April 12, 2014 8:16 PM
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) - Thousands of supporters of Burkina Faso's longtime president are calling for a constitutional amendment so the leader of the West African nation can seek another term. Organizers said a rally Saturday drew about 50,000 supporters of President Blaise Compaore's ruling party and affiliated parties. The... more »
April 12, 2014 8:03 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University President Ronald Mason says the 134-year-old historically black university needs higher entrance standards. Others say that could be the death of an institution that traditionally has been all-embracing. The discussion is just starting, Mason said: "I'm not saying we're going to become Yale... more »
April 6, 2014 2:12 PM
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's popularity has dipped five percentage points ahead of October's presidential elections, a new poll published Sunday said. The Datafolha polling institute said 36 percent of respondents rated Rousseff's government as "great/good" against the 41 percent who gave it that rating in the... more »
March 22, 2014 1:33 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Thurgood Marshall College Fund president Johnny Taylor Jr. will be the keynote speaker for Southern University at New Orleans' graduation ceremonies on May 10. The program is set for 4 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena. Taylor leads an organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending 47 public... more »
February 5, 2014 6:54 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Community and Technical College System could have a new president as early as next week. LCTCS Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael Murphy of Bogalusa says the plan is to make a selection Feb. 12 from the four candidates interviewed by the full board... more »
November 18, 2013 10:19 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - Kevin Couhig, a first-time politician, will become West Feliciana's first parish president. The Advocate reports Couhig, a businessman, defeated Tom McVea, who served more than two decades in public office, with 59 percent of the vote. Couhig will be sworn into office within 10 days... more »
June 17, 2013 9:11 AM
GREENSBURG, LA. (AP) - State police have arrested the president of the Livingston Parish School Board after a 21-year-old Mississippi man was killed in a hit-and-run in St. Helena Parish. Trooper First Class Melissa Matey says the accident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday when William Iasigi, of Liberty, Miss.,... more »
March 18, 2013 9:24 AM
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis' diplomatic skills were put to the test Monday as he met with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, with whom he has clashed over her socially liberal policies and what he has called the government's totalitarianism. Fernandez called on the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires Monday... more »
February 25, 2013 8:48 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, his ex-wife, Karen Parker, and former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson are scheduled for sentencing on federal corruption charges in a payroll fraud scheme. The hearing is Monday before U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. Broussard also admitted taking kickbacks from a... more »
October 12, 2012 12:10 AM
The legal battle continues between the St. Landry Parish Council and Parish President Bill Fontenot. Despite some council members' efforts Thursday, they will still go to court Friday over an ordinance passed earlier this year.
"I feel this is ridiculous, I feel we're wasting money on lawyers, I'm tired... more »
September 13, 2012 8:46 AM
Parish President Joey Durel can be seen on GMA every Thursday around 6:40am to answer your questions. This week Joey Durel answered 2 viewer questions, please watch the video attached to hear the answers.
If you have a question for Joey Durel go to www.katc.com under the GMA tap... more »
July 9, 2012 6:14 AM
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - A top aide says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has given his permission to exhume the remains of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat. The decision came days after a Swiss institute found elevated traces of a radioactive agent reportedly on Arafat's belongings, reviving speculation the legendary Palestinian... more »
February 3, 2012 9:14 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A kidney specialist from Lafayette is the Louisiana State Medical Society's youngest president ever. The society says Dr. Anthony P. Blalock officially took over the duties after the society's House of Delegates met Jan. 27-28 in Baton Rouge. He had been elected a year ago.... more »
December 15, 2011 8:10 AM
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - Several weeks after he was voted out of office, St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro is resigning to start a new job working for the state of Louisiana. Taffaro will resign Thursday morning as he prepares to become the state's new director of hazard mitigation and... more »
November 18, 2011 11:37 PM
Polls open in less than eight hours as voters are set to decide several runoffs. In New Iberia, incumbent Parish President Earnest Freyou and challenger "Romo" Romero are using these last few hours to campaign.
Incumbent, Earnest Freyou is out-spending Romo Romero by more than two-to-one but ever since... more »
September 8, 2011 11:49 PM
President Barack Obama addressed the nation Thursday night with a speech on jobs and the economy. But not all lawmakers wanted to attend, and were even upset they had to miss out on another important event: the official start of NFL football.
