November 18, 2013 10:40 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - It may cost you a bit more to have a couch or appliance picked up by Shreveport garbage collectors next year. The city public works department's budget calls for starting a collection program in the spring that would require residents to set appointments to have furniture,... more »
November 18, 2013 10:16 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Diocese of Lake Charles Seafarers Center is collecting items for its Christmas "Away from Home" distribution to seafarers coming to ports in southwest Louisiana. Center director Deacon Patrick Lapoint says more than 800 bags of mostly convenience items were handed out during the program... more »
August 19, 2013 3:34 AM
MOSSVILLE, La. (AP) - A South African energy company is ready to buy homes in the Mossville area, but homeowners say they want questions answered first. Sasol Ltd. plans a $14.5 billion complex near Lake Charles to turn natural gas into chemicals and fuels. The site includes land in Mossville... more »
June 3, 2013 6:10 AM
CLINTON, La. (AP) - Clinton Police Chief Fred Dunn says people who owe fines for traffic violations or other misdemeanors can get more time to pay by paying $35 to the town by July 12. He tells The Advocate that, starting July 13, police will begin arresting people on the... more »
May 28, 2013 7:18 AM
Coach Devan Clark is hosting a Basketball Camp in association with Northside High School. The camp will take place at Northside High School gym from May 31st until June 3rd. The camp is for children ages 5-17. They will learn numerous drills and skill building activities, focus on strength and... more »
May 17, 2013 8:53 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish school system and individual schools may soon be able to draw from private donations to pay for new computers, band uniforms or renovations without siphoning money out of the district's budget. The Advocate reports the Lafayette Parish Fund for Excellence in Public Schools,... more »
April 18, 2013 8:46 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Fourteen math teachers from Iberia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes have been selected for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's "Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle," a professional development program. The Advocate reports the university received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide... more »
February 1, 2013 10:21 AM
Angels of Mercy is hosting it's annual Stop the Violence program at the Clifton Chenier Center. This event takes place Saturday, February 09, 2013 frpm 3pm until 7pm. Singers, praise dancers, gospel rappers and poets are welcome. Let's empower our community and take a stand!"When Darkness Arrives" Don't be Silent!... more »
December 12, 2012 11:26 PM
The Lafayette Parish School Board discussed the possibility of bringing in a private company to run an alternative program in the parish. The program would be housed in portable buildings on the campus of the new N.P. Moss Preparatory School, however it wouldn't be part of the school.
The... more »
October 12, 2012 8:54 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Arguments in a lawsuit by teacher unions and local school boards challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program have been pushed back to November. Judge Tim Kelley had planned a hearing next week. But he's rescheduled it to Nov. 28, setting aside... more »
October 5, 2012 12:06 AM
Patients and doctors alike are worried about the future of Lafayette's University Medical Center, after another round of drastic budget cuts.
"We are saddened, we are dismayed, we are worried," said Chief Resident of Internal Medicine Leah Potter.
"For people with no insurance, we don't really have anywhere... more »
September 25, 2012 8:11 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU and Baton Rouge Community College are teaming up with the help of a federal grant to make sure more students earn degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. LSU says the five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund the... more »
September 12, 2012 9:34 AM
NORCO, Calif. (AP) - Almost 900 inmates in California prisons are taking part in a seminary training program that officials hope will lead them to plant churches and evangelize on the outside. The program was built from an experiment begun four years ago by The Urban Ministry Institute at the... more »
August 7, 2012 8:56 AM
Theme of the program for Mothers/babies/families is ":Breastmilk: Mother Nature's Power Drink". They will have updates on our current events, book readings and slide show for children, "Baby wearing" style show, t-shirts refreshments and door prizes.
This event will take place at the Lafayette Parish South Regional Public Library... more »
July 19, 2012 7:15 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state of Louisiana is accepting applications for a program offering low-interest loans of up to $5 million to businesses affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The state Office of Community Development said in a statement Wednesday that the loans are designed to... more »
July 2, 2012 10:02 AM
The Stroke Center at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) received a Bronze Award under the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get With The Guidelines®" program. The award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate a high level of compliance with certain criteria outlined within the program.
"This was a coordinated team effort,... more »
June 29, 2012 6:37 AM
Would you like to be a Master Gardener? Lafayette's Master Gardener program is now accepting applications. Applications are available at the headquarters downtown at 1010 Lafayette Street, Suite 325.
Please contact Gerald Roberts for more info by calling 337-291-7090 or email at GRoberts@agcenter.lsu.edu .
