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  • Officials say oil spill has not reached Caddo Lake

    October 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    MOORINGSPORT, La. (AP) - Cleanup crews continue to mop up a 4,000-barrell oil spill into a four-mile stretch of Tete Bayou northwest of Shreveport. Officials said Saturday that the oil has been contained without reaching Caddo Lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana state line and provides drinking water for some water... more »
  • Officals searching for a Ville Platte Runaway

    October 4, 2014 7:48 PM

    The Ville Platte Police Department is seeking help in locating 14 year old Benjalyn Bradley. Her parents reported last seeing her at approximately 8:30 last night (10-3-14). According to family members, Benjalyn has run away before and was found in the Lafayette area on the North Side. Benjalyn... more »
  • Officials Seeking a Juvenile Iberia Parish Runaway

    October 4, 2014 1:46 PM

    The Iberia Parish Sheriff's office has located juvenile runaway Mika Sullivan. _____ Officers with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department are searching for a runaway juvenile, Mikia Sullivan. Mikia is described as a black female approximately 5' 4" tall weighing 100 lbs. and was last seen wearing a... more »
  • Terrebonne officials open of new school

    July 18, 2014 7:42 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - It was a big day for parents and employees of the Terrebonne Parish school system as the district celebrated its first new school in 27 years. Those who attended Grand Caillou (KIGH'-you) Middle School's ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday were anything but disappointed as curious visitors took to... more »
  • Monroe officials to meet with United Airlines

    July 13, 2014 1:09 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and other local officials are scheduled to meet Monday with United Airlines to talk about a direct flight between the Monroe and Denver. Monroe passengers currently must pass through United's Houston hub to get to Denver. CenturyLink, which is headquartered in Monroe,... more »
  • Officials: Bungled explosion kills 3 in Nigeria

    May 25, 2014 12:15 AM

    JOS, Nigeria (AP) - A bungled bomb killed three people, including a suicide bomber, in Nigeria's Jos city Saturday night, a police official said, four days after twin car bombs blamed on Islamic extremists killed at least 130 people in the central city. The senior police official said the bomber... more »
  • Health officials raise red flag against meningitis

    March 3, 2014 10:54 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Health officials are urging people to take precautions against meningitis. The state Department of Health and Hospitals says an East Baton Rouge high school student died earlier this month from a strain of meningitis. State Epidemiologist Raul Ratard says the type of virus found in the... more »
  • Terrebonne officials outline priorities

    January 1, 2014 7:45 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Improving roads throughout Terrebonne Parish is a major goal in 2014 for Parish President Michel Claudet. Claudet also tells The Courier that he and the Parish Council must work more closely to better serve Terrebonne residents. Improving lighting on the Schriever overpass is Parish Council Chairwoman... more »
  • Lafourche levee officials unveil website

    December 16, 2013 7:13 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The North Lafourche Levee District has launched a new website at . The Daily Comet reports residents can now watch live Internet streaming of the district's board and committee meetings, sign up for an email newsletter and access meeting agendas and lists of projects. The... more »
  • Lafayette Football Officials Membership Drive

    July 3, 2013 8:14 AM

    The Lafayette Area Football Officials Association is looking for new officials. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 8th, at the Girard Park Recreation Center. The need is for referees for high school football. For more info call: 337-335-8224 Or visit:
  • Inauguration set for Gretna officials

    June 24, 2013 7:54 AM

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - City officials will be sworn-in in ceremonies on July 1 at the Mel Ott Multipurpose Center in Gretna. The ceremonies are set for 6 p.m. To be sworn-in are Belinda Cambre Constant as mayor; Arthur Lawson as chief of police; and City Council members Wayne Rau,... more »
  • Officials arrest man on child porn charges

    April 22, 2013 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State attorney general's investigators have arrested a 30-year-old Baton Rouge man for allegedly keeping more than 25 images of child pornography on electronic devices at his home. The Advocate reports Bradley Bourque was booked Saturday on 25 counts of pornography involving juveniles. Authorities searched Bourque's... more »
  • Picayune officials eye mobile homes

