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  • Sex assault nursing program may expand to Iberia

    January 30, 2014 8:48 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A program that trains nurses to conduct forensic sexual assault exams in Lafayette emergency rooms since 2006 expanded to St. Martin Parish last year and plans to continue its outreach into Iberia Parish later this year. Jill Howell Dugas, Hearts of Hope executive director, tells The... more »
  • Ballot items on tap Saturday in some Acadiana communities

    May 2, 2013 6:12 PM

    Voters in several Acadiana parishes will go to the polls to decide whether or not they want to fund a variety of projects, from hospitals in St. Mary Parish to education programs and new school construction in St. Martin, from improved drainage in Vermilion to police and fire services in... more »
  • Rapides board may abolish no retention policy

    October 4, 2012 8:48 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board may abolish the district's no retention policy for students in kindergarten through third grade. After a lengthy discussion at this week's board meeting, the matter was sent to the Board's education committee for review. The Town Talk reports the policy was... more »
  • Heat, Downpours May Threaten Marine Life

    August 5, 2012 1:35 PM

    BOGALUSA, La. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Quality is warning that the heat wave affecting Louisiana could increase local fish kills. Dry conditions, interspersed with periods of heavy rainfall, threaten the oxygen levels in some waterways. The drastic change in environment is the most common cause of a... more »
  • White Castle ferry may shut down permanently

    July 16, 2012 11:11 AM

    WHITE CASTLE, La. (AP) - The ferry that carries passengers across the Mississippi from White Castle to Carville ferry has been temporarily docked since June due to a mechanical malfunction, but state transportation officials say it will be shut down permanently by year's end to save $800,000 annually. It is... more »
  • NEW: US retail sales dropped 0.2 percent in May

    June 13, 2012 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. retail sales declined in April and May, pulled down by a sharp drop in gas prices. But even after excluding volatile gas sales, consumers increased their spending only modestly. The Commerce Department says retail sales dipped 0.2 percent in May. That followed a revised 0.2 percent... more »
  • Videos May Hold Clues in Strip Club Dancer's Death

    June 10, 2012 7:52 PM

    A Mississippi sheriff's investigator hopes surveillance video from Bourbon Street in New Orleans will provide clues about the death of a strip club dancer whose dismembered body washed ashore on the Gulf Coast. Hancock County Chief Investigator Glen Grannon said Sunday that 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart reported for work Tuesday night... more »
  • Panel may contribute to complex revamp

    May 28, 2012 6:15 AM

    NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - The Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission wants more information before contributing to the renovation of the softball complex at Northwestern State University. The Natchitoches Times reports university athletic director Greg Burke is seeking a commitment to help pay for a portion of the project, which has a... more »
  • St. Martinville police diversity order may end

    May 25, 2012 9:03 AM

    ST. MARTAINVILLE, La. (AP) - A more than 30-year-old court-ordered consent decree on the hiring and promotion of black and female employees within the St. Martinville Police Department may soon be lifted. City Attorney Allan Durand tells The Advocate an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division... more »
  • AF may disband La Guard traffic control squadron

    April 10, 2012 9:24 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Air Force has proposed disbanding a Louisiana National Guard air traffic control squadron based at England Airpark in Rapides Parish. The Town Talk reports that the news surprised Louisiana's congressional delegation and local officials. The 259th Air Traffic Control Squadron's 110 members control the movement... more »
  • Caddo School Board may hit budget reserves

    April 6, 2012 11:10 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Caddo Parish School District officials are recommending the use of $6.2 million in surplus funds to balance the 2012-2013 budget. The recommendation comes after parents expressed unhappiness with scheduling changes designed to save about $7 million. The Times reports that not all board members are happy... more »
  • Lafayette may suspend bar levy

    March 16, 2012 9:22 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council is set to vote next month on whether to suspend collections of a security levy charged to downtown bars until the resolution of federal lawsuits that challenge the fee as unconstitutional. A group of seven downtown bars are involved in litigation over... more »
  • Westlake woman set for May trial on sex charges

    March 15, 2012 10:25 AM

    DeRIDDER, La. (AP) - A 28-year-old Westlake woman arrested in November for sex-related offenses against a 13-year-old boy is scheduled to stand trial in Beauregard Parish on May 21. Authorities say Heather N. Daughdrill was arrested in Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes for allegedly having sexual contact with the boy. Calcasieu... more »
  • Parish may hire PI for workers' comp claims

