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  • Harry Connick Jr. to attend N.O. screening

    December 5, 2012 4:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Grammy-winning jazz singer Harry Connick Jr. is returning to his hometown for the screening of a television show that pays tribute to the music of Louisiana. The show, a Louisiana Public Broadcasting special called "Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music," is a mix of music,... more »
  • People Close to Case: Gulf Oil Spill Trial Delayed

    February 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    A federal trial over the nation's worst offshore oil disaster has been delayed for a week to allow more time for settlement talks, according to two people close to the case. The two people told The Associated Press the decision was made Sunday during a conference call between parties in... more »
  • Facebook Aims to Help Prevent Suicide

    December 13, 2011 7:15 AM

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook is making it easier for people who express suicidal thoughts on the social networking site to get help. A program launching Tuesday enables users to instantly connect with a crisis counselor from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline through Facebook's "chat" messaging system. If a... more »
  • VHS to create 'slave name' database

    March 4, 2011 8:14 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Historical Society will draw from its vast collections to create a database of slave names to help scholars and family historians examine centuries of the state's slave-holding past. "Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names" will tap some of the more than... more »
  • La. man pleads guilty to bribery plot

    February 18, 2011 9:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a former New Orleans city official in a kickback scheme involving contracts for the city's crime surveillance program. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Dwaine Hodges helped a businessman, Mark St. Pierre, funnel payoffs to Anthony Jones, who... more »
  • Jury in racketeering case to return Tuesday

    February 17, 2011 8:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury will resume deliberating Tuesday in the trial for a former Louisiana lawmaker charged in a plot to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs. Jurors deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and Thursday without... more »
  • AG Caldwell to switch to the GOP

    February 1, 2011 9:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Democratic Attorney General Buddy Caldwell plans to switch parties this week, becoming the latest high-profile Louisiana defection to the GOP, according to persons with knowledge of the situation. Caldwell, who is up for re-election this year, is Louisiana's only Democratic statewide elected official. He's supported... more »
  • From Elementary Reading Level To LSU

    January 19, 2011 8:21 PM

    Kenny Hilliard was a star on the football field at Patterson High but he struggled as a student. Hilliard read on a third grade level his freshman year of highschool until he was introduced to elementary level reading program called "Fast Forword". "At one time I couldn't read a book... more »
  • Calif. man used Facebook to hack women's e-mails

    January 14, 2011 9:40 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - In a cautionary tale for users of social-networking sites, a California man has admitted using personal information he gleaned from Facebook to hack into woman's e-mail accounts, then send nude pictures of them to everyone in their address book. The California attorney general's office said Friday... more »
  • Judge asked to delay ill Mose Jefferson's trial

    January 12, 2011 9:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A longtime New Orleans political operative who is gravely ill with cancer asked a federal judge Wednesday to postpone his trial on charges he conspired to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs. Doctors for Mose Jefferson,... more »
  • Suit seeks to halt New Orleans levee work

    January 11, 2011 8:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawsuit is threatening to slow down or even halt work to strengthen a canal that broke catastrophically during Hurricane Katrina. Homeowners with backyards along the 17th Street Canal filed a civil suit in state court on Jan. 5 to stop the work because they claim... more »
  • BP claims czar returns to Gulf amid complaints

    January 10, 2011 9:47 PM

    MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) - The administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill claims fund on Monday promised fairness and speed in compensating victims, but angry fishermen and business owners are complaining that they're still not getting what they deserve. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg met Monday with oil spill victims in... more »
  • Man claiming to be singer's booking agent arrested

    January 6, 2011 9:26 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A man claiming to be a booking agent for Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole is in custody for stealing money from a college student trying to hire her for an event. Caddo Parish sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick says 25-year-old Percy Pittman, of Petal, Miss., was arrested... more »
  • Jones to report to prison Feb. 28

    January 6, 2011 9:16 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Former state Sen. Charles D. Jones is scheduled Feb. 28 to surrender to federal authorities and begin a 27-month prison sentence following his conviction on charges including tax evasion. U.S. District Judge Robert James also sentenced Jones to three years of supervised release and ordered the... more »
  • Former aide to Shreveport mayor arrested

    January 4, 2011 9:40 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport police have arrested a former aide to Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover on charges he forced a young woman to have sex with him in a government building. Police spokesman Bill Goodin says 43-year-old Richard A. Seaton Jr. of Shreveport surrendered to investigators at about 3... more »
  • New Orleans moves to get rid of last FEMA trailers