    November 26, 2012 3:58 AM

    PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - Picayune officials may require mobile homes locating in the city's only two trailer parks acquire a building permit. The Picayune Item reports that the issue was raised this week during the city council meeting. Councilman Wayne Gouguet said the requirement would mean a trailer owner, in... more »
  • Officials say retired chimps being sent to TX lab

    September 25, 2012 6:27 AM

    KEITHVILLE, La. (AP) - Officials say 100 biomedical research chimpanzees slated for retirement aren't being sent to a chimpanzee sanctuary like federal statutes require. Officials at Chimp Haven said Monday 10 of the 110 retiring chimpanzees at the New Iberia Research Center in Lafayette will be sent to the sanctuary... more »
  • Officials to explain military academy nominations

    September 11, 2012 7:46 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Two members of the state's congressional delegation have scheduled a program in Shreveport where potential applicants to United States military academies can learn about the nomination process. Sen. David Vitter and Rep. John Fleming say the "Academy Day" is set for Saturday at LSU-Shreveport's University Center.... more »
  • State wildlife officials set fall shrimp season

    August 3, 2012 7:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says the fall inshore shrimp season will open at 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13. The opening covers the state's inside waters from the Atchafalaya River and Atchafalaya River Ship Channel west to the Louisiana/Texas state line. The state inside... more »
  • Washington officials pledge to clean up jail

    July 10, 2012 6:35 AM

    BOGALUSA, La. (AP) - The new warden and chief deputy for the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office say the parish jail is in bad shape and downright insanitary in spots, but they plan to clean it up. The Daily News reports that Warden Robert McDaniel and Chief Deputy Mike Haley were... more »
  • Baton Rouge officials pleased with online auction

    June 18, 2012 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish officials have made $125,581 in two auctions since it began using the online site to sell surplus items. Patti Wallace, the acting director of purchasing for the city-parish, tells The Advocate the first auction, which ended May 4, netted the... more »
  • Officials believe lightning may have caused fire

    June 7, 2012 7:33 AM

    GRAMERCY, La. (AP) - Authorities say a plant fire in St. James Parish may have been sparked by lightning. WAFB TV reports the Rain CII plant in Gramercy caught on fire around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. It is located near the Noranda Aluminum plant and is a part of the old... more »
  • LSU officials: Jindal budget means hospital cuts

    March 28, 2012 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Leaders of LSU's public hospital system said Tuesday that Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget overestimates revenue for its hospitals and clinic network next year and that the system would have to impose cuts to close a multi-million dollar funding gap. University hospital officials told the House... more »
  • Hurricane officials: No more tape for windows

    March 27, 2012 6:02 AM

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Officials with the National Hurricane Center have a message for residents living in hurricane-prone areas: Don't tape your windows. Hurricane center officials are joining with a consumer advocate group Tuesday at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla., to encourage residents to skip taping their windows... more »
  • Iberville officials ask for restoration of tax

    March 22, 2012 10:36 AM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - Iberville Parish voters will decide Saturday whether to restore a lapsed, decades-old property tax that school system officials say is vital to pay for utilities, pest control, garbage collection and a number of other services. If the tax proposition were to fail, school Superintendent Ed Cancienne... more »
  • LSU officials buy women's tourney tix for students

    March 16, 2012 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three LSU men's coaches and the athletic director are giving $4,000 so LSU students don't have to pay for tickets to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. League rules don't allow complimentary student admission to tournaments. So football coach Les Miles, basketball coach Trent Johnson and... more »
  • Alexandria officials focusing on initiatives

    February 23, 2012 10:34 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy and his staffers plan to meet over the next two days to discuss major initiatives for the next fiscal year, which begins in May. Roy said Wednesday that the purpose of the "retreat" is to roll out some ideas for the council... more »
  • Seafood officials: naming-rights deal smells fishy

    January 30, 2012 10:54 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Some trade groups and industry officials say they disapprove of a proposal being considered by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to buy the naming rights to the New Orleans Arena. They tell The Courier it would use about 17 percent of the $30 million... more »
  • Officials Hit the Streets of Kaplan to End Arson Spree

