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  • American Idol finalist gets Louisiana homecoming

    May 11, 2012 11:38 PM

    Joshua Ledet is one of just three contestants remaining on American Idol. The local Idol has been putting in a lot of hard work in at Hollywood to become the next star but Friday night, he's back home in Westlake, he's already a star and enjoying every second. "Hey... more »
  • Man dies after being tased by Baldwin Police

    May 11, 2012 7:08 PM

    A St. Mary Parish man dies shortly after being tased by a police officer. Family members confirm 33-year-old Damon Abraham of Baldwin died at a Lafayette hospital last night after he was arrested by Baldwin Police. State Police have taken over this investigation. Troopers say they're not ruling out... more »
  • Where are your tax dollars being "overspent" according to state officials?

    May 10, 2012 11:28 PM

    Nearing the end of the fiscal year, the state faces another deficit. $200-million this year and another projected $300-million next year. So, how are your tax dollars are being overspent? State Treasurer John Kennedy and the Jindal Administration offer separate opinions on how to cut back. "Should taxpayers be... more »
  • Council devotes thousands to investigate Parish President

    May 9, 2012 11:53 PM

    Iberia Parish Council sets aside $7,500 to investigate Parish President Romo Romero and the accusations he made against the District Attorney; alleging misused taxpayer dollars. The Attorney General's Office already told Romero his accusations are baseless. "No, I did not do anything wrong," Romero replied to a reporter's... more »
  • "Trayvon Bill" to hit House floor

    May 7, 2012 11:16 PM

    A new bill would re-write Louisiana criminal law in response to the February shooting in Florida of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The bill, HB1100 , targets what's known as a "Stand Your Ground law." State lawmakers say as it reads right now, prosecutors would have a tough time pressing charges... more »
  • What's next for St. Landry Schools?

    May 4, 2012 10:45 PM

    The St. Landry Parish School Board could be faced with a $4-million deficit after this school year if layoffs are not put in place. That is, if the state doesn't take over first. State education officials say they asked the board to implement cost-saving measures and that didn't happen.... more »
  • Despite state pressures, board rejects layoffs

    May 3, 2012 11:26 PM

    The St. Landry Parish School Board rejects some long anticipated layoffs to teachers and staff and now has to answer to the state. Despite pressures from the state's Department of Education, the St. Landry Parish School Board voted not to move forward with layoffs Thursday night. So, what's next?It... more »
  • Louisiana's Bicentennial honored by home-grown stars

    April 30, 2012 10:47 PM

    Louisiana celebrates its 200th birthday. Here's some history: On April 30th, 1812 Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union and the first state acquired from the Louisiana Purchase. To celebrate it's bicentennial, Governor Bobby Jindal teamed-up with some Louisiana celebrities for a birthday bash two centuries in... more »
  • Quebecers at home at Festival International

    April 28, 2012 12:37 AM

    It's in the music and it's in the food; the French spirit is everywhere at Festival International. Any given day over the weekend you may hear: "Oh, bonjour! Bienvenue!" It's something that makes our friends to the north feel right at home. "We have French roots here... more »
  • Volunteers make Festival International rock

    April 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    Festival rocks. That's a given. Dozens of bands are on tap for the weekend and thousands of people are in town from all over the globe and it's free for everyone. People like Jack Turner help make that possible. Turner volunteers his time in the CD Booth. "What we... more »
  • Arnaudville Police jumping ship because of Chief?

    April 25, 2012 11:02 PM

    Arnaudville Police Officers; are they leaving the department because of the chief? On Monday, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz had some harsh criticism toward Arnaudville's Chief Richard Mizzi. "If you want to be a Chief of Police that rides around in a car and smokes a cigar and draws... more »
  • Redflex opposition pitches new plan to LCG

    April 24, 2012 10:35 PM

    City-Parish Council heard the other side of the "safe-light and safe-speed" controversy Tuesday night. Last week, council heard from those in favor of keeping these cameras in town. Now, those looking to do away with Redflex had their chance to speak and pitch some alternatives. It's all leading up... more »
  • Sheriff ready to take over for police department

