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  • Stalking predators online stresses cyber cops

    July 27, 2014 7:10 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A man in his 50s wanted to get detective Bryan Montgomery pregnant. They'd flirted online. The man sent roses, delivered to a local school. He eventually traveled from Keithville, south of Shreveport, to Springhill, north of Shreveport, for a romantic weekend with his cyber sweetheart, bringing... more »
  • State: Shopping online doesn't mean tax-free

    November 29, 2013 4:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials are reminding shoppers on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and throughout the year that "online" does not mean "tax-free." Louisiana's Consumer Use Tax applies to purchases from out-of-state vendors who do not charge sales tax. When out-of-state vendors do not charge sales tax, the... more »
  • St. Tammany schools move to online job system

    April 22, 2013 8:16 AM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - St. Tammany Parish public schools system plan to launch an online employment application system in May. The Times-Picayune reports the system will stop accepting paper applications starting May 2. School officials say the online application system will begin on May 7.
  • LDWF offers online renewal for commercial licenses

    December 26, 2012 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says commercial licenses can now be renewed online. People who have commercial licenses from the department can renew them at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses . Until now, commercial licenses could be renewed only by mail or in person at the department's... 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 municibid.com 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 »
  • 2 arrested after stolen parts posted online

    May 14, 2012 6:50 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - An attempt to sell stolen motorcycle parts over the Internet led the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office to arrest two Alexandria residents. The Town Talk reports the investigation began with a report of three motorcycles stolen from a Pineville home. Deputies say the Internet posting led detectives... more »
  • Bossier man arrested in online juvenile sex sting

    April 12, 2012 7:40 AM

    BENTON, La. (AP) - Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen says a 46-year-old Bossier City man is being held on $180,000 bond after an online sex sting. He says Dennis W. Martin allegedly suggested sex to a deputy posing online as a 14-year-old girl, and suggested he could be her pimp.... more »
  • State tax refund status can be checked online

    March 15, 2012 6:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Revenue says taxpayers can check the status of their state individual income tax refunds online. The Where's My Refund webpage is: www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges says that site gives instant answers about refunds and can be especially helpful during... more »
  • American Indian tribes cautious on online gambling

    March 7, 2012 5:46 AM

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Leaders who run casinos for Indian tribes told regulators and companies on Tuesday that they won't support new laws involving online gambling unless it's clear how tribes nationwide will be affected. Chairwoman Leslie Lohse of the California Tribal Business Alliance said at the iGaming North America... more »
  • Lafayette Atty. Prosecutes Large Online Porn Ring

    August 3, 2011 11:53 PM

    It's being called the largest international prosecution of child exploitation the U.S. has ever seen. So far, 72 people are charged with participating in an online child pornography ring called Dreamboard. Some of the details of the investigation are graphic and could be disturbing. Prosecutors said there could be... more »
  • Major Online Child Porn Ring Connected to Lafayette

    July 21, 2011 9:59 PM

    An online child pornography ring, with suspects located across the U.S., originated in Louisiana. Now nearly a dozen suspects are facing trial in Lafayette. The Internet bulletin board was called Dreamboard, and according to federal documents, there are 22 alleged members of the site. At least some of the suspects... more »
  • Vermilion board to look at online school lunch pay

    June 17, 2011 9:23 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board has agreed to look into an agreement with School Payment Solutions that allows parents to pay for student lunches online. Mary Jumonville, child nutrition coordinating supervisor, said Thursday the school district is in the initial phases of negotiating with the company... more »
  • Prayers online in Romania

    June 14, 2011 10:26 AM

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Too busy to get to church to pray? A Romanian company is offering believers an online service enabling them to send prayers to priests who will read them out during church services. Romanian Orthodox Christians customarily write down prayers in church, which are then given to... more »
  • Ouachita-W Monroe tax auction goes online

    June 13, 2011 9:04 AM

    WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - You don't need to go to the sheriff's office any longer to buy property at the tax-title sale held for the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office and the city of West Monroe. The News-Star reports that the auction this week is going online. Under state law,... more »
  • Dog Breeder Scammed

    March 30, 2011 7:19 PM

    Scam artists' are using an online phone system designed for hearing impaired people to scam innocent people. New Iberia dog breeder, Violet Duplantis, said she lost more than $800 hundred dollars. She said, "I posted an ad on the Daily Iberian for three Yorkie puppies." Duplantis said it didn't take... more »
  • Wal-Mart Offering Free Shipping for Online Buys

