waters. Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham said last week that the season would close for most inside waters at sunset Tuesday to let white shrimp grow larger and more valuable. On Monday, he set... more »
  • Election after huge storm? La has the know-how

    November 1, 2012 4:03 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Election officials from states hit by Hurricane Sandy had a phone conference with Louisiana's top elections official about preparing for elections after a devastating hurricane. Secretary of State Tom Schedler tells The Advertiser that he spoke Friday with officials from New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Maryland,... more »
  • La. woman pleads guilty to stealing from nonprofit

    July 26, 2012 7:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A woman who served as chief financial officer of a Metairie nonprofit company has pleaded guilty to a charge she embezzled nearly $250,000 from her former employer and another company official. Thirty-eight-year-old Kelley Williams, of Terrytown, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and... more »
  • Father and daughter police go on patrol in LA

    July 12, 2012 9:42 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a tradition at the Los Angeles Police Department -when the child of a veteran officer joins the force, father and child pull a shift on patrol together. Usually it's a proud dad and his son. On Wednesday, Officer Jamie Carganilla, 29, joined her father, Officer... more »
  • Relatives Sue School Over Girl's Hanging Death

    May 5, 2012 1:44 PM

    Two women are suing a Louisiana school because they say officials didn't stop persistent bullying that led the girl to hang herself from the football bleachers in March. The Advocate reports that ( http://bit.ly/KyFNGu ) the lawsuit was filed Thursday by relatives of 17-year-old Tesa Middlebrook, a Pointe Coupee Central... more »
  • Soybean acreage could go up 20 percent in La

    May 2, 2012 5:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An LSU AgCenter soybean specialist says high prices for fertilizer and low prices for other crops could boost this year's acreage 20 percent from last year. Ron Levy estimates that about 1.2 million acres could be planted this year. The AgCenter says farmers planted nearly... more »
  • Judge forbids La to enforce abortion liability law

    March 30, 2012 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge says Louisiana cannot enforce a 1997 law that allowed lawsuits against abortion doctors even without allegations of negligence or poor care. The law also kept doctors who perform abortions out of a state-run medical malpractice review process and a fund to pay malpractice... more »
  • La. actor scores in 'The Hunger Games'

    March 26, 2012 6:00 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette actor is gaining lots of attention for his role as Peacekeeper No. 3 in the blockbuster film "The Hunger Games," which opened in theaters Friday. The Daily Advertiser reports that although the role is the smallest one he's taken in the past year and... more »
  • La. Senate backs early childhood education grades

    March 22, 2012 6:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's mishmash system of prekindergarten and early childhood education programs would be coordinated and graded on performance under a Jindal administration proposal that received unanimous backing Wednesday from the Louisiana Senate. The proposal would assign letter grades to preschools, streamline governance and pull funding for... more »
  • Southern Living names Lafayette, LA the 'Tastiest Town in the South.'

    March 15, 2012 9:33 AM

    It's official! Southern Living names Lafayette, LA the 'Tastiest Town in the South.' There were over 500,000 votes cast online to vote for the "Tastiest Town of the South," out of the 10 Top Food Destinations. In celebration of the South's diverse and unique flavors, Southern Living... more »
  • AF budget: La reserve to lose A-10 unit

    March 8, 2012 6:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Air Force's latest budget proposal would eliminate the 917th Fighter Group, a reserve unit of 580 people at Barksdale Air Force Base, by the end of next year - its 50th anniversary. Col. John Breazeale, the 917th's commander, says the proposal calls for retiring 21... more »
  • St. Landry Parish: Road Closures

    March 4, 2012 2:12 PM

    Eunice, La- La. 13 in St. Landry Parish, between La. 13 (Aymond St.) and La. 3316 (E. Ardoin St.), will be closed for railroad replacement. The closure will be from today March 4, 2012, and last until 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2012. This closure is necessary to replace 60... more »
  • Ex-NFL Players Sue League in Louisiana Over Concussions

    February 18, 2012 1:28 PM

    Nearly a dozen former NFL players living in Louisiana have sued the NFL, the latest players to accuse the league of failing to protect players from the risks associated with concussions. Several former New Orleans Saints players, including John Fourcade, are among the 11 ex-players named as plaintiffs in the... more »
  • Rain Flushes Salt Water from Louisiana Canals

    February 12, 2012 1:39 PM

    Recent heavy rain has helped push out salt water that had been creeping north from the Gulf of Mexico and threatened the salt-sensitive rice crop in southwest Louisiana, where many farmers depend on surface water from canals to irrigate their fields. The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/zu6Efm ) that figures from... more »
  • La may set commercial net season on False River