    April 23, 2012 11:54 PM

    Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the Arnaudville Police Chief isn't doing his job and the Sheriff has already offered to take over the police department. Here are some reasons why: There have been two shootings this year in the city of just over a thousand residents. Guidroz says in at... more »
  • Fishing industries impacted by BP Oil Spill two-years later

    April 20, 2012 11:15 PM

    Two-years later, experts say the coastline and the wetlands are recovering, and at rates faster than expected. On the other hand, the fishing industry is struggling to get back to where it was in the days before the spill. Last year proved to be one of the worst years... more »
  • Redflex relationship jeopardizes officers' testimony

    April 19, 2012 11:07 PM

    Some Lafayette Councilmembers are questioning the credibility of those supporting Redflex. Last week, Lafayette Police Officer Richard Rees testified in favor of the speed cams at the state capitol but was his presentation credible? The Advertiser reports Rees is dating a Redflex employee and opponents of the program say... more »
  • Durel/Redflex to begin new contract negotiations

    April 17, 2012 11:05 PM

    Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel gets the "green light" to start re-negotiating a contract with Redflex, but does that really mean a new beginning for SafeLight-SafeSpeed? "We need the lights," Jeffrey David said. "people are speeding through the red lights, and they could've caused an accident." David wants the... more »
  • Traffic crashes up 32% due to re-striping

    April 16, 2012 11:12 PM

    Traffic crashes in Eunice are up 32%. Police Chief Ronald Dies says road improvements could be to blame and drivers have to "learn" their stripes before hitting the pavement on Highway 190. "We've been having accidents." Chief Dies says, "where a mirror has been hitting another mirror." That's just... more »
  • Cell phones: push to make talking and driving illegal

    April 13, 2012 11:34 PM

    Two years ago, the hot topic was texting and driving. Louisiana joined a number of states in banning texting behind the wheel last year. Now, there's a bill on the table that would rewrite that law, making it illegal to use ANY wireless device on the road. Here's the... more »
  • Illegal alcohol sales, drugs, drug sales prompt police to deny first liquor license

    April 12, 2012 11:45 PM

    Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow tells KATC if it was up to him, he'd shut a troubled convenience store down. The chief says the place is a hot-spot for crime but the store's attorney says otherwise. At the Fastway Convenience Store on Vine Street, a sign hangs in the window.... more »
  • Tree crashes on Jeanerette home

    April 11, 2012 11:59 PM

    Herman Diggs had a bit of a scare Wednesday evening when thunderstorms were passing over his home on Cypress Ln. in Jeanerette. "I heard that tree coming down," Diggs said. Before he could look outside, a large tree cracked and slammed into his home, crunching the ceiling where... more »
  • Opelousas eyeing restrictions for livestock owners

    April 10, 2012 11:33 PM

    Opelousas could be putting an end to horse riding in the city. The council is proposing a new ordinance that would restrict ownership of all livestock in city limits after a number of complaints about horses roaming the streets. "The horses are going into people's yards," Joe Citizen said.... more »
  • Who's in charge here? Another parish looking for answers

    April 9, 2012 10:53 PM

    St. Landry Parish Government needs another opinion. There are some questions over who has more authority to appoint department heads; the Parish Council or Parish President Bill Fontenot? The two parties are looking to the Attorney General's Office to determine who's wrong, if anyone. "The President shall appoint and directly... more »
  • Good Friday great for restaurants, not so "good" for crawfish

    April 6, 2012 11:27 PM

    In St. Martin Parish, the Crawfish Capital of the World is booming! Hundreds around Acadiana are coming together for crawfish boils or out to restaurant in observance of Good Friday but it's not a "good" Friday at all if you're a crawfish. "How much crawfish did I sell today," Deanna... more »
  • School board contract may endanger cypress trees

    April 4, 2012 10:35 PM

    The St. Martin Parish School Board agreed to lease some property to a Natchez timber company but they're now revisiting the agreement because it may endanger Atchafalaya cypress trees. It's not the only school board in the state leasing land to lumber companies; it's a common practice by many... more »
  • Superintendent releases plan to "turnaround" schools