    December 30, 2010 9:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The era of the FEMA trailer - a symbol of the prolonged rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina - might be drawing to a close in New Orleans. Citing the remaining 221 trailers as blight, New Orleans officials have told the last remaining residents to be out by... more »
  • Lafayette's city-parish attorney to resign

    December 29, 2010 8:33 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - City-Parish Attorney Pat Ottinger says he is leaving his post in January. In a statement released this week, Ottinger says he believes the administration and City-Parish Council would be well served by a fresh face. Ottinger has held the job since 2004. The Advocate reported Wednesday... more »
  • Rig owner refuses to honor oil spill subpoenas

    December 29, 2010 8:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is refusing to honor subpoenas from a federal board that has challenged the company's involvement in monitoring the testing of a key piece of equipment that failed to stop the oil spill disaster. Transocean... more »
  • Jindal considers several ideas to fill budget gap

    December 9, 2010 9:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal said he's considering the sale of state prisons, office buildings and future lottery proceeds to create upfront cash to patch holes in next year's budget. Jindal floated the ideas Thursday in a closed-door meeting with top lawmakers, as the governor weighs how... more »
  • N.O. cop who admitted lying to grand jury retires

    December 6, 2010 9:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police sergeant who admitted lying to the grand jury probing a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina has retired from the department. Cmdr. Bob Young says Sgt. Purnella Simmons - a 29-year veteran - retired Monday, but no reason was given for her... more »
  • National Urban League brings 2012 convention to NO

    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 »
  • Jindal says 'no' to increased health care fees

    December 2, 2010 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't support increased fees on health care services in Louisiana as a way to help balance the state's budget. Jindal said Thursday that he considers state fee hikes on hospital visits, nursing home beds and medications - called "provider fees"... more »
  • SPLC takes state-run N.O. schools to task

    December 2, 2010 9:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A civil rights organization complained Thursday about discipline practices and a lack of services for children with disabilities in New Orleans public schools that were taken over by the state after Hurricane Katrina. The Southern Poverty Law Center said only 6.8 percent of students with disabilities... more »
  • New Orleans officer admits lying to grand jury

    November 19, 2010 10:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police sergeant testified Friday that she lied to a grand jury when she took responsibility for writing a "fabricated" report that concluded an officer was justified in fatally shooting a man after Hurricane Katrina. Sgt. Purnella Simmons, a government witness in a trial... more »
  • Witness: Cop said looters 'deserved to be shot'

    November 12, 2010 9:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans police officer on trial for gunning down a man outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath said after the shooting that looters are "animals" who "deserved to be shot," a fellow officer testified Friday. The former officer, David Warren, is charged... more »
  • Spill panel says management culture to blame

    November 9, 2010 9:40 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - It wasn't just the botched technical decisions. BP and other companies' management, communication and overconfidence in dealing with risk led to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, investigators for the presidential commission said Tuesday. The commission's chief engineer, Richard Sears, outlined seven managerial findings, including muddled lines... more »
  • GOP candidate apologizes to Morgan Freeman over ad

    November 1, 2010 9:54 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina congressional candidate apologized Monday night to Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman after falsely claiming that the actor had done a voiceover for a campaign ad. Republican B.J. Lawson's campaign blamed a political consulting firm for duping it into believing Morgan had done the ad.... more »
  • Madonna to open string of gyms, starting in Mexico

    October 25, 2010 9:52 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Pop singer Madonna is opening a chain of fitness centers around the world to be known as Hard Candy Fitness global gyms. A partnership between Madonna, her manager and New Evolution Ventures plans to open the first gym in a posh neighborhood in Mexico City on... more »
  • 3 men plead guilty to beating calf to death

    October 20, 2010 9:27 PM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Three men have pleaded guilty to stealing a newborn calf and beating it to death after the New Orleans Saints lost to the Dallas Cowboys last year. According to Wednesday's Times-Picayune, Dwayne J. Jenkins, David J. LeBlanc Jr. and Carnie B. Smith stole the 3-day-old calf... more »
  • New Orleans to study raising downtown interstate

    October 20, 2010 9:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans got $2 million in federal money Wednesday to look at tearing down an elevated section of Interstate 10 that runs past the French Quarter that's been blamed for ruining one of the city's most important black neighborhoods when it was built in the 1960s.... more »
  • Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital - Top 100 Health-care places to work

    October 20, 2010 10:42 AM

    Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital is having a celebration today for a top award. The Modern Health-care Magazine named the Hospital as one of the top 100 "Best Places to Work in Health-care" "We are proud to be a part of this community and are honored that we have received... more »
  • Destrehan derailment leads to precautionary evac