    March 7, 2012 10:45 AM

    JEFFERSON, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Parish council is considering hiring a private investigator to see if all those employees filing workers' comp claims are legit. The Jefferson Parish Council could approve the search for a private investigator to look into suspicious injury claims. The seven-member panel is expected to... more »
  • McNeese May Study Need for New Jail in Jeff Davis

    February 11, 2012 1:29 PM

    McNeese State University will be asked to lead a study that would determine whether a new jail is needed in Jefferson Davis Parish. The American Press reports ( http://bit.ly/qjfACs ) the study would include projected construction costs as well as the impact of overcrowding and operational expenses at the existing... 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 »
  • Controversy Over Lafayette Billboards

    July 14, 2011 3:22 AM

    The intersection of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Johnston Street is one of the busiest intersections in Lafayette. It's there, where one of a handful of messages flashing on an electronic billboard is screaming for attention from the thousands of motorists that pass by everyday. The message doesn't feature and advertisement,... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 30, 2011

    May 30, 2011 9:01 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 30, 2011 Name: Arnaud, Anthony Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant Arresting Agency: Lafayette Parish Sheriff'S Ofc Address: 100 Blk Emery LAN Carencro, La Name: Boyd, Joshua Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant Arresting Agency: Lafayette Parish Sheriff'S Ofc Address: 200 Blk Rials Lot A DR Lafayette, La... more »
  • AFL-CIO May Reduce Support to Democrats

    May 20, 2011 8:23 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's largest labor federation is weighing whether to pull political support from congressional Democrats who aren't doing enough to back labor unions. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is expected to issue the warning in a speech Friday at the National Press Club. In prepared remarks, Trumka says... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Narcotics Daily Arrest Report- May 20, 2011

    May 20, 2011 8:06 AM

    Nicholas Francis 32 years old, Da'Keisha Francis both of 111 Fortier Circle, Jeanerette and Aldwin Francis 47 years old of 9601 E. Old Spanish Trail, Jeanerette were arrested on 5-19-2011 at 11:40 am with Nicholas Francis being charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana with... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 20, 2011

    May 20, 2011 7:42 AM

    Jermaine Keys 35 years old of 1051 Grace St., Morgan City was arrested on 5-19-2011 at 11:07 am for Simple Arson. Deputy was called to above location in reference to a vehicle on fire. Upon Deputy's arrival vehicle Fire was extinguished by Morgan City Fire Department. Deputy located owners of... more »
  • Lafaytte Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 20, 2011

    May 20, 2011 7:39 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 20, 2011 Name: Abatte, Vernon Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant Arresting Agency: Lafayette Parish Sheriff'S Ofc Address: 900 Blk Lynn STR New Iberia, La Name: Alfred, Lance Charge: Domestic Abuse Battery Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 200 Blk Hellen STR Lafayette, La ... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 19, 2011

    May 19, 2011 7:04 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 19, 2011 <--------- Daily Arrest Report ---------> Name: Abshire, Michelle Charge: Issuing Worthless Checks Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Marshal Address: 300 Blk Feu Follet ROA Lafaeytte, La Name: Alvarez, Juan Charge: Operating A Vehicle Without La Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd... more »
  • May is National Foster Care Month

    May 17, 2011 8:59 AM

    May is National Foster Care Month Organization - Department of Children & Family Sevices Event Phone Number: 337- 262- 5970 Event Website - DCFS@L.GOV Event Info - May is National Foster Care Month to honor foster parents, raise awareness, and engage caring adults to change a... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 13, 2011

    May 13, 2011 8:53 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 13, 2011 <--------- Lafayette Daily Arrest Report ---------> Name: Adams, Jeannia Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant Arresting Agency: Lafayette Parish Sheriff'S Ofc Address: 100 Blk Nina STR New Iberia, La Name: Arceneaux, Ransom Charge: Possession Of Marijuana Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address:... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Narcotics Daily Arrest Report- May 14, 2011

    May 13, 2011 8:49 AM

    St. Mary Parish Narcotics Daily Arrest Report- May 13, 2011 Nakeitha Bennett 24 years old of 425 Grout St., Patterson and Jonathan Charles 30 yoa of 708 Everett St., Morgan City were arrested on 5-12-2011 at 2:22 pm with Bennett being charged with Following too Closely and No... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 13, 2011

    May 13, 2011 8:45 AM

    St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 13, 2011 Melissa Williams 32 year old of 300 Teche Road, Bayou Vista was arrested on 5-12-2011 at 12:16 pm for Improper Lane Usage and Possession of Marijuana. Deputy was patrolling Hwy 182 in the Patterson area, when suspect vehicle was observed... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 10, 2011

