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  • Facebook Page Created to Help Alleged 9-11 Vandal

    September 13, 2013 6:47 PM

    Two days after the 9-11 memorial in Downtown Lafayette was defaced, a group is rallying around the suspect. Salvador Perez remains behind bars tonight and is being held on $11,000 bond. He appeared before Judge Thomas Fredrick via video from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. Perez is facing charges... more »
  • 10-Thousand Books Will be Delivered to Area Students

    April 16, 2013 6:39 PM

    KATC and the United Way of Acadiana are handing out more than ten thousand books this week to students at schools across Acadiana. This is made possible because of Acadiana's generosity during our second annual Day of Literacy in March. Hundreds of new and gently used books were donated... more »
  • Abbeville Police Asking for the FBI's Assistance in the Rita Jordan Murder Case

    September 12, 2012 6:13 PM

    The Abbeville Police Department is asking for the FBI's assistance in investigating the murder of an elderly woman. Four months ago, 71-year-old Rita Jordan was found stabbed to death inside her Abbeville home. She had been babysitting her one-year-old great grandchild. Police believe she tried to fight off her attacker.... more »
  • Acadiana Remembers 9/11

    September 11, 2012 8:04 PM

    Eleven years ago the nation was stunned, as visions of planes crashed into the twin towers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed. The tragic event was remembered, more quietly than in years past, but with no less passion. Here in Acadiana, dozens stopped by the memorial in downtown Lafayette to pay... more »
  • The Yambilee Festival is Cancelled

    September 10, 2012 6:49 PM

    The Yambilee Festival has been a tradition for 66 years, but for the first time ever, there will be no festival this year. Yambilee board president Yvonne Normand says the decision to cancel the festival was not easy, but she felt she had no choice. Normand says at the last... more »
  • Keiosha Felix's Family "Upset" Asst. Police Chief was Removed from the Case

    August 31, 2012 7:16 PM

    Duson Police Chief Frank Andrew says Lieutenant Gerald Credeur was removed from the case because of "substandard performance." Fifteen-year-old Keiosha Felix went missing four months ago. Four people have been arrested in connection with the case, two being family members. But only one man, Leon wilkerson, remains in the Lafayette... more »
  • Former "Cellblock-Mate" of Brandon Scott Lavergne Speaks Out

    August 9, 2012 11:20 PM

    A former "cellblock-mate" of Brandon Scott Lavergne is speaking out, saying he's not surprised Lavergne is charged first degree murder. Here's some background: in 1999, Lavergne was arrested in Evangeline Parish for aggravated oral sexual battery .He pled guilty to those charges in 2000. After serving eight years, he was... more »
  • Cameras Being Installed on School Buses in Lafayette Parish

    August 7, 2012 7:17 PM

    When students walk into their school buses on Friday, they may notice something a little different: cameras.The Lafayette Parish School System is testing out new surveillance systems on some buses. You may remember the video of a school bus monitor in New York being taunted by students. One student... more »
  • Lafayette Parish School Board Members Get a Look at Recently Renovated Schools

    August 6, 2012 7:15 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School System took school board members on a tour to see renovations and improvements made to schools. It was the first day back for Northside High Principal Melinda Voorhies. She and faculty are getting the school ready for students on their first day back Friday. "I... more »
  • LSU Hospitals Facing Cuts, UMC Fared Better Than Expected

    July 30, 2012 7:02 PM

    Cuts to LSU hospitals around the state starting today. LSU health officials laid out a plan friday to cut $50 million from public hospitals and clinics. Cutting back in areas like faculty recruitment for training, doctors taking less money, and delaying equipment purchases. This after state lawmakers stripped $329 million... more »
  • Keiosha Felix's Aunt "Shocked" Family Members are Accused of Being Involved in Keiosha's Disappearance

    July 26, 2012 7:18 PM

    No sign of missing 15-year-old Keiosha Felix, even after three arrests. Two of those relatives, a mother and daughter, have already bonded out. Felix's cousin Portia Felix is charged with obstruction of justice. Portia's mother, who's Keiosha's aunt Patricia Andrus, is charged with improper supervision and accessory to rape. They... more »
  • Animal advocates in New Iberia are Rallying to Make Changes to the Parish Shelter

