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  • South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1 million

    February 3, 2014 8:42 AM

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The executors of Nelson Mandela's estate say he left behind about $4.1 million and that the will's beneficiaries include his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the liberation movement during white rule that now governs South Africa. Executor Dikgang... more »
  • New Vernon school will serve Fort Polk

    December 12, 2012 6:28 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - The Department of Defense is releasing more than $18 million to the Vernon Parish School Board for a school that will serve military families at Fort Polk. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office says the action announced Tuesday will allow construction to begin on the $20 million... more »
  • Hazelnut Drive at E. Bayou Pkwy. Will be Closed

    March 28, 2012 10:47 AM

    The Director of the Public Works Department announces that Hazelnut Drive at E. Bayou Pkwy. will be closed Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm for replacement of drainage culvert across Hazelnut Drive. Their will be flagmen and construction signs to assist with traffic detours.
  • Will Lafourche government acquire Fourchon beach?

    January 30, 2012 10:43 AM

    FOURCHON, La. (AP) - The owners of a private beach in Fourchon say they will fight any attempt to expropriate the land and make it public. The Courier reports that the South Lafourche Beach Front Development Commission wants Lafourche Parish to make Caillouet Land Co. sell a 44-acre tract at... more »
  • Local Saint Buys Dream Home Tickets

    April 24, 2011 12:20 AM

    A local Saint made a stop in Acadiana Saturday afternoon. Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints toured the 2011 St. Jude Dream Home located in Grand Point Subdivision in Lafayette. After his tour, Smith bought three tickets and he says people shouldn't think twice about donating to a... more »
  • Questions Answered in Jail Release; Smith Pays Up

    December 2, 2010 7:31 PM

    New information surfaces about the arrest and release of Saints player Will Smith in Lafayette. KATC's Maddie Garrett brings you an exclusive look inside the arrest from a man who sat next to Smith in jail. And the judge who released Smith finally gives a response. The controversy first... more »
  • Will Smith's Release From Jail Illegal?

    November 29, 2010 7:13 PM

    We've learned more about the Lafayette judge and her relationship with a Saints player released from jail over the weekend. KATC's Maddie Garrett found out Will Smith and Judge Phyllis Keaty knew each other before his arrest. On the judge's facebook page was a picture of her and the Smiths'.... more »
  • Saints Defensive End Arrested in Lafayette

    November 27, 2010 12:58 PM

    Saints player Will Smith was booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail Saturday morning after allegedly getting into a fight with his wife. Smith was charged with simple battery and domestic abuse. According to Cpl. Paul Mouton, the couple was leaving a night club in the 300 block of Jefferson just... more »
  • UL Students Will Protest Wednesday

    November 9, 2010 11:29 PM

    On Wednesday U-L Lafayette students will board buses at Cajun Field to head to a rally in Baton Rouge-- protesting state budget cuts to education. As far as U-L is concerned, administrators are looking at a 20 percent reduction. Academic programs and jobs are at stake. In previous cuts, U-L... more »
  • Landrieu: City's disaster loans will be forgiven

    November 8, 2010 9:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The City of New Orleans has received word that the federal government is forgiving its $240 million in disaster loans received after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Monday. Storm-ravaged local government agencies across Louisiana - sheriffs, school boards, parish councils, fire districts and... more »
  • Charlie Melancon will be in Houma Today

    October 26, 2010 9:17 AM

    Baton Rouge, LA -- Today, Rep. Charlie Melancon, candidate for US Senate, will be in Houma to encourage early voting on the last day of the early voting period before the November 2nd election. Melancon will meet with voters during the lunch hour at Castalano's Restaurant. Today is the last... more »
  • Author Ernest J. Gaines will speak at UL today

    October 26, 2010 6:43 AM

    A man known for his words will host a press conference on UL's campus today. Author Ernest J. Gaines will speak on his newly dedicated center. The Ernest J. Gaines center for writing will open this Sunday . The center provides a space for scholars and students to work... more »
  • Lafayette Housing Authority will meet today