    May 10, 2011 8:02 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 10, 2011 Name: Anderson, Milton Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant Arresting Agency: Lafayette Parish Sheriff'S Ofc Address: 100 Blk Elsie ST Opelousas, La Name: Blakeman, Edward Charge: Simple Battery Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Marshal Address: 600 Blk Richland AVE Lafayette, La Name: Bruno,... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 6, 2011

    May 6, 2011 8:09 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 6, 2011 Name: Albarado, Nicholas Charge: Simple Burglary Of Inhabited D Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 200 Blk Crestwell Scott, La Name: Alfred, Jabori Charge: Aggravated Assault Arresting Agency: Carencro Pd Address: 100 Blk 1/2 Sis LAN Carencro, La Name:... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 6, 2011

    May 6, 2011 8:06 AM

    St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Report- May 6, 2011 Christina A. Everitt 31 years old of 539 Clarke Road, Bayou Vista was arrested on 5-5-2011 at 8:42 am on a warrant for DenhamSpringsCity Court for Failure to Appear on the charge of Speeding. Suspect was located in the Patterson... more »
  • Sheen Says He May Return to 'Two and a Half Men'

    April 14, 2011 12:31 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charlie Sheen says he may be reunited with "Two and a Half Men." In an interview with a Boston radio station Tuesday, Sheen said there have been discussions about bringing him back to the hit CBS sitcom he was fired from last month. Sheen put the... more »
  • Casino workers may get oil spill funds

    March 4, 2011 8:08 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The group charged with administrating BP's $20 billion Gulf oil spill fund says it will start processing claims from casino workers next week. Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who oversees the fund, said Friday through a spokeswoman that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility will begin processing... more »
  • Texas codefendant may change NOPD fraud plea

    February 4, 2011 9:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Court records indicate that the owner of a Brownsboro, Texas, security firm might plead guilty in a case accusing him of plotting with a New Orleans police commander to get kickbacks from a hurricane security contract. Both Joseph Branch of Gladius Inc. and police Capt. Michael... more »
  • Retired archbishop may get out of hospital

    December 27, 2010 9:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond says retired Archbishop Philip Hannan is expected to be moved from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility. The 97-year-old Hannan was hospitalized Dec. 19 because of shortness of breath, after more than a week in bed because of pneumonia. Aymond... more »
  • A380 engines may have manufacturing fault

    December 1, 2010 10:01 PM

    SYDNEY (AP) - Australia's air safety authority says engines on some A380 superjumbos have a potential manufacturing defect that could cause engine failure. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement on Thursday a potential fault in an oil tube connection could lead to "fatigue cracking, oil leakage and... 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 »
  • Inspection Fees May Double for Oil & Gas Industry

    September 14, 2010 1:43 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The oil and gas industry says an Obama administration plan to double fees charged for inspections of offshore operations could cost jobs. American Petroleum Institute president Jack Gerard says the industry recognizes the need for improved inspections and oversight following the BP oil spill. But he says... more »
  • BP fund may use drilling money as collateral

    August 11, 2010 8:57 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The $20 billion victims' compensation fund established for the Gulf oil spill may use revenue from BP's oil and gas drilling as collateral, according to details released Wednesday by the White House. The government watchdog group Public Citizen criticized the arrangement as a conflict of interest, arguing... more »
  • Teaching Hospital Panel Meetings May Be Closed To Public

    August 6, 2010 1:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The chairman for the governing board of the planned, publicly funded $1.2 billion state teaching hospital in New Orleans said he isn't certain whether future meetings of the panel will be open to the public. Chairman Robert Yarborough said Thursday that the full board for... more »
  • BP Says It May In the Future Drill In The Same Reservoir That Blew

    August 6, 2010 11:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP PLC says it may in the future drill in the same Gulf of Mexico oil reservoir that blew its top and caused one of the world's worst spills. Officials said Friday at a news briefing in New Orleans that the company hasn't closed the door... more »
  • Recreational red snapper season may reopen in Gulf

    August 2, 2010 9:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico may be allowed to go after red snapper in federal waters later this year, even though the red snapper season closed on July 24. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council said Monday it will ask for the recreational... more »
  • Roller Coaster Inquiry May Wrap Next Week