    October 20, 2010 10:21 AM

    DESTREHAN, La. (AP) - St. Charles Parish emergency officials say 12 homes in Destrehan have been evacuated as a precaution following the derailment of several Canadian National Railroad cars. No injuries have been reported and no leaks have been detected, according to Renee Simpson of the St. Charles Parish emergency... more »
  • Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants

    October 19, 2010 9:50 PM

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military is accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation's history, even as it tries in the courts to slow the movement to abolish its "don't ask, don't tell" policy. At least two service members discharged for being gay began the process... more »
  • Justice Thomas' wife tries to contact Anita Hill

    October 19, 2010 9:33 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is asking Anita Hill to apologize for accusing the justice of sexually harassing her, 19 years after Thomas' confirmation hearing spawned a national debate about harassment in the workplace. Virginia Thomas said in a statement Tuesday that she was... more »
  • Obama Signs Executive Order to Boost Hispanic Education Achievement

    October 19, 2010 3:42 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signed an executive order Tuesday intended to boost Hispanic education achievement, a priority for a key voting bloc two weeks ahead of critical midterm elections. The measure is intended to widen the scope of a long-standing White House initiative on Latino education by... more »
  • Lafayette looks to hire planning firm

    October 19, 2010 10:21 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Consolidated Government is looking for a planning consultant or firm to help officials create a comprehensive plan for Lafayette Parish. A Request for Qualifications went out Monday, and responses are due by Nov. 5. Officials are hoping to receive responses from consultants around the country.... more »
  • Go to Bat for The Family Tree Softball Tournament

    October 19, 2010 7:43 AM

    The Family Tree Information, Education and Counseling Center is have their 2nd Annual "Go to Bat for The Family Tree" Softball Tournament at Pelican Park in Carencro. This tournament will be November 14th, 2010 from 9am - until. Local businesses and groups will play on amateur/co-ed softball teams to... more »
  • LSU's Student Body President Pleas For Jindal to Come Home in a New Hampshire Newspaper

    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 »
  • Texas Runner Buses to Iowa and Breaks Marathon Record

    October 18, 2010 10:46 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Kenyan living in Texas had to hop a bus to make it to Iowa, where he shattered the record at the Des Moines Marathon by more than 8 minutes. The Des Moines Register says James Kirwa of El Paso ran the 26.2-mile course in... more »
  • Ohio co. seeks to buy Northrop Grumman shipyards

    October 15, 2010 10:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An Ohio company has written governors in three Southern states in a push to purchase the military shipbuilding division of Northrop Grumman Corp., pledging to keep a major Louisiana shipyard open. Cleveland Ship LLC sent letters this week through its Cleveland Shipbuilding Division to Govs. Bobby... more »
  • Chile miners start new lives, adjust to freedom

    October 14, 2010 9:32 PM

    COPIAPO, Chile (AP) - The Chilean miners began their unfamiliar new lives as national heroes Thursday and got a taste of what awaits them outside the hospital doors - a swarm of reporters, TV producers, publicity agents and even soccer teams all desperate for a piece of their story. A... more »
  • FEMA Funds $28 Million to Construct Cameron Parish School

    October 14, 2010 6:01 PM

    Hurricane Rita destroyed South Cameron High School in 2005 and today was the school's grand opening ceremony. FEMA has provided more than $28.0 million to the Cameron Parish School Board toward projects relating to this school. KATC's Shawn Kline was there and will share their story at 10.... more »
  • Jindal Traveling to New York to Meet Fellow Republican Governor

    October 14, 2010 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is traveling to New York to meet with his fellow Republican governors, after a stop in New Hampshire to stump for a GOP gubernatorial candidate. Jindal's office says the governor was in New Hampshire on Thursday to attend a campaign event... more »
  • Gulf moratorium is over but drilling has to wait

    October 13, 2010 10:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A day after the end of the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling, the Gulf oil industry was a mix of furious activity and tortured waiting around. Companies that are helping the industry meet new regulations are scrambling to keep up with increased business while oil-rig workers... more »
  • Last of Chilean miners is raised safely to surface

    October 13, 2010 9:32 PM

    SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) - The last of the Chilean miners, the foreman who held them together when they were feared lost, was raised from the depths of the earth Wednesday night - a joyous ending to a 69-day ordeal that riveted the world. No one has ever been... more »
  • BP Wouldn't Say Whether it Will Seek Permits to Drill in Gulf