    July 24, 2012 7:12 PM

    Julie Comeaux adopted one-month-old "Jim Bob" at the Iberia parish animal shelter two weeks ago. She says he was suffering from parvo, a deadly intestinal infection. "The animals at the shelter are under a lot of stress and it is present at the shelter. We can't say if they... more »
  • Duson Police Now Calling a Runaway Teen A Missing Person

    July 23, 2012 7:06 PM

    Fifteen-year-old Keiosha Felix has been missing for three months. She was last seen at her aunt's house in Duson. Duson police say they thought she was a runaway because one side of the family said they had been in contact with her, but after talking to other members of her... more »
  • Man Dies in Morning Boating Accident in St. Landry Parish

    July 20, 2012 7:36 PM

    A morning boating accident leaves one man dead. Another uninjured man rescued. It happened just before 10 on Lake Fordoche in St. Landry Parish. Allen Fontenot Junior, 66, from Central died. The driver of the boat, 47-year-old John Dupuy of Livonia survived. John Dupuy and Allen Fontenot headed out from... more »
  • Mickey's Family and Friends Relieved Nothing was Found in St. Landry Search

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM

    Emotions ran high when Mickey's family and friends found out authorities were digging up possible graves near Brandon Lavergne's home. "I'd like to find out how he was involved in this, did he take my daughter is she still alive, if not where's the body?" wondered Tom Shunick, Mickey's... more »
  • Horse Trainers Speak Out After Their Horses Tested Positive for Dermorphin

    July 11, 2012 7:21 PM

    After a full-scale investigation, the Louisiana Racing Commission suspended nine Louisiana trainers for six months, after 11 racehorses tested positive for dermorphin. Dermorphin is 40 times more powerful than morphine, causing horses to run faster without feeling any pain. Horse trainer Anthony Agilar says his veterinarian told him the... more »
  • Racehorses in Louisiana Testing Positive for a Performance-Enhancing Drug

    July 10, 2012 7:16 PM

    Almost a dozen racehorses in Louisiana tested positive for a powerful performance-enhancing drug.Three of those horses raced at Evangeline Downs as recently as two months ago. Two of those horses belong to trainer Anthony Agilar and the other owned by Kyi Lormand. Both have been suspended for six months. The... more »
  • Mickey Shunick Volunteers Seeking Advice from Elizabeth Smart's Family

    July 9, 2012 7:36 PM

    The volunteers here work nonstop, and they say they won't stop until Mickey is home. Now, they want to give back to the community with an idea that comes from Elizabeth Smart's family. Margaret Bearb is hoping to turn this negative into a positive. She wants to make sure... more »
  • A Blood Shortage Across Acadiana

    July 5, 2012 7:25 PM

    A blood shortage across Acadiana, with donations helping to save a man's life.The victim of a home invasion shooting is now in stable, but critical condition. Zeus manager, Yousef Balbeisi was shot after confronting the person who broke into his home in Lafayette. Police are investigating the case. The family... more »
  • More Alligators Than Usual in the Basin

    July 4, 2012 6:01 PM

    It's not unusual to see alligators out in the basin. Henderson's mayor Sherbin Collette sees about 4 to 6 on a normal fishing day, but lately, he's seeing a lot more. "You can count hundreds. They're very skittish. I know what to look for, you see the eyes, but... more »
  • Mayor of Kaplan Pushing an Ordinance to Change Bar Times in the Parish

    July 3, 2012 6:31 PM

    Kaplan's Mayor is pushing an ordinance that would force Vermilion Parish bars to close at 2 a.m. He says he's compelled to do this after his close friend, 23-year-old Pete Johnson, died in a car accident over the weekend. Twenty-three-year-old Kade Abshire was driving that car, traveling north on... more »
  • A Family is Mourning After a Weekend Shooting Claims the Life of a Teenager