    April 3, 2012 11:08 PM

    Can Lafayette Schools turn around in six years? That's the plan. Dubbed the turnaround plan, Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper hopes to pass major changes to the school system to improve its standing. "We're going to get these children ready to learn," Dr. Cooper said. His ideas are major changes... more »
  • Priest arrested again after another alleged victim comes forward

    April 2, 2012 10:41 PM

    Another victim steps forward accusing a former Lake Charles priest of more sex crimes. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says after more than 20-years of silence, a second victim has told detectives his story. Mark A. Broussard served with the Diocese of Lake Charles with at least three different churches... more »
  • School custodians floored by move to night shift

    March 29, 2012 11:12 PM

    The Lafayette School Board approved putting school custodians on the night shift; a move Superintendent Pat Cooper calls a more efficient use of resources but custodians say otherwise. Cooper says when voters rejected a bond proposal, they criticized Lafayette Schools for not being able to take care of what it... more »
  • New subdivision breaks ground in fastest growing city

    March 28, 2012 11:43 PM

    Another development breaks ground in Youngsville Wednesday. The Fortune Hills Subdivision off Bonin Rd. is just the latest development to pop-up in the Lafayette suburb called the "fastest- growing city" in Louisiana. Drew Naquin moved to Youngsville five-years ago. "You can see the growth in the city since... more »
  • School district digs for ways to avoid layoffs

    March 27, 2012 11:05 PM

    In St. Landry Parish, it's official: the state will not take over the school district after approving the board's plan to reduce a $4-million deficit but almost half that deficit could be reduced by the state. Layoffs are on the way. Notices could be sent out as early as next... more »
  • Senate now eyeing education reform

    March 26, 2012 6:38 PM

    A series of education reform bills could go before the state senate this week. Last week, the house passed a couple of those bills. Already, because so many people will be absent, at least one school district has the day off Tuesday to protest the reforms. Despite strong opposition from... more »
  • LA Lawmakers to NFL: "reconsider" Saints suspensions

    March 23, 2012 11:06 PM

    Saints fans aren't the only ones frustrated with the NFL's decision to suspend Head Coach Sean Payton the entire season; Louisiana lawmakers are now asking football execs to reconsider the penalties. 104 of Louisiana's 105 representatives co-authored House Resolution 50. Take a look at it here ; telling the... more »
  • School board adopts plan to erase $4-million deficit

    March 22, 2012 11:19 PM

    St. Landry Parish schools have expected a multi-million-dollar deficit for months but nothing has been done to address it. That is, until now. "This is the first time I've seen compromise," Ricky Julien said. "This is the first time the citizens' ideas were put on paper in black and... more »
  • Tornados rip-up parts of Abbeville

    March 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    Two more tornados touched down near Abbeville Wednesday morning. One near LA-14 and another on Rice Cove Road near the jail. "The whole back roof, patio, car port, the shed," Kenneth Bourgeois said. "It destroyed everything." Bourgeois woke up Wednesday morning he says, 'lucky to be alive.' "You... more »
  • Cassimere appointed Superintendent; lays-out lay-off policy

    March 20, 2012 11:07 PM

    Board members in St. Landry Parish say they're ready to tackle the big decision: how to cut $4-million from the budget, all with a new acting superintendent. Teachers, parents and board members were pleased to see long-time educator and Assistant Superintendent Joseph Cassimere appointed as Superintendent, at least for the... more »
  • Are Washington Police stereotyping?

    March 19, 2012 11:20 PM

    The small town of Washington erupts, some accusing police of using "excessive force." Mayor Joseph Pitre may have used excessive force on his gavel in an attempt to call order during the, sometimes unruly, Monday night meeting. Arguments between residents and police officers boiled-over at times, shouting accusations... more »
  • Lafayette VA Clinic on hold due to "clerical errors"

    March 16, 2012 10:58 PM

    For years, veterans have asked for a larger VA Clinic in Lafayette and many thought they would get one when Washington approved construction last year but now the project is suddenly cancelled. The delay is not only frustrating veterans but some members of congress as well. Veterans currently have... more »
  • Superintendent resigns, assistant passed-up by board

    March 15, 2012 11:13 PM

    A school board meeting takes a wild turn; St. Landry Parish Interim Superintendent Donnie Perron resigned. The move caught many people by surprise with the many financial problems the school board is faced with. Here's a quick history: Last year, the parish settled a 46-year-old desegregation case, setting... more »
  • Santorum talks Oil and Gas in Lafayette