    July 21, 2010 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says officials hope to finalize an investigation into the July 11 Dixie Landing roller coaster death by next week. Twenty-one-year-old Lindsay Zeno of Lafayette died at a Baton Rouge hospital after falling 30 feet from the Xtreme roller coaster. Browning... more »
  • 6 Hours of Testing Before Cap May Have to be Reopened

    July 16, 2010 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Pressure readings have been less than ideal from the new cap shutting oil into BP's busted well, but the crude will remain locked in while engineers look for evidence of whether there is an undiscovered leak, the federal pointman for the disaster said Friday. Retired Coast... more »
  • Japan's Exports Rise 32.1% in May

    June 23, 2010 10:51 PM

    TOKYO (AP) - Japan says its exports in May rose 32.1 percent from a year earlier. The finance ministry said Thursday that Japanese exports climbed to 5.3 trillion yen ($59 billion), marking the sixth month of year-on-year increase. Exports alone account for about 10 percent of Japan's economy, the world's... 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 »
  • New Oil Numbers May Mean More Environmental Damage

    June 11, 2010 1:52 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) - New numbers showing the amount of oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico may be double as much as previously thought means the crude is likely to travel farther away, threatening more birds, fish and other wildlife that call the fragile waters their home,... more »
  • 1 Step Up, 1 Step Back: Spill May Linger Into Fall

    June 6, 2010 11:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A containment cap was capturing more and more of the crude pouring from a damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, but that bit of hope was tempered Sunday by a sharp dose of pragmatism as the federal government's point man warned the crisis could... more »
  • St. Landry Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 28, 2010

    May 28, 2010 9:20 AM

    Hall Jr., age 34, 620 Faris Eunice, La., unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, criminal damage to property, simple battery, resisting an officer, disturbing the peace, assult aggravated assult Scott Matthew Deville, age 34, 162 Maple Lane, Washington, La., two bench warrants Eric Ray Arabie, age 22, 212... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Norcotics Daily Arrest Log- May 28, 2010

    May 28, 2010 9:11 AM

    The St. Mary Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Daily Arrest Log Press Release Date: May 28, 2010 James Smith Jr. 25 years old of 2600 Westridge # 185, HoustonTexas was arrested on 5-27-2010 at 3:03 pm for Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Obstruction of Justice. Agents were assisting Detectives with... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Log May 28,2010

    May 28, 2010 9:04 AM

    St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 28, 2010 Bobbi Jo Montet 28 years old of 711 Terrebonne St., Morgan City was arrested on 5-27-2010 at 9:37 am on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Battery. Suspect turned herself into the Morgan City Sheriff's Office after learning of a warrant... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 28, 2010

    May 28, 2010 7:01 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 28, 2010 <--------- Sheriff's Daily Arrest Report ---------> Name: Alexander, Tyler Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Marshal Address: 300 Blk Josephine STR Lafayette, La Name: Arceneaux, Gregory Charge: Possession Of Marijuana Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 100 Blk... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Norcotics Daily Arrest Log- May 27, 2010

    May 27, 2010 7:55 AM

    The St. Mary Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Press Release May 27, 2010 Avery Bolden 30 year old of 301 Gumpoint Lane, Franklin was arrested on 5-26-2010 at 5:55 pm for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Failure to Signal. Agents of the Narcotics Task force were patrolling... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 27, 2010

    May 27, 2010 6:39 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 27,2010 <--------- Sheriff's Daily Arrest Report ---------> Name: Bourgois, Christian Charge: Fugitive Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Marshal Address: 100 Blk Spearpoint CRT Duson, La Name: Boyd, Clarence Charge: Owi Vehicle Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 1000 Blk Potato Shed ROA... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Norcotics Daily Arrest Log- May 26, 2010

    May 26, 2010 8:04 AM

    Press Release Date: May 26, 2010 The St. Mary Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, consisting of St. Mary Sheriff Dept., Morgan City Police Dept., Franklin Police Dept., Baldwin Police Dept.., Berwick Police Dept., and Chitimacha Police Dept.. report the following arrests: Melvin Duval Jr. 44 years old of 701 Versen... more »
  • Monday, May 24, Day 33 of the oil spill

    May 24, 2010 7:40 PM

    By The Associated Press A summary of events on Monday, May 24, Day 33 of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that began with the April 20 explosion and fire on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, owned by Transocean Ltd. and leased by BP PLC, which is in charge of... more »
  • Youngsville Woman Wins May 19 Lottery

