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  • New data expand search for Malaysian jet debris

    March 23, 2014 8:48 PM

    PERTH, Australia (AP) - Rain was expected to hamper the hunt Monday for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as a growing number of planes focus on an expanded area of the south Indian Ocean where French radar detected potential debris. Australian Maritime Safety Authority's rescue coordination center said the search... more »
  • Baton Rouge hires new planning commission director

    March 11, 2014 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After nearly four months of searching, the Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission has offered the parish's top planning job to Charles Graves, a Cincinnati planning director. The Advocate reports no timeline has been set, but Graves is expected to become the new city-parish planning director,... 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 »
  • DHH rescinds new La. abortion rules

    February 4, 2014 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration announced Monday night it was scrapping rewritten licensing regulations for abortion clinics that abortion rights supporters had said would force all five of the state's clinics to shut down. The Department of Health and Hospitals said it would rewrite the regulations... more »
  • Jennings moves step closer to new city hall

    August 14, 2013 9:55 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The Jennings City Council has approved issuing $6 million in bonds for construction of a new city hall and city court and renovations to other departments. Mayor Terry Duhon tells the American Press the public improvement sales tax revenue bonds will be issued by JD Bank... more »
  • Judge rejects bid for new trial in Katrina case

    December 5, 2012 4:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday rejected defense attorneys' claims that a video shot at the scene of deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina reveals new evidence warranting a new trial for five former police officers. The footage shot of the Danziger Bridge... more »
  • New Blackberry Smartphones On The Way

    November 1, 2012 4:06 AM

    TORONTO (AP) - Is it the start of a rebound for Blackberry, or the electronic equivalent of shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic? Research In Motion, the company that makes the Blackberry line, says it has started testing on its newest models. The smartphones are being given the once-over... more »
  • Barnes & Noble launches new Nook HD

    September 26, 2012 9:34 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Barnes & Noble is rolling out two new versions of its Nook tablet with sleek new hardware and a sharper high-definition screen. The bookseller's move heightens the already intense tablet wars heading into the holiday season. Barnes & Noble said Wednesday that its new Nook HD... more »
  • NEW: Report: Boy Scout Files Reveal Repeat Child Abuse

    August 5, 2012 3:38 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Boy Scouts of America internal documents reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators. A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files from 1970 to 1991... more »
  • Ex-fire chief faces new sex counts

    August 3, 2012 8:17 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Investigators have brought new counts of indecent behavior with juvenile girls against a former Holden fire chief arrested and booked Monday with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile girl. Lori Steele, a spokeswoman for the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, tells The Advocate one of the latest... more »
  • New Court Records Reveal What DA's Office Believes Happened in Shunick, Pate Murders

    August 2, 2012 11:11 PM

    A new document was filed into court today in the case of the State of Louisiana versus Brandon Scott Lavergne. Assistant District Attorney Keith Stutes filed a "Disclosure, Production, Notice to Defendant, and Request for State's Discovery". In it, he outlines what information is available to the defendant's attorneys, but... more »
  • Westlake launches new website

    July 31, 2012 7:55 AM

    WESTLAKE, La. (AP) - City officials in Westlake are hoping to promote the community and keep residents better informed with a newly revised website. Jimmy Ashworth, the city's finance director, says the project has been in the works for several years and the site launched in mid-July. Ashworth told the... more »
  • New elementary school planned for Fort Polk

    July 23, 2012 6:58 AM

    LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - A new elementary school will be built just outside Fort Polk. The Town Talk reports the new $20 million South Polk Elementary School will be built with mostly federal funds. Officials say the school will ease crowding and improve conditions at the two elementary schools that... more »
  • Sugarcane disease new to La found in 2 fields

    July 10, 2012 6:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter says a sugarcane fungus new to Louisiana has been identified in two fields. It's called orange rust. Plant pathologist Jeff Hoy says sugarcane experts had expected the wind-borne fungus earlier since it was first identified in the United States five years ago... more »
  • Residents Protest New Multi-Chem Facility

