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  • 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 »
  • Bill could bring back Louisiana's electric chair

    February 26, 2014 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With Louisiana having trouble getting lethal injection drugs, a lawmaker is proposing that the state bring back the electric chair. Rep. Joe Lopinto, chairman of the House criminal justice committee, has filed a bill that would let Louisiana's corrections secretary choose between lethal injection and... more »
  • La.'s per capita debt rises again in last year

    March 2, 2012 6:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The amount of debt Louisiana carries for each state resident rose again over the last year, the third year of increases, but the state remains well below its debt cap, according to a report released Thursday. The latest assessment, presented to the Bond Commission, showed... more »
  • Seeking Nominations for Louisiana's Next Poet Laureate

    September 24, 2010 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is seeking nominations for Louisiana's next poet laureate. Past poet laureates selected include Brenda Marie Osbey and Darrell Bourque, whose term ends in May.
  • Louisiana Capital's New Pathologist

    September 6, 2010 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - For the past year, the coroner's office in Louisiana's capital has had to send bodies to Lafayette or hire local pathologists to autopsy them. But now it has a local pathologist - Dr. Bruce Waimer - on contract through Louisiana Forensics. Dr. Shannon Cooper, the... more »
  • One Year Since Necole Guillory's Body was Found

    August 19, 2010 7:05 PM

    One year ago, 26 year old Necole Guillory's body was found near interstate 10 in Egan. Guillory is the last of eight Jennings women killed and dumped since 2005. Guillory leaves behind four children--her killer has never been brought to justice. One year later, the multi-agency task force made... more »
  • Julia Williams: Louisiana's Teacher of the Year 2011

    July 26, 2010 4:14 PM

    Julia Williams, a math teacher at Lafayette High School, has been named Louisiana's Teacher of the Year 2011. In January, Williams will take over from Louisiana Teacher of the Year 2010, Holly Boffy of Paul Breaux Middle School. This is first time in a decade, and only the third time... more »
  • Louisiana's Unemployment Rate Crept Up

    July 20, 2010 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's unemployment rate crept up in June to 7 percent despite the addition of 5,800 non-farm jobs. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that Louisiana had the fourth-largest non-farm employment increase among the states last month - behind Texas, Kentucky and Arkansas. At the... more »
  • Tour Sheds Light on Louisiana's High HIV-AIDS Rate

    July 3, 2010 5:11 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - It's not something people like to talk about, but Louisiana has one of the highest HIV-AIDS rates in the country, and the problem particularly plagues the black community. "This is something that needs to be discussed at every dinner table, every school, every church," Dr. David... more »
  • Louisiana's three-month regular session ends tonight

    June 21, 2010 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers are wrapping up their work on the three-month regular session. The session must adjourn by 6 p.m. Monday. That timeline wasn't expected to be a problem after legislators a day earlier completed their most controversial budget bills, which close a nearly $600 million... more »
  • Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent in May

    June 18, 2010 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent in May. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday, at the same time, the state added 11,100 jobs last month, one of the best numbers on a percentage basis in the United States. The April unemployment rate... more »
  • $15 Million Received From BP Going To Louisiana's Tourism

    June 2, 2010 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle has decided how the state will divvy up $15 million it has received from BP for promotion efforts to combat damage caused to Louisiana's tourism industry by the oil spill. The dollars will be split evenly between campaigns for coastal Louisiana,... more »
  • Crowley Company Makes Booms for Oil Spill

    May 7, 2010 1:57 PM

    With a shortage of booms to use for the oil spill, one local company decided to step up to help save their coast. The Crowley-based packaging company, JohnPac, mostly makes sandbags and rice bags. They are confident, however, that they can make booms. They say they have the manpower... more »
  • Louisiana's Unemployment Rate Dropped

    April 16, 2010 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March. The federal Labor Department says Louisiana was among 17 states, as well as the District of Columbia, that saw seasonally adjusted jobless rates drop from February to March. Louisiana's jobless rate for February was 7.3 percent.... more »
  • THE RANT: Should Louisiana's Gun Laws Be Loosened?

    March 25, 2010 1:08 PM

    THE RANT: Do you think that gun laws in Louisiana should be loosened? A new bill lists locations such as state parks as areas where a guns could be carried. Do you agree with this change? CLICK HERE or Email your RANT to BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)... more »
  • Louisiana's Education Chief Defends Jindal

    March 24, 2010 1:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's education chief defended Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to shift $20 million in expenses paid by the state today to local school districts next year. Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek says districts have fund balances and stimulus dollars available to them that can help cover... more »
  • Do You Know Louisiana's Longest Married Couple?

    January 27, 2010 11:10 AM

    Louisiana Family Forum is searching for Louisiana's Longest Known Married Couple. Every year, during National Marriage week, Feb. 7th-14th, 2010, LFF honors the longest-known married couple found in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana Family Forum celebrates life-long marriage and strong, healthy families, and the opportunity to honor couples who... more »
  • St. Landry Sheriff's Arrest Report: December 1, 2009

    December 1, 2009 12:18 PM

    This is the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrest report for December 1, 2009. Samantha Verrett, age 41, St. Joseph St., Arnaudville, La., arrested on a bench warrant for failure to appear for arraignment, charged with the crime of possession of oxycodone. Myra Jane Guidry, age 37, Freeman... more »
  • Community Leaders Recognized at League of Women Voters Soiree

    November 16, 2009 9:11 AM

    Seven community leaders were honored at the 2nd Annual Just Desserts Awards Soiree, an event of the League of Women Voters of Lafayette held November 12. Honorees are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, excellence in performance, and leadership through motivating others, in keeping with the missions and policy commitments of... more »

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