    October 26, 2010 6:41 AM

    The Lafayette Housing Authority will meet at 3 this afternoon. This comes on the heels of a pair of unexpected resignations by both L-H-A director Walter Guillory and assistant director Jonathan Carmouche.
  • Tonight west bound lane of I-10: Duson Exit will be Closed

    October 26, 2010 6:26 AM

    Beginning at 8 tonight, the west bound lane of I-10 will be closed at the Duson exit. Crews will be installing lights on the overpass. Drivers are asked to drive with caution.
  • FREE Mammograms will be offered this Wednesday in Lafayette

    October 25, 2010 10:51 AM

    FREE Mammograms will be offered this Wednesday in Lafayette. The screenings will take place at "Saint Bernadette" clinic from 5pm to 8pm. There are some requirements. to find out more, contact the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program by phone 235-7898 or online at www.laonc.com
  • Chevron will apply for drilling permits soon

    October 22, 2010 10:10 AM

    Now that the moratorium is lifted Chevron says it may be one of the first companies to ask permission to drill in the gulf. Chevron executives say they will apply for drilling permits within the next week, for several deep-water projects. The government says it hasn't received any new applications... more »
  • Caroline Fayard will visit in Lafayette Today

    October 21, 2010 6:33 AM

    Caroline Fayard, the Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, will be in Lafayette today at the Holiday Inn on Evangeline Thruway. She will deliver the keynote address at the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee's Lifetime Achievement Awards Banquet. Honorees for this years banquet are: Walter Comeaux (deceased), Wilfred Pierre, Clara Baudoin,... more »
  • Obama-Military's Ban On Gays Will End On His Watch

    October 14, 2010 5:11 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the military's ban on gays serving openly in the military will end on his watch. Speaking at a town hall meeting of young adults Thursday, Obama said he believes anyone who wants to serve in the military should be allowed to do... 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 »
  • Drilling Moratorium Will be Lifted "Very Soon"-Likely this Week

    October 12, 2010 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Tuesday the government will lift a moratorium on deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico "very soon" - likely this week. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the government is close to having the plans in place to lift the ban... more »
  • Ferry Will Stay Open for Now

    October 9, 2010 11:54 PM

    Driver's in St. Landry Parish can continue using the Melville Ferry, but only for a little while longer. The ferry was scheduled to close for good Saturday, October 9, but the date has been pushed back until the end of the soybean harvest at the end of the year---December... more »
  • LA will experience anemic job growth in 2010-2011

    October 6, 2010 2:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana will experience anemic job growth in 2010-2011 and those modest gains could be wiped out by wild cards, such as an extended ban on deepwater petroleum drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, according to an economic report released Wednesday. A group of university economists,... more »
  • "Sister Act" will be getting its groove on Broadway style

    October 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A theatrical adaptation of the movie "Sister Act" will be getting its groove on Broadway style. Producers say the musical based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg will begin performances at the Broadway Theatre in late March with an opening on April 20. The show... more »
  • Senators Say They Know Little Information on Where Deep Budget Cuts Will Fall

    October 1, 2010 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators say they've gotten too little information from the Jindal administration about where deep budget cuts should fall in the upcoming year. They're also saying the cost savings and consolidations talked about by Jindal administration leaders won't be enough to deal with the $1.6 billion... more »
  • LSU announces fencing will go around mounds

    October 1, 2010 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU will start fencing off the historic Indian Mounds on football game days starting Saturday, the university said Thursday. The decision comes in the wake of football fans and tailgaters ignoring ropes and signs the past two weeks and climbing on the mounds, officially called... more »
  • Smart Phones Will Have To be Hearing Aid Compatible

    September 29, 2010 11:57 AM

    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 »
  • Saints Cornerback Randall Gay Will Miss Sunday's Game

    September 24, 2010 5:31 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - New Orleans Saints cornerback Randall Gay will miss Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Sean Payton says Gay, who left the Saints' victory at San Francisco on Monday night after taking a blow to the head, had an independent medical examination on Thursday and got... more »
  • Landrieu Will Block Senate Vote to Protest Moratorium