    July 2, 2012 11:14 PM

    The chemical company Multi-Chem, recently bought by Halliburton, is building a new facility in Vermilion Parish. This new location off highway 92 will have an office, field laboratory and blending facility on 64 acres of land. Multi-Chem said it will eventually replace the New Iberia facility. While there are... more »
  • New Vilma Lawsuit Asks for Quick Appeal Ruling

    July 1, 2012 3:24 PM

    Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suing the NFL in federal court, claiming Commissioner Roger Goodell failed to make a timely appeal ruling regarding Vilma's season-long suspension in connection with the league's bounty investigation. The lawsuit filed Saturday night in U.S. District Court in New Orleans also asks for a temporary... more »
  • Jefferson Davis Parish has new sheriff

    June 29, 2012 8:41 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Jefferson Davis Parish has a new sheriff for the first time in two decades. The American Press reports former State Trooper Ivy Woods was sworn in Thursday as sheriff by Clerk of Court Rick Arceneaux. Woods will also serve as the parish's new director of the... more »
  • New hurricane center head turned fear into career

    June 11, 2012 5:29 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - When the National Hurricane Center's new director was growing up on the Florida and Texas coasts, tropical storms frightened him. Decades later, Rick Knabb understands storms better, but he still doesn't like them. "I'm still very scared of hurricanes," says Knabb, who left The Weather Channel to... more »
  • New Mexico: Firefighters Grounded

    June 10, 2012 8:03 PM

    Strong winds have grounded firefighting aircraft in southern New Mexico, where a 40-square-mile fire continues to burn. Crews are also fighting a 22-square-mile wildfire that's burning in Colorado about 15 miles west of Fort Collins. The blazes have forced hundreds from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a... more »
  • New Gulf oil spill claims process getting underway

    June 5, 2012 6:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Thousands of victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill will participate in a new process for economic-loss and medical claims associated with the accident. The Deepwater Horizon Claims Center, run by court-appointed administrator Patrick Juneau, will open 18 intake centers across the Gulf Coast next week... more »
  • Fatal Hit and Run

    May 26, 2012 1:34 PM

    State Police are investigation a hit-and-run crash on LA Highway 675 near Leon Landry Road which claimed the life of a New Iberia man. According to troopers, last night shortly before 9:00 p.m., 39-year-old Renee Green of New Iberia was walking south on LA 675. An unknown vehicle was traveling... more »
  • 'Little Prince' discovery offers new insight

    May 3, 2012 10:38 AM

    PARIS (AP) - The only known draft pages of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic children's book "The Little Prince" are on display at a Paris auction house, ahead of their sale this month. The two fragile handwritten sheets, brimming with original musings and even a new character, were discovered two months... more »
  • Bad dog to get new life as prison guard

    May 2, 2012 9:38 AM

    NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The bad dog of the neighborhood has received a life prison sentence. The wolf dog hybrid named Chief - once ordered destroyed for aggressive behavior - will become a guard dog at Louisiana's maximum security prison. The Advocate reports that District Judge James Best on... more »
  • New Byzantine bishop installed in Pittsburgh

    April 19, 2012 10:27 AM

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Byzantine Catholics in America have a new leader who has been installed as archbishop in Pittsburgh. Archbishop William Skurla was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in January and enthroned as the Byzantine metropolitan archbishop of Pittsburgh on April 18, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist... more »
  • New travel rules delayed in East Baton Rouge

    April 19, 2012 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has delayed a vote on a proposal to change its travel rules so all employees get a flat daily per diem for meals rather than having to submit original receipts. The Advocate reports a couple of board members... more »
  • St. Helena hires legal expert to craft new sex law

    April 2, 2012 8:44 AM

    GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury has hired Scott Bergthold, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based lawyer whose practice specializes in helping local governments draft laws that regulate adult businesses. Police Jury Vice President Thomas Wicker tells The Advocate Bergthold was recommended to the police jury by the Moral... more »
  • LC council to consider new noise ordinance

