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  • Panel starts Lafayette comprehensive plan review

    December 4, 2013 9:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A citizens advisory committee is reviewing and prioritizing elements of the draft Lafayette Parish comprehensive plan that was released last week. Volunteers and consultants have been working for more than a year on a plan that would guide development in the city of Lafayette and unincorporated... more »
  • Monday starts final round of Isaac debris pickup

    October 5, 2012 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State crews will make a last pass to pick up Hurricane Isaac debris in southeast Louisiana starting Monday. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says this will be the third and final pass for debris removal in Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, St. Charles, and Terrebonne... more »
  • Trial starts in 2010 deaths of mother, child

    April 19, 2012 9:32 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Trial has begun in Houma in the case of a Chauvin truck driver charged in the deaths of his girlfriend and infant son. The Courier reports that 34-year-old Tyari Smith is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 26-year-old Maria Chavez and 2-year-old Tyari... more »
  • Faulty vehicle wiring starts house fire

    April 6, 2012 10:41 AM

    BAKER, La. (AP) - A Baker Fire Department spokesman says faulty vehicle wiring started a blaze that destroyed a house and two nearby vehicles. Department spokesman Howard Ward tells The Advocate investigators found that the fire started in one vehicle's engine compartment, spreading first to the other vehicle and then... more »
  • Colo. senior tax break fight ends before it starts

    March 27, 2012 5:53 AM

    DENVER (AP) - Colorado's improving economy has helped lawmakers avoid the most contentious debate of the year - restoring a suspended property tax break for senior citizens. Lawmakers learned Monday that sunny fiscal projections - a revenue boost from personal income and business taxes - combined with money left over... more »
  • Miss. River high-water inspection starts Monday

    March 26, 2012 5:56 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi River Commission's annual high-water inspection of Mississippi River levees will take place this week. The Army Corps of Engineers also will hear local residents' concerns in a series of meetings on the motor vessel Mississippi. They'll be Monday at River Park in Tiptonville, Tenn.,... more »
  • 26th Iowa Rabbit Festival starts Thursday

    March 13, 2012 10:42 AM

    IOWA, La. (AP) - It's Rabbit Festival week in Iowa (EYE-oh-way). The festival runs from Thursday through Saturday to raise money for scholarships, school clubs, boy scouts, athletics and other organizations. The Iowa Rabbit Festival started 26 years ago to promote a rabbit processing plant. The plant is long gone,... more »
  • Mosquito Spraying Starts in Lafayette

    February 5, 2012 2:13 PM

    With mosquitoes cropping up around the Lafayette area because of recent warm and wet weather, spraying to control the pests is beginning. Glenn Stokes of Mosquito Control Contractors Inc. said the company is sending crews to Carencro and to Ridge Road in the Lafayette area to begin spraying for the... more »
  • New Blues and Heritage Fest starts this year

    January 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    BOGALUSA, La. (AP) - There's a new blues festival coming this year. Chairwoman Malinda White says that the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival will take place Sept. 29 in Cassidy Park. Its first fundraiser will be Feb. 17, the day before the city's carnival parade. White says blues organizations, musicians... more »
  • JetBlue starts flights from Bradley to Puerto Rico

    January 5, 2012 9:35 AM

    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) - JetBlue Airways is launching nonstop service between Bradley International Airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico. JetBlue says the daily service is beginning Thursday. The airline says service to West Palm Beach, Fla., is set to start next week. The airline flies from Bradley to Fort... more »
  • Mobile conservation classroom starts in Abbeville

    September 19, 2011 10:33 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - There's a new, rolling conservation classroom for schools from Cameron Parish to Terrebonne Parish and as far north as Evangeline Parish. Exhibits about the soil, plants, water, air and animals of Louisiana's wetlands, and about recycling, are housed in a 40-foot-long trailer. The Vermilion Soil and... more »
  • La.'s first online charter school starts

    August 16, 2011 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Nearly 600 students have started school from the comfort of their homes as Louisiana's first online charter school for kindergarten through 12th grade opened. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/pvMHkH ) the school, Louisiana Connections Academy, is based in Baton Rouge. What makes it different is that,... more »
  • Construction starts on distribution center

    July 4, 2011 9:54 AM

    PEARL RIVER, La. (AP) - Associated Wholesale Grocers has begun construction of a distribution center at its 68-acre site in St. Tammany Parish. The center will be the company's seventh in Southern and Midwestern states. Associated Wholesale Grocers has 600 member owners with about 2,400 retail stores in 22 states.
  • Egyptian Army Starts Rounding Up Journalists

    February 3, 2011 7:48 AM

    CAIRO (AP) - The Egyptian military has started rounding up journalists, possibly for their own protection, after they came under attack from supporters of President Hosni Mubarak who have been attacking anti-government protesters. An Associated Press reporter saw a group of foreign journalists being detained by the military on a... more »
  • Trial starts for Avoyelles ex-sheriff

    October 26, 2010 10:19 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The federal conspiracy trial of former Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Bill Belt and his wife and sister is under way. Bill and Tracy Belt are accused of pocketing profits from jailhouse telephones; Julie Bernard is charged with lying to the FBI. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell is... more »
  • Early Voting Starts Today

    October 19, 2010 6:53 AM

    Early voting for the November 2nd election begins today and ends on October 26th. Anyone registered to vote may do so starting this morning at their nearest Registrar of Voters office. Voting hours are 8:30am to 6:00pm each day, except on Sunday.
  • Next Phase of Gulf Spill Damage Assessment Starts

    September 30, 2010 6:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal and state government agencies and BP have entered a new and important phase in determining how much damage has been done to the ecosystem by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Wednesday, the government and BP said they had started to determine how much... more »
  • State Starts Process to Reopen Fishing in Southwest Louisiana

    September 10, 2010 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries regulators have taken the first step toward reopening waters west of the Mississippi Delta to commercial fishing. Officials say the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has began sampling crab, shrimp and finfish in Terrebonne and Timbalier bays, which were closed earlier... more »
  • Thad Allen Starts to Finalize His Plans For Leaving Post

    August 11, 2010 3:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government's point man on the oil spill in the Gulf is starting to finalize his plans for leaving the post. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Wednesday he wants to get several things done before he leaves and hopes to turn the job... more »
  • Judice Family Starts Endowed Professorship at UL Lafayette

    January 29, 2010 11:14 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A well-known and respected family and a restaurant with long-standing traditions in Lafayette, have forged a greater tie with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Judice family and the Judice Inn have established the $100,000 Marc and Alcide Judice of Judice Inn Endowed Professorship in Business.... more »

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