U.S. Senator David Vitter (R., La.) had... more »
August 17, 2011 10:57 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The president of Our Lady of Holy Cross College and all 19 members of its policy-making board have been dismissed with no warning and no explanation. The Times-Picayune reports notification came Monday by email from Sister Suellen Tennyson, local leader of the order of Marianite nuns... more »
May 2, 2011 1:44 AM
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Osama bin Laden was holed up in a two-story house 100 yards from a Pakistani military academy when four helicopters carrying U.S. anti-terror forces swooped in the early morning hours of Monday and killed him. Flames rose Monday from the building that was the apparent target of... more »
May 1, 2011 11:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late Sunday. President Barack Obama was expected to address the nation on the developments Sunday... more »
April 24, 2011 2:28 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls real estate tycoon Donald Trump a friend and says "anybody can run for president if you're 35 and an American citizen." Bloomberg tells "Fox News Sunday" that Trump is "a New York icon." But the mayor is shying away from... more »
April 24, 2011 1:58 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A new judge has been assigned to sentence a man convicted of making death threats to President Barack Obama. Mikeal Minton has been given a May 20 sentencing date in Lake Charles before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi. The Advocate reported that Minton was scheduled to... more »
April 8, 2011 11:59 PM
Perilously close to a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders forged an agreement late Friday night on a deal to cut about $38 billion in federal spending and avert the first closure in 15 years.
Obama hailed the deal, a bit more than an hour before a... more »
December 3, 2010 9:27 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - National Urban League president Marc Morial says the group will hold its 2012 national conference in his hometown. Morial, a former mayor of New Orleans, says he expects the event to attract more than 10,000 visitors and have an economic impact of about $10 million. This... more »
November 15, 2010 7:47 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - McNeese State University President Philip C. Williams says he will recommend a reorganization of administrative personnel and services this week after a review by campus leaders. Williams, who faces budget cuts for 2011 after taking over as McNeese's sixth president July 1, was inaugurated Sunday... more »
October 18, 2010 2:00 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Complaining that Gov. Bobby Jindal spends more time out of state than in Louisiana, LSU's student body president sent a personal plea to Jindal in a New Hampshire newspaper, asking the governor to come home and work on the state's budget problems.
"Gov. Bobby... more »
October 1, 2010 6:49 PM
Acadian Ambulance Service announces the promotion of Jerry Romero to the position of senior vice president of ambulance operations for Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. In this position Romero will oversee the Acadian Ambulance operations for Acadian's service area and report directly to President and Chief Operating Officer David Pierce. Romero... more »
September 30, 2010 1:28 PM
CLEVELAND (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter has left an Ohio hospital where he spent two days recovering from a viral infection doctors say likely gave him stomach problems. Cleveland's MetroHealth Medical Center says the 85-year-old ex-president left the hospital at 1:15 p.m. and will resume his schedule with a... more »
September 30, 2010 10:10 AM
Parish President Joey Durel can be seen on GMA every Thursday around 6:40am to answer your questions.
This week Joey Durel answered the following questions. Find out the answer in the video:
"Mr. Durel I recently took a trip to Tyler Tx. and was pleasantly surprised at the... more »
September 28, 2010 1:00 PM
CLEVELAND (AP) - An airport spokeswoman says former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized in Cleveland. Carter was a passenger on a commercial flight to Cleveland on Tuesday morning and became ill. Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, says Carter was taken off the plane by rescue... more »
September 6, 2010 9:50 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - ABC News President David Westin says he's stepping down at the end of the year after more than 13 years on the job. Westin said in a memo to his staff on Monday that he told his bosses a month ago that he was ready to... more »
August 30, 2010 11:44 AM
BAGHDAD (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden returned to Iraq Monday to mark this week's formal end to U.S. combat operations and push the country's leaders to end a six-month postelection stalemate blocking formation of a new government. Wednesday's ceremony will signal a shift toward a greater U.S. diplomatic role... more »
August 28, 2010 3:26 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System has named Robert Hebert president emeritus of McNeese State University. Hebert retired in June after serving 41 years at McNeese, 23 of them as president, making him the university's longest-serving president. The "emeritus" title honors... more »
August 27, 2010 7:36 PM
Board positions with the Lafayette Housing Authority are still up in the air... following an audit highlighting questionable payroll practices.
City-Parish President Joey Durel is still waiting on commitments from two candidates.
