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  • Lafayette Regional has a Record High, Again!

    January 15, 2014 9:53 AM

    Lafayette Airport Commission Chairman Matt Cruse reports Lafayette Regional Airport saw another record-breaking year for passengers in 2013. For the year, enplanements totaled 236,264 (4,912 more passengers over 2012) and deplanements totaled 235,068 (5,482 more passengers over 2012). The total number of passengers was 471,332 for the year, an increase... more »
  • 2012 in Review: "Most Viewed" Stories of the Year

    December 28, 2012 8:17 PM

    2012 is coming to a close, and often times the new year is not only a time to look forward, but to reflect back on the year that's passed. And Acadiana has had quite the year. When looking at the top ten stories of the year, we can go... more »
  • Brown shrimp to be abundant this year

    July 6, 2012 9:04 AM

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's brown shrimp season opened May 30, one of the earliest openings on record, when sampling confirmed shrimp had reached a size of 68 count per pound, the state requirement. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources biologist Bill Richardson tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/NsmyBN ) the first... more »
  • 4th year brings Haynesville Shale slowdown

    March 12, 2012 5:52 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - DeSoto Parish school officials don't know any figures yet, but expect to have to pare their 2012-13 budget from current spending because drilling in the Haynesville Shale is slowing down. The Times reports that oil and gas companies began announcing cutbacks earlier this year. Planners always... more »
  • State employees could get pay raises next year

    March 9, 2012 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has opened the door for pay raises for some state employees in the next fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says agencies aren't getting money to pay for salary boosts. But The Advocate reports that Rainwater says agencies can give... more »
  • Beads vs. Footballs Next Year in New Orleans

    February 25, 2012 11:07 PM

    New Orleans, which prides itself on its ability to handle huge sports and cultural events, may get its biggest test next year when the Super Bowl arrives in the middle of Carnival. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, falls on Feb. 12, 2013, with parades traditionally about two weeks before that... more »
  • Deadly Start to 2012

    January 2, 2012 12:28 AM

    The new year holiday marked by tragedy this weekend with three deadly accidents all in the last three days. It definitely was a busy weekend for emergency officials across Acadiana. Friday and Saturday there was a fatal crash in Lafayette, and Sunday morning was the first fatal accident for... more »
  • Flooding Ends Year at Assumption Schools

    May 19, 2011 8:10 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (AP) - Assumption Parish public school students will not have to attend classes next week because of concerns over potential flooding threats posed by the Mississippi River. The school board voted Wednesday to end the 2010-11 school year on Friday. Superintendent Earl Martinez tells The Advocate that parish... more »
  • BP Resumes Dividends Despite Full-Year Loss

    February 1, 2011 9:01 AM

    LONDON (AP) - BP announced Tuesday it is resuming dividend payouts for the first time since the Gulf of Mexico well disaster, despite suffering its first full-year loss since 1992, and plans to sell off almost half of its U.S. refinery business. BP said a stronger-than-expected end to 2010, in... more »
  • 1 Year Since Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

    January 12, 2011 7:31 AM

    It was one year ago a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, killing more than 230 thousand people and displacing more than one-million leaving them homeless.
  • Man Indicted in Death of 15-year-old LaPlace Girl

    January 4, 2011 8:04 AM

    EDGARD, La. (AP) - A St. John the Baptist Parish grand jury has indicted Earnest Joseph III in the death of a 15-year-old LaPlace girl. District Attorney Tom Daley says that the second-degree murder charge was returned Monday. Joseph is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 12. The 27-year-old Joseph is... more »
  • 19-year-old booked in Claiborne official's death

    December 21, 2010 8:06 PM

    HOMER, La. (AP) - A Haynesville teenager has been booked with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Claiborne Parish Police Juror Brian "Butch" Bays. Sheriff Ken Bailey told The Times that 19-year-old Donte Fielding was arrested Friday night and held at the Claiborne Parish Detention Center on a weapons... more »
  • 2 boys aged 6, 3-year-old found with stolen goods

    December 6, 2010 10:09 PM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A trio of boys - two 6-year-olds and a 3-year-old - were found with stolen goods after a man returned home to find them in his house. Covington Police officers found the children playing across from the house when they arrived on Saturday. According to a... more »
  • Former Playboy Playmate of the Year Charged with Shooting Her Boyfriend