    October 13, 2010 1:02 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - BP wouldn't say Wednesday whether it will seek new permits to drill in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico now that the moratorium imposed after its massive spill has been lifted. Other oil companies, such as Royal Dutch Shell, have made clear their intentions to begin drilling... more »
  • $2 Million to Food Scientists to use Marketing Tricks to Encourage Kids to Pick Healthy Over Junk

    October 12, 2010 12:35 PM

    Federal officials are turning to psychology in a new approach to get kids to choose healthier foods in the school lunch line. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving $2 million to food behavior scientists to use marketing tricks to encourage kids to pick fruits and veggies over cookies... more »
  • BP Says it Plans to Start Deep-Cleaning Alabama's Beaches

    October 12, 2010 11:47 AM

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - BP says it plans to start deep-cleaning Alabama's beaches next week. Company spokesman Ray Melick said Monday the process will begin as soon as a weekend of concerts and boat races wraps up in Baldwin County. Melick says the company doesn't want to interfere with... more »
  • Archaeologist Finds 200 Settlements that Date Back to 1600 B.C.

    October 12, 2010 11:36 AM

    MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian archaeologist claims to have found the well-preserved ruins of a previously unknown Bronze Age civilization in Russia's North Caucasus. Andrey Belinskiy said Tuesday that in the past five years the Russian-German expedition he heads has excavated around 200 settlements that date back to 1600 B.C.... more »
  • Demi Moore to sell 2 19th Century Paintings in NYC

    October 12, 2010 11:00 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Demi Moore is selling two 19th century European paintings at auction, including a French work the actress says inspired her because of the artist's depiction of strong women. William Bouguereau's "Frere et Soeur," an oil painting of a young woman tenderly holding her baby brother, could... more »
  • Treasury secretary, new GM CEO to meet in New York

    October 12, 2010 9:34 AM

    DETROIT (AP) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is meeting with new General Motors CEO Dan Akerson in New York as the government-owned automaker moves toward a public stock sale. The government says the two men are meeting Tuesday afternoon. It's chance for them to meet for the first time. The... more »
  • Hurricane Paula forms, heads to Yucatan Peninsula

    October 12, 2010 7:55 AM

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) - Honduran emergency officials urged coastal residents to evacuate low-lying areas and Mexico issued a hurricane warning as Paula strengthened into a powerful storm Tuesday and battered the Caribbean coast with strong winds and rain. Paula formed Monday off the coast of Honduras and quickly intensified into... more »
  • LA Experiencing 726% Increase in Wildfires Compared to Last Year

    October 11, 2010 2:42 PM

    There has been 726% increase in wildfires compared to this time last year. KATC's Chris Paulsen will have the latest on how the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is handling the increase and what you can do to prevent them at 5 and 6. The Image is... more »
  • More Controversy Over Woman Set to be Stoned

    October 11, 2010 11:59 AM

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian authorities have arrested two foreigners as they were interviewing the son of a woman who could face death by stoning on an adultery conviction, the state news agency reported Monday. Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi said the two had entered the country on tourist... more »
  • Gymboree agrees to $1.8 billion buyout by Bain

    October 11, 2010 10:26 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Children's clothing retailer Gymboree Corp. is being purchased by affiliates of asset management firm Bain Capital for $1.8 billion. Gymboree said Monday that the deal is for $65.40 per share, a 24 percent premium to Gymboree's Friday closing stock price of $52.95. The retailer, based in... more »
  • West Monroe police: Street guns up to par

    October 11, 2010 9:57 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Police officers in northeastern Louisiana are discovering weapons they are confiscating when making arrests are just as good as their own. West Monroe Maj. James Keys says that he's noticed officers coming in with apprehended AK-47s. Keys said police have arrested suspects with older model Colt... more »
  • Ex-Cop's Trial in Stun Gun Death to Start Monday

    October 10, 2010 6:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jury selection in the trial of a former Winnfield police officer accused of killing a handcuffed prisoner by repeatedly shocking him with a stun gun is set to begin on Monday. Scott Nugent faces manslaughter and malfeasance in office charges in the death of 21-year-old Baron... more »
  • West Africa children still exploited to make chocolate

    October 8, 2010 10:05 PM

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - West Africa's cocoa industry is still trafficking children and using forced child labor despite nearly a decade of efforts to eliminate the practices, according to an independent audit published by Tulane University. A U.S.-sponsored solution called the Harkin-Engel Protocol was signed in 2001 by cocoa... more »
  • Anti-Gay Harassment Prompting Schools to Rethink Efforts Against Bullying

