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  • Obama: Landrieu's biggest hurdle in Louisiana

    November 29, 2014 2:55 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - President Barack Obama may not be on Louisiana's Senate runoff ballot, but it's clear his widespread unpopularity in the state stands as Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's biggest hurdle to a fourth term. Landrieu led an eight-candidate primary, but her 42 percent was only 16,000 votes ahead... more »
  • AG Caldwell Seeks to Block Ebola Waste Disposal in Louisiana

    October 12, 2014 10:17 PM

    (BATON ROUGE, LA)- Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is seeking a temporary restraining order to block the disposal of incinerated waste from the Dallas Ebola victim's personal items and belongings at a Louisiana landfill. It has been reported that six truckloads of potential Ebola contaminated material collected from the... more »
  • Louisiana honoring farms in 1 family for 100 years

    August 24, 2014 7:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is starting a program to honor farms, ranches and tree farms that have been in the same family for at least 100 years. Department of Agriculture and Forestry spokeswoman Veronica Mosgrove says each recognized farm will get a certificate and a metal sign from... more »
  • Louisiana sues dialysis drug maker

    June 28, 2014 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is suing drug maker Fresenius Medical Care North America and its nearly 100 Louisiana clinics over the use of two dialysis drugs - GranuFlo and NaturaLyte - that could contribute to fatal heart attacks. The drugs have since been recalled by the federal government.... more »
  • Vallot wins Mr. Baseball honors in Louisiana

    June 15, 2014 4:07 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Entering his final year of high school baseball, Chase Vallot's goals were quite simple and from the looks of what St. Thomas More was returning from the 2013 state runner-up team, very attainable. Vallot merely wanted to cap his high school career by winning the Class... more »
  • Bill expands experimental treatments in Louisiana

    June 1, 2014 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Terminally-ill patients in Louisiana, with permission from their doctors, will be able to use experimental drugs or treatments that haven't been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed the bill by Republican Rep. Julie Stokes, of Kenner. It prohibits... more »
  • Louisiana family endures 2nd murder-suicide

    May 4, 2014 7:45 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Police say a man who arrested for threatening to kill his estranged wife has shot her to death while he was out on bail and then turned the gun on himself. The Times reports that Michael Scott Salley, of Stonewall, was arrested Tuesday, but was released... more »
  • La. names preservationist of the year

    April 13, 2014 2:47 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Jean Sayres of Shreveport has been honored as Louisiana preservationist of the year. The Times reports she was cited recently at the 2014 Louisiana Culture Awards. Lt. Gov. Dardenne will formally present the award to Sayres on April 22 at the Culture Connection in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Incumbents, new faces win races across Louisiana

    April 6, 2014 5:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Across Louisiana, residents cast ballots that sent incumbents back to city hall, brought in some new faces and left a few races still undecided. However, complete, but unofficial results from Saturday elections show at least four municipalities will face runoff elections on May 3. In DeRidder,... more »
  • LA State Library Poetry Lineup

    March 20, 2014 8:10 AM

    In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book is announcing the fourth annual Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets program. Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana poet laureate, will host the event Thursday, April 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the State... more »
  • LA Equine Council 8th Annual Horse Expo Play Video

    March 20, 2014 6:56 AM

    The Louisiana Equine Council presents the 8th Annual Horse Expo. This event takes place at the Rice Arena in Crowley, La. There will be events including Breed Challenge Competition, a Kid's Corral and clinics touching topics such as Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Wagon Horses and Roping. This takes place March March 21-23,... more »
  • Annual Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival Play Video

    March 18, 2014 6:14 AM

    The Annual Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival will takes place March 21 - 23 at Nicholls State University. The fun begins Friday, March 21 at 3pm. On Saturday, there will be 12 hours of continuous music and a 5K Can-Can Run/ 1 Mile White Boot Waddle! Sunday ends with the Pine... more »
  • Louisiana's annual legislative session begins

    March 10, 2014 7:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Legislature opens its three-month regular session Monday, with lawmakers considering a rollback of toughened educational standards and a boost to the state's minimum wage among a wide-ranging list of proposals up for debate. Lawmakers were to gavel in at noon. Gov. Bobby Jindal... more »
  • Louisiana Author Launches Sequel in Thriller Series