    September 23, 2010 4:56 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said Thursday she will block a Senate vote to confirm the nominee to a key White House economic office to protest the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Landrieu, a Democrat, said she will object to a vote... more »
  • Wages Earned By Spill Cleanup Will Not Be Subtracted From Claims

    September 21, 2010 4:48 PM

    The administrator of the fund for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster says he will waive a requirement that wages earned by spill cleanup workers be subtracted from their claims of lost revenue. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is doling out the $20 billion fund that BP set... more »
  • Comedy Talk Show Host Plan to Hold Opposing Political Rallies

    September 17, 2010 3:39 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is hosting a "million moderate march" in Washington - for people who think shouting is annoying - but faux political nemesis Stephen Colbert will be nearby to keep fear alive against those "dark, optimistic forces." Colbert, host of Comedy Central's "The... more »
  • 15-Year-Old Will Be Tried As An Adult In The Deaths Of His Parents

    September 14, 2010 4:36 PM

    WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - A state grand jury has indicted a 15-year-old, who will be tried as an adult in the deaths of his parents. The News Star says the panel Monday handed up two counts of second-degree murder against Dalton Fletcher, who was arrested in class Friday at... more »
  • LA Will Get $147 Million in Federal Funds to Aid Teachers and Other Educators

    September 14, 2010 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Louisiana will get $147 million in federal funds to aid teachers and other educators. Duncan said Monday that the funds stem from a $26 billion federal bill that backers called a state stimulus measure. The legislation includes a $10... more »
  • Cuba Says It Will Fire Half A Million State Workers

    September 13, 2010 1:00 PM

    HAVANA (AP) - Cuba says it will fire at least half a million state workers by mid-2011 and will free up private enterprise to help them find new work - radically remaking employment on the communist island. The layoffs will start immediately and run through the first half of next... more »
  • LA Doctors Will Have to Repay $17 Million in Overpayments

    September 9, 2010 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of Louisiana doctors must repay $17 million in overpayments they received from the state last year because the Department of Health and Hospitals failed to make Medicaid budget cuts on time. The physicians who provide health care for the poor through the government health... more »
  • Reggie Bush Will Be Stripped of his 2005 Heisman Trophy

    September 7, 2010 5:38 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday that 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush is expected to be stripped of the award by the end of the month The former Southern Cal running back would become the first player in the 75-year history of the award to have the... more »
  • Republican Candidate Hunt Downer Will Remain in Race

    August 31, 2010 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican candidate Hunt Downer says he won't end his bid for the GOP nomination in the southeastern Louisiana-based 3rd Congressional District, despite suggestions he should drop out. Downer, a former Louisiana House speaker, fell far behind opponent Jeff Landry in last week's Republican primary. Landry... more »
  • Geographical Location Will Play a Key Role in Oil Spill Claims

    August 20, 2010 11:44 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - Details released Friday about how claims will be paid from BP PLC's $20 billion fund show that how close geographically a person or business is to the Gulf oil spill will play a key role. The claims process is shifting from BP to the Gulf Coast Claims... more »
  • Final Plugging of Well Will Begin After Labor Day

    August 19, 2010 10:59 AM

    WASHINGTON — BP aims to permanently seal the ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well in the second week of September, a US official said Thursday, as pressure concerns further delayed final "bottom kill" operations. "We should be looking somewhere in the week after Labor Day," US spill chief Thad... more »
  • Some LA Homeowners Will See Insurance Rates Increase

    August 18, 2010 5:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana homeowners who get their insurance coverage from five companies owned by Allstate Corp. will start paying higher rates in either November or December. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon recently approved rate increases ranging from 2.9 percent to 11.6 percent, depending upon which of the Allstate umbrella... more »
  • Thad Allen Will No Longer Give Timeline Plugging Well

    August 18, 2010 4:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The government's point man on the Gulf oil spill said Wednesday he is no longer giving a timeline for completing the final stages of plugging BP's runaway well. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters that he will give the order to complete the so-called... more »
  • LA Will Not Hire an Interim Higher Ed. Commissioner

    August 17, 2010 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Regents won't be hiring an interim higher education commissioner. Instead, the day-to-day duties of overseeing the college management boards will fall to four Regents board members and senior staff who work for the board. That decision was made Tuesday by the board... more »
  • Sen. Landrieu Holds Field Hearing on the Impact of Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling

    August 16, 2010 3:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Today, August 17, 2010, United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will hold a field hearing on the impact of the deepwater drilling moratorium on small businesses in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. The field hearing entitled... more »
  • Lafayette Man Accused in Stabbing Will not be Indicted

    August 12, 2010 1:49 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A grand jury has declined to indict a 37-year-old Lafayette man accused in the Valentine's Day stabbing death of a man in a Scott nightclub. The grand jury returned a no true bill Wednesday on Christopher James Marmottin, who faced one count of manslaughter in Nathan... more »
  • Franklin Police Department Will Conduct Checkpoint

    August 12, 2010 11:39 AM

    Franklin Police Department will conduct an impaired driver checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the City of Franklin on both Thursday, August 12, 2010, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. and Friday, August 13, 2010, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. All drivers traveling... more »
  • ACLU Will Have Arguments About Same-Sex Class Heard

    August 11, 2010 11:36 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the ACLU's challenge of the single-gender programs at a Kaplan middle school. A federal district judge ruled in April that the all-boys and all-girls classes at Rene Rost Middle School could continue under court-mandated conditions... more »
  • A Stretch of the Gulf will Reopen to Fishing

    August 10, 2010 12:48 PM

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Federal authorities are set to announce that a stretch of the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle will be reopened for commercial and recreational fishing. Large swaths of the Gulf of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida have been closed to fishing since the... more »
  • 2012 Republican Convention Will Be Held In Tampa, Florida

    August 6, 2010 2:14 PM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Republican National Committee has made its 2012 convention city official. The committee voted to approve a plan to hold its presidential nomination convention in Tampa, Fla. It was a formality. The RNC had announced the decision earlier. Florida is a crucial swing state -... more »
  • Iraq War Will End August 31

    August 2, 2010 11:38 AM

    ATLANTA (AP) - President Barack Obama says America's combat role in Iraq will end Aug. 31 "as promised and on schedule." Obama tells the Disabled American Veterans organization that violence in Iraq has been at a lower ebb recently. And he says that in advance of terminating U.S. combat operations... more »
  • Fortune Road At Chemin Metarie Will Be Getting A Stop Sign

    July 30, 2010 1:38 PM

    A traffic engineering study of the intersection of Fortune Road at Chemin Metarie has been completed. Based upon this analysis, the subject intersection has met the requirements contained in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for a multi-way stop condition. Therefore, the traffic control at this location will be... more »
  • S. Florida And The East Coast Will Likely Not See Any oil Impact

    July 30, 2010 1:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Government scientists are saying South Florida and the East Coast will likely not see any oil impact from the massive Gulf of Mexico spill. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that an analysis shows most surface oil remaining in the Gulf has degraded to... more »
  • Debris Found In The Bottom Of The Relief Well Will Delay Effort

    July 30, 2010 1:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The government's point man for the Gulf oil spill says there's been a delay in a procedure that will help stop the gusher for good. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Friday that debris was found in the bottom of the relief well that must be... more »
  • Saints Will Go Marching In To The White House

    July 28, 2010 7:25 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Saints will go marching in to the White House next month. President Barack Obama will welcome the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints on Aug. 9. The Saints electrified their city and fans by beating the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, in February. Obama is an avid sports... more »
  • Lawmakers Will Not Hold a Legislative Session

    July 27, 2010 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal stripped millions of dollars in lawmakers' pet projects from the budget, scuttled a spending plan to help cash-strapped coastal communities responding to the oil spill and rejected several bills overwhelmingly approved by legislators. But none of that was enough to persuade lawmakers... more »
  • Robert Dudley Will Become BP's First American CEO

    July 27, 2010 11:41 AM

    LONDON (AP) - American Robert Dudley will become BP PLC's first ever non-British chief executive, the company said Tuesday as it reported a record quarterly loss and set aside $32.2 billion to cover costs of the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Ending weeks of speculation, BP confirmed that gaffe-prone... more »
  • Hayward Will Step Down In October