    January 4, 2012 7:19 PM

    For months, vacant or abandoned homes across Kaplan have been going up in flames. Police said the frequent house fires started in February 2010, since then nine homes have burned. Police believe at least five of those are arson, many of them set within the last few months. ... more »
  • Officials: Home-raisings prevented Lee flooding

    September 7, 2011 9:48 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish officials say an aggressive effort by parish government to use federal grant programs for elevation of homes is a likely reason why so few homes flooded in Terrebonne as a result of Tropical Storm Lee. Only five homes had reported flooding to the Terrebonne... more »
  • Officials consider foul play in missing teacher

    August 2, 2011 9:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is considering the possibility of foul play in the disappearance of a Brusly High School teacher more than two weeks ago. Department spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says physical evidence from Sylviane Finck Lozada's home supports possible foul play... more »
  • Officials tout new lodge at Poverty Point

    July 4, 2011 8:25 AM

    DELHI, La. (AP) - Poverty Point Reservoir State Park at Delhi, which already featured cabins built over the lake and a top-tier golf course, has now opened a new 17-room, $1.3 million lodge. The Black Bear Lodge opened Friday just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The... more »
  • NFL Officials at Pre-Mediation Meeting with Judge

    April 13, 2011 12:07 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Lawyers for the NFL and league officials are meeting with the judge assigned to supervise court-ordered mediation between the NFL and its locked-out players. The league's contingent arrived at the chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on Wednesday morning. Executiv e vice president Jeff Pash, the... more »
  • Wildlife Officials Investigate Police Involved Bear Shooting

    March 30, 2011 11:33 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating a black bear shooting involving Carencro Police that happened last Tuesday. "I honestly thought they were having a shoot out with another person because there was at least 10 to 15 shots fired," said Mary Brinkley, who lives in the... more »
  • Youngsville Major & City Council officials will be sworn in tonight

    January 6, 2011 6:30 AM

    Youngsville residents this is for you. The new Mayor and City council officials will be sworn in tonight. The ceremony begins at 6pm and the public is invited to attend. There will be a reception after the ceremony as well. This will be a good opportunity for you to... more »
  • Feds to hear from more BP, Transocean officials

    December 7, 2010 9:19 AM

    HOUSTON (AP) - A federal panel investigating the cause of the rig explosion that set off the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill is set to question more BP and Transocean officials about the disaster. The panel also was expected to hear from two technicians known as mud loggers, who... more »
  • Officials: Suspect lived unnoticed after 'death'

    November 5, 2010 9:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After the skeletal remains of a slain Las Vegas girl were found in the woods of central Louisiana, the investigation led authorities to a startling conclusion: The man suspected of kidnapping her was supposed to have died 16 years earlier. As federal and state investigators mount... more »
  • Officials: Computer outage at Wyo. nuke site

    October 26, 2010 9:38 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A computer failure caused a break in communication with 50 nuclear missiles at Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming over the weekend, military officials said Tuesday. The officials said the break occurred Saturday and lasted about 45 minutes. The White House was briefed about the failure Tuesday... more »
  • Chile Official: 1st Miner to Surface Tuesday

    October 12, 2010 12:28 PM

    SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) - The first of 33 trapped miners is expected to be lifted to the surface late Tuesday after miraculously surviving more than two months below ground, Chile's Mining Minister Laurence Golborne. The minister announced the planned rescue at a news conference near the mine site,... more »
  • Catahoula Parish officials find human remains

    October 12, 2010 9:44 AM

    HARRISONBURG, La. (AP) - Investigators with the Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office are working to identify the remains of a young female found north of Harrisonburg. Sheriff James Kelly said in a news release Monday that two Baton Rouge hunters discovered a skull Friday evening. Kelly said forensic pathologists from Louisiana... more »
  • Italian Authorities Investigating Top Officials of the Vatican Bank

    September 21, 2010 12:59 PM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Italian authorities seized euro23 million ($30.18 million) from a Vatican bank account Tuesday and said they have begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money laundering probe. The Vatican said it was "perplexed and surprised" by the investigation. Italian financial police... more »
  • Quadruple Murder Update

