March 5, 2013 6:33 PM
While Lafayette Parish Public Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper has repeated his support for Special Assistant Thad Welch, the hiring of his former school maintenance and transportation director from McComb, Miss., has raised questions among school board members, especially after they learned that Welch does not have a high school diploma... more »
November 15, 2012 10:31 AM
DUBLIN (AP) - Pressure is mounting in Ireland for the government to draft a law spelling out when life-saving abortions can be performed following the death in the hospital of a pregnant woman who was denied an abortion. Thousands have rallied in London, Dublin, Cork and Galway in memory of... more »
October 17, 2012 7:50 PM
The right to bear arms will be up to voters on November 6th as the public will decide on whether or not to pass Amendment 2. It deals with gun rights, and if passed, would delete the provision in Louisiana's Constitution that allows lawmakers to prohibit the carrying of concealed... more »
June 13, 2012 7:05 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The sale of dogs and cats will be banned from roadsides, flea markets, public parks and public playgrounds. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Tuesday the prohibition included in a bill by Jefferson Parish Rep. Tony Ligi. Violation will carry up to a $250 fine... more »
April 4, 2012 7:18 PM
The right to bear arms, and it's core values, will now go to discussion on Louisiana's state senate floor as part of Senate Bill 303.
Senator Neil Riser's bill would change the wording of Louisiana's Constitution, making it harder for lawmakers to pass restrictions on people's right to own... more »
April 2, 2012 10:44 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a class-action lawsuit that accuses New Orleans jail officials of routinely subjecting prisoners to brutal and inhumane conditions. The federal suit filed Monday against Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and other jail officials claims Orleans Parish Prison is oversized... more »
April 2, 2012 8:44 AM
GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury has hired Scott Bergthold, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based lawyer whose practice specializes in helping local governments draft laws that regulate adult businesses. Police Jury Vice President Thomas Wicker tells The Advocate Bergthold was recommended to the police jury by the Moral... more »
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 »
February 6, 2012 9:34 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Foresters and forest landowners in Arkansas and Louisiana can learn how to manage their legal risks at any of three workshops this winter and spring. Topics will include wildlife management, insurance, leasing contracts, landowner liability and agritourism, the LSU AgCenter said in a news release.... more »
January 10, 2012 11:10 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal appeals court in New Orleans says Texas can enforce an abortion law passed last year while opponents challenge it in court. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a district judge's temporary order against enforcing the law.... more »
September 14, 2011 10:56 PM
Known as "legal herb," "spice" or "herbal incense," synthetic marijuana has been around for a few years now. But getting it off the streets hasn't been easy for law enforcement.
"They're called synthetic cannabinoids, they're not actually cannabinoids," said Acadiana Crime Lab Director Kevin Ardoin.
Ardoin sees packets... more »
August 6, 2011 12:01 PM
LONDON (AP) - The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it has hacked some 70 law enforcement websites across the southern and central United States in retaliation for the arrests of its sympathizers in the U.S. and Britain. The group also claimed to have stolen 10 gigabytes of data, including... more »
June 10, 2011 7:40 PM
Some lawmakers feel Governor Jindal is hiding too much information from the public. Senator Robert Adley has been pushing for more transparency in the governor's records for years, but hopes this year his bill will finally pass.
Adley said, since Governor Jindal took office, he's made too many of... more »
May 29, 2011 12:51 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The opposition party isn't the only one giving Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal fits these days. It's his own GOP. Conventional wisdom would have suggested Republican takeovers of both the House and Senate would have given Jindal an easier path for passage of his legislative agenda... more »
May 20, 2011 7:01 PM
Representatives in the house give thumbs down to an anti-bullying bill.
The current anti-bullying law prohibits"harassment, intimidation and bullying" in schools. The new additions would go more into detail about "who" is commonly bullied.
Forum of Equality Field Director, Collin Miller, said "there are a number of characteristics... more »
May 8, 2011 11:48 PM
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - A Bossier City couple's big banner supporting their son's service in Afghanistan has brought a lawsuit from the subdivision's homeowner's association. The multicolored banner bears a Marine Corps portrait of 20-year-old Corey Burr and the sentence "Our son defends our freedom." Jodi Burr and her... more »
April 28, 2011 6:55 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge high school senior is planning a protest to push for repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act, which critics say can be used to promote creationism in schools. The rally, organized by student Zack Kopplin, is scheduled for today on the Capitol... more »
December 31, 2010 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Young drivers face tougher restrictions on the road starting Saturday, and parents will have to wade through a lengthier list of requirements for their children to get licenses. The change to teenage driving rules is among the most noticeable of 40 news laws that take... more »
December 27, 2010 11:21 PM
The holidays are a time for celebration, but a drunk driving arrest or worse, an accident, can ruin your holiday season. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission has contracted with 87 agencies this year in a DWI crackdown during the Christmas and New Years holiday season.