    March 14, 2012 5:49 PM

    "I'm here in Lafayette, Louisiana tonight!" That's how Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum began his speech to dozens of followers at the Lafayette Hilton on Pinhook. He's the first presidential candidate this year to stop by the Hub City. . "When gas prices go up, the quality of life is... more »
  • Volunteers pitch-in for flood victims

    March 14, 2012 12:02 AM

    The waters are slowly coming back down after some people say rains caused one of the worst flash floods in recent memory. Now, they're cleaning up but many are getting some help. Fifteen inches of water. That's how much Anne Rolke found in her Carencro home. "Thank you," Rolke... more »
  • Church Point, Carencro "sweeping out" water

    March 13, 2012 12:09 AM

    The fast-rising waters caught many by surprise. Firefighters say more than 100 homes were cut-off in Church Point and in Carencro, dozens of people evacuated. More than 12-inches of water in some places after just a few hours of rain. Flooding followed in upper Acadia Parish, St. Landry Parish... more »
  • DA: Serie delayed case to earn retirement

    March 8, 2012 7:20 PM

    Did the Jeff Davis Parish D.A. and a former Ville Platte football coach strike a plea deal following a fatal crash? Tests showed high levels of THC, the active ingredient found in marijuana, in Coach Roy Serie's system after a head-on crash back in 2010 that killed Serie's wife... more »
  • Romero asks to hire Lafayette City-Parish Attorney as advisor

    March 7, 2012 11:48 PM

    Iberia Parish President Errol "Romo" Romero and Parish Council remained at odds Wednesday night. To refresh your memory, it all began before Romero took office, when he handed out a number of pink-slips to parish employees. Council questioned that action and Romero blamed District Attorney Phil Haney for undermining council's... more »
  • Fighting crime with cost efficiency

    March 6, 2012 11:27 PM

    What would you do with a $20-million budget? Lafayette Sheriff Mike Neustrom faces that question every year, balancing the needs of crime prevention and the cost to maintain the jail. Then, there's crime stats. In Lafayette Parish, the crime rate fell last year by almost four-percent but this comes one... more »
  • Update: Father gets custody of child, mother arrested

    March 5, 2012 7:16 PM

    A seven-year-old girl is back in the custody of her father after deputies say the child's mother tried fleeing to Canada with her. The girl's mother, Laney Wyble, did not have full custody and was arrested Saturday night in Alberta, Canada shortly after crossing the border. Wyble's family says... more »
  • LUS Fiber, Cox cable-war heats up

    March 2, 2012 11:12 PM

    LUS Fiber says it's having a hard time with its main competitor Cox Communications. Following a routine audit, LUS Director Terry Huval says the city-owned fiber company scored nearly perfect in eight categories audited by the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Now, Cox has filed for an intervention. An intervention... more »
  • Romero responds to council's decision to oppose him

    March 1, 2012 11:56 PM

    Iberia Parish President Errol "Romo" Romero responds to a unanimous parish council decision to oppose him. This feud began before Romero even took office when he told nine employees, "you're fired." The council is calling upon the Attorney General and the State Ethics Board to look into those actions.... more »
  • The mysterious disappearance of Judice parking lot funding

    February 29, 2012 7:16 PM

    City-Parish President Joey Durel vetoed a plan to give Judice Park a paved parking lot. Here's the history of the project: In 2009, the City-Parish Council approved funding to pave Judice Park and Carencro Park for about $150,000. Durel vetoed that project but the council over-rode his veto. In... more »
  • Council opts-out on sales tax; Opts-in on "opt-out"

    February 28, 2012 11:28 PM

    A pair of controversial issues were on Tuesday night's agenda at City-Parish Government. The first, a half-cent sales tax to help pay for public safety. The second, giving LUS customers the option to "opt-out" of smart meters, a new recording system to be installed later this year. City-Parish Council delayed... more »
  • More questions over order to seal public records

