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 »
May 11, 2014 12:14 PM
DULARGE, La. (AP) - The Dularge Volunteer Fire Department is reopening its junior firefighter program. The department is recruiting boys ages 12-17 to be a part of the program that trains students in firefighting and lifesaving techniques as well as allow them to participate in real firefights, officials tell The... more »
May 3, 2014 5:45 PM
All lanes on Interstate 10 over the Atchafalaya River basin has reopened Saturday after a four vehicle crash killed two people Friday afternoon.
The incident took place just after 5 p.m. Friday at mile marker 127, Whiskey Bay, eastbound on I-10. State Police say a husband and wife died... more »
April 19, 2014 6:55 PM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development wants Shreveport to open Cross Lake dam's spillway drawdown gates, but the city is refusing. The Times of Shreveport reports that DOTD wants the gates opened to ensure that people living along the waterway aren't flooded if a substantial... more »
April 13, 2014 2:38 PM
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The new Tiger Drive Bridge in Thibodaux probably won't open until the end of summer, city officials say. The Daily Comet reports completion of the bridge had been projected for May, but delays in the delivery of pilings and because of bad weather pushed back the... more »
February 19, 2014 8:34 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Renovations of the shuttered Albertson's will begin sometime this spring to transform the former grocery store into Willow Charter Academy. It's one of three new charter schools in Lafayette set to open in August. Jay Miller, a member of the charter school's board, Louisiana Achievement Charter... more »
January 28, 2014 8:18 AM
Leesville, LA. - Please be advised that the City of Leesville will be operating with essential personnel only on January 28, 2014 due to hazardous weather conditions. The City of Leesville's local government offices will open at 9:00 a.m. today, January 28, 2014.
Please be advised that, weather permitting,... more »
December 2, 2013 9:12 AM
PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - Huey P. Long Medical Center has been a safety net for people in Central Louisiana who struggle to afford health insurance for more than 70 years. It's transitioning into private management. The services provided there for so many years are moving to clinics and other hospitals.... more »
June 24, 2013 7:23 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter's LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will showcase hurricane and flood-hardy features for homes at an open house on July 27. The open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. will focus on improvements that minimize potential damage from high winds, flooding and other... more »
June 30, 2012 1:54 PM
GENEVA (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that the Syria plan agreed to by major powers "paves the way for a post-Assad" government. She said Saturday that Syrian President Bashar Assad "will still have to go, he will never pass the mutual consent test given the blood... more »
June 25, 2012 6:34 AM
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - In August the St. Bernard Parish Hospital is slated to open its doors seven years after Hurricane Katrina. The Times-Picayune reports that the 113,000-square-foot hospital and an adjoining 60,000-square-foot medical office building are nearly ready. For Wayne Landry, chairman of St. Bernard Parish's Hospital Service District,... more »
May 11, 2012 10:00 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An Avoyelles Parish-based bank plans to open a branch in Baton Rouge. The Advocate reports The Cottonport Bank broke ground on Monday to build its 12th branch, its third in the Baton Rouge metro region. Cottonport Bank operates branches in Brusly and New Roads. A.J.... more »
April 20, 2012 9:39 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Red River Waterway Commission has opened all boat ramps to the public with the exception of the ramp in North Caddo parish. That ramp will be open by Friday. As water levels continue to fall to normal stages, the commission says additional cleaning and repairs... more »
April 11, 2012 8:26 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A center to help boost public school attendance and reduce juvenile crime in East Baton Rouge Parish is set to open its doors this fall. The Advocate reports the project recently cleared its final hurdle when Gov. Bobby Jindal signed off on a three-year, no-cost... more »
March 14, 2012 10:31 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Applications are open through Thursday for positions on the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council. The council facilitates communication between youth and the Legislature and gives students the opportunity to be involved in the workings of state government. The Advocate reports two student members are elected... more »
March 7, 2012 5:44 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal ran into criticism from the head of his Office of Elderly Affairs, who says the governor's plan to merge the office into the health department would damage services for Louisiana's senior citizens. Martha Manuel told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that... more »
January 20, 2012 9:44 AM
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's only nuclear plant can remain open beyond its originally scheduled shutdown date this year, despite the state's efforts to close the 40-year-old reactor, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha in Brattleboro is a win for the Vermont... more »
January 13, 2012 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Houston-based company that provides corrosion protection services for the oil and gas industry is planning to open a new plant in Scott. Houston Plating and Coatings LLC says it will hire 120 people over the next five years to work at the new $9... more »
November 10, 2011 12:34 AM
It's been closed for five months, but come Friday afternoon the Ayreshire Drive bridge will re-open to the 15,000 drivers that cross the bridge everyday.