    March 26, 2012 8:17 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach says he plans to present a noise ordinance to the city council that will be easier for police to enforce. The council last week voted to repeal measures in the old ordinance -- approved in 2003 - that set decibel... more »
  • Construction to start on new Indian casino

    March 14, 2012 10:24 AM

    DRY PRONG, La. (AP) - The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians has been working toward opening a casino for more than a decade. B. Cheryl Smith, the tribal chief of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, tells The Town Talk plans for the casino are finalized, and tribal leaders hope... 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 »
  • Obama to Announce New Housing Initiatives

    March 6, 2012 8:44 AM

    A senior administration official says President Barack Obama will announce housing initiatives to help members of the military as well as homeowners with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Obama will spell out the housing efforts during a news conference today. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to... more »
  • New Orleans Case Puts Scrutiny on NFL Bounty Pay

    March 3, 2012 7:43 PM

    The revelations were shocking to those outside the NFL: A team paid bounties to knock opponents out of the game, including some of its biggest stars. For those who suit up, however, it sounds more like the long-accepted cost of doing business in a brutal sport/ Atlanta Falcons star Roddy... more »
  • Pile drivers now at work for new public hospital

    March 2, 2012 6:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The first pilings are in the ground for the $1.1 billion hospital planned to replace Charity Hospital, which has sat empty since Hurricane Katrina. Pile drivers began work Monday, Tom Rish, project manager for the state Office of Planning and Control, told the University Medical Center's... more »
  • New Iberia Pick up Effort

    February 26, 2012 3:48 PM

    The Public Works Department of the City of New Iberia will conduct a City wide cleanup beginning on February 27th. All yard and light construction waste, household furniture and car tires (rims removed) not picked up by Gordon's Disposal on their regular pick up day will be collected by Public... 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 »
  • New fire station under construction in Baton Rouge

    February 20, 2012 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Construction has begun on a new fire station on Wooddale Avenue in Baton Rouge. The Advocate reports that the new station will replace an existing one on Lobdell Avenue. Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said the 8,400-square-foot station will cost about $2.3 million. The Lobdell... more »
  • New Iberia Teen to Get Rare Marrow Transplant

    February 12, 2012 2:27 PM

    A New Iberia, La., teenager says he's missed a lot of life to hospital stays for sickle cell disease. In spite of eight-hour blood transfusions every three weeks, 16-year-old Ollie Green can be stricken at any time with instant, debilitating pain. On Feb. 24, he's scheduled for a bone marrow... more »
  • McNeese May Study Need for New Jail in Jeff Davis

    February 11, 2012 1:29 PM

    McNeese State University will be asked to lead a study that would determine whether a new jail is needed in Jefferson Davis Parish. The American Press reports ( http://bit.ly/qjfACs ) the study would include projected construction costs as well as the impact of overcrowding and operational expenses at the existing... more »
  • Life Saving Skills: A New Way to do the Heimlich Maneuver

    February 8, 2012 10:11 PM

    Choking is the number five cause of accidental deaths in America according to the National Safety Council. But the rules on what to do if someone is choking have changed, and there's a new way to do the Heimlich Maneuver. Two weeks ago, Monique Breaux was out at dinner... more »
  • Fire Destroys Historic Club

    January 15, 2012 12:05 AM

    A piece of history went up in flames Saturday morning. Flames engulfed what was once a popular nightclub on Pershing Street in New Iberia. Luckily, no injuries to report and the building hasn't been occupied in years. "Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Tina Turner, Ike and Tina. Oh there... more »
  • New oilfield services plant to open in Scott

    January 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Houston-based company that provides corrosion protection services for the oil and gas industry is planning to open a new plant in Scott. Houston Plating and Coatings LLC says it will hire 120 people over the next five years to work at the new $9... more »
  • State to unveil new coastal master plan