    October 20, 2010 4:22 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Playboy Playmate of the Year who appeared in the horror movie "Rosemary's Baby" has been charged with shooting her boyfriend at their Hollywood apartment. The district attorney's office says 66-year-old Victoria Rathgeb pleaded not guilty to attempted murder on Tuesday. She remains jailed... more »
  • Two Arrested for Sexual Encounter with 13 year old

    October 11, 2010 11:37 AM

    Two Berwick teens are arrested after allegedly having sexual relations with a 13 year old. Ethan J. Falls, 18, was arrested for Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and Oral Sexual Battery. Arrest stems from an investigation into an incident reported to the St. Mary Sheriff's Office on September 23,... more »
  • 71-year-old woman indicted in murder-for-hire case

    October 7, 2010 9:39 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Caddo Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted a 71-year-old woman accused of paying someone $1,000 to kill her husband so she could sell his land. Bobbie Loretta Luttrell faces one count of first-degree murder in the July 25 death of her husband, Ernest Luttrell, 73.... more »
  • Crash Leaves 3 Year Old with Serious Injuries

    October 3, 2010 11:08 PM

    A bad crash in Vermilion Parish has left a 3 year old child with serious injuries. State Police say a car drove off the road at Highway 82 and Highway 3147 in the Pecan Island area Saturday evening. The car went down an embankment and into a body... more »
  • 2-Year-Old Shot and Killed Near New Orleans Parade

    September 27, 2010 7:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say a man shot at a moving car and hit and killed a 2-year-old boy in a parked car. Police say they're looking for whoever killed Jerremy Galmon, who died at a hospital Sunday. Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman, says witnesses told... more »
  • 77 year-old beaten in home invasion

    September 21, 2010 7:08 PM

    A home invasion has this quiet neighborhood on edge. Police say Sunday night in Loreauville, two masked men broke into a home and beat a 77-year-old man, sending him to the hospital. "Two males attempted to break into his residence." Lt. Ryan Turner of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office says,... more »
  • Grand Jury Indicts a Man in Double Stabbing

    September 21, 2010 9:27 AM

    MANSFIELD, La. - A DeSoto grand jury has indicted a 35-year-old Mansfield man in connection with the Aug. 8 stabbing deaths of his estranged wife and her sister. The grand jury returned two counts of first-degree murder Monday against Stephen Rivers. Rivers is being held in the DeSoto Detention Center... more »
  • 14-year-old Arrested for Second Degree Murder

    September 20, 2010 9:35 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - Lafayette police say a 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the stabbing death of another 14-year-old boy. Police said the suspect, who was not identified because of his age, was booked Sunday into the Lafayette Juvenile Detention Home on counts of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. Police... more »
  • Controller Distracted by Phone Call Was Cause of Midair Collision Over Hudson River Last Year

    September 14, 2010 3:57 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Errors by an air traffic controller distracted by a personal phone call set the stage for a midair collision last year over the Hudson River between a tour helicopter and a small plane that claimed nine lives, a federal safety panel said Tuesday. While the National Transportation... more »
  • Louisiana Crops Looking Better This Year

    September 7, 2010 8:51 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Louisiana farmers are well ahead of where they were at this time last year, but Rapides Parish County Agent Matt Martin said it's too early to tell how farmers will fare when harvests are complete. Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistics Service... more »
  • Leesville Man Sentenced to 1 Year Prison for Starting Forest Fires

    September 3, 2010 11:46 AM

    LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - A state district judge in Vernon Parish has ordered a 66-year-old Leesville man to spend a year in jail and repay nearly $21,000 to owners of timber he was convicted of burning. The Daily Leader reports that Judge Vernon B. Clark sentenced Darrell Wayne Westmoreland to... more »
  • Saints Add Second-Year Linebacker K.C. Asiodu to Roster

    August 25, 2010 1:36 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have added second-year linebacker K.C. Asiodu to the roster, less than one day after the release of veteran reserve linebacker and former special teams captain Troy Evans. Although the Saints did not immediately announce the signing of Asiodu, he was listed on... more »
  • State Up 20,100 Non-Farm Jobs in Year