"The contractor has built this bridge in five months, and he's actually ahead of schedule," said the LCG Director of Public Works, Tom Carroll.... more »
October 28, 2011 9:48 AM
After an early morning lock down at Carencro High School, Carencro Police Chief Stout says there was a threat received yesterday that caused concern.
Reserve officers were called to the campus to do a sweep of each student as they unloaded off the buses with metal detectors and bookbag... more »
October 10, 2011 11:14 PM
Lafayette Parish Schools each hosted open houses Monday night to show the public what's wrong with the schools, as an effort to inform tax payers about the $561 million bond to fund the LPSS Master Facilities Plan.
Under the plan seven schools would be rebuilt, including the Parish's two... more »
September 15, 2011 11:27 PM
Political debates have now become the topic of debate in Acadiana, as two incumbents so far haven't attended the events at Acadiana Open Channel, put on by Acadiana Progressives and the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee.
Incumbent State Representative Ricky Hardy (D-Lafayette) was expected to attend the first night... more »
September 13, 2011 11:26 PM
Campaign season is here and candidates have hit the ground running. Acadiana's Open Channel kicked off this election period with the first live debate to be broadcast, which started at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Six candidates had 90 seconds per question to make their opinions heard. Tuesday's debate included House... more »
September 12, 2011 9:37 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - The highly-anticipated new terminal at the Monroe Regional Airport is nearing completion with the opening scheduled for mid-October. Construction on the $36 million terminal began in August 2009 and airport manager Cleve Norrell tells The News-Star workers are tying up loose ends and putting on all... more »
June 14, 2011 9:21 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An attempt to open more of the governor's office records to public view was overwhelmingly rejected Monday by the Louisiana Senate, which sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal to keep the records secret. The Senate voted 22-14 against the bill by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, despite... more »
March 31, 2011 11:23 AM
ATLANTA (AP) - The massive new addition to the world's largest aquarium isn't simply a tank with dolphins leaping to and fro. It's a Broadway-style show, complete with an ancient sailor named StarSpinner and a battle with a sea creature that can only be settled by dolphins leaping, twisting and... more »
December 31, 2010 4:55 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The 2011 season for small non-sandbar coastal sharks in Louisiana state waters will open Jan. 1. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced the new season Thursday. The 2010 season closed in November. The shark group is composed of bonnethead, Atlantic sharpnose,... more »
December 10, 2010 10:56 AM
The temporary closure of the Northbound lane of LA 339 (Verot School Rd.) between Ambassador Caffery and LA 92, Lafayette Parish, has been rescheduled until after the first of the year. DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution.
December 9, 2010 6:44 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Fisheries experts say that - because the Gulf of Mexico oil spill kept anglers from getting offshore this year - they're unlikely to hit the limit set to let greater amberjack recover from overfishing. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that means recreational... more »
November 17, 2010 7:15 AM
The roadway is reopened after an accident happened along I-10 in Duson early this morning.
Around 3:00 this morning a vehicle flipped several times. It is still unknown at this time who was involved and the extent of the injuries.
November 2, 2010 2:41 AM
KATC has teamed up with The Family Tree and Acadian Open Channel (AOC) for a one of a kind campaign in Acadiana: "Bullying Stops With Me!"