    January 11, 2012 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new blueprint for saving coastal Louisiana from sea level rise, hurricanes and erosion will be unveiled Thursday. The document will lay out strategies and challenges facing Louisiana as it struggles to deal with a host of problems along its coast. The new plan is a... more »
  • New Blues and Heritage Fest starts this year

    January 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    BOGALUSA, La. (AP) - There's a new blues festival coming this year. Chairwoman Malinda White says that the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival will take place Sept. 29 in Cassidy Park. Its first fundraiser will be Feb. 17, the day before the city's carnival parade. White says blues organizations, musicians... 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 »
  • Restaurants, Bars and Businesses Prep for NYE

    December 30, 2011 10:54 PM

    Many restaurants, bars and businesses are banking on big celebrations this New Year's Eve weekend. And whether you're going out or staying in, there's bound to be some prep work. For restaurants and bars, the New Year means more party-goers, more drinks and more work getting ready. "Disco... more »
  • 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 »
  • Ousted Parish President Resigns to Start New Job

    December 15, 2011 8:10 AM

    CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - Several weeks after he was voted out of office, St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro is resigning to start a new job working for the state of Louisiana. Taffaro will resign Thursday morning as he prepares to become the state's new director of hazard mitigation and... more »
  • Katrina-Flood Lawsuit,130 Case against Army Corps to be Heard in Court

    December 12, 2011 11:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lawsuit alleging the Army Corps of Engineers ruined property in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward after it built a shipping channel that turned into a conduit for storm surge during Hurricane Katrina is to be heard in court this week. A trial... more »
  • Group Threatens to Sue Over Seepage at Well Site

    October 15, 2011 3:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An environmental group is threatening to sue over seepage from a Gulf of Mexico oil well that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but first officials must determine who owns the well. At issue is seepage at the lease site about 11 miles off the... more »
  • Man Charged in Double Slaying

    October 15, 2011 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police have arrested Ryan Poree for the shooting deaths of two sisters and the wounding of a 7-year-old boy in east New Orleans on Friday. John Gagliano, chief investigator for the coroner, tells the Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/n0jLx9s ) that the victims were 34-year-old Alcee Perry and her... more »
  • Inspection Ceremony set for Washington Artillery

    October 15, 2011 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Its color guard uniformed in 1838 style, the oldest unit in the Louisiana National Guard will hold a traditional pass-in-review ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at Jackson Barracks. The 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment - known as the Washington Artillery - traces its roots to... more »
  • LSU Faculty Senate Supports New Union

    September 9, 2011 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU Faculty Senate has voted in favor of supporting the faculty's organized labor union, called "LSUnited." The faculty group easily approved the resolution on Thursday after the language was weakened somewhat to urge the faculty to "support" the union, rather than the original language... more »
  • Iberia Shooting Arrest

    September 2, 2011 9:44 AM

    According to the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, on Thursday around 7:20 p.m., they received a call of a shooting at 322 Deare Street. Deputies found a male victim who sustained several gunshot wounds to the abdomen. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated. Deputies arrested... more »
  • Smoke From New Orleans Marsh Fires Makes Its Way to Acadiana

    September 1, 2011 12:01 AM

    Smoke from those marsh fires in New Orleans has made its way to Acadiana. Wednesday night's sunset cast a hazy, pink glow over much of the area. "It's just a thick haze, almost choking, the smell is out of control," said Jamie Boudreaux of Lafayette. The haze was... more »
  • New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward: 6 Years After Katrina

    August 30, 2011 2:39 AM

    Monday marked a somber anniversary in Louisiana; the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans. "Six years ago today, we were actually floating on the roof of our house," said Robert Green, a resident of New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Hurricane Katrina not only swept away Green's... more »
  • 6 Years After Katrina, Lower 9th Ward Still Bleak

    August 28, 2011 12:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the grasses grow taller than people and street after street is scarred by empty decaying houses, the lives that once played out inside their walls hardly imaginable now. St. Claude Avenue, the once moderately busy commercial thoroughfare, looks like the... more »
  • Irene Makes Landfall on Quiet, Anxious NYC