    July 26, 2010 3:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tony Hayward, who became the face of BP's flailing efforts to contain the massive Gulf oil spill, will step down as chief executive in October and be offered a job with the company's joint venture in Russia, a person familiar with the matter said Monday. The... more »
  • Drums Across Cajun Field Will Be In Lafayette Tonight

    July 26, 2010 1:36 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Drums Across Cajun Field will come to Lafayette on Monday, July 26. A local stop on the 2010 Drum Corps International Tour, the event will feature several of the world's top drum and bugle corps in competition. This is the fourth year UL Lafayette's Pride of Acadiana... more »
  • Remington College Will Offer Free Back-to-School Haircuts For Kids

    July 26, 2010 1:24 PM

    Remington College-Lafayette Campus will offer complimentary back-to-school haircuts for children this summer. The popular Cuts for Kids event will begin on Monday, July 26 and run for two weeks. Parents can bring in children ages 17 and under for a complimentary haircut provided by instructors and students in the Remington... more »
  • Street Repairs Will Begin on Admiral Doyle at Weeks St. on July 26th

    July 26, 2010 12:39 PM

    Concrete street repairs will begin on Admiral Doyle Drive at Weeks Street on Monday, July 26th with completion expected by August 13th, weather permitting. The southbound lane will be closed to traffic during this time and flagmen will be there to assist. Drivers are asked to avoid this road, take... more »
  • iPhone Owners Will Be Able To Break Locks In Order To Download Apps.

    July 26, 2010 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Owners of the iPhone will be able to break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple. The government is making that legal under new rules announced Monday. The decision to allow the practice commonly known as "jailbreaking"... more »
  • Jay Leno Will Stand Up for the Gulf Coast

    July 23, 2010 4:03 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Jay Leno, host of "The Tonight Show," will perform Aug. 21 in Biloxi to raise money for Mississippians affected by the Gulf oil spill. The Beau Rivage Casino and Resort announced the 8 p.m. performance, "Stand Up for the Gulf Coast: A Special Evening with Jay... more »
  • NOAA Will Reopen 1/3 of Fishing Areas Closed

    July 22, 2010 5:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will reopen 26,388 square miles of Gulf waters - one third of all the area closed because of the BP oil spill - to commercial and recreational fishing. Thursday's announcement said that since mid-June, no oil had been found in... more »
  • Street Repairs Will Begin on Admiral Doyle Drive

    July 22, 2010 2:47 PM

    Concrete street repairs will begin on Admiral Doyle Drive at Weeks Street on Monday, July 26th with completion expected by August 13th, weather permitting. The southbound lane will be closed to traffic during this time and flagmen will be there to assist. Drivers are asked to avoid this road, take... more »
  • National Guard Will Begin Heading For The Border

    July 19, 2010 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say National Guard troops will begin heading for the southwest border Aug. 1 to help secure it. The troops will train and be fully deployed by September and should be on the border for a year. They will be stationed in Arizona, California, New Mexico... more »
  • Apple Will Give Free Protective Cases to Buyers of New iPhone

    July 16, 2010 2:51 PM

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apple Inc. will give free protective cases to buyers of its latest iPhone to alleviate the so-called "death grip" problem in which holding the phone with a bare hand can muffle the wireless signal. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the giveaway Friday during a news conference... more »
  • Intersection Of Indest Street And Front Street Will Be Closed

    July 15, 2010 3:08 PM

    The intersection of Indest Street and Front Street will be closed in preparation of CLECO's removal of the concrete poles at the base of the Jefferson Street Bridge. Work in this area has been extended until July 23rd. Drivers will not be able to enter Front Street from the bridge.... more »
  • Joey Durel Will Appoint Another Person To The Charter Comission

    July 15, 2010 12:34 PM

    Parish President Joey Durel will have to appoint another person to the Charter Comission. Yesterday he announced Mike Hefner would be filling the role after Councilman Randy Menard asked to be removed. The problem is Hefner is an elected official and can't serve on the commission. The commission will be... more »
  • New Bill Will Divide Offshore Regulators Agency Into 3 Parts