    March 7, 2014 8:03 AM

    Baton Rouge, LA, - Barnes & Noble will host a launch party celebrating the release of Louisiana author, Van R. Mayhall's sequel, "The Last Sicarius," in his Cloe Lejeune thriller series. The launch party will take place on March 15th, 2014, at Barnes & Noble in Citiplace at 3pm.... more »
  • Rapper Lil' Boosie released from Louisiana prison

    March 6, 2014 8:14 AM

    ANGOLA, La. (AP) - Rapper Lil' Boosie has been released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he had been serving an eight-year sentence on drug charges. Warden Burl Cain says the 31-year-old rapper - whose real name is Torrence Hatch - left the prison just after 7 p.m.... more »
  • Bill would ban e-cigarette sales to minors in La.

    February 20, 2014 7:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Ruston lawmaker wants to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18. Sen. Rick Gallot, a Democrat, has introduced the bill for consideration in the legislative session that begins March 10. It would add e-cigarettes and other "alternative nicotine products" to the... more »
  • Ink 4 Life Festival for LOPA Play Video

    February 12, 2014 6:53 AM

    Just Ink LA and LOPA have partnered up to save and enhance lives with the inaugural Ink 4 Life Festival . Just Ink Louisiana, in New Iberia, will host the Ink 4 Life Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The event is from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and will... 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 »
  • Fabulous February at The Grand Opera House Play Video

    February 6, 2014 7:58 AM

    The Grand Opera House of the South presents its "Fabulous February" shows. The first show will feature Jordan Bennett on Monday, January 10 at 7 p.m. The second show is the Valentine Soiree with Louisiana Red on Friday, February 14. The concert runs from 7 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. ... more »
  • 2 La scientists on international Mekong Delta team

    February 5, 2014 6:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two scientists from a Baton Rouge-based research nonprofit are on an international team organized by the U.S. Office of Naval Research to study Vietnam's Mekong River Delta. Mead Allison is director of physical processes and sediment systems and Ehab Meselhe is director of natural systems... more »
  • Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Haymon visits McNeese

    January 31, 2014 4:59 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Haymon will read from her works Saturday at McNeese State. Haymon's 7:30 p.m. appearance in Ralph Squires Recital Hall in the Shearman Fine Arts Center is sponsored by McNeese's Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program. It is free and... more »
  • Louisiana Arbor Day School Project

    January 2, 2014 7:00 AM

    The Louisiana Arbor Day School Project is presented by TreesAcadiana. TreesAcadiana will be delivering tree seedlings to schools around Lafayette. This project is open to all schools in Lafayette parish. Anyone interested must submit a request by January 13, 2014. For more info call: 337-234-7225 Or visit them... more »
  • Man gets prison for trafficking bogus credit cards

    December 31, 2013 7:32 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Louisiana man has been sentenced to prison on a guilty plea to producing and trafficking counterfeit credit cards in Waveland. The Sun Herald reports Larry Don Norwood Jr. was sentenced to 16 months in prison and ordered to make restitution of $1,863.12. He also was... more »
  • Louisiana prisoners train dogs up for adoption

    December 16, 2013 7:24 AM

    ST. GABRIEL, La. (AP) - Louisiana corrections officials are touting a program in which prisoners provide obedience training to dogs set for adoption. Three of those dogs were set Monday to be part of "graduation" ceremonies at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. State officials say a... more »
  • Entergy Gulf States Louisiana inks deal with Sasol

    December 10, 2013 7:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Entergy Gulf States Louisiana has signed a six-year power supply deal with the South African energy company behind a planned $7 billion petrochemical project in Westlake. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana said Monday that it has agreed to supply up to 200 megawatts of electricity to keep... more »
  • Civil rights leader to be honored at La. Capitol

    November 21, 2013 6:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The body of civil rights leader Rev. T.J. Jemison will lie in repose at the Louisiana Capitol for visitation Friday. Jemison, a longtime Louisiana pastor of Mount Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, died last week at the age of 95. A civil rights... more »
  • 8 new West Nile cases last week in Louisiana