    May 24, 2010 4:31 PM

    Brenda Romero was surprised to find she held the $958,579 jackpot-winning Lotto ticket Thursday morning. The 53-year-old Youngsville resident received $671,005 after federal and state taxes were withheld. Murphy USA #6592 on W. Pinhook Road in Lafayette sold Romero her jackpot-winning ticket. The store will receive a bonus of... more »
  • Foundry May be Removed from Superfund Site

    May 24, 2010 7:09 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to remove a central Louisiana Superfund cleanup site from its National Priorities List in July. The Ruston Foundry Superfund site in Alexandria will be removed July 13 if the EPA doesn't receive information before that date that requires action. If... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 24, 2010

    May 24, 2010 6:50 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 24, 2010 Name: Gray, Harold Charge: Theft Of Goods Charge Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 1100 Blk Toupelo STR Jenerette, La Name: Green, Brice Charge: Simple Battery Charge And Pena Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 300 Blk Justin STR Lafayette,... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 21, 2010

    May 21, 2010 6:44 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log-- May 21, 2010 <--------- Sheriff's Daily Arrest Report ---------> Name: Adams, Dalton Charge: Obstructing Public Passages Ch Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 000 Blk Homeless Lafayette, La Name: Anderson, Jarrot Charge: Vagrancy:The Following Persons Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 000... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 20, 2010

    May 20, 2010 6:57 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log-- May 20, 2010 Name: Adams, Dalton Charge: Obstructing Public Passages Ch Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 200 Blk Zim Circle Lafayette, La Name: Blount, Carolyn Charge: Theft Charge Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 700 Blk Flag Station ROA Opelousas, La Name:... more »
  • May 19: St. Mary Parish Safety Checkpoint

    May 18, 2010 12:50 PM

    On May 19, 2010, Louisiana State Police Troop I will conduct a safety checkpoint within St. Mary Parish. The checkpoint will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Troopers will be actively looking for vehicles that are not insured. Vehicles without insurance could be towed and the driver issued... more »
  • Orchardists & Nursery Tree Growers May Apply for Benefits

    May 17, 2010 5:06 PM

    Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said that orchardists and nursery tree growers may apply for benefits under the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Tree Assistance Program, which was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. Signup began on May 10, 2010, at local FSA offices. The Tree Assistance Program... more »
  • May 22 Free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

    May 17, 2010 1:27 PM

    Lafayette, LA - Drs. Mitchell Lirtzman and Charles Wyatt, Lafayette cardiovascular surgeons with Louisiana Heart, Lung and Vascular Center, have teamed up with The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana (formerly Southwest Medical Center) and Aneurysm Outreach, Inc. to offer a free abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening to qualified participants. The... more »
  • Teenagers May Not Be Locked Up For Life

    May 17, 2010 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has ruled that teenagers may not be locked up for life without chance of parole if they haven't killed anyone. By a 5-4 vote Monday, the court says the Constitution requires that young people serving life sentences must at least be considered for release.... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 17, 2010

    May 17, 2010 6:40 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log-- May 16, 2010 Name: Allerman, Robert Charge: Pedestrians On Highways Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 200 Blk Sophia STR Lafayette, La Name: Buxton, Justin Charge: Possession Of Marijuana Arresting Agency: Lafayette Parish Sheriff'S Ofc Address: 1300 Blk Fourteenth STR Orange, Tx ... more »
  • Where's the oil? Model suggests much may be gone..

    May 14, 2010 10:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For a spill now nearly half the size of Exxon Valdez, the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is pretty hard to pin down. Satellite images show most of an estimated 4.6 million gallons of oil has pooled in a floating, shape-shifting blob off the Louisiana... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Log-May 14, 2010

    May 14, 2010 9:32 AM

    St. Mary Parish Daily Arrest Log-- May 14, 2010 Franklin Y. Castillo 32 Years Old of 469 Richmore Ave., Houma, La. was arrested on 5-13-2010 at 6:47 am for Passing a School Bus and Driving Under Suspension. Deputy was patrolling the Amelia area, when she observed above suspect ignore... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 14, 2010

    May 14, 2010 9:24 AM

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log-- May 14, 2010 Name: Antony, Kriston Charge: Resisting Arst/Intfer W/Office Arresting Agency: La State Police Troop I Address: 6200 Blk Bradford DRV Alexandria, La Name: Antony, Kimberly Charge: Resisting Arst/Intfer W/Office Arresting Agency: La State Police Troop I Address: 100 Blk N Arlington... more »
  • Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Supplies May 29-30