    July 15, 2010 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel has approved legislation that would overhaul the government agency responsible for regulating offshore drilling. The bill would divide the agency into three parts: one for leasing and permitting; another for inspections and investigations; and a third to collect revenue. It also seeks to clamp... more »
  • Along With Avondale Shipyard 2 Others Will Be Closed

    July 14, 2010 11:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In addition to closing its Avondale shipyard in early 2013, Northrop Grumman Corp. also plans to shutter smaller yards at Tallulah and Waggaman in Louisiana. The Los Angeles-based defense contractor said Tuesday that it will close the Avondale yard - with 5,000 employees - after work... more »
  • Obama Administration Will Issue New Revised Moratorium

    July 12, 2010 3:12 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will issue a new revised moratorium on offshore drilling Monday, two administration officials told The Associated Press. Both officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the official announcement. Last week, a federal appeals court rejected the government's effort... more »
  • Oil Claims Will Soon Begin Receiving Six-Month Emergency Checks

    July 12, 2010 1:43 PM

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The head of the $20 billion oil spill compensation fund says individuals filing claims will soon begin receiving six-month emergency checks instead of monthly payments. Appearing in Pensacola Beach on Monday, fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg said the company will start paying individuals in six-month payments... more »
  • Surrey Street Bridge Will Be Closed Starting July 12 For 30 Days

    July 9, 2010 3:53 PM

    Surrey Street Bridge will be closed beginning Monday, July 12, for approximately 30 days. Detour routes will be posted.
  • Road Listing In Opelousas Water Will Be Turned Off 7/8

    July 7, 2010 4:55 PM

    THURSDAY, JULY 8 The water will be off after 8AM for several hours. It is anticipated the the outage should not be longer than several hours with the possibility of being off for the entire day. Please take necessary actions to prepare for being without water for the entire... more »
  • President Of Lafayette Parish School Board Will Not Rerun

    July 6, 2010 5:50 PM

    LAFAYETTE _ Carl LaCombe, president of the Lafayette Parish School Board and a member for the past 16 years, has decided he will not run for the District 2 seat again. "My job duties have changed significantly this year," LaCombe said. "I don't want my job to suffer, and I... more »
  • Janet Jackson Will Perform Tonight At Essence Fest.

    July 2, 2010 1:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It's been two years since Janet Jackson performed on a concert stage and her fans say that's been two years too long. Jackson marks her stage return Friday with an opening night performance during the Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome. In an interview with... more »
  • Loop Current Studied To See If It Will Bring Oil Around Florida & Up Atlantic Coast

    June 30, 2010 1:06 PM

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Government scientists are on their way to study the Gulf of Mexico's loop current to see if it will bring oil around the tip of Florida and up the U.S. Atlantic coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Nancy Foster began a two-week survey... more »
  • Coastal Region Economically And Environmentally Will Take Months Rather Than Years To Restore

    June 30, 2010 12:55 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - President Obama's point man overseeing the cleanup of the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico expects a plan to restore the coastal region economically and environmentally will take months rather than years. U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says there are already numerous studies that... more »
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal Will Retire

    June 28, 2010 5:30 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan war, has told the Army that he will retire. Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said McChrystal notified the service of his plans on Monday, but he has not yet submitted... more »
  • Lawyer Who Handled Payouts For 9/11 Will Administer $20 Billion To Victims Of The Spill

    June 25, 2010 7:04 PM

    LAROSE, La. (AP) - Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer who handled payouts for families of Sept. 11 victims and will administer the $20 billion fund set up to compensate victims of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, spent about an hour Friday answering questions and explaining how the... more »
  • Gen. David Petraeus will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal

    June 23, 2010 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior administration official tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama has accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and is replacing him with Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command. McChrystal was pushed out over his blistering remarks about... more »
  • Peaches Will Be Sweeter This Season

    June 21, 2010 4:52 PM

    A dry spring left peaches smaller and later than usual, but there's a good, sweet crop for the peach festival this weekend, Ruston-area growers say. Louie Thompson Jr., who has about 3,500 peach trees in Calhoun, estimated that his peaches are about three-quarters the usual size because the weather's been... more »
  • Sen. Troy Hebert will not seek re-election in 2011