    September 2, 2013 4:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reports eight new cases of West Nile virus, four of them dangerous infections of the brain or spinal cord. That brings the year's total so far to 21 cases, 10 of them neuroinvasive cases, which can cause brain damage,... more »
  • Louisiana Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

    July 8, 2013 7:38 AM

    Louisiana, July 8- Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have risen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.27/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,436 gas outlets in Louisiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week... more »
  • Family Fighting Jindal's Veto

    June 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    Governor Jindal is coming under fire after vetoing four million dollars from next year's budget that would have expanded a program for the developmentally disabled. Jindal says the state can't afford to expand the new opportunity waiver, or "NOW." The program provides residential support, community integration and development as... more »
  • 7 selected for Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame

    June 17, 2013 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation will induct seven people into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in ceremonies July 12 at the prison museum and in Baton Rouge. The 2013 honorees include West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes, former judge and U.S. Attorney... more »
  • Louisiana Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook - June

    June 3, 2013 8:38 AM

    Louisiana, June 3- Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,436 gas outlets in Louisiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week... more »
  • Louisiana Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook - May

    May 20, 2013 7:50 AM

    Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,436 gas outlets in Louisiana. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/g, according... more »
  • Oil tank explodes in Louisiana; homes evacuated

    May 3, 2013 9:09 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - An oil tank has exploded in Louisiana in an area outside Baton Rouge, prompting the evacuation of 30 to 35 homes. The explosion happened late Thursday night near Denham Springs. No injuries had been reported early Friday. Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency... more »
  • Louisiana Eye Care Facing Possible Changes

    April 22, 2013 11:50 PM

    Changes could be on the way for eye care in Louisiana. Under House Bill 527, optometrists could perform procedures now performed by medical doctors. A board may determine whether optometrists could give certain injections or perform laser surgery. Eye care doctors across the state are at odds because there... more »
  • Louisiana State Knights of Columbus Convention

    April 18, 2013 7:55 AM

    The Louisiana State Knights of Columbus will have three days full of events. Between April 26 - 28, 2013, there will be a Community Golf Tournament, Crawfish Boil, KC Kid Camp and a State Banquet at the Cajundome Convention For more info on these events call: 337-235-2220 Or... more »
  • Louisiana Schools Will Transition to Online Testing

    April 9, 2013 7:06 PM

    For years, standardized testing has been the same in Louisiana, the Leap and the I-Leap. Soon, those tests will be a thing of the past. The new test, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or "PARCC" will be online. The test is designed to track students'... more »
  • Louisiana Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

    March 11, 2013 6:19 AM

    Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,436 gas outlets in Louisiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.66/g, according... more »
  • Catholic school enrollment drops in Louisiana

    February 25, 2013 8:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - New figures show enrollment in Catholic schools has fallen 18 percent statewide during the past 13 years. Enrollment has dropped 9 percent in the Diocese of Baton Rouge since 2000 and has fallen 25 percent in schools that make up the Archdiocese of New Orleans,... more »
  • LANtec of Louisiana's 2013 Computer Training Scholarship

    January 31, 2013 8:47 AM

    LANtec of Louisiana is now accepting applications for the LANtec of Louisiana computer training scholarship to deserving Louisiana student. The application deadline is February 28, 2013; applicants must be between the ages of 18 - 25, and a resident of one of the following parishes: Acadia, Ascension, East and West... more »
  • La. cemeteries sinking, washing away

    January 3, 2013 8:51 AM

    LEEVILLE, La. (AP) - As a young adult, Kathleen Cheramie visited her grandmother's grave in a tree-lined cemetery where white concrete crosses dotted a plot of lush green grass just off Louisiana Highway 1. Now, the cemetery in Leeville is a skeleton of its former self. The few trees still... more »
  • ASA Louisiana Christmas Concert

    December 11, 2012 8:11 AM

    Acadiana Symphony Association presents a "Louisiana Christmas" concert at the Heymann Center. This event takes place on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm. ASO children's chorus and special guest artist, Sonny Landreth. Traditional holiday favorites will be mixed with original Louisiana music for a musical feast not to be... more »
  • Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale Could Impact Acadiana

    November 27, 2012 11:48 PM

    Wednesday could be a big day for the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, with more than 20 million acres up for sale in the Western Gulf of Mexico. The areas are open for oil and gas exploration and development and are being put up for sale by the US... 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 »
  • Louisiana Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