    August 24, 2010 8:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana dropped 9,900 non-farm jobs last month, due mostly to the seasonal layoffs of educaton employees and the end of temporary Census jobs, but the state still is moat than 20,000 jobs ahead of a year ago, state officials said Tuesday. Goods-producing employment rose by 1,600... more »
  • A Mother's Tragic Nightmare: 4 Year Old Son Killed in the Road

    August 23, 2010 11:29 PM

    Her 4 year old son, Ty'zell Williams, rode his bike often enough she felt it was okay for him to go out of her sight. Now Shauda Williams regrets letting her boy pedal just the few yards down the road-- because while riding in the neighborhood where everyone knew his... more »
  • Governor calls for 5-year seafood monitoring

    August 19, 2010 9:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal wants a $173 million program - paid for by BP PLC - to monitor the safety and quality of Louisiana seafood for the next five years. The program also would provide marketing funds to promote the state's seafood to consumers. During a news... more »
  • 16-year-old accused of raping boys

    August 18, 2010 9:16 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting four young boys while he baby-sat for them this summer. Caddo Parish sheriff's detectives Wednesday arrested the teenager on four counts of aggravated rape. Sheriff Steve Prator says the victims are ages 4, 5, 7 and... more »
  • Global Vaccine Sales Rose by 16 Percent Last Year

    August 13, 2010 12:06 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A healthcare market research publisher says global vaccine sales rose by a healthy 16 percent last year. Kalorama Information reports that sales shot up to $22.1 billion, from $19 billion in 2008. The firm's researchers are forecasting vaccine sales will rise at a compound annual rate... more »
  • 12 year old Ore. girl reunited with family

    August 12, 2010 9:05 PM

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman has been arrested after a 12-year-old homeless girl was reported missing and returned safely to her family hours later. Clackamas County sheriff's deputies said Elisabeth Shambaugh was reunited with her father and two siblings after a traffic stop Wednesday night by Hood River... more »
  • Schools Deemed "Academically Unacceptable" - Shrank Slightly This Year

    July 27, 2010 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The list of Louisiana's public schools deemed failing in the state's accountability system - given the label "academically unacceptable" - shrank slightly this year. The state Department of Education released data Tuesday that showed 12 schools dropped the label in the just-ended 2009-10 school year,... more »
  • Julia Williams: Louisiana's Teacher of the Year 2011

    July 26, 2010 4:14 PM

    Julia Williams, a math teacher at Lafayette High School, has been named Louisiana's Teacher of the Year 2011. In January, Williams will take over from Louisiana Teacher of the Year 2010, Holly Boffy of Paul Breaux Middle School. This is first time in a decade, and only the third time... more »
  • Eunice Man Allegedly Beat His Girlfriend and 5 Year Old Daughter

    July 22, 2010 7:30 PM

    A Eunice man is arrested after allegedly beating his girlfriend and her 5 year old daughter. Police say Cody White entered his ex-girlfriend's house without permission....assaulted her and her child. After being arrested, White escaped but was re-captured and booked into the St Landry Parish jail. He faces15-charges including... more »
  • 17 Year Old Arrested For Alleged Criminal Trespass

    July 22, 2010 12:08 PM

    On July 22, 2010 at approximately 12:48 a.m. deputies with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office directed patrol unit arrested Jabrison Kinchen, age 17 of New Iberia, for alleged criminal trespass. Deputies responded to a call on the 200 block of Monterey St. where a suspicious person was attempting to... more »
  • Missing 12 Year Old Shreveport Girl

    July 19, 2010 4:06 PM

    SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport Police want your help in finding a missing 12 year old girl. They say Amber White was last seen around 3 PM Saturday at the Blue Ridge Mobile Home Park on Buncome Road. Her parents called Police when she didn't return from the... more »
  • Teens Help Rescue Driver and 3-Year-Old

    July 19, 2010 9:35 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - State police say two teenagers helped rescue a man and his son whose car ran into Cheniere Lake. Fourteen-year-old Chris Smith and 19-year-old Josh McDowel said they wish they could also have helped the man's wife, who died Saturday night. Troopers say 28-year-old Jessica Kelley died... more »
  • High Court Reinstates 30-Year Prison Sentence