    July 2, 2012 7:05 PM

    Lafayette Police are still tracking down the suspect in a shooting over the weekend. The shooting happened around 2:30 Sunday morning at the Taco Bell on Congress Street. Police say someone shot two men who were standing in the parking lot. A 23-year-old man was hot in the back and... more »
  • Update: Kaplan Man Arrested for Vehicular Homicide

    July 1, 2012 2:12 PM

    The driver of that vehicle, 23-year-old Kade Abshire was employed by the Kaplan Fire Department. Abshire was arrested for DWI 1st offense, vehicular homicide, careless operation and no seatbelt. The victim, 23-year-old Pete Johnson, was a former deputy of the Vermillion Parish Sheriff's office.
  • Teacher at Risk of Being Deported Because of an Attorney's Mistake

    June 28, 2012 6:15 PM

    A French Immersion teacher at Prairie Elementary is at risk of having to leave the country because of a mistake her immigration lawyer made. French Immersion teacher Florence Klein has taught at Prairie Elementary for three years. Her work visa is set to expire this year. Klein filed for... more »
  • DOTD Closing Three Railroad Crossings in New Iberia

    June 20, 2012 6:36 PM

    Railroad crossings in New Iberia will be upgraded soon, but not before the Department of Transportation and Development closes a few. The plan is to add gates at crossings to improve safety. There are 23 railroad crossings throughout the city in need of an upgrade. DOTD officials say three of... more »
  • Governor Jindal Cuts $100,000 From CODOFIL's Budget

    June 19, 2012 6:24 PM

    Using his veto power, Governor Jindal has cut $100,000 from the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, also known as CODOFIL. This 40 percent slash to the budget could affect French Immersion. Heba Elseginy's three kids are in French Immersiona at Praire Elementary. Since they started, she's noticed... more »
  • Family and Friends of Mickey Shunick are Keeping Search Efforts Alive

    June 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    New flyers are going up all over Lafayette as Mickey Shunick's family and friends refuse to let her face be forgotten. It's been a month since Mickey Shunick was last seen and three weeks since police found any evidence leading to her whereabouts. Since then, there have been no new... more »
  • Clairon Inn Sold for $2.6 Million at Weekly Sheriff's Sale

    June 13, 2012 6:20 PM

    When someone falls behind on their mortgage payments, their property can end up going to the highest bidder. "It's the cycle of life in terms of mortgage someone has to pay that bill," said Kip Judice with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office. Judice says when a lender files a... more »
  • Stephensville Residents Debate Over St. Martin Parish's "Flood Proof" Plan

    June 12, 2012 7:21 PM

    Plans are underway to flood-proof the Stephensville area in lower St. Martin Parish. It's practically the lowest point in St. Martin Parish and residents say a hard rain floods them out. The plan is now to build a sheet pile, floodgates, and pumps to keep water from seeping out onto... more »
  • Louisiana Federation of Teachers Filing Lawsuits Against the State and BESE

    June 7, 2012 7:14 PM

    The Louisiana Federation of Teachers files two lawsuits against the state and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The agency says the way the legislature handled Governor Jindal's education package was unconstitutional. Governor Jindal signed a series of bills changing public education, which include allowing the state to pay... more »
  • Tool Shop in Lafayette Burglarized and Burned

    June 6, 2012 6:42 PM

    Three fires broke out in Lafayette after three this morning. One in the 2400 block of Cameron Street, another in the 300 block of Mecca Drive, and the 700 block of University Avenue. There were no injuries and fire investigators say the fires aren't related, but police are considering the... more »
  • John Paul the Great Academy Trying to Secure Funding to Buy Property

    June 5, 2012 6:23 PM

    The clock is ticking for John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette to find the money to buy the property they call home. The deadline is just three weeks away. When the academy moved to the 40-acre campus on Carmel Drive, it was understood between the property owner and the... more »
  • Legislative Session Comes to an End

    June 4, 2012 8:08 PM

    Legislative session wrapping up today, ending three months of disputes over budgets, retirement, and education. Governor Jindal lost on his push to change the state's pension plans, instead a new retirement plan will be on the table for those hired in 2013 and beyond.The governor, however, did win support on... more »
  • St. Landry School Board Finance Committee Proposing More Cuts