    February 6, 2012 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is considering a commercial net season on False River, an oxbow lake where nets are currently banned in Pointe Coupee Parish. The proposed season would run from November through February and would be set up to minimize conflict with... more »
  • Analysis: La. education debate mired in rhetoric

    January 27, 2012 6:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With nearly two months before lawmakers even consider a single education bill, the rhetorical fight is hot and heavy between Gov. Bobby Jindal and the teacher unions who oppose his plans. Both sides accuse the other of offensive remarks, demeaning parents or teachers depending on... more »
  • Dept. of Education gives $17million to LA

    December 23, 2011 10:02 AM

    The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Louisiana will have more than $17 million given to them for the state-led education reform Race to the Top Round Three grant. Louisiana will receive a share of the total $200 million from the fund along with six other states -Arizona, Colorado,... more »
  • La Democratic Party Elects New National Committeeman

    December 5, 2011 9:11 AM

    The Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee met Saturday in Baton Rouge and held an election for the open position of National DNC Committeeman. The State Central Committee reached a quorum and voted to elect John Ales, an attorney from Baton Rouge, to the position. John Ales is a Democratic State... more »
  • "Domestic" Situation Turned Suicide

    October 15, 2011 12:02 PM

    We first told you yesterday about a "domestic" situation in St. Martin Parish. The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office responded to Butte La Rose yesterday afternoon and blocked off roads to the area for three to four hours. The Sheriff's Office says the incident "started domestic," but only one... more »
  • Gulf Island foresees 700 jobs in Texas, LA

    September 29, 2011 10:09 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - The CEO of Gulf Island Fabrication, a leading manufacturer of offshore rigs and drilling platforms, says the company intends to hire hundreds of workers in Louisiana and Texas as it begins work on new projects. The Courier of Houma reports that Kerry Chauvin expects by year's... more »
  • CDC: La scores 100 in public health emergency prep

    September 22, 2011 6:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana and Mississippi got good grades on plans for dealing with public health emergencies and on their public health labs' performance. For the second year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave Louisiana's plans for dealing with public health emergencies a perfect... more »
  • LA National Guard Trains Regional Hazmat Troops

    August 6, 2011 2:40 PM

    Three Louisiana National Guard units - about 250 soldiers - are training to become a regional team to find and treat victims of hazardous material disasters and clean up contamination. During exercises this weekend, troops will set up decontamination tents and equipment up in a drill designed to be completed... more »
  • LA Senate Debates $25B Budget on Sunday

    June 19, 2011 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana senators are taking their turn at crafting a $25 billion budget for next year, with fewer cuts than the House sought. The full Senate is scheduled to debate the spending plan Sunday afternoon. Senate leaders are hoping they can sway the House on their... more »
  • UPDATE: 2 People Dead, Driver Arrested on Fourth Offense DWI

    June 12, 2011 10:41 AM

    Two people are now dead after a wreck last weekend. Twenty-three year old Emily Landry passed away around one Sunday morning at a Lafayette hospital. The crash first happened last Saturday on LA 82 South of Abbeville. Troopers say that the driver of the vehicle, 52 year old... more »
  • One Dead, Driver Arrested on DWI Fourth Offense

    June 4, 2011 11:46 AM

    An early morning crash claims the life of an Abbeville man. The crash happened just after one am on LA 82 South of Abbeville. Troopers say that the driver of the vehicle, 52 year old Gregory Menard attempted to pass several cars in a no passing zone, and collided... more »
  • Residents Return from Costly Evacuation

    May 31, 2011 12:18 AM

    For the Breaux family in Butte La Rose, Memorial Day was more like move-in day. When the mandatory evacuation went into effect for their area last week, the Breaux's packed up almost everything in their home because their flood insurance only covers the structure, not the contents of their house.... more »
  • Bills Targeting Traffic Cameras in La. Stalled

    May 20, 2011 7:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Legislation to resolve New Orleans area lawmakers' complaints about automated traffic cameras in Louisiana have stalled, even as a city proposal moves forward. A Senate committee Thursday rejected a bill by Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, to bar traffic cameras from generating speeding tickets at all.... more »
  • Butte LA Rose Evacuates

    May 14, 2011 11:57 PM

    In other parts of Acadiana, most notably, lower Saint Martin Parish, many residents have already evacuated ahead of the impending floods, and those who haven't are certainly doing so now. With the spillway open it is now a race against time for the residents of Butte La Rose. ... more »
  • Residents in Butte La Rose Brace for Floods