    November 12, 2012 7:40 AM

    Louisiana, November 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.23/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46/g, according to gasoline price website LouisianaGasPrices.com. Including the... more »
  • Texas fugitive caught in Louisiana, son, 4, safe

    November 1, 2012 7:21 AM

    TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man charged with killing his ex-wife and snatching their 4-year-old son has been arrested in Louisiana and the boy is safe. Tyler police early Thursday announced the arrest of James Calvert in West Monroe, La., on a capital murder warrant. His son, Lucas,... more »
  • Louisiana hosts annual book festival Saturday

    October 26, 2012 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Book lovers will get the opportunity to hear from and speak with authors on Saturday at the annual Louisiana Book Festival. The celebration of reading and writing, held in downtown Baton Rouge around the state Capitol, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event... more »
  • Louisiana College plans $50M capital campaign

    October 25, 2012 7:41 AM

    INEVILLE, La. (AP) - Louisiana College is embarking on a $50 million capital campaign, asking for $12 million from Louisiana Baptist Convention churches. Last month, the executive board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention approved the college's request to make direct appeals to churches to raise a portion of a capital... more »
  • 'Medicaid Misery' bus tour of La hospitals

    September 24, 2012 6:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - People from community groups and professional associations took a bus tour of five hospitals from New Orleans to Pineville affected by hundreds of millions of dollars in state budget cuts. The Advocate reports that former patient Deborah Hughes of Baton Rouge told the group that... more »
  • Louisiana motorcyclist dies in New Mexico wreck

    September 3, 2012 4:36 AM

    AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - Sheriff's officials in a northwestern New Mexico county say a motorcyclist from Louisiana and the driver of a sports utility vehicle have died after a collision. San Juan County Sheriff's spokeswoman Beth Utley says three men were riding their motorcycles south on U.S. 550 at midmorning... more »
  • Louisiana boards and commissions near 500

    August 21, 2012 9:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Despite efforts to shrink the number of Louisiana's governing boards and commissions, the total of such panels is higher now than when Gov. Bobby Jindal took office in 2008, according to a review by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office released this week. The auditor's report... more »
  • Louisiana's Own American Idol, Joshua Ledet, Returns on "Idol" Tour

    July 30, 2012 10:32 PM

    American Idol fans traveled from hundreds of miles away Monday in order to see the top ten from last season take the stage at the Cajundome. Louisiana's favorite American Idol, Joshua Ledet was back in his home state after the Westlake native finished in the top three on American Idol... more »
  • Louisiana Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

    July 29, 2012 4:05 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the shooting death of a Marine during a 2009 party in Lake Charles. The American Press reports that Bryce Perkins was sentenced for second-degree murder this past week in the death of... more »
  • John Folse takes Louisiana cooking to Olympics

    July 24, 2012 7:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Chef John Folse is taking a taste of Louisiana and the "Spirit of the Gulf Coast" to what he calls the "ultimate" stage. Folse is leading the "Team USA" of the culinary world - eight chefs from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida - to the... more »
  • Landrieu: $1.4M for Louisiana homeless vets

    July 18, 2012 7:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu says $1.4 million in grants has been set aside for Louisiana organizations to prevent homelessness among veterans. Landrieu said Tuesday the money was awarded through the Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program, which is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs'... more »
  • Labor: Louisiana day cares violating wage laws

    July 13, 2012 6:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor says more north Louisiana child care businesses are paying workers a legal wage after a crackdown by the Wage and Hour Division. But it says a majority of such businesses in Bossier, Caddo, East Carroll, Lincoln and Ouachita parishes are still... more »
  • La. father, son drown in Tenn. mountain pool

    July 6, 2012 9:08 AM

    ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) - A Louisiana man and his teenage son have drowned in a Tennessee mountain waterfall pool while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Carter County authorities identified the victims as 42-year-old Dwight F. Cope and 15-year-old Dagan Cope, both of Breaux Bridge, La. According to the Johnson City... more »
  • Miss. opposing La. expansion of state waters