"Bullying Stops With Me is a campaign aimed at stopping bullying in our community," said Dr. Dena Moore, CEO of The Family Tree.... more »
October 30, 2010 11:04 AM
Interstate 10 now open after being shut down for a short time due to an 18-wheeler leaking silicon sodium Tetrafluoride. The company was able to close the leaking valve and will be cited for the incident. No evacuations were needed and the interstate is flowing right now.
October 25, 2010 9:52 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Pop singer Madonna is opening a chain of fitness centers around the world to be known as Hard Candy Fitness global gyms. A partnership between Madonna, her manager and New Evolution Ventures plans to open the first gym in a posh neighborhood in Mexico City on... more »
October 9, 2010 11:54 PM
Driver's in St. Landry Parish can continue using the Melville Ferry, but only for a little while longer.
The ferry was scheduled to close for good Saturday, October 9, but the date has been pushed back until the end of the soybean harvest at the end of the year---December... more »
October 8, 2010 8:43 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning will open a restaurant in association with the Harrah's Hotel and Casino complex in downtown New Orleans. The restaurant, called Manning's, will have a bar and courtyard. It is scheduled to open in fall 2011. Manning, a Mississippi native,... more »
September 30, 2010 10:20 AM
An 18-million dollar state park sitting vacant in Vermilion Parish will open to the public. Lt. Governor Scott Angelle made the announcement this morning. Palmetto State Park was scheduled to open earlier this year after seven years of construction, but due to budget cuts there was no money to open... more »
September 3, 2010 3:56 PM
MIAMI (AP) - More federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle are open to commercial and recreational fishing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that the 3,114-square mile area had a low risk for future exposure to oil. Tuna, swordfish, mahi mahi and other... more »
August 27, 2010 6:40 PM
The Round About intersection of State Highway 92 and Bonin Road in Youngsville will be reopened to traffic after 7:00 PM Friday, August 27, 2010. Although construction continues in the area of this new Round About, traffic is once again flowing. Everyone is advised to please drive slowly and carefully... more »
August 25, 2010 4:08 PM
BROUSSARD - The Chitimacha Louisiana Open awarded a total of $142,329.76 in checks to 47 local and regional charities and youth groups Wednesday on what Open officials called "the tournament's best day of the whole year."
The PGA's Nationwide Tour event, annually conducted in late March at Le Triomphe... more »
August 19, 2010 7:36 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's newest state park opens next week. The Louisiana Office of State Parks says Bogue Chitto State Park, located outside of Franklinton, will host its grand opening on Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with the official ribbon cutting, the park is... more »
August 16, 2010 4:46 PM
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office would like to remind motorists in Iberia Parish that schools are opening and to watch for school buses and children at bus stops. Sheriff Ackal has deputies monitoring school zones for traffic violators; therefore, motorist should also be aware of their speed and obey posted... more »
August 13, 2010 9:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Justice Department has opened a new civil rights investigation into the alleged beating of two men by New Orleans Police in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Justice Department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa (So-chi E-no-ho-sa) on Friday told the Associated Press that federal authorities are investigating the... more »
July 23, 2010 6:48 AM
VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) - The Chicot State Park is getting an upgrade. The Louisiana Office of State Parks is opening two deluxe lodges on the state park on Aug. 3. Also, the park is adding a new pavilion, fishing pier, boat launch and playground. Stuart Johnson, the assistant secretary... more »
July 18, 2010 3:27 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - The future of BP PLC has shifted in recent days from a death-watch discussion to a debate about how valuable the British oil giant will be after it finishes paying for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. BP gained temporary control of its broken... more »
June 15, 2010 7:37 PM
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of inside waters and the territorial seas east of the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish effective immediately, today June 15. This area was originally closed due to... more »
June 14, 2010 10:18 PM
At the request of Governor Bobby Jindal, Lt. Governor Scott Angelle has formed the Gulf Economic Survival Team, or GEST. The task force has organized an on-line petition aimed at shortening the 6-month moratorium on offshore drilling.
