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  • Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill

    October 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The largest U.S. gay-rights organization has endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and is calling on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug. Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise... more »
  • Economic development group names executive

    October 11, 2014 1:41 PM

    FAIRFIELD, La. (AP) - Lacey Bordelon has been named deputy director of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission. Bordelon will direct the organization's business retention and expansion program and efforts to attract new business to Jefferson Parish. She the organization in 2007 as an economic development specialist before being promoted... more »
  • Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    September 21, 2014 10:47 PM

    DENVER (AP) - Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. Members of Operation Grow4Vets said the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other... more »
  • Governors group skirts 'radioactive' Common Core

    July 13, 2014 2:56 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Facing opposition from staunch conservatives, the Common Core education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors. They cite concern about the federal government's role in the classroom. The educational standards were not on the formal agenda during a... more »
  • Group seeks transparency in college's search

    June 1, 2014 12:44 PM

    PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - A group affiliated with Louisiana College is finding that interested parties want to more transparency and greater outside involvement in the search for the next president of the private Baptist school in Pineville. The group Louisiana College Alumni and Friends created and distributed an eight-question survey... more »
  • Business group has new Louisiana leader

    February 6, 2014 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The National Federation of Independent Business, which lobbies on behalf of small businesses, has named a new state director in Louisiana. The organization announced Wednesday that Dawn Starns, who has been a Baton Rouge lobbyist, was chosen for the Louisiana position. Starns was most recently... more »
  • Gulfport group helps human trafficking victims

    February 3, 2014 6:21 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - More than 100 people across Mississippi have been rescued from human trafficking by a single organization. Susie Harvill, CEO of Advocates for Freedom in Gulfport, tells The Sun Herald the organization has rescued 105 victims in the state since it began in January 2011 and most... more »
  • Group recommends continuing with current provider

    January 31, 2014 8:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish school system's employee insurance advisory committee has recommended that the school board scrap a new search for an administrator for its health insurance program this year. Committee recommends the board strengthen its existing administrative plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. The... more »
  • SPLC, Head Start group resolve eligibility issue

    July 19, 2013 8:25 AM

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - A civil rights organization says the agency that runs Head Start programs in Jefferson Parish has agreed that proof of citizenship is not a condition of enrollment in the program for preschoolers. The Southern Poverty Law Center said Thursday it had reached an agreement to resolve... more »
  • PAR creates Louisiana tax code advisory group

    November 13, 2012 4:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A nonpartisan government watchdog organization has assembled an advisory panel to look at potential tax code changes for Louisiana residents and businesses. The Public Affairs Research Council's study work comes as the Jindal administration pushes a revamp of the state's tax structure in the next... more »
  • Group petitions for access at Angola records

    August 21, 2012 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans nonprofit organization wants a federal court order that would require officials of the Louisiana State Penitentiary to grant center attorneys and a medical specialist access to death-row inmates and records at Angola. Advocacy Center attorneys say in a civil lawsuit that prison... more »
  • Pandemonium Theater Group

    August 2, 2012 8:38 AM

    Pandemonium Theater Group presents Barely Heirs at the Grand Opera House of the South. Performance time will be Friday Aug. 10 & Saturday Aug. 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. & Sunday Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and/or seniors. They are... more »
  • Community Rallies Together to Search for Mickey Shunick

    May 21, 2012 12:52 AM

    Still no sign of 21-year-old Mickey Shunick. She was last seen at around 2 o'clock Saturday morning when she left a friend's house in the Saint Streets area. She was on her bike headed home to the area of Ambassador Caffery and West Congress, but she never made it... more »
  • Lafayette group seeks hospital for veterans

    April 24, 2012 9:58 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette veterans group has resumed its efforts to push the former Our Lady of Lourdes hospital site to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a way to fill the need for expanded health services for area veterans. Tom Grote, co-chairman of the Veterans Action... more »
  • Neville group votes for charter

    March 27, 2012 9:38 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Neville Alumni and Friends Association members have voted to proceed as soon as possible with filing an application to charter Neville High School. That means the Monroe City School Board will likely have the Neville High School charter application in hand for its April 17 meeting.... more »
  • New animal-rescue group created in Lafourche

    March 7, 2012 10:41 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A 28-year-old Thibodaux woman has founded a new animal-rescue group in Lafourche Parish that she says will supplement the work of the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter. Dani Morgan says through the group We Stand Bayou she hopes to find people to adopt pets and volunteers to... more »
  • Grants awarded to 3 organizations by Iberia group

    December 20, 2011 2:21 PM

    Completing the third grant cycle, the New Iberia Enhancement Fund (IPEF), an Affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), has been awarded a total of $2,500 to three organizations in Iberia Parish. The Social Service Center received a grant for its Food Program. The Jacob Crouch Foundation was awarded... more »
  • Group waylays couple in French Quarter

    November 9, 2011 6:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man and his girlfriend walking in the French Quarter were jumped by a group that beat and robbed them. Police say the couple was walking near Bourbon Street about 5:30 Monday morning. Two women walked in front of them. Authorities say a vehicle then stopped... more »
  • Gunman robs LaPlace group