    May 31, 2012 7:21 PM

    The finance committee of the St. Landry Parish school board is proposing more cuts. Since last year, the St. Landry School Board has been struggling financially. The board avoided state takeover when it presented cost-cutting plans to the state two months ago. Part of those plans were layoffs, but that... more »
  • Flood Updates in Carencro

    March 22, 2012 7:13 PM

    Almost two weeks after flooding rains, some Carencro residents are still using boats to get in and out of their neighborhoods. Cynthia Scott lives on Saint Fidelis Street. She says last Monday's storm left five inches of water in her home, which caused her ceiling to cave in and floors... more »
  • Tornado Aftermath in Gueydan

    March 21, 2012 6:33 PM

    Several Gueydan homes were destroyed and a cemetery was damaged after a tornado touched down early Wednesday morning. The EF-1 tornado stretched about 40 yards wide and winds whipped more than 100 miles per hour. "It sounded like a train whistling, and all of a sudden I felt the pressure... more »
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Under Construction

    March 19, 2012 6:10 PM

    Monday marks the beginning of reconstruction of Our Lady Queen of Peace. Construction crews spent the first day working on the church's roof. Since this worship center was destroyed back in April of 2010, parishioners have attended mass in the gym of Truman Montessori School. Peter Broussard has been a... more »
  • Backwater Flooding in Carencro

    March 15, 2012 7:45 PM

    Although it's been three days since neighborhoods flooded, some in Carencro are still under water. Besides the the water not receding, officials say backwater flooding coming from the Vermilion River is also a major concern. Backwater flooding caused several residents on Smith Reed Road to be trapped in their neighborhood... more »
  • Inmates' escape should have raised red flags

    March 14, 2012 7:37 PM

    Saturday, detectives said Tony Jackson and Kevin Gildhouse used a homemade knife to overpower two deputies during their escape. Gildhouse is accused of taking one of the deputy's uniforms to disguise himself and then escort another inmate out of jail. They were caught about five hours after escaping. Director of... more »
  • Flood Cleanup in Carencro

    March 13, 2012 7:08 PM

    Dozens of homeowners in Carencro spent Tuesday morning cleaning up the huge mess Monday's storms left behind. Keith Gorge is one of several homeowners on Magnolia Knee Drive who called a cleaning service for help. "All of the floors are wet. We got about four or five inches of rain... more »
  • Carencro Subdivision Floods

    March 12, 2012 7:08 PM

    After hours of heavy rainfall over night, many homes in Acadiana flooded Monday. Dozens of Carencro homes in Oak Springs Subdivision were hit hard. "I have leather chairs and baby stuff that are under water and floating in my house," said homeowner Tye Moody. Tye Moody and his wife,... more »
  • McDonald's makes Happy Meals healthier

    March 9, 2012 5:28 PM

    Fast food restaurants have a bad reputation for packing on the pounds and in some cases being blamed for childhood obesity. McDonald's is doing something about that, starting with adding fruit to kids' meals. "I was surprised to see the apple slices in it, I think it's wonderful," said parent... more »
  • The final round of the Louisiana Business Challenge

    March 8, 2012 6:43 PM

    High school students from across the state spent Thursday morning on U-L Lafayette's campus competing in the Louisiana Business Challenge. After months of competing, they're in the final round. Six groups are standing before a panel of judges presenting their business plans to boost Louisiana tourism through social media as... more »
  • Tornado relief volunteers say they're returning the favor

    March 7, 2012 8:26 PM

    Since last Saturday volunteers across Acadiana have been collecting tornado relief items for tornado victims in Harrisburg, Illinois. Volunteers say they are eager to help because of the help they received in 2005 after Hurricane Rita. Tammy Landry organized the drive. She says she's returning the favor. "I didn't think... more »
  • Super Tuesday Impacts Louisiana Voters