    May 12, 2010 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Hurricane season is fast approaching and the state wants to help residents prepare. On May 29 and 30, Louisianians can get a tax break when buying emergency supplies, including self-powered light sources like flashlights and candles; portable self-powered radios; two-way radios and weather-band radios; tarpaulins... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Log- May 12, 2010

    May 12, 2010 6:56 AM

    Lafayette Parish Arrest Log Name: Allen, Raymond Charge: Forgery: Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 100 Blk Eleventh STR Lafayette, La Name: Boutte, Ray Charge: Disturbing The Peace Charge Arresting Agency: Lafayette Parish Sheriff'S Ofc Address: 100 Blk Harrison DRV Lafayette, La Name: Burleigh, Harold Charge: Warrant/Bench... more »
  • May 13: Police Memorial Day Ceremonies

    May 10, 2010 5:58 PM

    On Thursday, May 13, 2010, at 6:00 pm, the Lafayette Police Department will host Police Memorial Day Ceremonies at St Barnabas Episcopal Church, located at 400 Camellia Boulevard. The public is invited to attend the church service. Relatives of area slain officers will be in attendance along with law enforcement... more »
  • Oil Spill May Endanger Human Health

    May 7, 2010 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- With a huge and unpredictable oil slick drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, state and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the toxic mess washes ashore. The list of potential threats runs from... more »
  • Dead Sea Turtles: Oil may not be Cause

    May 3, 2010 5:08 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Necropsies completed on five of the 25 dead sea turtles found along Mississippi beaches in the past few days show no evidence of oil killing the reptiles. Brian Gorman of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Gulfport, Miss., said Monday that no evidence of oil or... more »
  • LUS Water Conservation Ordinance Begins May 1

    April 30, 2010 11:25 AM

    Lafayette, LA (April 30, 2010) - In 2001, the Lafayette City-Parish Council adopted a water conservation ordinance aimed at combating low water pressure during peak hours (late afternoon and evening). The ordinance applies only to automated watering systems and sprinklers, not hand-held hose watering. The enforcement of the ordinance is... more »
  • Coast Guard Says Crews May Set Fires to Burn Off Oil

    April 27, 2010 5:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says crews may set fires to burn off oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from a wrecked offshore drilling platform. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry says the burn would be done far offshore and could happen as soon as Wednesday. She... more »
  • Railroad Repair: Road Closed in Eunice May 3

    April 27, 2010 12:19 PM

    La 757, approximately ½ mile north of US 190 in Eunice, St. Landry Parish will be closed for railroad repair beginning 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p. m. on Monday, May 3, 2010. DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be... more »
  • Prison Population may Gradually Decline in Louisiana

    April 27, 2010 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana, where one out of every 55 adults is incarcerated, could see its prison population gradually decline if a package of bills up for debate in the House this week is passed into law. The four bills mainly target nonviolent offenders, who make up 60... more »
  • 11 Workers Missing May Have Been Unable to Escape

    April 22, 2010 4:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eleven workers missing from an offshore oil platform may not have escaped after a massive explosion, officials said Thursday. Crews continued to search by air and water for those missing from the Deepwater Horizon, which burned for nearly a day before sinking into the Gulf... more »
  • Census: Expect Visits as Early as May 1

    April 22, 2010 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Sixty-two percent of the households in Louisiana had returned their 2010 census forms by mail Wednesday, a number lower than the 2000 census total of 65 percent, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The Louisiana response rate was lower than the national number, which was... more »
  • LA Florists Required to Pass Exam May Change

    April 19, 2010 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana would no longer be the only state that requires retail florists to pass a licensing exam, if lawmakers approve a bill that received approval Monday from the House Commerce Committee. The measure by Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, would do away with the written... more »
  • Highway Project Signs May Disappear

    March 30, 2010 4:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -Those signs that describe the cost and scheduled completion date of a highway project would disappear from roadsides, if lawmakers agree to a proposal that received approval without objection from the House Transportation Committee. The signs are required under current law for any road project that... more »
  • LPSS Master Plan meetings

    November 10, 2009 12:43 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School System will be holding another master plan meeting this evening and again on Thursday. The community meetings help the LPSS members and the general public stay connected while forming the Master Plan. The sessions continues to the month of May 2010, it is then that the... more »
  • DNA solved New Iberia attempted burglary

    November 3, 2009 1:26 PM

    A New Iberia teen has been arrested and charged with attempted simple burglary, criminal damage and criminal trespass after a DNA match was confirmed by the Acadiana Crime Lab. Joseph Touchet is accused of attempting to break in to a home in the 4500 block of Freetown Road back in... more »

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