    June 28, 2011 6:59 AM

    LAPLACE, La. (AP) - A man brandishing a long-barreled gun robbed a group of men gathered on a street in LaPlace on Friday night, the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office said. The Times-Picayune reported the group told deputies they were socializing when the man walked up to them... more »
  • TX Youth Group Helps Repair Homes in Acadiana

    June 18, 2011 6:36 PM

    A Texas mission group is dedicating time and services to make a difference in the lives of others here in Acadiana. The Central Conference Youth in Mission group spent last week in Eunice and Mamou repairing homes. Drilling, measuring, and painting, dozens of students from Central Texas traveled... more »
  • Lafayette Charter Group Wants Deadline Extension

    February 1, 2011 8:28 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Charter Commission will ask the City-Parish Council for another nine months to complete its work of reviewing and making recommendations for changes to the existing home rule charter. Currently, the commission is facing an April 21 deadline, but some members said Monday they were... more »
  • LHC Group Posts 3Q Profit Increase

    November 2, 2010 12:08 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Home health provider LHC Group Inc. posted a 35 percent increase in third-quarter profit, announced a share buyback program and reaffirmed its 2010 earnings guidance. For the July-through-September period, Lafayette-based LHC earned $13.3 million, or 73 cents per share, on revenue of $166.6 million. For the... more »
  • State removes children from Clinton group home

    October 22, 2010 9:42 AM

    CLINTON, La. (AP) - Two state agencies have removed all of the children in their care from a Clinton group home after a youth was injured earlier this month. Louisiana Department of Social Services spokesman Trey Williams said the agency placed a moratorium on the introduction of additional children at... 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.
  • ULL Student Group to Protest Planned budget Cuts

    October 5, 2010 9:36 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The threat of more state budget cuts to higher education has moved one group of Louisiana-Lafayette students, tired of rising tuition rates, to rally against cuts this week. Links for Literacy hopes to raise awareness of budget cuts and the possibility of new ones this winter.... more »
  • Vitter Ethics Complaint

    September 22, 2010 12:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A government watchdog group in Washington is seeking a Senate ethics committee investigation of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. Complaints from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington center on Vitter's former aide, Brent Furer. Furer was arrested for an alleged knife attack on a girlfriend in... more »
  • Environmental group sues interior secretary Ken Salazar

    July 26, 2010 9:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An environmental group sues Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, saying he didn't properly assess the chance of damage to endangered whales and sea turtles from oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity says the BP PLC spill proves a new... more »
  • Landrieu, Business Group Backs Lifting Moratorium

    July 3, 2010 4:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have filed court papers in support of lifting the moratorium. In this case, Landrieu and the Chamber of Commerce are supporting U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling that shot down the Obama administration's decision to put... more »
  • Group of Conservative Attorneys on "Mission From God"

    May 30, 2010 6:55 PM

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - A group of conservative attorneys say they are on a mission from God to unseat four California judges in a rare challenge that is turning a traditionally snooze-button election into what both sides call a battle for the integrity of U.S. courts. Vowing to be God's... more »
  • Anti-Government Group Call To Remove Governors

    April 2, 2010 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group's call to remove governors from office could provoke violence. The group called the Guardians of the free Republics wants to "restore America" by peacefully dismantling parts of the government, according to its Web site. Investigators... more »
  • Group home files appeal

    December 3, 2009 1:57 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lawyers for a Lafayette group home whose license was revoked last month have filed an appeal with the Louisiana Department of Social Services. The state license for Harmony Center's Vermilion Group Home was pulled after an October inspection. DSS said it found children were... more »
  • LHC Group and Woods Memorial Hospital Joint Venture

    December 1, 2009 9:53 AM

    LHC Group and Woods Memorial Hospital Announce Home Health Joint Venture LAFAYETTE, La., Dec. 1, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:LHCG), one of the largest providers of home health services in the United States, announced today that it has entered into a home health joint venture with... more »
  • Vermilion Group Home Appeals License Revokation

    November 10, 2009 6:48 PM

    The Vermilion Group home will appeal the state's recent decision to revoke its license. The Lafayette facility was cited with at least 10 infractions. The infractions included a failure to provide timely and competent medical care, inadequate staffing and failure to keep the facility in good repair.
  • Vermilion Group Home plans appeal of closure

    November 10, 2009 9:19 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An official with a Lafayette group home said the company will appeal the state's recent decision to revoke its license. Last week, the state cited at least 10 infractions in its decision to revoke the license of the Vermilion Group Home. Collis Temple, executive director of... more »
  • REDHAWK ENERGY acquires XXTREME GROUP for $66.0M

    November 3, 2009 1:38 PM

    LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 3, 2009 - RedHawk Energy Corporation ("RedHawk") announced today that it has acquired 100% of the membership interests of Texas-based Xxtreme Pipe Services, LLC, Xxtreme Pipe Storage, LLC, Xxtreme Tubular Processors, LLC and Wolf Pack Rentals, L.L.C. (collectively, the "Xxtreme Group") for $66.0 million in cash,... more »
  • Possible Mold in Broussard Apartment Complex

    October 28, 2009 6:20 PM

    People living at Ridgeview Apartments in Broussard say the apartments are making them sick. Ridgeview resident Lela Mark says she really believes mold is in all of the apartments. Mark blames her upper respiratory problems on what she believes is mold growing in in the complex. "It's... more »

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