June 15, 2012 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's state health department wants to add a pharmacy benefit to private insurance networks that are providing health care for much of the poor who receive coverage through Medicaid. The Advocate reports that three health insurance entities paid a per-member, per-month premium for Bayou Health... more »
June 15, 2012 9:01 AM
NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres says the structure of the parish's inmate work release program will soon change through a partnership with East Feliciana Parish. During the special meeting Thursday, The Advocate reports Torres told police jurors and parish officials that turbulence in the... more »
May 31, 2012 10:38 AM
ABBEVLLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish school system is expanding a different kind of summer school with the help of grant funding from the United Way of Acadiana. The Advocate reports the district received $25,000 from the nonprofit agency to offer a developmental kindergarten class this summer to help... more »
April 27, 2012 10:11 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is pushing for a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. The Louisiana Republican wants to stop extending the program with short-term extensions. The insurance program, which provides help for people who are flooded, hasn't been fully reauthorized since 2004. The... more »
April 10, 2012 6:44 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sixteen fishermen have graduated from a pilot project to teach them skills to help them get jobs outside their usual line of work. The pilot was supported by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, a philanthropic organization; the nonprofit Coastal Communities Consulting and Delgado Community College. After... more »
April 9, 2012 9:24 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - Ask anyone associated with the 4th Judicial District Court's drug court program and they will say its success has been overwhelming. The News-Star reports the drug court program, which was started in Ouachita Parish in June 1998, consists of judicially supervised court dockets that handle the... more »
April 6, 2012 11:00 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Two Lafayette Parish School Board members say they aren't happy with Superintendent Pat Cooper's plan to change the mission of the district's newest high school, Thibodaux Career and Technical High School. The Advocate reports board members Mark Allen Babineaux and Rae Trahan said Wednesday that they... more »
April 3, 2012 9:23 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A $90 million program has been started to repair, restore and improve more than 60 roadways in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Many of the roads were damaged during hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and then used as major hauling routes for post-story recovery operations. Repairs... more »
March 19, 2012 11:42 AM
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Nu Epsilon Zeta Chapter held its Annual Finer Womanhood Program on March 4, 2012 at the Clifton Chenier Center. The Theme was "Women who are fearfully and wonderfully made", Psalm 139:14.
Ms.Brenda Andrus and Associate Minister Shirley Jean both of Lafayette, La. were... more »
March 19, 2012 10:49 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Delta Community College and ANGUS Chemical Co. started a "process technology" program at Delta five years ago to keep the plant in northeast Louisiana. Director Jackie Johnson tells The News-Star that graduates of the two-year associate degree program typically start at $60,000 a year, working... more »
March 12, 2012 6:37 AM
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Artists, historians and craftspeople will speak to and perform for 2,000 primary, middle and secondary students at the "Tresors du Bayou" program Friday at Nicholls State University. The students also will learn Cajun versions of the waltz, two-step and jitterbug. The program is a prelude to... more »
March 8, 2012 9:18 AM
Lunch & Learn Program: Healthy Snacks
ABBEVILLE - Have you been trying to find easy, healthy snack alternatives to what you have been eating? Join Mandy Armentor of the LSU Extension AgCenter at the Abbeville Branch Library on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 12:10 - 12:50. She will have... more »
March 2, 2012 6:06 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former director of the Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison following her conviction last year on two counts of mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. said Thursday that U.S. District Judge James J. Brady... more »
March 1, 2012 8:38 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The 9th Judicial District will offer an amnesty program next week for defendants to pay their fines and court costs in order to avoid a contempt of court arrest for nonpayment. The Town Talk reports the district court judges, Rapides Parish District Attorney James Downs, Clerk... more »
February 20, 2012 9:31 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - A program at the University of Louisiana-Monroe is designed to prepare teachers for the certification they need to obtain positions in school administration. The program, known as Alternate Pathway 3, is for teachers who do not have a master's degree. The intensive 18-month program prepares them... more »
February 3, 2012 8:52 AM
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism industry is launching a new loyalty card to attract people to the state. The Sun Herald reports that the Club Gulf Coast Card was unveiled Wednesday by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. Officials say it will be similar... more »
January 27, 2012 6:48 AM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia educators have been selected for NASA research flights. NASA says Sarah Scoles of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Anne Smith of Green Bank Middle School will participate in the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. NASA said Wednesday that 26 educators will partner with... more »
August 9, 2011 9:40 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thirty-four young professionals from Tennessee and elsewhere are in Japan for at least a year participating in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. The group members - from Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi as well as Tennessee - are serving as assistant language teachers or as... more »
June 19, 2011 2:40 PM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The federal program that has offered free meals for decades to school-age children during the summer break is suffering a gradual demise in Rapides Parish because of low participation. Two locations of the 33 in Rapides Parish have been shut down because of low turnout, according... more »
April 28, 2011 9:06 AM
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - St. Bernard Parish is embarking on a $10 million push to erase some of the remnants of Hurricane Katrina's destruction, removing concrete slabs that mark the spot where homes stood before the 2005 storm. The parish announced Wednesday that private property owners can sign up for... more »
February 15, 2011 6:35 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new report says Louisiana spends too much on college tuition through the TOPS program for students who can afford college and short-changes those who can't. The report about the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students was released by the left-leaning policy group Louisiana Budget Project.... more »
November 30, 2010 8:00 PM
University of Louisiana students might have fewer choices when it comes to signing up for classes soon, as another program could be on the chopping block. KATC's Maddie Garrett talked with students and University officials Tuesday about the budget problems and what it could mean for students.