    March 6, 2012 7:00 PM

    Although Louisiana isn't taking part in Super Tuesday, political analyst Pearson Cross says the outcome of Super Tuesday could greatly influence the way Louisiana residents vote for their preferred republican presidential candidate on March 24th. Presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are fighting for... more »
  • Body discovered near post office

    March 5, 2012 6:17 PM

    Brandi Mitchell's boyfriend, 30-year-old Russell Lambert Junior, was found dead around 2:00 in the morning at the corner of Moss Street and Donlon Avenue on Monday. Detectives say he was stabbed once. "They didn't have to kill him, he had kids and a family," said Mitchell. Mitchell says Lambert got... more »
  • Body discovered near post office

    March 5, 2012 10:19 AM

    LAFAYETTE, LA. (AP) - Lafayette Police are investigating the death of a man whose body that was found lying on the side walk near the post office. A news release says that the body of 30-year-old Russell Lambert Jr., was found about 2 a.m. Monday. The body was spotted by... more »
  • Plans Underway to Reopen Opelousas' Boys and Girls Club

    March 2, 2012 6:55 PM

    Good news for kids in Opelousas! Chris Martin with the Boys and Girls Club confirms the facility in Opelousas reopen. The center shut down last summer because of budget problems. "We're in the process of getting board approval to make an announcement of reopening our Opelousas club," said Martin. ... more »
  • Local Schools Celebrate Dr.Seuss' Birthday

    March 2, 2012 2:01 AM

    In Youngsville, Green T. Lindon Elementary School kicked off their Dr. Seuss birthday celebration early Thursday morning. Kids enjoyed a plate of green eggs and ham while listening to the book.The school's principal says it's a great way to promote literacy. "Reading at a very young age is the... more »
  • Day of Literacy: Never too late to learn to read

    February 15, 2012 7:07 PM

    KATC and the United Way are picking up books on Thursday as part of the Day of Literacy Campaign. Your donation will give children the gift of reading. How important is it for children to read? One middle-aged man says it's never too late to learn, he's improving his reading... more »
  • French Embassy Officials Visit Lafayette Schools to Encourage French Immersion

    February 6, 2012 3:40 PM

    Kirby Jambon's 5th grade social studies class is one of the French Immersion classes at Prairie Elementary that French Embassy representatives visited. Carley Dupre and Kalin Laborde say they enjoy learning social studies and other subjects in French. "An acute angle is smaller than 90 degrees," Laborde said in French.... more »
  • AHBA & KATC Give $175k to Acadiana Charities

    February 2, 2012 11:01 AM

    (Lafayette, La.) - Despite a uncertain economy, the people of Acadiana continue to display generosity and assist those less fortunate in the community, especially during the holiday season. This gracious spirit was unmistakable during the Acadian Home Builders Association (AHBA) and KATC-TV 3's 2011 Home for the Holidays project, where... more »
  • State of the Union Responses

    January 25, 2012 8:55 PM

    Oil experts and U.S. officials shared their thoughts about parts of President Obama's State of the Union speech that highlighted energy policy. President Obama talked about finding ways that will allow the U.S. to relying more on American energy. Obama says his plan includes pushing his administration to open more... more »
  • Cultural District Coming to Opelousas?

    January 20, 2012 3:33 PM

    Because Opelousas is filled with lots of history and culture, there's a chance it may receive a cultural district. "We have theatres, we have museums and the wonderful Cajun cuisines and stores and shops and restaurants," says Melanie Lee-Lebouef, Tourism Director. A stroll around the tourist center, you'll quickly learn... more »

    January 9, 2012 7:45 PM

    To tackle the state's deficit across Louisiana, higher education was hit with a $50-million cut which directly affects UL with a $3.3-million cut back. Starting with a $1-million cut from external research centers in manufacturing, the LITE center and the Picard Center for Child Development. Jerry Leblanc, the VP of... more »

    January 5, 2012 9:10 PM

    Iraq veteran, Brian Harper says he is beyond angry after watching a driver toss an American flag out a car window. "He just wadded it up and threw it in the street like it was mere garbage," said Harper. Harper says this happened Tuesday afternoon at the in intersection of... more »
  • Marcelle Gives Birth