    May 11, 2011 3:34 AM

    Many in Butte La Rose spent this past weekend packing up their camps, after officials urged residents to self-evacuate. Among those still moving things out Tuesday, was David Blansett, who wasn't packing up a camp, instead he was leaving his home. "We don't want to take a chance, we're... more »
  • La. man pleads guilty to bribery plot

    February 18, 2011 9:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a former New Orleans city official in a kickback scheme involving contracts for the city's crime surveillance program. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Dwaine Hodges helped a businessman, Mark St. Pierre, funnel payoffs to Anthony Jones, who... more »
  • Louisiana Man Gets 115 Years for Shooting Officers

    February 1, 2011 8:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 30-year-old Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 115 years in prison for shooting and wounding two police officers after he led them on a car chase following a traffic stop in 2008. State District Judge Tony Marabella sentenced Christopher Joseph Johnson on Monday... more »
  • Louisiana bicentennial chairman wants $1/person

    January 12, 2011 5:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The chairman of the commission overseeing Louisiana's 200th anniversary is asking the state's 4.4 million citizens to help pay for the celebration. Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore says he'd rather not use state or federal tax money for ceremonies marking Louisiana's admission to the Union in... more »
  • Intermittent Lane Closures on LA 383

    January 10, 2011 11:15 AM

    There will be intermittent lane closures on LA 383 (TV Tower Road) from Mile Post 14 to 15 in Jeff Davis Parish beginning Tuesday January 11, 2010 at 7:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. This work will continue daily from 7:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. Wednesday January 12, Thursday, January 13,... more »
  • May 16 Deadline for LA Individual Returns

    January 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials have set a May 16 filing deadline for Louisiana indvidual income tax returns. The Department of Revenue normally sets a May 15 deadline, but that date falls on a Sunday this year. So, the deadline is being extended to the next business day.
  • Report: Louisiana's health ranking falls

    December 8, 2010 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A report from the United Health Foundation finds Louisiana's national health rankings dropped to 49th in the last year. The ranking puts Louisiana second to only Mississippi in having the worst health outcomes of any state in the nation. The report found Louisiana had strengths... more »
  • LA Oyster Season Opens Monday, but on Small Scale

    November 14, 2010 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Public oyster harvesting grounds open Monday along Louisiana's coast, but on a smaller scale than usual, in part because of complications from the BP oil spill. Louisiana's Wildlife and Fisheries Commission recently voted to indefinitely delay the opening for a broad area east of the Mississippi... more »
  • LA Festival a Success

    November 14, 2010 12:24 AM

    Party for preservation, that was the goal Saturday night at Parc International for the first ever "LA-Festival." Music and dancing, the trademark of any festival in Acadiana, also a trait at the areas newest festival, LA Festival. Sarah Moss says "If anybody knows anything about music, they would know... more »
  • Louisiana ranks low in passing college-level exams

    November 12, 2010 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana ranks next to last in the South and nationally when it comes to public high school seniors earning early college credit, a new report says. Just over 4 percent of Louisiana students passed at least one Advanced Placement exam last year compared to 16... more »
  • Holder honors first black La. high court justice

    November 11, 2010 10:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The nation's first black attorney general has visited New Orleans to pay tribute to the Louisiana Supreme Court's first black justice. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke Thursday at Dillard University's dedication of a mock trial center named after Justice Revius Ortique Jr., who died in 2008... more »
  • 'Wheel of Fortune' voice O'Donnell, 78, dies in LA

    November 1, 2010 10:00 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charlie O'Donnell, the announcer whose voice has opened "Wheel of Fortune" for decades, has died. He was 78. Agent Fred Wostbrock said Monday that O'Donnell - the voice of the game show even before hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White appeared - died late Sunday at... more »
  • 4 Louisiana Metro Areas Have 3Q Foreclosure Jumps

    October 28, 2010 7:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four Louisiana metropolitan areas recorded jumps in foreclosure actions against delinquent homeowners during the third quarter, a national tracking organization said Thursday. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Houma-Thibodaux all saw increases in foreclosure-related actions ranging from an initial notice of default... more »
  • Louisiana Judge Ordered Off Attempted Murder Case

    October 22, 2010 10:51 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - State District Judge Mike Canaday ordered Judge Wilford Carter removed from attempted murder cases pending against four men accused of shooting at a police lieutenant whom Carter has publicly criticized. Canaday's ruling came Wednesday during a hearing at which Lake Charles Police Lt. Arnold Bellow... more »
  • Groups fight Louisiana Gov. Jindal's Medicaid plan