University officials... more »
October 19, 2010 7:05 AM
Lydia Cancer Association is having a Breast Cancer Awareness Program on October 23rd, at the Vermillion Parish Library in Abbeville. The program will be from 6pm - 8pm.
There will be a Guest Speaker - Linda Rose from Breast Center of Acadiana and Comedian - Sandra Babineaux. Food, door... more »
October 4, 2010 11:51 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The community college in Lafayette plans the first degreed midwife training program in Louisiana and four nearby states. South Louisiana Community College dean Annette Accomando tells The Advocate that the program could begin as early as January if it wins fall approval from the regional accrediting... more »
September 20, 2010 3:47 PM
The Louisiana Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission has announced the launch of the "2010 Water Heater Rebate Program." The rebate program starts today and ends on December 31, 2010.
The "2010 Water Heater Program" promises the use of propane as a year-round energy source by offering a $300 rebate upon... more »
September 15, 2010 5:48 PM
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - BP is ending the program that hired coastal boats to scout for oil in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi during the Gulf of Mexico spill. Administrators in Mobile said Wednesday they were shutting down the vessel of opportunity program in the three states. It continues operating in... more »
September 14, 2010 12:06 PM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Time is running out for catfish farmers and others to sign up for a U.S. Department of Agriculture program offering training, cash benefits and government-funded consultation that might include advice to get out of the business. The deadline to apply for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for... more »
August 12, 2010 1:02 PM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The drownings of six teens last week prompt elected, civic and church leaders in Shreveport to create a new program aimed at ensuring that all children have a chance to learn to swim. The Times reports that Shreveport officials will hold a mid-afternoon press conference at... more »
July 28, 2010 11:46 PM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Mindy and Andrew Viteri are on a mission. They want to help children entering the foster care system begin their journey on the right foot. And part of that new beginning includes how they're treated the moment they leave their homes. "We're hearing these children are... more »
July 19, 2010 7:08 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Ask 6-year-old Claire Harrington what kinds of books she likes to read and she doesn't hesitate. "Some of my favorite books are 'Martha Speaks,' 'Space Jokes,' 'Bug Jokes,' 'Purple Paint Everywhere,"' Claire said. "I like books that are funny, books that have jokes in them and... more »
July 16, 2010 6:51 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted to overhaul the debt-ridden federal program that provides flood insurance to more than 5 million homeowners and businesses located in flood-prone areas. The National Flood Insurance Program, an arm of FEMA, has for more than four decades offered affordable flood insurance to people... more »
July 7, 2010 1:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - State officials have lifted a ban on recreational fishing in waters closed because of the BP oil spill, but fish reeled in must be released. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said only finfish are affected. Shrimp, crabs or other species cannot be taken. Most Louisiana... more »
July 1, 2010 12:53 PM
MIAMI - A government program that's supposed to help impoverished families heat and cool their homes wasted more than $100 million of taxpayer dollars paying the electric bills of thousands of applicants who were dead, in prison or living in million-dollar mansions. The Department of Health and Human Services spent... more »
June 2, 2010 7:39 AM
DELCAMBRE, La. (AP) - Folks in Delcambre with a taste for fresh seafood will like a new program set up by the port. An internet link will allow consumers to place their orders with commercial fishermen while the boats are still out at sea. According to the LSU AgCenter, in... more »
May 20, 2010 9:43 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Seventy-five graduates of a training program run by environmental justice centers in New Orleans and Atlanta are now working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup - a half-dozen of them as supervisors. Dillard University's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Clark Atlanta University's... more »
May 19, 2010 6:37 PM
Another educational program feels the blow of budget cuts. The State's "Safe and Drug Free Schools" Program will not receive federal funding for the upcoming school year. The program has been implemented in Lafayette Parish for over 30 years.
Supervisor of the Lafayette Parish program, Maxine Hamilton, says parents... more »
May 13, 2010 12:01 PM
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate announced today a second extension to the Disaster Housing Assistance Program-Ike (DHAP-Ike), giving families who were displaced by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav more time to transition to long-term housing solutions. This extension... more »
April 26, 2010 4:45 PM
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), recently took time from their training schedule to participate in the "United through Reading" program offered at the United Services Organization at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
Soldiers read a book of... more »
April 20, 2010 2:08 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State budget cuts threaten an anti-truancy program in Baton Rouge, the district attorney there says. District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Monday that the yearlong effort between his office and the East Baton Rouge Parish school system appears to be working. The campaign has included... more »
March 16, 2010 12:59 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - The state of Louisiana is launching a $25 million "gap financing" loan program to create additional mixed-income and Permanent Supportive Housing in the 53 parishes damaged by hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.