    January 4, 2012 8:03 PM

    The baby is finally here, and it's a boy!! Marcelle and her husband, Jay welcomed their big bundle of joy baby Langston at 9:31 Wednesday morning. Langston was ten pounds and six ounces when he was born.
  • Milton Family Homeless After House Fire

    January 3, 2012 7:12 PM

    A Milton family is left homeless after a Tuesday morning fire destroyed their house. After smelling smoke from their air vents, the family called 911 for help. Investigators say by the time they arrived, the fire was out of control. It took two hours and four fire departments to put... more »
  • National Commercial has Ties to Acadiana

    December 28, 2011 4:53 PM

    Lafayette musician, Sarah Lipstate is the artist behind the instrumental you hear in the latest Chevy commercial. For about seven years Lipstate wrote music, recorded albums and performed at concerts in Austin, Texas and now in the New York City where she lives. Lipstate says her career officially launched two... more »
  • Record Sugar Cane Harvest Expected

    December 27, 2011 6:58 PM

    It was a great year for sugar-cane farmers. Experts believe farmers produced record levels of raw sugar this year. Chad Hanks is a sugar-cane farmer in Duson. For nearly two decades he has worked in the business and says he's seen good and bad harvest seasons. Because this season was... more »
  • Acadiana Pilot Talks About the Stress that Comes with Flying Tired

    December 26, 2011 7:39 PM

    James Thibodeaux has been a commercial pilot for near thirty years. Without a doubt he says he's been tired in the cockpit. "At the end of the flight is when you're the most fatigued. It's also when you have the heaviest work load trying to transition from 30 to 40... more »
  • Troopers Crack Down During Seat Belt Safety Campaign

    December 21, 2011 7:51 PM

    State police are heading out in full force, cracking down on seat belt use. The troopers' new holiday campaign means you can still get a ticket, even if you are wearing a seatbelt. So far this year, across the state there's been 64 fatal crashes which resulted in 66 people... more »
  • Dr.Pat Cooper is Officially the New Superintendent for LPSS

    December 20, 2011 11:55 PM

    Dr.Pat Cooper seals the deal by officially becoming Lafayette Parish School System's new superintendent Tuesday. We caught up with him right after he signed his contract. He says now that he's official, he's ready to roll up his sleeves and start working. Cooper's initial plans are to tackle budget issues... more »
  • Updates on 12 Year Old Cold Case

    December 19, 2011 8:35 PM

    A major break in a Lafayette cold case dating back to 1999. 86 year old Irene Schoofs was found murdered in her home on Adrienne street. Thursday police arrested and charged Willie Robertson with second degree murder. Police arrested Roberstson on unrelated burglary charges last month aswell.
  • Fans welcome Cajuns home

    December 19, 2011 2:10 AM

    The Cajuns welcomed home Sunday afternoon as champions and KATC was the only TV station there as they returned home. Die hard Cajun fans packed the UL Athletic Complex in Lafayette with banners and pom-poms to welcome home the 2011 R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Champions. ... more »
  • KATC is EVERYWHERE for the Cajuns Countdown to Kickoff

    December 17, 2011 1:40 PM

    KATC is EVERYWHERE today with team coverage of all the Bowl Game activities from Acadiana to the Big Easy! Be sure to tune into our Cajuns Countdown to Kickoff show LIVE from New Orleans tonight at 6:15 for our 45 minute show. Remember if you're in New Orleans... more »
  • The Gulf Coast is Back on the Market for Oil Companies

    December 14, 2011 9:34 PM

    Wednesday is marked as a big day for the oil industry. Oil and gas leases are up for grabs. This is the first time lease sales have been available since the BP spill. Oil companies can now buy leases for the 21 million acres in the western Gulf of Mexico... more »

    December 13, 2011 11:55 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School Board will select a new superintendent Wednesday evening. The final three candidates spent Tuesday evening introducing themselves to the community. After months of interviews, board members say Katie Landry, Walter Gonsoulin and Pat Cooper are their strongest candidates based on their track records. Katie Landry... more »
  • Family Members and Girlfriend of Deceased Say the Fatal Shooting at Campus Crossings Apartments was a Big Misunderstanding