    February 27, 2012 11:42 PM

    Are district judges in St. Landry Parish following their own order? A controversial order was put in place earlier this month, sealing all sex crimes from public view. Both KATC and the Eunice News wrote number of articles expressing the potential violations this blanket seal may run into. Here's... more »
  • More questions raised over court order to seal parish sex crimes

    February 27, 2012 7:35 PM

    A St. Landry Parish sex crime is transferred to another district judge. When Shawn Kline asked Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux the reason for that transfer last week, he was told the information was sealed due to a court order signed on February 7th, sealing all sex crimes in... more »
  • Flames still burning at Basile Gas Plant into Friday evening

    February 24, 2012 11:09 PM

    One man suffered severe burns to his hands, arms and back after an explosion at a CDM Max Natural Gas Processing Plant outside Basile. The damage to one of the stacks could still be seen into the evening as crews let the fire burn itself out. "It was a... more »
  • Istre replaces Dubois as Mermentau Police Chief

    February 22, 2012 11:10 PM

    Mermentau Village Council chooses an interim Police Chief until an election can be held in November. The previous chief was ousted earlier this month when a judge said she violated state law. For the next two and a half weeks, Mermentau relied on the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office to... more »
  • Half-Fast Krewe marches full speed

    February 21, 2012 7:38 PM

    If you think all parades are the same, some of those in Opelousas will tell you that's a myth and the Half-Fast Krewe is living proof of it. In St. Landry Parish, it's a tradition to chase the chicken then go to the parade in Opelousas. Unlike anywhere else,... more »
  • Smart Meters' "opt-out" back on table

    February 20, 2012 10:36 PM

    City-Parish President Joey Durel and LUS talk "smart"... Smart Meters that is. Many people are asking for an "opt-out" plan with these new meters LUS calls "more accurate." Opponents say they're too accurate and invade your privacy. That's how many spent Lundi Gras; instead of throwing beads, some were... more »
  • Raining on your parade: some Mardi Gras events postponed

    February 17, 2012 11:43 PM

    Rob's forecast may have already rained on your parade. So far, two routes in Acadiana are cancelled on Saturday and another pair, postponed. La Grande Boucherie in St. Martiville, postponed along with Baldwin's Mardi Gras Parade. Parades in Youngsville and Washington have both cancelled but the weather isn't stopping... more »
  • No furloughs, insurance cuts for St. Landry Schools

    February 16, 2012 11:27 PM

    In a split decision, the St. Landry Parish School Board said furloughs are too extreme. Facing a $4-million budget gap, St. Landry Parish Superintendent Donnie Perron suggested three cost saving measures to the school board. The first, a two day furlough later this month. The second, cutting insurance rates... more »
  • Day of Literacy: Never too late to learn to read

    February 15, 2012 7:07 PM

    KATC and the United Way are picking up books on Thursday as part of the Day of Literacy Campaign. Your donation will give children the gift of reading. How important is it for children to read? One middle-aged man says it's never too late to learn, he's improving his reading... more »
  • Keeping saltwater out of the Mermentau Basin

    February 14, 2012 11:09 PM

    Louisiana's Department of Agriculture and Forestry is thinking up ways to reduce saltwater intrusion in the Mermentau Basin. One idea is to keep higher levels of fresh water. After days of rain, the Mermentau Basin is a whole foot above average. That's "bad news" for Ronald Winch, watching his... more »
  • Heart-shaped meats, beer: What to get men for Valentines

    February 13, 2012 11:27 PM

    Retailers say they're on schedule for better profits this Valentines Day but what does your loved one really want? A recent poll asked 200 women what they want for Valentines Day, here's what they found: -72% of women said they just want the day off from housework and time... more »
  • Getting answers about father's custody rights

    February 10, 2012 10:59 PM

    Evangeline Parish's Corey Gautreaux was arrested last Saturday and accused of kidnapping his daughter, Riley. Gautreaux and the child's mother have a verbal custody agreement but nothing official. So, how can the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office charge him with kidnapping? That's just one of a list of questions KATC... more »
  • Louisiana down the road: DOTD reviews projects

    February 8, 2012 11:07 PM

    "There is not more being done with less," St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot said about state highways. "We need to have full disclosure with the public that we need more resources for transportation." Bill Fontenot is a former DOTD District Engineer and now, the St. Landry Parish President.... more »
  • Clerk's Office using "overabundance of caution" with sex crimes