    July 3, 2012 6:45 AM

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The state of Mississippi will oppose Louisiana's effort to extend its state water boundaries out to 10.4 miles. The Sun Herald reports that the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources on Monday unanimously passed a resolution opposing Louisiana's plan. In June, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission... more »
  • Nobody wins big-money lotteries sold in Louisiana

    July 2, 2012 5:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says nobody won the jackpots in big-money lottery games sold in Louisiana. That means Wednesday's jackpots rise to $60 million for Powerball, $1.65 million for Lotto and $330,000 for Easy 5. It says the biggest prize for any Saturday lottery in Louisiana... more »
  • Slate of new courses set for La. schools

    June 27, 2012 8:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is about to become what officials call the first state to launch a huge expansion of how courses are offered to public school students, with private firms, colleges and even former teachers expected to enter a revamped education system. The Advocate reports education leaders... more »
  • Acadiana Business Owners Discuss Mission to France

    June 21, 2012 6:36 PM

    Acadiana business owners met at LITE in Lafayette Thursday to discuss a mid-October Trade mission to France to grow their businesses. Many business owners say this trip could open up a world of possibilities. "We would love to make every effort to build bridges between Louisiana companies and... more »
  • Iowa ticket wins Powerball, no big winners in La.

    June 14, 2012 6:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lottery officials say the winning ticket in Wednesday's $240 million Powerball drawing was sold in Iowa and there were no big winners in Louisiana. The next Powerball drawing on Saturday has an estimated jackpot of $40 million. There were no big winners in the Louisiana... more »
  • FEMA gives nearly $8M for La SPCA

    June 5, 2012 6:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says nearly $8 million in consolidated funding has been set aside for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, allowing the private, nonprofit to construct their new animal control facility on higher ground. The Louisiana SPCA's facility, which... more »
  • Louisiana lawmakers wrap up work on $25.6B budget

    June 4, 2012 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House gave final approval Sunday to a $25.6 billion budget for the next fiscal year that includes hundreds of millions of dollars in spending above the amount sought by a group conservative Republicans, wrapping up one of the biggest unresolved BATON ROUGE, La.... more »
  • Gas prices in Louisiana

    June 4, 2012 8:44 AM

    Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have fallen 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.31/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61/g, according to gasoline price website LouisianaGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas... more »
  • Louisiana Senate rejects smoking ban extension

    May 23, 2012 7:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has refused to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned, even after the measure was limited to state-owned buildings. Louisiana prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and many places of employment.... more »
  • La. man sentenced for not paying child support

    May 16, 2012 5:47 AM

    BRANDON, Miss. (AP) - A Louisiana man has been sentenced to serve eight months in prison for failing to pay support for his child in Mississippi. Attorney General Jim Hood says 49-year-old Mark Bushnell, of Alexandria, La., pleaded guilty Monday in Rankin County Circuit Court. Bushnell was sentenced to five... more »
  • Ark. man killed in La. Crash

    May 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    BASTROP, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police are investigating a single car crash in Morehouse Parish that left an Arkansas man dead. The News-Star reports the accident happened around 12:16 p.m. Saturday on La. Highway 142 near the Arkansas state line. Troopers say a car driven by 45-year-old Jeffery Carr... more »
  • "Trayvon Bill" to hit House floor

    May 7, 2012 11:16 PM

    A new bill would re-write Louisiana criminal law in response to the February shooting in Florida of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The bill, HB1100 , targets what's known as a "Stand Your Ground law." State lawmakers say as it reads right now, prosecutors would have a tough time pressing charges... more »
  • $5M grants to clinics in Louisiana, Mississippi

    May 7, 2012 6:35 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Clinics that serve low-income residents of Monroe, La., and Mound Bayou, Miss., have received $5 million each to expand. Catherine Tonore is chief executive at Primary Health Services Center in Monroe. She tells The News-Star that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant will... more »
  • La. joins anti-fraud network

    May 2, 2012 8:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has to agree to share information with a federal network designed to cut down on insurance fraud. The Advocate reports that the agreement covers the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Louisiana Department of Insurance. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the... more »
  • Foreclosures pick up in Louisiana

    April 12, 2012 7:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The housing slide is taking an increasing toll on Louisiana homeowners. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac, which tracks foreclosures nationwide, says 4,552 Louisiana properties were targeted by some sort of foreclosure-related notice during the first quarter. Those range from an initial notice of default to repossession by a... more »
  • Louisiana looking for why babies are born early