    October 19, 2010 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Hospitals, emergency responders, physicians and other medical providers have stepped up their opposition to the Jindal administration's planned restructuring of the state's Medicaid program. Louisiana Ambulance Alliance, Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana State Medical Society and other groups Monday announced the organization of the Coalition to... more »
  • LA Construction Projects Sidelined

    October 18, 2010 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's facilities planning chief says his office sidelined construction projects for this year that didn't have much money to advance the work. That's the top way the administration decided which plans to scrap so steelmaker Nucor could get $30 million from the... more »
  • Man indicted in Baton Rouge hospital shootings

    October 15, 2010 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 36-year-old man accused of shooting and wounding his estranged wife and her boyfriend at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City last month was indicted Thursday on attempted murder charges. An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Darrell F. Garner with two counts of... more »
  • Mother dies - 3 Children Survive Crash

    October 15, 2010 10:18 AM

    OAK RIDGE, La. (AP) - State police say three children were rescued but their mother was killed after a car left La. Highway 134 and landed partially submerged in a bayou. The accident happened Thursday near the East Carroll-West Carroll parish line west of Oak Ridge. Trooper Robert Patrick said... more »
  • Both LA Senators on List Acknowledging Most Corrupt Member of Congress

    October 13, 2010 3:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A watchdog group - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington - has released it's annual list dubbed the "Most Corrupt Members of Congress." Both Louisiana senators are on it. Democrat Mary Landrieu made the list for accepting $30,000 in campaign contributions in 2001 from employees... more »
  • 250 square-mile dead zone in La. sound

    October 12, 2010 10:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Researchers mapped a 250-square mile area of low oxygen this summer in Chandeleur Sound and say the dead zone possibly formed after state officials opened a river diversion to keep oil from a damaged BP well from fouling marshes. The report by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin... more »
  • LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry Continue Fighting Fires

    October 8, 2010 5:19 PM

    Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) firefighting crews continue to battle an unusually large number of fires for this time of year, Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said. Thursday Oct. 7, LDAF crews suppressed 23 wildfires that burned 111.58 acres. Since Oct. 1, LDAF crews have suppressed 189 wildfires that... more »
  • LA Congress 3rd District Campaign

    October 7, 2010 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As Republican contenders for a southeast Louisiana congressional seat fought bitterly for the party nomination, Democrat Ravi Sangisetty avoided the vitriol, quietly traveling the district to drum up campaign cash and votes. Sangisetty's bucolic campaign season is over as he now goes head-to-head with his... more »
  • LA will experience anemic job growth in 2010-2011

    October 6, 2010 2:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana will experience anemic job growth in 2010-2011 and those modest gains could be wiped out by wild cards, such as an extended ban on deepwater petroleum drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, according to an economic report released Wednesday. A group of university economists,... more »
  • La. doctor, company owner plead guilty to fraud

    October 4, 2010 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans doctor and the owner of a medical equipment company have pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to submit more than $775,000 in fraudulent Medicare claims. Dr. Dahlia Kirkpatrick and Emmanuel Komandu, owner of Baker-based Alpha Medical Solutions Inc., each face maximum... more »
  • Illegal Spending Spree Sends LA Minister to Prison

    September 30, 2010 1:17 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Louisiana minister has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for using stolen money orders during a spending spree in Mississippi. The Rev. Toris Young of New Orleans pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud and one count of using forged... more »
  • Attack-Heavy Campaigning For Republican Candidates Southeast LA Congressional Seat

    September 29, 2010 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The attack-heavy campaigning by the Republican candidates for a southeast Louisiana congressional seat has intensified in the days leading to Saturday's election. Hunt Downer's campaign has launched a series of differing jabs at his opponent and the front-runner, New Iberia lawyer Jeff Landry. Downer's campaign... more »
  • 6 Escaped Convicts from Mississippi Caught in La

    September 29, 2010 11:10 AM

    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Six inmates who escaped from the Lincoln County jail this week have been arrested in New Orleans. Sheriff Steve Rushing says the six were arrested Wednesday and were being held in the Jefferson Parish, La., jail. Rushing tells the Brookhaven Daily Leader that his deputies and... more »
  • Tarantino film editor dies on hike in LA hills