    July 8, 2010 7:40 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has reinstated the 30-year sentence of a woman who pleaded guilty to killing one person and injuring three others while driving under the influence of legal and illegal drugs. Marilyn LeBlanc pleaded guilty in March 2008 to one count of vehicular homicide... more »
  • Gulf Of Mexico "Dead Zone" Unusually Large This Year

    June 28, 2010 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Researchers predict the Gulf of Mexico "dead zone," an underwater area with little or no oxygen, will be unusually large this year. But it's unknown how the oil spill will affect it. Government-funded scientists expect a zone measuring 6,500 to 7,800 square miles - about the... more »
  • 1 Year Since The Passing Of Michael Jackson

    June 25, 2010 11:27 AM

    A year after Michael Jackson's death caused a worldwide outpouring of shock, tears and tributes, the anniversary of his passing was being marked Friday on a quieter scale, as fans remembered their fallen King of Pop with vigils, prayer and, of course, music. Some radio stations woke up listeners to... more »
  • Judge Maintains Guillory's 50 Years Sentence

    June 22, 2010 9:15 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Accused serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory's attempt to get his sentence reduced in an unrelated case has been denied. State District Judge Edwin Rubin on Monday upheld his original sentence of 50 years at hard labor without benefit of probation or parole for Guillory for the... more »
  • Boy Arrested in Stabbing Death of 8-year-old

    June 11, 2010 9:37 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - West Feliciana Parish Sheriff J. Austin Daniel says investigators do not know a motive for an attack which left an 8-year-old boy dead, allegedly at the hands of a 16-year-old boy on a wooded trail in The Bluffs on Thompson Creek. Daniel said that the... more »
  • 23-Year-Old Jennings Man Electrocuted

    June 11, 2010 9:30 AM

    ROANOKE, La. (AP) - Jefferson Davis sheriff's deputies say a 23-year-old Jennings man died while trying to steal copper wire from a utility line. Sheriff Ricky Edwards said that Joel Schexnider was electrocuted at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday near Roanoke as he was trying to throw a rope around the... more »
  • 1 Year Old Drowns in Neighbors Pools

    June 9, 2010 9:52 AM

    FENTON, La. (AP) - Jefferson Davis Parish authorities say a 1-year-old boy drowned in a neighbor's swimming pool. Sheriff Ricky Edwards said the boy was reported missing from his Felton home just off U.S. Highway 165 at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday by his father, Deputy Chris Schexnayder. The child was... more »
  • The Associate Member of the Year Award

    May 26, 2010 3:51 PM

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters recognized Keith Simon as the recipient of its 2010 Associate Member of the Year Award. The award recognizes Simon's leadership in news, marketing, public service, and commitment to our community. The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual representing... more »
  • Commissioner of Higher Ed. Getting Paid $515,625 This Year

    May 20, 2010 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - While Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen plans to sharply cut her salary in the upcoming budget year, her compensation this year has increased because she retired and was rehired for the job. The Times-Picayune reports Clausen quietly retired in August from the $425,000-a-year position.... more »
  • Man gets 45-year Term Attempted Rape

    May 20, 2010 10:28 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - A state district judge has sentenced an Ascension Parish man convicted of attempted aggravated rape to serve 45 years in prison. The Advocate reports 27-year-old John Ryan Stephens of Prairieville, who remained a fugitive more than five years, was featured on the "America's Most Wanted" TV... more »
  • Man Arrested & Charged with Manslaughter of 2 Year Old

    May 18, 2010 1:36 PM

    Press Release- On May 5, 2010, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a two year old child that was in a non responsive state. The child was transported to a hospital in Lafayette, La. and had been placed on life support. May 7, 2010, it was... more »
  • MISSING CHILD: 13 Year Old Tyler Blaze Murphy

    May 14, 2010 11:33 AM

    MISSING CHILD Endangered Runaway National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 VA 22314 Tyler Blaze Murphy Age: 13 DOB: 12/26/1996 Race: White Hair: Sandy Eyes: Black Height: 4'11 Weight: 105 Missing from: Opelousas, LA Missing Since: 05/01/2010 Details: Tyler was last seen on May 1, 2010. He... more »
  • Dad of 5-Year- Old Arrested for Giving Her Alcohol