    April 5, 2012 10:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana has some of the nation's highest percentages of premature babies and underweight newborns. Now it's begun adding information about why babies are born early to its birth statistics. Dr. Rebekah Gee directs the health department's Birth Outcomes Initiative to reduce premature birth and infant mortality.... more »
  • Proposed Bill Would Rewrite Louisiana's "Right to Bear Arms"

    April 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    The right to bear arms, and it's core values, will now go to discussion on Louisiana's state senate floor as part of Senate Bill 303. Senator Neil Riser's bill would change the wording of Louisiana's Constitution, making it harder for lawmakers to pass restrictions on people's right to own... more »
  • Thunderstorm march across Louisiana

    April 4, 2012 9:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Storms that brought tornadoes to Texas are moving across Louisiana bringing heavy rain and strong gusty winds. The National Weather Service reports high winds and downed trees and power lines across the northern part of Louisiana late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Golf ball size hail was... more »
  • La gets $575K in housing grants for homeless vets

    March 29, 2012 9:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four Louisiana cities are getting a total of $575,000 to help house homeless veterans. A news release Wednesday from U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu and Rep. Cedric Richmond said the money is going to housing authorities in East Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette, and to... more »
  • Study: Agriculture worth $10.7B in Louisiana

    March 27, 2012 5:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter says agriculture was worth $10.7 billion to Louisiana's economy last year. AgCenter economist John Westra says the 7 percent gain from 2010 represents the first $10 billion year since 2007. Last year was plagued by drought and flooding. But Westra said Monday... more »
  • Gasoline Prices in Louisiana Have Risen

    March 26, 2012 6:15 AM

    Louisiana - Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have risen 6.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.73/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.86/g, according to gasoline price website LouisianaGasPrices.com . Including the... more »
  • Santorum Looks for Rebound in Louisiana

    March 24, 2012 2:20 PM

    Rick Santorum is looking to Louisiana for a much-needed rebound as Republican voters go to the polls Saturday in the state's GOP primary. The former Pennsylvania senator is expected to do well in the contest, just a handful of days after a decisive loss to front-runner Mitt Romney in Illinois... more »
  • Louisiana House of Representatives Passes Expansive School Voucher Program

    March 23, 2012 10:27 AM

    Press Release - Louisiana Federation for Children Baton Rouge, La. - In a huge victory for families in Louisiana, the state House of Representatives last night passed a comprehensive school choice bill that aims to create a statewide expansion of the current New Orleans voucher program and provide additional... more »
  • Louisiana matters more this time as primary nears

    March 23, 2012 6:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Twenty delegates are up for grabs in Saturday's Republican presidential preference primary, but state party chairman Roger Villere says something else is also at stake: "Perception of momentum." With Mitt Romney not yet able to lay claim to the GOP nomination, Newt Gingrich and Rick... more »
  • Heavy rain continues across Louisiana

    March 21, 2012 9:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Slow, strong storms are slogging through Louisiana, making a major mess from the Arkansas border to the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy rains closed at least a dozen school systems Wednesday in the west and Cajun country. On the coast, days of strong southerly winds ahead of... more »
  • Rouses' Chef David A. Absbire La Seafood Recipes

    March 20, 2012 8:43 AM

    Rouses' Chef David. A Abshire Creole Remoulade 1/4 cup Red Onions (Fine Diced) 1/4 cup Celery (Fine Diced) 1/4 cup Worcestershire (Lea & Perrins) 1/4 cup Frank's Wing Sauce 1/2 ea. Lime (Juice & Membrane Only) 4 cups Mayo 1/2 cup Creole Mustard 1/2 cup Dijon Mustard ... more »
  • La. to unveil bicentennial events

    March 19, 2012 6:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials plan to unveil details of events connected to Louisiana's bicentennial celebration on Monday at the Capitol Museum Park. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, retired Army Lt. General Russell Honoré and members of the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission will be on hand for a press conference... more »
  • Strong winds move through parts of Louisiana