    September 28, 2010 9:50 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A longtime Quentin Tarantino film editor may have died from heat stroke while hiking in the Hollywood Hills during a record hot spell, a coroner's official said Tuesday. The body of Sally JoAnne Menke, 56, was discovered at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday in rugged Beachwood Canyon on... more »
  • Audit Finds Former Head of LA High School Athletic Assoc. Fraudulently Spent Thousands of Dollars

    September 28, 2010 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A legislative audit finds the former head of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association may have fraudulently spent thousands of dollars of association money including as much as $50,000 on cigars. The audit claims Tommy Henry, who served as LHSAA commissioner from 1983 until he... more »
  • The LA Small Business Development Center

    September 28, 2010 9:30 AM

    The LA Small Business Development Center at UL Lafayette will be hosting a "small business record-keeping" seminar. The event will be on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 10am - 2pm at the South Regional Library. For more information call: (337) -262-5344 or visit: www.acadianasmallbiz.com
  • Tea party Politics Swaying Louisiana Elections

    September 27, 2010 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The tea party political debate sweeping through campaigns across the nation has also emerged in Louisiana, but how much impact the movement will have in this fall's elections is an open question. The October and November elections will be the first major tests of the... more »
  • Police search for suspects in deadly La. break-in

    September 24, 2010 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A single mother was killed and her 9-year-old daughter was shot multiple times during an apparent burglary attempt at their Baton Rouge home, police said Friday. Police identified the victim as Alexandra Engler, 42, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Her daughter, who was... more »
  • Money Available to LA Aquaculture Producers for Last Year's High Feed Costs

    September 24, 2010 1:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says $20 million in federal money is available to Louisiana aquaculture producers who need help because of last year's high feed costs. Strain says it covers producers whose feed costs last year were 25 percent higher than the 2003-07... more »
  • LA Congress 3rd District Campaign Funds

    September 23, 2010 4:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Heading into the homestretch of the Republican runoff campaign in the 3rd Congressional District, New Iberia lawyer Jeff Landry holds a significant money advantage over former Louisiana House Speaker Hunt Downer. Landry led in both raw fundraising totals and had a larger $211,123 account balance... more »
  • Little known republic in La. celebrates 200 years

    September 22, 2010 9:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - While Texans are fiercely proud their state was once its own republic, and California celebrates the same former status on its flag, relatively few Louisianans know that a group of their forebears overthrew Spanish rule to carve out a tiny, independent nation 200 years ago.... 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 »
  • Federal tax cut debate impacts La. treasury

    September 20, 2010 10:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - If Congress allows any of the Bush administration tax cuts to expire, Louisiana's state coffers will take a hit. Louisiana's tax code is tied to the federal tax laws. Louisiana lets its taxpayers deduct the amount of federal taxes paid from their state liability. So,... more »
  • Abortion clinics sue over new La. law

    September 20, 2010 9:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A group of abortion clinics sued the state health department Monday over a new law that gives Louisiana's health secretary more discretion to shut down an abortion clinic for safety or health concerns. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the lawsuit for the clinics,... more »
  • Round-A-Bout Construction At Intersection of LA 339 and LA 92

    September 20, 2010 12:26 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will begin work to build a round-a-bout at the intersection of LA 339 (Verot School Rd) and LA 92 (E. Milton Rd) near Youngsville beginning Wednesday, September 22, 2010. Motorists should expect delays due to only one lane being open at various... more »
  • Peabody Magnet High Opens a Credit Union Branch

    September 20, 2010 9:58 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Peabody Magnet High School student Keverick Tanner, 17, looked pleased after he realized he successfully helped a customer open his first savings account. "It felt pretty good," Keverick said with a smile as he completed his first day as a teller at a Pelican State Credit... more »
  • LA Lawmakers Disputing New Report That Moratorium Has Not Increased Unemployment

    September 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers are disputing a new report from the Obama administration that says deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico has not increased unemployment in the region. The report was released at a Senate hearing today. It says the moratorium imposed after the BP oil spill... more »
  • Nucor Corp. Has Chosen a LA Site for a $2 Billion Pig Iron Plant

    September 15, 2010 12:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A state lawmaker says Louisiana officials will announce Wednesday that steelmaker Nucor Corp. has chosen a Louisiana site for a $2 billion pig iron plant. Rep. Alton Aubert of Vacherie says he was informed of the decision Wednesday by the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal. The... 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 »
  • LA Will Get $147 Million in Federal Funds to Aid Teachers and Other Educators