    August 28, 2011 11:55 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Rainfall overflowed sewers and seawater lapped at sidewalks at the edges of New York City from densely populated lower Manhattan to the far reaches of Queens as a weakening Irene made landfall over Coney Island early Sunday. Sections of the thoroughfares on the east and west... more »
  • Irene Weakens Slightly over New York State

    August 28, 2011 11:49 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Irene has weakened slightly over New York state. The National Hurricane Center said late Sunday morning that the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to about 60 mph. Irene was to continue weakening as it passes over New England, and it's expected to move... more »
  • New Iberia Company Cited For Safety Violations Following Worker's Death

    August 25, 2011 12:05 AM

    Estis Well Service LLC, of New Iberia is disputing various safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), following the death of an employee back in March. 30 year old Skye Sonnier was killed while working on a barge in Iberville Parish, when... more »
  • Handicapped Murder Victim Shot 15 Times

    August 10, 2011 11:57 PM

    Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal tells KATC that Robert Butler, the handicapped man found dead in his Angie Street home Tuesday, was shot 15 times. Wednesday morning, deputies arrested 18 year old Joey J. Rogers on a second-degree murder charge in the case. Ackal says Rogers and Butler knew one... more »
  • Handicapped Man Shot and Killed in New Iberia

    August 10, 2011 12:29 AM

    Deputies in Iberia Parish are investigating the shooting-death of a man who was confined to a wheelchair. Family members identify the victim as 57 year old Robert Butler. He was found dead of several gunshot wounds in his home on Angie Street in New Iberia, just before 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.... more »
  • Lafayette Transit System Going Green

    July 7, 2011 6:48 PM

    Out with the old and in with the new. The city of Lafayette is upgrading its transit system they're going green. Everyday nearly four thousand people board one of the twenty-one Lafayette city buses, but with an ageing fleet, the city is upgrading to an eco-friendly bus. ... more »
  • Firework Stand Hit

    July 3, 2011 11:16 PM

    A fireworks stand was blown apart Saturday along Highway 90 in Iberia Parish. It was a big hit for a business typically booming this time of year. "The rain was coming down so hard that it was just a complete white out as far as the rain, and... more »
  • Blaze Destroys Historic Building

    June 21, 2011 6:51 PM

    Flames, smoke, and water ripped through the historic 100 year old Aurora Masonic Lodge building which also houses the Louisiana Medical Supply Company in New Iberia. "All I could see was smoke then, there were no flames protruding from the building, but then it didn't take long for the... more »
  • Blaze Destroys Historical Building

    June 21, 2011 7:12 AM

    The Iberia Parish Fire Department is working to extinguish a blaze in the 200 block of Main Street in Historical Downtown New Iberia. The blaze broke out around 11:00 Monday night at the Aurora Masonic Lodge which also houses the Louisiana Medical Supply Company. Officials wouldn't allow our crew... more »
  • 2 Workers, 2 Patrons Shot to Death at NY Pharmacy

    June 19, 2011 3:41 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Four people were shot to death Sunday morning at a pharmacy on New York's Long Island in what police said looked like a robbery gone wrong. The gunfire erupted at about 10:20 a.m. inside Haven Drugs, a family-owned pharmacy in a small cluster of medical offices... more »
  • Louisiana is Home to Dirtiest City in the US

    June 19, 2011 2:58 PM

    Louisiana is now home to the dirtiest city in America. New Orleans was ranked number one on Travel & Leisure's Dirtiest City Survey. Visitors gauge "dirty" in a variety of ways: litter, air pollution, even the taste of local tap water. Many of the cities that ranked poorly also... more »
  • Judge Halts Sale of French Quarter Theater

    June 19, 2011 12:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - At the request of a group of theater boosters, a New Orleans judge has ordered the board of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre to temporarily halt steps to sell part of the theater building for use as a restaurant. The theater board had agreed to... more »
  • Construction to Close Canal