Angelle is coming to Lafayette to discuss the moratorium and the petition... more »
June 14, 2010 11:19 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Revenue says its regional offices will be open Saturday for taxpayers who need help. Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges says individuals and businesses can get help from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis. Taxpayers should bring all relevant... more »
June 1, 2010 7:11 PM
Seeking EXTRAS for thriller film "Swamp Shark" Starring: Kristy Swanson & Robert Davi Produced by Active Entertainment
Wednesday June 2nd Noon-6 P.M. Activity Entertainment Studios 209 Garfield St. Lafayette, LA 70501
Applicants should bring a RECENT, nonreturnable photo of themselves. If you are unable to provide a photo,... more »
May 26, 2010 7:30 AM
NOAA has extended the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to match the Louisiana state waters closure west of the current boundaries, and to incorporate an area reportedly with oil in the southwest. Closing fishing in these areas is a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the... more »
May 24, 2010 9:37 AM
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - State officials will test brown shrimp for petroleum hydrocarbons ahead of the anticipated opening of the season in June. The Mississippi Press reports that William Walker, executive director of the state Department of Marine Resources, was given authority this past week to open the season when... more »
May 21, 2010 9:41 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans will dedicate its new state-of-the-art health center next week. The center, and another one the Daughters have opened, are the first new, permanent primary care facilities to open in the city since Hurricane Katrina. The new structure, built... more »
May 11, 2010 9:49 AM
BATON ROUGE, La.- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says most areas west of the Mississippi River are open to recreational and commercial fishing, including shrimping. It says the exceptions include part of the state's territorial sea west of the Mississippi River to Point au Fer and the beaches... more »
May 3, 2010 3:03 PM
The Internal Revenue Service will host a special nationwide Open House on Saturday May 15 to help small businesses and individuals solve tax problems.
Approximately 200 IRS offices, at least one in every state, will be open May 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. IRS staff... more »
April 14, 2010 6:32 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House wants to return to an "open primary" system for congressional elections. The bill approved 72-26 by the House would do away with Democratic and Republican primaries and let all candidates for Congress run against each other, with the top two vote-getters advancing... more »
March 30, 2010 3:28 PM
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard has reopened a portion
of the Mississippi River near St. Joseph, La., after a collision of
two towing vessels on Tuesday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers located a sunken barge and at 1
p.m., the Coast Guard... more »
February 11, 2010 1:42 PM
LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Consolidated Government Public Works Department announced that the bridge on Robley Drive at the Broadmoor Coulee was opened to traffic today, as all but minor items of work are completed.
The actual structure is a box culvert designed to be compatible with the future permanent... more »
February 1, 2010 5:47 PM
Officials in Broussard are showing their support for the home team Sunday. Bars there are normally closed on Sunday, but they will be open eight hours for the game. The hours for these businesses are from 2-30 to 10-30.
January 19, 2010 6:26 PM
As she sees the need for medical attention in her native country, Dr. Nicole Michael's frustration grows.
She, her husband Dr. Arsh Michael and sixteen other doctors have the supplies they need and a hospital where they can help heal the wounded. It's located in a small village just... more »
January 7, 2010 7:09 PM
As of 6:30am Friday:
Calcasieu Parish Schools
Acadiana Christian Academy in Opelousas
Pope John Paul II Academy in Carencro
Good Shepard Montessori Campuses in Opelousas and Port Barre
Also, Bethel Baptist school is closed today due to power outage.
January 7, 2010 6:37 PM
If you or someone you know needs a place to keep warm in Opelousas, there is shelter available.
City officials are opening the North Park Civic Center. Cots and supplies are already moved in. Contact the City Police Department and their staff will make arrangements to get you there.... more »
November 12, 2009 11:33 AM
3 Minute Movie Event
A special challenge is being issued to all writers, actors, videographers, storytellers and other creative - adventurous types who want to have a great time in a fun and exciting new way.
Acadiana Open Channel is hosting a 3 Minute Movie Challenge. The idea... more »
November 6, 2009 12:20 PM
Traffic should be able to move freely around the City of Abbeville, La 3267 (Airport Road) is now open.
October 7, 2009 2:01 PM
Please be advised, drivers who travel La 343 the roadway is now open to traffic.