There were already several... more »
October 27, 2010 9:34 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican Jay Dardenne has accused his Democratic opponent's family of trying to sidestep limits on campaign contributions in the lieutenant governor's race by funneling money through the Democratic Party. Democrat Caroline Fayard's family has given thousands of dollars to the Louisiana Democratic Party, which has... more »
September 30, 2010 3:49 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says the nation needs to change the law to better handle major oil spills in the future. Allen spoke Thursday in New Orleans, one day before the end of his mission overseeing the response to the BP PLC oil spill.... more »
September 28, 2010 8:10 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended the law license of former state Sen. Charles Jones after his conviction last month on federal income tax evasion charges. Monday, the Supreme Court granted a request by the state Attorney Disciplinary Board to suspend Jones' license in the interim... more »
September 22, 2010 11:32 AM
MIAMI (AP) - A Miami appeals court has upheld a ruling overturning Florida's law banning adoption by gays. The 3rd District Court of Appeal issued its decision Wednesday affirming a lower court's decision that the ban is unconstitutional. Florida is the only state with a law flatly banning gays from... more »
September 21, 2010 3:17 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked an effort to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military. The partisan vote was a defeat for gay rights groups who saw the provision in a defense authorization bill as their last chance any time soon to overturn the... more »
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 »
September 10, 2010 1:40 PM
More than a dozen trainers and horse owners at Evangeline Downs are suing the Louisiana Racing Commision. Don Stemmans has owned thousands of racing horses since the 1960s.
He said, "I've never seen a racing commission, ever like this, do anything like this."
Stemmans is one of many... more »
September 10, 2010 11:50 AM
MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - DeSoto Parish sheriff's deputies say a man who refused to prosecute his father-in-law for a shooting five years ago has allegedly been shot by him again. Cpl. Dusty Herring said 74-year-old Alvis McKinney was booked Wednesday with third-offense DWI as well as aggravated battery against 39-year-old... more »
August 25, 2010 7:44 PM
Louisiana State Senator, Troy Hebert, from St. Martin Parish, wants to file a friend of the court brief. That's paperwork intended to send a message to Washington D.C. saying Louisiana supports Arizona's immigration laws.
"Since the hurricanes, we've had a lot of illegals coming into the state," Herbert tells... more »
August 16, 2010 2:24 PM
ACT 203 (Effective August 15, 2010) makes text messaging, using a wireless communication device while driving a motor vehicle, a primary offense for all Louisiana drivers. The new law also prohibits persons 17 years of age or younger to operate a motor vehicle while using any "wireless telecommunications device".... more »
August 14, 2010 7:28 PM
Let's admit it- if you can text, you've probably tapped your phone while driving.
"I see women all the time with children in the car," Abbey Bandali said. "(They're) weaving in and out of traffic."
Bailey Bobbitt says, "look over and sure enough, they're texting or talking... more »
August 10, 2010 7:17 PM
Five new laws against people who drink and drive will take effect this year.
Karen Stelly lost her son Shawn Lancon three years ago in the hands of a drunk driver.
"I have to take something every night or I don't sleep," she said. "I see my son... more »
August 5, 2010 3:20 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican Supreme Court has voted to uphold the constitutionality of Mexico City's 6-month-old law allowing same-sex marriages. The justices have voted 8-2 to uphold the law against challenges filed by federal prosecutors, who argued it violates the constitutional principle of protection of the family. Hundreds... more »
August 4, 2010 12:50 PM
RANT: The benefits of breastfeeding are well known-- both for newborns and their mothers. But supermodel Gisele Bunchen created such a stir, saying it should be a worldwide law that new mothers nurse for at least six months. What do you think? We could air your thoughts at 10:00 tonight!... more »
July 28, 2010 4:11 PM
U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement in response to a ruling by a federal judge blocking several key portions of Arizona's new immigration law: "This decision, just like the whole approach by the Obama administration, is outrageous. The Arizona law is simply trying to enforce the laws... more »
July 6, 2010 5:17 PM
PHOENIX (AP) - The federal government took a momentous step into the immigration debate Tuesday when it filed a lawsuit seeking to throw out Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants, calling it a law that blatantly violates the Constitution. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix sets the stage for... more »
June 22, 2010 9:10 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has approved a new law requiring cell phone retailers to post the amount of radiation emitted by each phone they sell. The board voted 10-1 Tuesday to approve a first-of-its-kind ordinance that requires stores to disclose the phones' specific absorption rate,... more »
June 7, 2010 1:51 PM
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - The widows of two workers killed in the Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion are calling on Congress to repeal a 90-year-old law that limits the amount of money survivors can recover in the deaths of family members. Natalie Roshto of Liberty, Miss., and Courtney Kemp... more »
June 2, 2010 7:16 AM
ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) - The St. Martin Parish Council has approved a new ordinance intended to make parish hay rides safer for both participants and motorists. The ordinance was modeled on a similar St. Landry Parish ordinance and requires trail ride organizers to buy $1 million in liability insurance... more »
May 19, 2010 7:25 PM
A bill making its way through the legislature would require a woman wanting an abortion to first see an ultrasound photo. The bill sponsored by Senator Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge passed in the senate with only four in opposition.