    February 6, 2012 7:26 PM

    After his office denied KATC information on sex crimes, St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux says he was "misinformed." "I want to thank KATC for bringing it to my attention," Jagneaux said on Monday. "This is the first time I've heard of it." Jagneaux's office said it... more »
  • Lafayette's crime rate falls

    February 3, 2012 11:50 PM

    Crime in your neighborhood may be going down. In the City of Lafayette, murder has decreased by 50-percent, rape by 57-percent. The FBI is reporting every major crime is going down but how are police doing it? Violent crimes in particular, down an average of 28-percent. Police attribute these... more »
  • "Booting" cars an 'option' for Redflex offenders

    February 2, 2012 11:28 PM

    If you are not paying your Redflex fines, Lafayette's Traffic & Transportation Department is coming up with ways to force you to. A boot is just one option on the list. The SafeLight and SafeSpeed cameras bring in more than $6-million a year but it could be more if Redflex... more »
  • Suspect dismissed on cold case charges; another awaits hearing

    February 1, 2012 11:21 PM

    For almost six years, a double-murder case has gone unsolved in Eunice. In 2006, Mary Anna and Youric Courville were found murdered in their home. At the time, police had suspects but lacked evidence. Then, a break. "As of this date, we have arrested the two persons responsible... more »
  • High school fight goes viral; students suspended, expelled.

    January 31, 2012 11:35 PM

    A fight at Opelousas High School goes viral (and on the heels of several high profile incidents just this school year). In September, a stabbing at the same high school. Just a month earlier, a junior high student brought a gun near OJHS grounds. Michael Nassif, Superintendent at the... more »
  • Welsh Police investigate shooting, murder and arson

    January 30, 2012 11:25 PM

    It was a busy night for Welsh Police on Sunday. Two shootings and an arson, all three linked. One person died as a result of those shootings and police say the suspects could be connected to previous murders in Welsh. It's also the third murder in the city in under... more »
  • Burglary suspect caught on camera

    January 27, 2012 11:21 PM

    Acadia Parish Sheriff's deputies are asking for help identifying this man who was caught on camera while breaking into a home on Bosco Highway on the border of Acadia and St. Landry Parishes. They believe he's responsible for numerous break-ins and thefts in the parish, and in Lafayette, Evangeline and... more »
  • St. Martin Schools go online

    January 25, 2012 11:23 PM

    Every year, hundreds of thousands of undergraduates turn to the internet for their courses. Now, some Acadiana schools want in on the growing trend of online education. Why? Less than 70% of Louisiana's high school students walk away with a diploma. That falls short of the national average, but Ron... more »
  • Council sits on sending sales tax proposal to voters

    January 24, 2012 11:34 PM

    Could a half-cent sales tax solve an under-funded fire department? Lafayette's City-Parish Council is looking into it. Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit says the parish needs two new fire stations in order to maintain its fire rating. City-Parish Council is looking at introducing the first sales tax increase since... more »
  • School Board begins process to place levees at Erath schools:

    January 23, 2012 10:44 PM

    A handful of hurricanes over the past five years almost destroyed Erath Middle and Erath High Schools. The Vermilion Parish School Board enters phase one of a plan that may prevent future flooding. "Hurricane Rita did a lot of damage." Superintendent Randy Shexnayder says, "and then Ike, with the... more »
  • Police: Double-murder was 'drug related,' trio arrested

    January 20, 2012 8:46 PM

    In just one night, the City of Opelousas matched the murder rate for the entire year of 2011 with a double-murder on Court Street. It happened last Tuesday night. Police say they found the bodies of Desmond Lewis and Gary Richard in a burning home, both shot and killed. Police... more »
  • School board shies from major cuts... again

    January 18, 2012 10:54 PM

    St. Landry Parish Schools were expected to make about $1.3-million in cuts, preparing for a $4-million budget shortfall. Last week, the board tabled that vote and Wednesday night, the vote was delayed again as taxpayers voiced their opinions on this alleged mismanagement of funds. "I came here to say... more »
  • School board shies from major cuts