The funding is part of $1 billion in disaster recovery Community Development... more »
January 15, 2010 11:45 AM
The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) will save more than $2 million and improve the efficiency of its tax collection program when its 2010 streamlining plan goes into full effect.
Key cost-saving measures have already been implemented, such as a decision to cease mailing paper tax booklets to taxpayers,... more »
January 13, 2010 3:17 PM
The goal of the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP) is to prevent unnecessary disease, disability, or premature death due to cancer of the breast and cervix in women who live in Louisiana. To accomplish this, LBCHP provides quality, no-cost breast exams, mammograms, and pap smears to women who... more »
December 17, 2009 1:32 PM
IN CHILDREN'S HEALTH COVERAGE
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today awarded $1.5 million to Louisiana for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid and improving access to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Louisiana joins eight other states in receiving the first round of performance bonuses for... more »
December 16, 2009 1:08 PM
LAFAYETTE - The final draft of UL Lafayette's Hazard Mitigation Plan is ready for public viewing. The draft has been developed through the Disaster Resistant University (DRU) grant program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
UL Lafayette officials have been working to develop a comprehensive hazard mitigation... more »
December 15, 2009 12:22 PM
LAFAYETTE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced a new cash management plan developed by the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) that will free up $120 million in cash within the state's transportation system to accelerate road work all across Louisiana. Governor Jindal made the announcement in Lafayette and stressed... more »
December 1, 2009 12:10 PM
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced the awarding of a $217,782 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grant to Vermilion Parish for Shoreline Protection on Southwest Point at Southwest Pass.
"This grant will add to the important coastal and wetlands restoration in Vermillion Parish, and - as all... more »
November 20, 2009 4:09 PM
A "Get Your Credit Right" Seminar will be hosted by the Lafayette Housing Authority on December 20th, 2009. The seminar is FREE and open to the public. Participants will learn more about credit repair and how to improve credit scores. The seminar will take place at the Martin Luther King... more »
November 19, 2009 8:28 AM
RUSTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau says he remains a firm supporter of the state's Taylor Opportunity Program for Students or TOPS that pays tuition at in-state schools for high-achieving high school students. The program has come under the spotlight recently after LSU President John Lombardi... more »
November 17, 2009 11:46 AM
JCPENNEY AND THE SALVATION ARMY LAUNCH LARGEST ONLINE ANGEL GIVING TREE PROGRAM
(jcp.com/angel Launches Today to Help Children and Seniors in Need This Christmas)
PLANO, Texas (Dec. 17, 2009) - J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) and The Salvation Army are joining forces this Christmas season to... more »
November 6, 2009 1:35 PM
LAFAYETTE, LA- October 17, 2009- Seventeen children and their families joined in a fun filled trip to the Covenant United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch, through the Junior League of Lafayette's SMILES program. Junior League of Lafayette volunteers assisted the children in picking out and decorating pumpkins that the children took... more »
November 2, 2009 1:38 PM
November 2, 2009-The Acadia BASE Mentoring Program, sponsored by the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office will be hosting a fundraising event on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Chef Roy's Restaurant in Rayne. Tickets to the event can be purchased for $100.00 per couple.
The event will include: -Social hour from... more »
October 27, 2009 9:04 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana State Department of Education, Division of Nutrition Assistance, has announced its administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), in accordance with Federal Law and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy.
All participants in attendance will be offered the... more »
October 22, 2009 2:20 PM
Sugarland Elementary in New Iberia has bragging rights as they are the recipient of the 2009 National Title I Distinguished School Program award. The school has received this honor based on Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years and closing the achievement gap between student groups. Sugarland will... more »
October 20, 2009 11:31 AM
The Lafayette Fire Department, upholding it's oath-to save life and property, implements a new program to assist fire victims of Lafayette parish. The mission of Project F.I.R.E. (Firefighters Initiating Rebuilding Efforts) is to provide qualifying victims with immediate and short-term housing and fundamental resources to assist in rebuilding their lives.... more »
October 19, 2009 3:00 PM
BREAUX BRIDGE, La. - As part of its longstanding commitment to supporting the communities in which it does business, Cargill announced today it has donated a total of $9,300 to two local education programs.
Funds from Cargill will help send Comeaux High School students, along with other students from... more »
September 23, 2009 8:03 AM
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted abduction. The Sheriff's Office tells KATC that two boys ---10 and 11 years old ---were riding their bikes around nine o'clock Sunday night when a white man in a car drove up next to them. The boys told the Sheriff's Office... more »