    December 10, 2011 11:37 PM

    On Friday night police were called to Campus Crossings Apartments for reports of an armed robbery. The suspect that was shot and killed by police is identified as 21-year-old Quamaine Mason of Carencro. Police had building seven at Campus Crossings blocked off. State police reported that multiple shots were fired,... more »
  • Chemical Spill on Pine Prairie Highway

    December 4, 2011 9:01 PM

    A portion of Highway 13 shut down after 18 wheeler flipped around 2am Saturday morning. The accident caused asphalt and diesel to spill on the roadway. Officials say the mess stretched about two blocks. The driver of the truck is okay. Pine Prairie Mayor, Terry Savant says the driver told... more »
  • Reguladores Toys for Tots Drive

    December 4, 2011 12:13 PM

    Many organizations are bracing for a hit this holiday season. A U.S. Census Bureau report shows that the poverty level has increased. More than 16 million children are living in Poverty. This issue not only effects demand but also the ability to give. However, in Acadiana many organizations are trying... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Arrests Report

    December 4, 2011 11:38 AM

    Name: Balbeisi, Ismail Charge: Owi Vehicle Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 200 Blk Antigua DRV Lafayette, La Name: Bauer, Reginald Charge: Simple Burglary Charge Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd Address: 600 Blk 1/2 Carmel Lafayette, La Name: Beard, Boyd Charge: Owi Vehicle Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd... more »
  • Vermilion Parish is Declaring a State of Emergency

    November 27, 2011 7:01 PM

    Plans are underway to declare a state of emergency in Vermilion Parish. Officials say the parish's economy may take a hard hit due to high salt content in the Mermentau Basin. Officials say this has been an ongoing problem that's getting worse. Back in October the "Leland Bowman Lock" sustained... more »
  • Shop Small Business Saturday in Acadiana

    November 27, 2011 2:29 PM

    In support of "Shop Small Business Saturday" customers throughout Acadiana are out spending big bucks at small businesses. Chazzie Fallo bought a fancy Christmas ornament from San Suci Fine Crafts Gallery. "it feels great to be able to support Louisiana," says Fallo. At Genterie Supply Company customers are buy several... more »
  • Family shops for Christmas Tree Just a Day after Thanksgiving

    November 27, 2011 2:16 PM

    Christmas tree shopping at Lisa's Christmas Tree Farm is an annual tradition for Russell Babineaux and his children. They say every year after Thanksgiving they come out and search for the perfect tree to take home. This year the family chose a six foot tall tree. The Babineauxs say they... more »
  • Suicide Among Acadiana's LGBTQ Youth

    November 9, 2011 10:32 PM

    Teen suicide has been a growing issue in American culture. Now, it seems there's story after story about teens who are gay, taking their own lives. Katc's Herbie Smith finds out it's happening right here in Acadiana. Two courageous University of Louisiana Lafayette students shared their stories with the hope... more »

    November 9, 2011 12:25 AM

    For decades men and women from the LGBTQ community have fought for equality. Some activists say it all started with The Stonewall Riots back in 1969. KATC'S Herbie Smith spoke with some from the LGBTQ community who say society has come a long way since the hatred many faced in... more »
  • Problems with Property Tax Proposal

    November 3, 2011 6:52 PM

    Almost two weeks ago, voters overwhelmingly voted against the property tax proposal to help schools throughout Lafayette Parish. But problems began after some school board members shared their opinions that the proposal should be re-voted. Mark Cockerham with Lafayette Parish School Board says it's flat out wrong to go against... more »
  • Body Found in Burning Car

    October 8, 2011 11:19 PM

    In Lafayette, deputies were called to Felix Road at around five in the morning for reports of a car fire. The vehicle was a blue 1999 Chevrolet Lumina and a body was found in the trunk of the car. By the time detectives arrived the entire car was completely engulfed... more »
  • Remembering Denise Bertrand