    January 12, 2012 11:39 PM

    The St. Landry Parish School Board is projected to be about $4-million short on its budget. Interim Superintendent Donnie Perron says layoffs will be necessary, but will the school board make those cuts? "Why would we have thrown away $250-thousand on lawn care?" Ricky Julien asked. "This is information from... more »
  • Parish President's 'pink slips' the talk of first council meeting

    January 11, 2012 11:18 PM

    Iberia Parish Council is sworn into office including new Parish President Errol "Romo" Romero. Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John Weimer issued the oath of office to all 14 council members. After they were sworn in, they convened for their first meeting of the new term with a controversial issue on... more »
  • Vandals flood church with water

    January 10, 2012 9:31 PM

    A church is facing some costly repairs from flooding in it's youth center but it wasn't rain doing the damage. Police suspect vandals, and it's not the first time. Three break-ins over the past year. Ed Downs is the pastor at First Baptist Church in New Iberia. ... more »
  • Jindal: "mission is not accomplished."

    January 9, 2012 6:32 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal takes the oath of office at the Old State Capitol and faces a list of challengers to cover in his second term. "I, Bobby Jindal, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all duties incumbent upon me." Governor Jindal is... more »
  • Oil execs: restrictions are coming too fast

    January 6, 2012 10:48 PM

    "We don't have a problem with complying." Lawrence Svedson says, "it's just sometimes we don't know what we're supposed to comply with." Offshore oil companies say they're losing thousands of barrels a day and they're blaming government red tape. Some of the region's biggest names in offshore drilling... more »
  • Update: Lafayette shooting appears domestic

    January 6, 2012 12:13 AM

    Lafayette Police are called to a home on Bernice Ave. in response to "gun-shots." Neighbors say they were barbecuing in their backyard when one person heard about seven shots fired inside his neighbors' home. When Police arrived, they found one man dead and another in serious condition. Police would... more »
  • Alderman: Stallions' late night is dangerous

    January 4, 2012 11:20 PM

    An Opelousas restaurant has been open just a few months but it's already attracting a lot of controversy. Why? One day a week, it's open until 4:00AM when other places have to close at 2:00AM. The owner isn't breaking any laws. "To me, after two o'clock is trouble," Cherry... more »
  • LCG Council welcomes newcomers

    January 3, 2012 10:41 PM

    Lafayette City-Parish Council is kicking off 2012 with its first regular and special meetings but before any votes were cast, council welcomed two newcomers. It wasn't at all a controversial first meeting but a memorable one for Kevin Naquin and Andy Naquin. The only new faces on City-Parish Council. ... more »
  • Hometown boxer grabs Champ's interest at 5-0

    January 2, 2012 11:32 PM

    5-0. That's his professional record in the ring. Now, a boxer born and raised in Lafayette is getting some looks from the championship level, one of those names: George Foreman Boxing. Foreman's career: 76-wins, 68 knock outs, a heavyweight champ and an olympic gold medalist. "In 1986 I... more »
  • Trash hoarding? Bank finds piles of trash in foreclosed home

    December 29, 2011 12:00 AM

    How long could you live in a pile of garbage? Some people in a Lafayette neighborhood say one woman was hoarding trash for more than a decade. The home on Hummingbird Lane was just recently foreclosed and the person living there, evicted. Neighbors say the property was never taken... more »
  • Father, son rescued from capsized boat near Atchafalaya search

    December 27, 2011 10:56 PM

    A pair of hunters are rescued from waters dipping to almost 40-degrees. At the same time, the search continues for another missing hunter just a few miles away. Lynn Landry has not been seen since December 20th. Another day of searching turns up empty but a pair of St.... more »
  • Time is up! Is your Christmas list checked off?

    December 24, 2011 11:34 PM

    Some of us do it every year: wait until the last minute to get all the Christmas shopping in but was this really the plan? The time was ticking! And the list isn't getting any shorter. "I got about three more," Justin Nathan said. "I plan to knock them... more »
  • Update: "No new charges" in Broussard rape

    December 23, 2011 10:34 PM

    A man Broussard Police say drove a rape suspect and his two victims to an abandoned home will not face charges. Police say the driver was questioned but detectives have determined he was not present when the rape occurred, nor had knowledge of it. 26-year-old Terrance Lee of... more »
  • Families hold strong through holiday fire

    December 22, 2011 11:07 PM

    Most families don't expect something like this to happen to them: just days before Christmas, a fire rips through your home or apartment leaving you asking, what's next? Six Lafayette families, all with children, living at Himbola Manor on MLK Jr. Dr. were some of those people who didn't... more »
  • Men forced into shopping at the mall: a holiday tradition?