He now expects the board to be ready by Tuesday... questions still surround HUD and who... more »
August 12, 2010 7:27 PM
The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival is coming-up Labor Day weekend. Among the new attractions, organizers are trying to construct the world's largest poboy- but that may be overshadowed by a visit from President Obama. It's all speculation at this time- Lt. Governor Scott Angelle extended the invite to his coworker... more »
August 10, 2010 6:05 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law. Lawmakers streamed back to Washington for a one-day session... more »
July 14, 2010 5:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he underwent heart surgery last week and is recuperating. In a statement, Cheney said he had been experiencing increasing congestive heart failure and after consultations with his doctors, he had received an implantable pump to improve heart function. He said the... more »
July 6, 2010 5:50 PM
LAFAYETTE _ Carl LaCombe, president of the Lafayette Parish School Board and a member for the past 16 years, has decided he will not run for the District 2 seat again. "My job duties have changed significantly this year," LaCombe said. "I don't want my job to suffer, and I... more »
June 22, 2010 11:35 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of the offshore rig involved in the massive Gulf oil spill sharply criticized the U.S. government's six-month ban on deepwater drilling Tuesday. Transocean Ltd. president Steven Newman told reporters at an oil industry conference in London that there were things President Barack Obama's administration... more »
May 26, 2010 7:07 AM
President Obama announced that he will travel to the Louisiana Gulf Coast to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The President will join more than 22,000 people in the region, including many of the brightest scientific minds from both the public and private sector,... more »
May 18, 2010 3:14 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - With the immigration debate raging in both their countries, President Barack Obama and Mexico's Felipe Calderon will reaffirm their commitment to comprehensive immigration reform during the Mexican leader's state visit here Wednesday. While immigration has long been a source of tension between the U.S. and Mexico, the... more »
May 6, 2010 6:08 PM
Lafayette High Schools' Daniel Comeaux is one of two in the state and 141 in the nation to win the Presidents Scholar Award.
Comeaux received a perfect score on the SAT in math and reading.
That qualified him to be nominated after filling out a lengthy application with... more »
May 3, 2010 4:55 PM
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the selection of two graduating high school students from Louisiana as 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars. They include: -- Daniel L. Comeaux of Lafayette, La., who attends Lafayette High School in Lafayette. The teacher chosen for recognition by Comeaux was Dwayne Edwards of... more »
March 24, 2010 2:54 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed an executive
order designed to ensure that no federal money can be used for
elective abortions under the nation's new health care legislation.
Obama agreed to the order on Sunday to ensure passage of the
health care... more »
January 17, 2010 11:12 PM
Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel in conjunction with Festival International and Le Centre International de Lafayette will hold an 11 a.m. news conference Monday, January 18, 2010 (tomorrow) at the Martin Luther King Center to announce a benefit concert to support relief efforts in Haiti.
January 8, 2010 2:13 PM
GRETNA, La. (AP) - Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has resigned amid a federal investigation of alleged corruption.
His attorney, Mike Ellis, says Broussard will step down formally at the close of business Friday "to clear the air and not be a lightning rod for Jefferson Parish."
On... more »
December 16, 2009 9:38 AM
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. - On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, President Obama hosted Simonton Windows® President Mark Savan and a small group of business leaders at the White House to discuss home energy efficiency issues and plans for the future. Held in the President's Private Dining Room, the intimate group of... more »
December 15, 2009 7:14 PM
Owners of Acadiana Business both big and small, fear what they face if health care reform passes.
It could mean everything from paying more for employee insurance to possibly cutting staff to keep up with increasing cost. Small business owners say they have it the worst. In 2007 average... more »
December 4, 2009 4:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System today named Ray P. Authement President Emeritus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Authement retired in 2008 after serving an astounding 34 years as president.
"I am very surprised and extremely honored about the new... more »
November 24, 2009 10:20 AM
PRESIDENT OBAMA LAUNCHES "EDUCATE TO INNOVATE" CAMPAIGN FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH (STEM) EDUCATION
Nationwide effort includes over $260 million in public-private investments to move American students to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade
President Obama today... more »
November 16, 2009 8:22 AM
SHANGHAI (AP) - President Barack Obama is promoting the idea of Internet freedom to people in China - a land where such freedom is uncommon. The president told a group of Chinese students that unrestricted Internet access in the United States is a source of strength. He also says it... more »
November 14, 2009 7:14 PM
Supporters of Presidents Obama's healthcare reform bill got together today at St. James Baptist Church in Lafayette.
It was a part of a grass roots movement making its way across the nation.
The group traveled from New orleans to spread their message.