    October 8, 2010 3:47 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A spate of teen suicides linked to anti-gay harassment is prompting school officials nationwide to rethink their efforts against bullying - and in the process, risk entanglement in a bitter ideological debate. The conflict: Gay-rights supporters insist that any effective anti-bullying program must include specific... more »
  • LHC Group to Release Earnings November 1

    October 8, 2010 2:46 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - LHC Group, the Lafayette-based provider of home health and hospice services, said Friday that it will report its earnings for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30 on Nov. 1. The company said the report will be released after the close of U.S. financial markets.
  • DNA Match Leads to Charges in vehicle burglary

    October 7, 2010 11:21 AM

    The Opelousas Police Dept. is glad to report that two cases have been closed as a result of efficient and dedicated investigations by members of the Special Operations Section. John Hiram Buff had been in the Opelousas Police Dept. jail since July 27, 2010, for the theft of some copper... more »
  • Tracy Porter Expected to be Sidelined 3-4 Weeks

    October 6, 2010 3:13 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton says Tracy Porter had arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his left knee and that the starting cornerback is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks. Payton says the club also has placed backup safety and special teams... more »
  • The Forget Me Not Walk to Remember

    October 6, 2010 10:05 AM

    The Forget Me Not Walk to Remember will be this Saturday, October 9th, at Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville. The event is free. Registration is at 9am, with the Ceremony at 9:45am, followed by the Walk Around Pond at 10am. There is also a balloon release and fellowship. This is... more »
  • UL to Face No. 22 Oklahoma State on ESPN2

    October 6, 2010 9:46 AM

    The Ragin Cajuns will face number 22 ranked, Oklahoma State on ESPN2 Friday night at 8pm. The Cajuns are asking everyone to come out and pack the swamp! There will be many tailgating activities going on. The U.S. Marine Corp will be there, The Lt. Governor will be doing a... more »
  • New Orleans man pleads to manslaughter in 4 deaths

    October 5, 2010 9:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A plea deal Tuesday ended the case of a 2006 shooting rampage in a New Orleans neighborhood that left four people dead. Prosecutors dropped murder charges against Raymond Amison, 23, to manslaughter when he appeared in court for jury selection. In exchange, Amison agreed to serve... more »
  • Obama Scheduled to Take Part in MTV/BET Produced Youth Town Hall Meeting

    October 5, 2010 6:20 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The MTV and BET networks say President Barack Obama is scheduled to take part in a youth town hall meeting broadcast from Washington on Oct. 14. MTV and BET are producing the program. The one-hour program will air live at 4 p.m. Eastern time. It also... more »
  • Another Portion Gulf Reopened to Commercial and Recreational Fishing

    October 5, 2010 3:56 PM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Another portion of the Gulf of Mexico has been reopened to commercial and recreational fishing after federal scientists found no oil contamination to bar consumption of seafood. The 2,927 square-mile area is located off eastern Louisiana, about 40 miles south of the BP well that spewed... more »
  • Panel Accused Transocean of Thwarting Their Effort to get Documents and Witnesses

    October 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Members of a federal panel investigating the cause of the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill and how to improve safety and oversight accused rig owner 2010-10-05 on Tuesday of thwarting their efforts to get to critical documents and a witness. The co-chair of... more »
  • Balloonists in New Mexico are to Pay Tribute to 2 lost at Sea

    October 5, 2010 10:55 AM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The America's Challenge gas balloon race in New Mexico will pay tribute to two balloonists who disappeared last week in the Adriatic Sea. The deputy director of the race says pilots are being asked to hang two chile ristras, or strings of dried chiles, from their... more »
  • La. doctor, company owner plead guilty to fraud

    October 4, 2010 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans doctor and the owner of a medical equipment company have pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to submit more than $775,000 in fraudulent Medicare claims. Dr. Dahlia Kirkpatrick and Emmanuel Komandu, owner of Baker-based Alpha Medical Solutions Inc., each face maximum... more »
  • Lawsuit claims $200M owed to 'rainy day' fund

    October 4, 2010 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A lawsuit filed Monday challenges the way state lawmakers balanced last year's budget with $200 million from Louisiana's "rainy day" fund and seeks a repayment that could damage this year's budget. Former state Rep. Ron Gomez of Lafayette is one of two plaintiffs on the... more »
  • Salvage Executive Claims BP Interfered With Critical Efforts to Stop Oil