    March 12, 2012 7:36 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Strong thunderstorms caused damage in different parts of Louisiana overnight, but no injuries were reported. A line moved across southwest Louisiana downing trees and power lines. The National Weather Service in Lake Charles reports a tree fell on a house in Jennings and power lines were... more »
  • Arrests put big dent in La., Tex. meth supply

    March 7, 2012 8:29 AM

    MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - The sheriffs of DeSoto Parish in Louisiana and Shelby County, Texas, say the arrest of a 37-year-old Joaquin, Texas man suspected of trafficking millions of dollars in methamphetamine into East Texas and northwest Louisiana will put a big dent into the local drug trade. DeSoto Parish... more »
  • Louisiana Ranks 4th in Train-Vehicle Crashes, Injuries

    March 6, 2012 9:57 AM

    Louisiana recorded fewer vehicle-train collisions and fatalities last year, but the number of related injuries rose slightly. That's according to preliminary 2011 data from the Federal Railroad Administration. Louisiana Operation Lifesaver said Monday the state ranked fourth nationally in the number of collisions and fourth in injuries The state had... more »
  • Coastal Carolina's Gradnigo charged with assault

    March 5, 2012 8:53 AM

    CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Coastal Carolina forward Chris Gradnigo has been arrested and charged with third degree assault and battery. Campus police arrested the 6-foot-7 player around 5 a.m. Sunday. The details of the charges were not immediately available Monday morning. The senior from Lake Charles La., averaged nearly 15... more »
  • Free exhibit includes rare Louisiana furnishings

    March 5, 2012 5:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 50 pieces of early Louisiana furniture will be on display through June 17 in a free exhibit at The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibit, called "Furnishing Louisiana," includes 12 galleries of Creole and rustic Acadian furniture such as armoires, high-post beds, chests, tables,... more »
  • First Lady Announces New Student Artwork to be Featured at Governor's Mansion

    March 1, 2012 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As a part of the Jindal family's initiative to feature young artists, Louisiana's First Lady Supriya Jindal announced today the artwork that was selected for display in the Louisiana's Governor's Mansion for the month of March. First Lady Supriya Jindal said, "It is truly wonderful to... more »
  • Louisiana Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

    February 20, 2012 10:11 AM

    Louisiana, February 19- Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have risen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.47/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.51/g, according to gasoline price website LouisianaGasPrices.com. Including the... more »
  • La. gets $22M from corps for river and port work

    February 9, 2012 10:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says two Louisiana tribes will get a total of $184,600 in Indian Housing Block Grants, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaws will get almost $3.2 million. In Louisiana, the Chitimacha Tribe Housing Authority in Charenton is getting nearly... more »
  • Louisiana's 2nd Gulf Dead Zone from E La to Ala

    February 2, 2012 8:41 AM

    A new study finds that Louisiana's second Gulf of Mexico dead zone stretches at least from the Chandeleur Sound off Louisiana to Alabama's Dauphin Island - and could be bigger. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation says it could check only as far as Dauphin Island last year. Officials hope to... more »
  • Reality TV booms in Louisiana

    February 1, 2012 10:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Alligator hunters, raccoon wranglers and crawfish catchers in Louisiana's critter-filled swamps and bayous are increasingly becoming a common sight on television. Since the introduction of the History Channel series "Swamp People" in 2010, roughly a dozen other Louisiana-based reality shows have made their television debuts, among... more »
  • Louisiana's Primary Could Make a Difference This Year

    January 30, 2012 11:21 PM

    Historically, a presidential nominee has already emerged by the time Louisiana holds a primary election. But this year could be different, and Louisiana's primary could actually matter this time around. As the Republican National Convention nears,with no one candidate as a clear nominee, it's more apparent that every vote... more »
  • Louisiana Mississippi and others get federal grants for park marinas

    January 27, 2012 9:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Parks in Slidell, La., and Iuka, Miss., are getting federal grants to improve their marinas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Slidell's Heritage Park is getting $1.5 million, with $802,500 going to J.P. Coleman State Park in Iuka. Marinas in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida,... more »
  • Louisiana shuts down for MLK Day holiday

    January 16, 2012 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State offices in Louisiana are closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Federal offices, local schools and other institutions also will be closed for the day, though many businesses will be open. U.S. financial markets and many banks also... more »

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