Women looking to get an abortion in... more »
May 14, 2010 1:20 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - The venerable court-police drama "Law & Order" has been axed. NBC announced Friday that the show would end its historic 20-year run on May 24. The show starred an ensemble cast of S. Epatha Merkerson, Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, Linus Roache, Alana De La Garza and... more »
May 10, 2010 12:16 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Law clinics at universities across Louisiana fear a state senator's proposal could force them to close, leaving their impoverished clients without free legal services in cases ranging from child support to water pollution. Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, said he's heard those concerns and plans to... more »
February 23, 2010 11:30 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers should consider requiring "tax clearances" for individuals and businesses that contract with the state, a new audit report concludes. The Legislative Auditor's Office made the recommendation in a report released to the public Monday. The office looked at the state revenue department's methods for... more »
February 17, 2010 7:15 AM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - How many rings does a pig's nose need? At least three, and they have to be big, according to a St. Landry Parish ordinance dating from the 1800s. St. Landry Parish is working to clean up local laws and eliminate outdated ordinances that help swell the... more »
February 15, 2010 1:05 PM
Deputies and Swat Team members swarmed a house Sunday night after a report of a hostage situation involving a two year old child. The Acadia Parish Sheriff's office was called out to 430 Roxie Highway at 4:30 after receiving a call that a man was shooting at his family. Law... more »
January 20, 2010 7:14 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Former U.S. Attorney Donald Washington has joined the Jones Walker law firm and will practice from the firm's Lafayette office. Washington recently stepped down from the chief federal prosecutor's post in the Middle Judicial District of Louisiana, which includes Lafayette, Shreveport-Bossier City, Monroe, Alexandria and Lake... more »
December 23, 2009 3:34 PM
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz announced today Department Investigators have new equipment to use in their fight against crime in St. Landry Parish. Under a grant from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the department has purchased over $12,000 dollars in specialized forensic... more »
November 30, 2009 8:35 AM
The St. Mary Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Funded by the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission Through the Evangeline Law Enforcement Commission District
Press Release Date: 11-30-09
The St. Mary Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, consisting of St. Mary Sheriff Dept., Morgan City Police Dept., Patterson Police Department Franklin Police Dept.,... more »
November 9, 2009 2:58 PM
BATON ROUGE, La.-- Governor Bobby Jindal's state of emergency declaration during Tropical storm Ida also puts into effect Louisiana's price gouging law. Some residents in the southern most parts of the state may have to evacuate as the storm approaches. As residents heed the warnings to fill up their cars... more »
November 3, 2009 12:05 PM
Press Release from State Troop I:
With the fast approaching holiday season, troopers want to remind you to stay safe on the roads. Troopers will set out to make this holiday season the safest in years. In order to keep you and your family safe during this busy travel... more »
October 30, 2009 7:39 PM
ST. MARTIN PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE TRAINING ACADEMY GRADUATES 22 CADETS
(St. Martinville, La.)-The 27th Session of the St Martin Sheriff's TrainingAcademy had graduation ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. this morning. Twenty-two Cadets representing Law Enforcement agencies from throughout South Louisiana completed eleven weeks of Basic Law Enforcement Training as well... more »
October 27, 2009 9:04 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana State Department of Education, Division of Nutrition Assistance, has announced its administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), in accordance with Federal Law and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy.
All participants in attendance will be offered the... more »
October 23, 2009 8:46 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana state troopers have begun enforcing a new law requiring drivers on multi-lane highways to remain in the right lane. The state Highway Safety Commission says state police began enforcing it earlier this month. There are several exceptions to the law. Drivers can use the... more »
September 28, 2009 8:50 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three months after the state Legislature authorized a new diploma to trim the high school dropout rate, arguments keep swirling around the issue. The state's top school board voted earlier this month to delay final approval of some of the rules that will govern the... more »
September 24, 2009 8:35 AM
NP Moss middle and Carencro high school students are eligible for some free tutoring. The supplemental education is part of the No Child Left Behind law. Parents should contact the school board for more information. Applications are due next Tuesday (September 29th). more »
September 23, 2009 8:03 AM
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted abduction. The Sheriff's Office tells KATC that two boys ---10 and 11 years old ---were riding their bikes around nine o'clock Sunday night when a white man in a car drove up next to them. The boys told the Sheriff's Office... more »