    October 4, 2010 4:20 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - An executive at a salvage firm says BP interfered with critical efforts to lower an undersea robot to try to close the device that failed to stop the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Doug Martin, president of Smit Salvage Americas, says the oil giant was... more »
  • Go-cups Debate Returns to Lafayette Council

    October 4, 2010 7:20 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council will once again take up a proposal to ban go-cups and other open alcoholic containers, two weeks after defeating the measure in a 5-4 vote. No major changes have been made to the ordinance, which would prohibit such containers in downtown Lafayette... more »
  • Church destroyed by Katrina to be Rebuilt

    October 4, 2010 6:32 AM

    SLIDELL, La. (AP) - Five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed St. Genevieve Catholic Church near Slidell, construction will soon begin on a new church. Church officials say the edifice will take the shape of a cruciform and measure nearly 12,000 square feet. It will have space for more than 500... more »
  • Snyder to Face Judge This Week

    October 3, 2010 10:57 PM

    John Snyder, the man accused of killing his girlfriend, Krotz Springs native, Davina Chapman will face a judge this week. A pre-trial hearing is set for Monday at the Point Coupee Parish Courthouse in New Roads. Right now, a trial date is set for october 12th.
  • E-mail urges GOHSEP workers to support amendment

    October 1, 2010 9:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An employee at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness e-mailed her fellow employees Friday, urging them to support a constitutional amendment on Saturday's ballot that affects their employment. State law prohibits using public funds to urge anyone to vote for or against... more »
  • Election E-mail Urging Fellow Employees to Vote

    October 1, 2010 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An employee at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness e-mailed her fellow employees, urging them to support a constitutional amendment on Saturday's ballot that affects their employment. State law prohibits using public funds to urge anyone to vote for or against candidates... more »
  • Another Chunk of the Gulf of Mexico has Been Opened to Fishing

    October 1, 2010 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Another chunk of the Gulf of Mexico has been opened to fishing after seafood tests and surveys found no oil contamination threat. The 5,628-square-mile area is just west of the Mississippi River delta and about 75 miles south of the BP well that spewed millions of... more »
  • US Apologized to Guatemala for Infecting Prisoners with Syphilis 60 Years Ago

    October 1, 2010 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to call Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom to personally apologize over a disclosure that American scientists deliberately infected Guatemalan prisoners with syphilis decades ago. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Friday that the news was "shocking, it's tragic, it's reprehensible." Obama's spokesman... more »
  • Departing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is Saying Goodbye to the White House

    October 1, 2010 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Departing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is saying goodbye to the White House and President Barack Obama. Without specifically mentioning the Chicago mayor's race he intends to enter, Emanuel told Obama he's "energized by the prospect of new challenges." And he said he's eager to see what... more »
  • Chiropractor Sentenced To Three Years For Fraudulent Claims

    September 30, 2010 9:48 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - A licensed chiropractor and former owner of Scott Oaks Chiropractic Clinic located in Scott, La., was sentenced today to three years in prison, for submitting fraudulent claims to health insurers for services that were never performed, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced. Richard Montalbano, 64, of... more »
  • Obama Administration not ready to lift moratorium

    September 30, 2010 6:13 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Thursday imposed new rules to make offshore drilling safer, but said it was not yet ready to lift a temporary ban on deepwater drilling. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called offshore drilling inherently risky and said, "We will only lift the moratorium when I,... more »
  • Payton Waiting Until Sunday to Decide Whether Pierre Thomas Will Play Against Carolina

    September 30, 2010 4:07 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton says he'll wait until Sunday to decide whether hobbled running back Pierre Thomas plays against Carolina. Thomas missed his second-straight practice on Thursday with a left ankle injury that occurred during the Saints' 27-24 overtime loss to Atlanta last Sunday. While Payton... more »
  • Allen Says Nation Needs to Change Law to Better Handle Oil Spills

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  • Smart Phones Will Have To be Hearing Aid Compatible

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The blind will have greater access to the Internet through smart phones, and devices such as iPhones and Blackberrys will have to be hearing aid compatible, under legislation Congress has sent to the president. Mark Richert of the American Foundation for the Blind says the measure was... more »
  • Opry returns to fixed-up digs 6 months after flood

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Grand Ole Opry has ended its itinerant ways and returned home. A host of country music's enduring legends joined some of today's biggest names on stage Tuesday night to kick off the "Country Comes Home" celebration. They began with a stirring rendition of "Will The... more »
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