    October 4, 2011 7:49 PM

    Tuesday morning family and friends gathered in Opelousas at Amedisys Home Health Center to remember 54-year-old Denise Bertrand. She died on July 30th during surgery. Friends presented family members with gifts honoring Bertrand's 25 years in health care. Besides gifts, friends hosted a blood drive to help the next person... more »
  • Body found in St. Landry Parish linked to Lafayette murder

    September 28, 2011 5:02 PM

    The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office has confirmed the man found dead at a rest area in St. Landry Parish is the same man connected to a woman's murder in Lafayette. Forty-seven-year old Mellissa Lair, of 108 Lamas Circle, was found dead in her home overnight. Forty-seven-year old Alanzo Denson,... more »
  • Acadiana Outreach Center Seeks Financial Help

    September 27, 2011 7:56 PM

    A public trust is considering helping financially strapped Acadiana Outreach Center. Major financial problems at the non-profit organization were discovered a few months ago. At a Tuesday meeting , Acadiana Outreach officials asked Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority to consider acquiring the Joie De Vivre housing development. It's a 16-million... more »
  • Six Years After Hurricane Rita

    September 23, 2011 11:30 PM

    Six years ago Hurricane Rita hit and caused more than eleven billion dollars in damage along the gulf coast. Cody Vice is from Abbeville. He says some parts of his nieghborhood were under 5 feet of water. Rita destroyed his home and everything in it. "You get to your house... more »
  • Wealth Gap

    September 22, 2011 7:11 PM

    Nation wide statistics show the net wealth of white households is 20 times more than black households and 18 times more than hispanic households. Senator Mary Landrieu held a hearing Thursday in Washington D.C. to address this problem. She says the key to fixing this issue is to create more... more »
  • Father of Missing Offshore Workers Talks

    September 9, 2011 11:30 PM

    Mexican officials are searching for ten offshore workers who've been missing since Thursday. They're using five helicopters, a fixed-wing plane and two vessels to search for the men in the Bay of Campeche where Tropical Storm Nate caused commotion. Of the ten men missing, three are from New Iberia and... more »
  • Aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee

    September 5, 2011 7:32 PM

    In Evangeline Parish, we learned Lee not only left behind huge piles of debris but the storm also left many people without electricity. Residents on Crooked Creek Parkway say they felt the effects of the storm and are now dealing with the aftermath. Ted Guillory says he expected some heavy... more »
  • Erath Residents Preparing for Lee

    September 2, 2011 6:48 PM

    "It's coming. You can't stop it, it's coming." Jordan Gautreaux is preparing for the worst. "We're most likely going to find higher ground. It gets really bad here and quite frankly i'm terrified," said Gautreaux. Gautreaux and some of his neighbors at Acadiana Estates in Erath are worried... more »
  • Tropical Storm May Hit During Festival

    August 31, 2011 7:46 PM

    A tropical storm may take aim at Morgan City. The owner of Skipper's Sporting Goods says business is great because he sells dozens of festival shirts each year at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. But, workers are concerned business might not be as good if weather keeps festival-goers away. However,... more »
  • Remains Exposed at Colored Cemetery in Rayne

    August 21, 2011 12:23 AM

    At the Rayne Colored Cemetery some say the dead are not resting in peace or with dignity. Verna Henderson and Jean Gaspard say they've crossed some very disturbing sites, from human skulls lying around to decaying tombs covered with tarp. "This tomb here shows the whole body. You can even... more »
  • State Launches "Eat Safe" Website

    August 9, 2011 6:02 AM

    The health conscious might worry about fat content and counting calories, but what about that food making you sick? The state launched a new website that allows you to see the sanitary conditions of nearly 34,000 Louisiana restaurants. "We try to be as prepared as we can and as... more »
  • Residents in Pine Prairie React to Recent Bank Robbery

    August 5, 2011 7:21 PM

    Terri Hunley manages the video store in Pine Prairie and says Brian and Anna Solieau were regular customers and always seemed friendly. She says no one thought they would be accused of robbing a bank at gun point. "It shattered a little piece of paradise here. Where people would... more »

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