    May 7, 2010 9:42 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, lA. (AP) - Alexandria police say a man has been arrested for allegedly giving his 5-year-old daughter alcohol. William Moore, age 49, of Alexandria, was booked with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, according to The Town-Talk newspaper. According to the police report, the girl's mother told her daughter that... more »
  • 13 Year Old Girl Killed in Crash

    April 30, 2010 1:27 PM

    St. Martin Parish- Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a single vehicle crash on LA 94 that claimed the life of a 13-year-old Parks girl. According to investigating troopers, on April 30, 2010, shortly before 12:30 a.m., 18-year-old Joseph Early of Lafayette, LA, was driving a 2001 Daewoo east... more »
  • 5 Year Old Left On Lafayette Bus

    April 6, 2010 4:15 PM

    A Truman Montessori student was left on a bus for almost 3 hours. The 5 year old had fallen asleep and woke up to an empty bus. The hot sweaty child pushed the door open and walked for a block before being discovered by a man who brought the child... more »
  • Suspects Arrested For Death Of 14 Year Old Girl

    April 6, 2010 11:33 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Lake Charles police have arrested the parents of two brothers accused in the death of a 14-year-old bystander in a drive-by shooting. Chief Don Dixon says Rodney B. Newton Sr. and his wife, Nina L. Newton, have been booked as accessories after the fact; Nina... more »
  • Pet monkey put to death after biting child

    February 18, 2010 5:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife officials say they had to put a Lafayette Parish woman's pet monkey to death after it bit a child. It happened last week in Lafayette, according to a news release from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The 3-year-old girl was at... more »
  • Authorities: Wife and child flee prior to hostage incident

    February 16, 2010 7:07 AM

    An Acadia parish man is in jail after police say he took a hostage at his house. The Acadia Parish Sheriff's office tells KATC Wayne Boudreaux and his wife were arguing when Boudreaux fired a shotgun twice outside. Deputies say he then locked himself in the house with a... more »
  • Acadia man holds family hostage

    February 15, 2010 1:05 PM

    Deputies and Swat Team members swarmed a house Sunday night after a report of a hostage situation involving a two year old child. The Acadia Parish Sheriff's office was called out to 430 Roxie Highway at 4:30 after receiving a call that a man was shooting at his family. Law... more »
  • 2009 Proves To Be A Successful Year For Lafayette Regional

    January 19, 2010 11:17 AM

    December was another outstanding month in terms of the numbers of passengers flying in and out of Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT), helping to push the airport to one of its best years ever. Throughout the year, 419,734 passengers flew in and out of Lafayette Regional Airport, making it the fifth... more »
  • One Year Extension For Cleco/Opelousas Negotiations

    January 4, 2010 8:11 PM

    Officials with the City of Opelousas have one year to decide if they want to renew their contract with Cleco. The power company granted the extension until December 31st of this year. The city's current contract expires August 2011. Cleco has served Opelousas customers for almost 19 years.
  • Garbage and recycling service for New Year's day

    December 30, 2009 12:23 PM

    There will be no garbage or recycling collection on New Year's day. Regular Friday customers in the city of Lafayette and unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish will receive service the Saturday following New Year. Allied Waste will also pick up excess garbage and large boxes outside of the automated garbage... more »
  • Word of the Year

    November 17, 2009 10:29 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - What word sums up 2009? How about "unfriend"? That's the New Oxford American Dictionary's 2009 Word of the Year. It means to remove someone as a friend on a social networking Web site such as Facebook. Each year, Oxford University Press tracks how the English language... more »
  • Abbeville's Top Cop

    November 4, 2009 12:12 PM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - Right after high school, Toby Walker entered the oil field and learned the world of sales. After 10 years of that, Walker said he needed to find something else. "The money was good, but the work was up and down, up and down," he remembers. So... more »
  • Scott funeral home named business of the year

    October 30, 2009 7:19 PM

    Martin & Castille Funeral Home Named Scott Business Of The Year SCOTT, LOUISIANA: Martin & Castille Funeral Home with locations in Scott and in Lafayette, Louisiana has been named the Scott Business Association and City of Scott 2009 Business of the Year. The recognition was announced October 6, 2009... more »

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