    June 21, 2010 11:35 AM

    "It's time for me to leave the Legislature, and I'm going to leave on my own accord and my own two feet and on my own terms. That's more than some people can say." --Sen. Troy Hebert, I-Jeanerette, announcing that he won't seek re-election in 2011. Hebert is known for... more »
  • Obama will outline his specific plans prime-time tonight

    June 15, 2010 11:44 AM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama is poised to seize the handling of oil spill damage claims from BP, his chief spokesman said Tuesday, as Obama sought to reassure people he's up to the enormous challenge of helping them recover from the environmental disaster. He will outline his specific... more »
  • LA Fair Will Have Jobs Related to Oil Spill

    June 13, 2010 5:08 PM

    BASTROP, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Workforce Commission job fair Tuesday in Bastrop will have 100 temporary jobs related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Shirley Trapp of Morehouse Business and Career Solutions Center says Bastrop was chosen for the fair because the community was hit with job losses... more »
  • CEO of BP Will Make His First Appearance On Capitol Hill

    June 8, 2010 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Tony Hayward, the embattled CEO of BP, will make his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the catastrophic Gulf oil spill when he testifies before a congressional committee next week. Hayward is scheduled to appear at a House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee hearing June... more »
  • Families Of The 11 Workers Killed Will Visit White House Next Week

    June 4, 2010 6:23 PM

    GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - The families of the 11 workers killed when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf will visit the White House next week. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made the announcement to reporters traveling with President Barack Obama as he toured the Gulf... more »
  • Erin Brockovich Will Travel To LA Coast Next Week To Investigate Claims

    June 3, 2010 6:14 PM

    GULF COAST - Erin Brockovich will travel to the Louisiana coast next week to investigate claims by workers hired by BP that oil spill clean-up efforts have made them seriously ill. Brockovich will also meet with residents, property owners and local businesses that have been economically impacted by the Gulf... more »
  • Obama-"We will be on your side and we will see this through."

    May 28, 2010 4:15 PM

    GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - President Barack Obama has promised Gulf Coast residents that they are not alone and will not be abandoned or left behind. Obama made the pledge as he visited Louisiana on Friday to tour areas threatened by the disastrous oil spill and get an update on... more »
  • Government Will Require Certification of Emergency Cutoff Valve On Oil Wells

    May 27, 2010 4:21 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the government will require certification of emergency cutoff valves on offshore oil wells like those that failed in the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Salazar said Thursday he will propose rules requiring certification of so-called blowout preventers by an... more »
  • LA Will Protect Wetlands With or Without Permission

    May 24, 2010 1:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Showing growing impatience with the federal government, Louisiana's top lawyer says the state will proceed with plans to protect its wetlands from the Gulf oil spill - with or without permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The action by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell could... more »
  • BP Will Not Produce Oil From Blown-Out Well

    May 17, 2010 3:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it will never again try to produce oil through a blown-out well that's been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly a month. The oil has been leaking since an offshore drilling rig exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana last month.... more »
  • Saints' Devery Henderson Will Award Scholarships

    May 13, 2010 6:41 PM

    Devery Henderson will award nine seniors from Opelousas High, Northwest High, Port Barre High, & Eunice High scholarships. There will be seven academic and two athletic scholarships awarded. The Devery Henderson Scholarship Fund was established March 2010 to promote higher education, encourage students to pursue their dreams, and provide financial... more »
  • No Re-election Run For Abbeville Police Chief

    January 7, 2010 6:27 PM

    With less than a month before qualifying begins for elections in Abbeville, Police Chief Rick Coleman announced he will not seek re-election. He says he has enjoyed his job but he is retiring to spend more time with family members.
  • Weekend Rundown: November 27, 2009

    November 27, 2009 1:48 PM

    United Blood Services in Lafayette hosts a special Black Friday Blood Drive on Friday. Donors will be entered to win several prizes. If you'd like to donate blood, call 235-LIFE(5433) for more information. Acadiana will be walking in remembrance this Saturday. The 3rd Annual World Aids Walk begins at 11am,... more »

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