    June 19, 2011 12:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Construction of the surge barrier along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway will result in the closing of the canal to vessel traffic at the surge barrier for 45 hours next week, the Army Corps of Engineers said. The corps said the canal will close at 3 a.m.... more »
  • Monks' Casket Fight Lands in Federal Court

    June 5, 2011 11:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An order of Benedictine monks takes on the funeral industry Monday in a federal court dispute over whether the monks can sell simple caskets - or the state can block them from doing so until they pass a myriad of licensing requirements. The monks of St.... more »
  • Prosecutors Challenge New Trial for EX-NO Cop

    June 4, 2011 11:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to order a new trial for a former New Orleans police officer convicted of writing a false report on a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina. A notice of appeal filed Friday by U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office says... more »
  • Obama Expected to Name New Joint Chiefs Head

    May 30, 2011 8:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is expected to introduce Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as his choice to lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a Rose Garden announcement Monday. Dempsey is an accomplished veteran of the Iraq war. He would succeed Navy Adm. Mike Mullen as the president's top... more »
  • Official: New Center in Columbia Will Help Monroe

    May 30, 2011 7:49 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The head of Louisiana's Office of Juvenile Justice says that a new detention center should open in Columbia later this year or early next year - and that should let the one in Monroe cut dorm size from 16 juveniles to 12. Deputy Undersecretary Mary Livers... more »
  • Parks Re-opening in New Orleans After Lead Tests

    May 20, 2011 8:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eight of 11 parks that were closed in New Orleans because of lead contamination in the soil have re-opened. City officials closed the parks for remediation over a month ago after tests were done to determine whether they were contaminated with lead. Officials said the lead... more »
  • State Gets a New $77 Million Budget Problem

    May 19, 2011 6:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Any lawmakers' hopes that Louisiana's income picture would brighten have been dashed. The state income forecasting panel, called the Revenue Estimating Conference, instead dropped the state's forecast by $77 million this year. While the panel agreed Wednesday to leave next year's estimates alone, the drop... more »
  • Single Car Crash Leaves One Dead

    May 14, 2011 9:00 AM

    One person is dead after a single car crash in New Iberia. It happened around 10:30 Friday night on LA 86 near Crochet Road when according to State Police, twenty year old Ronald Noel attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing curve. Noel then lost control of... more »
  • Mystikal Returns to New Orleans' Jazz Fest

    May 7, 2011 6:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - His prison sentence behind him, rapper Mystikal returns Saturday to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and his hometown fans a little older, a little wiser and a bit more humble - but still carrying that same fresh spirit that helps keep the party going... more »
  • One Shot in New Iberia

    April 24, 2011 11:52 PM

    The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at West End Park. Officials say one person was shot and transported to a local hospital. Investigators say the shooting took place just after 7:30 Sunday evening and the extent of the victims injuries are unknown.
  • Powerful Explosion Levels Vacant NY House

    April 24, 2011 2:31 PM

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) - A powerful explosion has destroyed a vacant house on New York's Long Island. No one was seriously injured in the Easter morning blast, but 21 people from nearby homes have been taken to hospitals for evaluation. The force of the explosion was strong enough to knock... more »
  • Local Saint Buys Dream Home Tickets

    April 24, 2011 12:20 AM

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

    April 16, 2011 3:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans is hoping to clean up its act a bit. On Friday, city officials announced the formation of Keep New Orleans Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The initiative will seek to fight litter and waste and beautify neighborhoods in other ways. City officials... more »
  • Traffic Up at NO Airport

    April 9, 2011 10:52 AM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - For the first two months of 2011, passenger traffic at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is up 5.5 percent. The airport says most of the increase is due to an 11 percent jump in January, as compared with January 2010. February passenger traffic was up... more »
  • New Reality Show Centers on Crawfish Industry

    March 17, 2011 11:55 PM

    A new reality show is being shot right here in Acadiana, and it centers around the crawfish industry. It's called the "Crawfish Cowboy," and will feature Lake Arthur resident Cody Newman. Newman raises his own crawfish, but also buys, cooks and sells them from his modest shop in Lake... more »
  • New Orleans Police: 5 Teens Shot in Bar, 1 Dead