    September 10, 2010 6:42 PM

    Today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will be holding a press conference about the quadrouple homicide in Lake Charles. Sheriff Tony Mancuso will be talking about the latest developments in the case. KATC's Melissa Hawkes will be there. ------------------ Previous Story New information on the quadruple murder... more »
  • Texas officials stop search for 2 missing swimmers

    September 9, 2010 9:38 PM

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Authorities in Texas say it is unlikely they will find alive two missing swimmers swept away by floodwaters from the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine. Authorities ended foot patrols along the swollen riverbanks Thursday and pulled back helicopters making aerial sweeps. The men were swimming Wednesday... 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 »
  • The Smell Test: Officials Say Gulf Seafood Is Safe & Your Nose Knows It

    August 31, 2010 7:44 PM

    Scientists and FDA officials are trying to put the message out that gulf seafood is safe to eat and if you don't believe it, try smelling the food. Experts in the field of seafood testing have assembled in New Orleans to show KATC that people can actually smell oil... more »
  • Lake Charles Officials Review Development Project

    August 26, 2010 8:47 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Lake Charles city government has received a detailed proposal for a lakefront development project that would be named Mardi Gras Boardwalk. Lake Charles Mardi Gras Boardwalk LLC proposes building a waterfront entertainment venue on the north side of the Civic Center in two phases... more »
  • Judge Temporarily Barred Officials From Enforcing Women Getting Abortions to Have an Ultrasound

    August 12, 2010 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily barred Louisiana state officials from enforcing part of a new law that requires women getting abortions to have an ultrasound exam. Women won't have to view the ultrasound or receive a copy of it while a temporary restraining order issued... more »
  • Officials Intend To Leave The Cork In Place For Now

    July 19, 2010 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Oil and gas are leaking from the cap on BP's ruptured oil well, but federal officials intend to leave the cork in place for now. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says Monday afternoon that the leaks are so far not a major concern. He also says... more »
  • Alexandria Officials Eye Graffiti Problem

    July 14, 2010 7:42 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The executive director of Cenla Pride hopes Alexandria officials will consider that organization when looking to solve graffiti problems in the city. Bettye Jones, who runs Cenla Pride, told the city council Tuesday that her organization has extensive experience running a graffiti-prevention program. The problem was... more »
  • Officials: No dead, oiled birds found in Texas

    June 7, 2010 9:49 AM

    ROBERT, La. (AP) - Federal officials responding to a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico say no dead, oiled birds have been found in Texas. Authorities at an oil spill command center in Robert, La., said Monday that a tally it released Sunday was incorrect. Petty Officer 1st... more »
  • LA Officials May Have Approval Today To Build Sand Berms

    June 2, 2010 11:35 AM

    SCHRIEVER, La. (AP) - Louisiana officials could have approval Wednesday on a proposal to build sand berms to protect barrier islands from oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said a meeting with officials Tuesday in New Orleans focused on two questions posed by President... more »
  • Federal Officials Expand Fishing Area After Being Closed Due to Oil Spill

    May 18, 2010 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal officials say they're expanding the area of the Gulf of Mexico where fishing is shut down because of a massive oil spill. They had already shut down fishing from the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle soon after an offshore oil rig exploded and sank... more »
  • Obama Officials Visiting The Gulf Coast

    May 5, 2010 3:06 PM

    ROBERT, La. (AP) - High-ranking Obama administration officials are visiting the Gulf Coast to reassure the public that the government is doing all it can to prevent the massive oil spill from damaging the region's economy and wildlife. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar planned Wednesday to tour the Delta National... more »
  • Toyota Officials Doubt Mans Runaway Prius Claim

    March 15, 2010 3:54 PM

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Toyota is casting doubt on a California man's claim that his Prius sped out of control, saying that his report is inconsistent with findings of the company's preliminary investigation. Toyota says the accelerator pedal was tested and found to be working normally and a backup safety... more »
  • Smith Reed Road Fire

    December 26, 2009 11:26 PM

    Lafayette Fire Officials spent most of the morning putting out a major house fire near Carencro. The incident occured in the 100 block of Smith Reed Road. Sadly Firefighters were unable to extinguish the blaze before the house was completely destroyed, fortunately no one was injured. Fire Officials are still... more »

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