They focused on senior citizens... more »
November 11, 2009 1:39 PM
IceGators' interim head coach and president/general manager Brent Sapergia is unable to maintain his composure after a referee's decision at the Pensacola Ice Flyers game on Friday (November 6). Sapergia received a game misconduct for the second straight night and was suspended from coaching, indefinitely, by the league. A new... more »
October 31, 2009 4:33 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Cajundome won't be going dry, after all.
A dispute over $1.4 million in overdue sales taxes had threatened to halt beer and liquor sales at the Cajundome.
But Lafayette Parish School Board President Carl LaCombe says the board and Cajundome officials worked out... more »
October 28, 2009 9:28 AM
Troops are about to get a hefty pay raise. It's contained in a defense bill being signed today (October 28, 2009) by President Obama. The military pay increase of 3-point-4 percent exceeds inflation and is a half-percent more than even the president asked for. The 680-billion dollar package also includes... more »
October 23, 2009 8:58 AM
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) - University of Louisiana System President Randy Moffett said it's too early to tell how Wednesday's resignation by Grambling State University President Horace Judson will affect the university's ongoing accreditation process. After five years at GSU, Judson departed soon after the university had submitted reports for its... more »
October 19, 2009 11:41 PM
Earlier this month Lafayette City-Parish President, Joey Durel, vetoed several items in the 2009-2010 budget. At Tuesday nights council meeting, council members will go item by item t discuss then vote on the vetoed items. The council's elimination of GPS tracking systems in LCG and Lafayette Utilities System vehicles was... more »
October 16, 2009 8:10 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama's adviser on environmental issues says the White House will do a complete review of coastal restoration projects in south Louisiana and try to get the work moving more quickly. Nancy Sutley, the chairwoman of the White House's Council on Environmental Quality, says the... more »
October 15, 2009 11:31 AM
Preparations are under way as President Barack Obama plans to speak at the UNO Rec Center today. The President will be discussing the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and what still needs to be done four years after the storm devastated the city and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
KATC's... more »
October 15, 2009 9:33 AM
ROME (AP) - Comedian Sarah Silverman has a new proposal for ending world hunger: Sell the Vatican. In a new profanity-laced monologue making the rounds on YouTube in time for U.N. World Food Day on Friday, Silverman suggests that it's time for the pope to "move out of your house... more »
October 15, 2009 7:37 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, who accused former President George W. Bush of leading a government "that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns," is hearing directly from New Orleans residents who have struggled to rebuild their city since the 2005 hurricane season. Obama arrives in... more »
October 12, 2009 1:20 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - One of President Barack Obama's top aides says Fox News Channel acts like a wing of the Republican Party. White House Communications Director Anita Dunn told CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday that Fox News operates "almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of... more »
October 12, 2009 8:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Obama will make two stops during his visit to New Orleans on Thursday. The White House announced Sunday night the president's first stop will be Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward. The president will hold a town hall meeting at... more »
October 9, 2009 11:31 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A beaming President Barack Obama says he's honored to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but says he isn't sure he's done enough to earn it. Appearing in the Rose Garden Friday, Obama acknowledged he was "both surprised and deeply humbled" to win the award. He said he... more »
October 2, 2009 2:39 PM
UPDATE: Chicago was the first city eliminated in the competition for the 2016 games. About 10,000 people gathered in Chicago's Daley Plaza, hoping for the best.The International Olympic Committee voted between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Madrid, Spain in the final vote. Rio de Janeiro was ultimately chosen to host... more »
October 2, 2009 1:24 PM
CAMERON, La. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany is asking President Obama to include southwest Louisiana on his upcoming trip to the Gulf Coast. The president said this week that he will visit the coast by the middle of October, thereby keeping a campaign pledge to do so within a... more »
September 23, 2009 9:10 AM
Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel continues his listening tour today in Carencro. Durel's goal is to listen to what the people of Lafayette Parish want the community to look like 10, 20, or 30 years down the road. Tonight's meeting begins at 5:30 at The Hall on Gloria Switch Road.
September 22, 2009 8:51 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is urging the Obama administration not to delay opening up more offshore areas to oil and natural gas drilling. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is reviewing a sweeping blueprint for expanded offshore drilling proposed in the final days of the Bush administration. He... more »
September 8, 2009 2:59 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a speech that drew fire even before he delivered it, President Barack Obama will tell the nation's schoolchildren he "expects great things from each of you."
The White House posted Obama's remarks, scheduled for Tuesday, in advance on its Website at midday Monday. Obama's planned... more »