    March 13, 2011 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police say a gunman apparently opened fire on teenagers attending a party in a New Orleans bar and fled, leaving one 18-year-old man dead and four other teens wounded. Police said early Sunday a 16-year-old girl was in critical condition and two other girls ages 14... more »
  • Andalusia Parade First in Acadiana

    February 25, 2011 11:33 PM

    New Iberia kicked off Mardi Gras parade season with the Andalusia Parade Friday night. Floats, dancers, bands and parade-goers filled the streets of downtown for the first parade in Acadiana. "I like to see all the people so happy and it gives them a chance to come out and... more »
  • Jury in racketeering case to return Tuesday

    February 17, 2011 8:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury will resume deliberating Tuesday in the trial for a former Louisiana lawmaker charged in a plot to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs. Jurors deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and Thursday without... more »
  • Jury Convicts New Orleans Cop on 2 Counts

    February 16, 2011 9:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Henry Hollins, a veteran New Orleans police officer who prosecutors said carried a "portable sex kit" in the trunk of his cruiser, has been convicted of attempted aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping. The conviction came Tuesday after a five-day trial. A 40-year-old woman accused Hollins of... more »
  • WWL-TV: $606 missing from NOPD evidence room

    February 9, 2011 9:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Police Superintendant Ronal Serpas tells WWL-TV that they've opened a criminal investigation of money missing from the department's property warehouse. Serpas says the evidence commander discovered that $606 was missing when she checked to see whether drugs had accidentally been put into a double-keyed... more »
  • Feds develop policy for offshore fish farming

    February 9, 2011 9:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama's administration said on Wednesday it supports the farming of fish in federal waters, but that the practice needs to be done in a safe and scientifically sound manner. In the Gulf of Mexico, businesses have proposed growing fish on unused oil and natural... more »
  • Texas codefendant may change NOPD fraud plea

    February 4, 2011 9:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Court records indicate that the owner of a Brownsboro, Texas, security firm might plead guilty in a case accusing him of plotting with a New Orleans police commander to get kickbacks from a hurricane security contract. Both Joseph Branch of Gladius Inc. and police Capt. Michael... more »
  • UNO student killed near campus

    February 3, 2011 8:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A University of New Orleans student and Army veteran injured in the line of duty was shot and killed a few blocks from the school's campus. Police say 22-year-old Lars Stiaes was found shot about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators believe Stiaes ran to a gas station... more »
  • Potential scams top 7,000 in BP spill compensation

    January 27, 2011 8:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The $20 billion fund responsible for compensating victims of BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill has received more than 7,000 potentially fraudulent claims, many of which have been referred to the Justice Department for criminal investigations, the fund's administrator told a Senate panel on Thursday. Attorney... more »
  • Boil Advisory Still Under Effect in New Iberia

    January 22, 2011 2:21 PM

    Ofiicals at LAWCO say tests are still being done on the water in New Iberia, and when the boil order is lifted, they'll notify the television stations first. We'll keep you updated.
  • Settlement near in FEMA mobile home cases

    January 20, 2011 9:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Companies that manufactured mobile homes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina are nearing a settlement to resolve thousands of claims that the emergency shelters exposed Gulf Coast storm victims to potentially dangerous fumes, court records show. A proposed class-action settlement involving about two... more »
  • Judge grants delay in ill Mose Jefferson's trial

    January 20, 2011 9:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has granted a trial delay for a longtime New Orleans political operative who is gravely ill with cancer. Mose Jefferson, brother of former Congressman William Jefferson, is charged with conspiring to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal government grant money earmarked... more »
  • New Iberia Water System Boil Water Advisory Effective Immediately

    January 20, 2011 7:36 PM

    As a precaution New Iberia Water System has issued a boil advisory effective immediately. The boil advisory remains in affect until rescinded by LAWCO. Boil water for 1 full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.

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