    September 14, 2010 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Louisiana will get $147 million in federal funds to aid teachers and other educators. Duncan said Monday that the funds stem from a $26 billion federal bill that backers called a state stimulus measure. The legislation includes a $10... more »
  • LA Wants Permission to Jam Airwaves From Prison

    September 13, 2010 3:17 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The man responsible for keeping contraband out of a South Carolina prison was nearly killed in what authorities say was an attack ordered by an inmate using a smuggled cell phone. Corrections Department Capt. Robert Johnson was shot six times in his home in March. Now... more »
  • Congress to Impeach LA Federal Judge

    September 13, 2010 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge from Louisiana is corrupt and unfit to serve on the bench, House members said Monday as they began a rare congressional impeachment trial by laying out their case against the jurist. Playing the role of prosecutors, Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.,... more »
  • State Starts Process to Reopen Fishing in Southwest Louisiana

    September 10, 2010 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries regulators have taken the first step toward reopening waters west of the Mississippi Delta to commercial fishing. Officials say the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has began sampling crab, shrimp and finfish in Terrebonne and Timbalier bays, which were closed earlier... more »
  • Louisiana Applies for $147M in Federal Stimulus Money

    September 10, 2010 7:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Jindal administration has formally applied for $147 million Louisiana is eligible to receive from a recently passed federal stimulus bill. The state Department of Education announced the decision Thursday, though the application was signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration... more »
  • LA Doctors Will Have to Repay $17 Million in Overpayments

    September 9, 2010 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of Louisiana doctors must repay $17 million in overpayments they received from the state last year because the Department of Health and Hospitals failed to make Medicaid budget cuts on time. The physicians who provide health care for the poor through the government health... more »
  • Search For 2 LA Men Resumes After Hermine Hits Texas

    September 9, 2010 11:13 AM

    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - Authorities are set to resume their search for two men swept down a central Texas river by floodwaters fueled by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine. New Braunfels police Lt. John Wells said the search would resume Thursday for 28-year-old Nikos Paraskevopoulos of Alexandria, La.,... more »
  • Pastorek to repay La. for car misuse

    September 8, 2010 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek said Wednesday he will personally repay the state for the misuse of a state-owned vehicle by the head of the Recovery School District. The announcement comes a week after The Associated Press asked about the status of a request... more »
  • LA Second Circuit Court of Appeal Taking the Bench on the Road

    September 7, 2010 12:13 PM

    MONREO, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Second Circuit Court of Appeal, featuring three northeastern Louisiana judges, is taking the bench on the road later this month. The News-Star reported on Tuesday that a panel that includes Judge Milton Moore of Monroe, Judge Larry Lolley of Monroe and Judge Felicia Williams of... more »
  • 1 Dies in Nevada Plane Crash-Plane Registered to Erath Resident

    September 6, 2010 5:46 PM

    UPDATE-The victims in the Las Vegas plane crash were all from Acadiana. We're holding the names until our 10:00 newscast because not all family members have been notified from both families. ------------------------------------------------ HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - A small plane crashed and burst into flames on a street in... more »
  • Jury deadlocks in actress's LA marriage fraud case

    September 3, 2010 10:05 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge declared a mistrial Friday after jurors told him deliberations had grown hostile in the marriage fraud case of Mexican-born actress Fernanda Romero and her husband. The couple were accused of entering a sham marriage designed to allow the soap opera star to get... more »
  • La. officials suspend abortion clinic's license

    September 3, 2010 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health officials have suspended the license of a Shreveport abortion clinic after an investigation found violations that they say posed health and safety risks to clients. The department said Friday that it issued a notice of license revocation to Hope Medical Group for Women... more »
  • Fundraising Reports LA Lieutenant Governor's Race

    September 2, 2010 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The latest campaign fundraising reports are due in the Louisiana lieutenant governor's race, offering a glimpse of who's got the edge a month before the election. The finance reports must be filed with the state ethics administration office by Thursday. Eight candidates are running in... more »
  • Section of LA 13 in Eunice Closed For Railroad Repairs

    September 1, 2010 12:55 PM

    Beginning Thursday, September 2, 2010, at 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., LA 13 will be closed in Eunice, 0.4 miles North of US 190 for railroad repairs. Work is expected to last one day, weather permitting. DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the... more »
  • First Lady to visit Louisiana for Anti-Obesity Campaign

    September 1, 2010 6:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to join NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy in Louisiana next week to promote her "Let's Move!" campaign against childhood obesity. Obama's Sept. 8 visit to Brock Elementary School in Slidell will be held on... more »

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