    December 21, 2011 11:22 PM

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, certainly for those who like to shop 'til they drop but for some men out there, going shopping with the wife or the girlfriend is just a way to stay out of the dog house. So, some just tough it out at... more »
  • Board says 21% salary increase not too much for superintendent

    December 19, 2011 11:38 PM

    $190,000. Is that too steep a salary for the Lafayette Superintendent? That's the salary Dr. Pat Cooper was asking for to become the parish's new top educator. For the school board, the decision wasn't an easy one. It came down to a split decision. 5 for. 4 against.... more »
  • Are LUS Smart Meters too smart?

    December 15, 2011 10:54 PM

    "It can provide this information about what devices are going on or off in my home and when they are." Joseph Dugal says, "that's surveillance." Dugal is a Lafayette Utilities System customer and he asks, are Smart Meters too smart? That's one of the reasons he doesn't want one installed... more »
  • Church Point Police call for outside investigation after woman was allegedly maced

    December 13, 2011 10:49 PM

    "She hit me with the mace can and sprayed me with mace in the vehicle," Yolanda Bellard said. Bellard recalled that on Sunday night, a Church Point Police officer harassed her and threw her in jail for what she says was, "no reason." While no charges are filed, Church... more »
  • School System running $4-million short; board looks for cuts

    December 12, 2011 11:31 PM

    "The way it looks right now, there'll have to be a reduction in force, yes." That's what St. Landry Parish's Interim Superintendent had to say about a $4-million budget deficit. School board members were told in February, St. Landry Schools were on par to meet budget. Now, 10 months... more »
  • Man fatally wounded during officer-involved shooting at Campus Crossing Apartments

    December 10, 2011 1:06 AM

    State Police detectives are investigating fatal shooting at Campus Crossing in Lafayette. Troopers say Lafayette Police officers were called to the apartment complex in reference to an armed robbery. As officers arrived, they encountered the suspect exiting the building and was found to be armed. State Police say multiple... more »
  • Ft. Polk trains on response to potential disasters at home

    December 9, 2011 9:40 PM

    "You can't help a hurricane coming but afterwards, yes, I think we could help a lot." That's what SSG. David Brunet of Houma had to say about the army's newest mission at Ft. Polk. For the first time, the army is training to respond to disasters at home. Imagine... more »
  • School System "disappointed;" St. Landry Parish charter school approved

    December 7, 2011 8:58 PM

    The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves St. Landry Parish's first charter school, to open in Opelousas next fall despite strong opposition from the St. Landry Parish School Board. "We are really excited about the possibilities for the students of St. Landry Parish," Tiffanie Lewis of Outreach Community... more »
  • Abbeville Council to talk with lawmakers about hotel-motel tax

    December 6, 2011 11:02 PM

    A heated debate erupts in Abbeville's council chambers; whether to keep or reject a three-percent tax on hotels, motels and campgrounds. The tax currently benefits non-profit youth groups but managers of those accommodations say every time you spend the night in Vermilion Parish, it's going to cost a little more.... more »
  • Vermilion Parish Schools find 5-year flood protection

    December 5, 2011 10:33 PM

    Three Vermilion Parish Schools are being prepped for the next flood. The school district approved a contract to spend more than a half-million-dollars to keep the schools on dry ground. "We had about 18-inches of flooding in the school." Erath High Principal, Francis Touchet recalled Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, "we... more »
  • Campers "overstaying their welcome" to be removed

    December 2, 2011 5:33 PM

    In Butte LaRose, some people say they've had enough of some campers they say are "living it up" on a parish campground; and there's only one public campground on the banks of Bayou LaRose: Uncle Dick Davis Park. Neighbors say it has some big problems, starting with the people... more »

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