    November 11, 2010 8:17 AM

    BRISBANE, Calif. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is going for the jugular in the holiday retailing war, announcing Thursday that it will offer free shipping on nearly 60,000 online items - with no minimum purchase requirement. The nation's biggest retailer, long known for its low prices, is raising the stakes... more »
  • New online resource debuts for Nazi-era looted art

    October 18, 2010 2:29 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The Nazis stripped hundreds of thousands of artworks from Jews during World War II in one of the biggest cultural raids in history, often photographing their spoils and meticulously cataloguing them on typewritten index cards. Holocaust survivors and their relatives, as well as art collectors... more »
  • Food Stamps Online Application Now Available

    July 30, 2010 12:52 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced that Louisianians can now apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) and other forms of assistance online. "Louisianians can now apply for, complete a verification interview and receive benefits without stepping into a DCFS office," said Ruth Johnson, DCFS... more »
  • Prepare by Pre-Applying Online for Disaster Food Stamps

    July 23, 2010 11:36 AM

    With Tropical Storm Bonnie expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico later today, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is encouraging residents to prepare by pre-applying online for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (DSNAP), formerly called Disaster Food Stamps. "Hurricane season is well underway, and this... more »
  • Online 'Turtle Talk' Set for Today

    July 16, 2010 6:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Government agencies and experts on sea life are planning an on-line discussion about the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on sea turtles. Today's "Turtle Talk" brings together sea turtle experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and... more »
  • Louisiana State Police Crash Reports Available Online

    April 20, 2010 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Beginning Wednesday, people who need copies of police reports involving crashes investigated by Louisiana State Police can get them online. In the past, the information had to be purchased in person at state police headquarters in Baton Rouge or at a state police troop location.... more »
  • Louisiana State Police Offer Crash Reports Online

    April 20, 2010 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Beginning Wednesday, people who need copies of police reports involving crashes investigated by Louisiana State Police can get them online. In the past, the information had to be purchased in person at state police headquarters in Baton Rouge or at... more »
  • Cyberbullying Bill Proposed in Louisiana

    April 20, 2010 9:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Harassing or intimidating someone by text message, e-mail or posts on social networking sites like Facebook would be deemed "cyberbullying" and would be a crime under a bill proposed by a Shreveport lawmaker. The House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled... more »
  • Saints Flag Auctioned Off Online Raises Nearly $7,000 For Charity

    March 5, 2010 3:14 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A New Orleans Saints flag that Indiana's governor displayed outside his office from losing a Super Bowl bet is heading to Louisiana after it sold in an online auction for $6,852. The governor's office says Bryan Bossier Sr. of Alexandria, La., won the flag as bids in... more »
  • La. awarded $1.7M broadband mapping grant

    December 1, 2009 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is getting a $1.7 million federal grant intended to spread high-speed Internet connections to rural communities and other areas with lesser online access. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the state's grant amount Monday. It comes from a $7 billion pot of federal stimulus... more »
  • Food banks go high-tech to help

    November 30, 2009 9:14 AM

    SEATTLE (AP) - Food banks are known for providing a helping hand to those who need it. But these days, those community pantries are getting a helping hand from technology. Food banks are taking advantage of things like databases, bar coding, GPS tracking and automated warehouses as they share their... more »
  • Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

    November 23, 2009 12:36 PM

    Shoppers asked to be Vigilant The Lafayette Police Department would like to wish all of its citizens a "Happy and Safe Holiday Season". The Police Department offers the following safety tips while shopping and at home: Holiday Crime Prevention Tips While Shopping: • Stay alert to your surroundings and the... more »
  • Tweeters on hand for shuttle launch

    November 16, 2009 8:38 AM

    CYBERSPACE (AP) - The Space Shuttle Atlantis won't be the only thing flying when it lifts off from Florida today. The fingers of about 100 huge NASA fans will also be flying - across keyboards as they tweet details of the liftoff. For the first time ever, NASA has invited... more »
  • FREE, Online Concert

    November 12, 2009 2:24 PM

    CYBERSPACE (AP) - Wanna go to a concert by Alicia Keys, Daughtry or Usher? A new Web site lets you do so - without even leaving your home. The new concert-viewing Web site gives music fans the opportunity to see the virtual "shows" from any number of different angles. You... more »
  • Wal-Mart Caskets On-Line

    October 29, 2009 8:21 AM

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The world's largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die. Wal-Mart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut most funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets. The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which... more »
  • eCampus Offers Online Classes for Lafayette

    October 5, 2009 1:52 PM

    Schools in Lafayette Parish will soon offer online courses for high schoolers and some 8th graders. The program is called "eCampus" and it is designed to help two groups of students: those who need help to catch up after failing a class (and to keep from failing again), and... more »

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