May 10, 2014 1:36 PM
GONZALES, La. (AP) - Contract workers employed in the construction, power and petrochemical industries will be able to get federally mandated training at a new $2.8 million center in Gonzales. The Advocate reports the Alliance Safety Council's 11,000-square-foot center is in the Edenborne Development in Ascension Parish. Alliance, a Baton... more »
May 4, 2014 11:53 PM
MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) - South Central Louisiana Technical College is celebrating a big step toward a permanent home for its marine safety training center. A ceremony Friday honored the H.B. Young Foundation for donating the 5-acre site where the center is now housed in portable buildings, the Houma Courier... more »
December 2, 2013 9:19 AM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A plan is currently being developed to help reduce accidents on one of the most dangerous intersections in Opelousas. The Daily World reports the Interstate 49 interchange at U.S. 190 has been the scene of 44 accidents with injuries in the past few years, several of... more »
September 10, 2013 6:31 PM
Mold issues in Lafayette Parish Schools continue to be an ongoing battle.
In total, nearly 200 mold complaints have been filed in Lafayette Parish Schools over the past three years. As of last week, all have been taken care of except ten.
This school year, pre-k students at... more »
July 31, 2013 7:20 PM
Seventy-five new cameras are going up in Lafayette Parish schools ahead of the new year.
Right now, the system has 276 cameras. However, more than a quarter of those are not working properly and they're being replaced.
At Northside High, there are 72 cameras installed. A few miles... more »
March 20, 2013 9:10 AM
PINEVILLE, La., March 20, 2013
March can bring windy weather and a desire to clean up lawns, plant flowers and trim trees. Cleco reminds everyone to remain safe around power lines and equipment as they complete outdoor work.
"This time of year is a great time to begin... more »
December 12, 2012 7:43 PM
The Lafayette Parish School Board is looking at a plan to make schools safer.
The proposal includes installing cameras and alarm systems in all 42 schools. The plan also calls for six safety officers to add support to resource officers already on many campuses.
All high school campuses... more »
April 18, 2012 7:17 AM
PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Labor Department has cited two subsidiaries of a Pineville-based company for alleged safety and health violations. The department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday that it has proposed a total of $72,000 in penalties for Dis-Tran Steel LLC and Dis-Tran Wood Products Holdings LLC,... more »
April 17, 2012 12:38 AM
Nearly two weeks after a crash that nearly killed him, a Lafayette motorcyclist is hoping his story will serve as a reminder for drivers to share the road.
Chris Olsted suffered two fractured legs, including a compound fracture in the April 6th crash with an SUV on West Congress... more »
March 22, 2012 6:34 AM
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - Operators of the Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan say they're making progress in the face of a series of safety issues and a poor report card from federal regulators. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held another in a series of public meetings in South Haven... more »
March 21, 2012 10:38 AM
American Red Cross volunteers are receiving information and responding to damage reports. As bad weather threatens most of south Louisiana, here are several safety checklists to help our neighbors: Thunderstorms : Including postponing outdoor activities, staying in substantial buildings and away from windows, and avoiding electrical equipment. Tornados : Including... more »
January 30, 2012 12:22 AM
This weekend, two Acadiana families lost everything in house fires.
While those fires were in two different cities, there was one common and preventable factor.
Just before noon Sunday morning smoke filled the air on Henkle Street in Jeanerette. For five years the Declouet family lived in this... more »
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 »
December 9, 2011 11:14 PM
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office said car burglaries have spike recently, but most have been crimes of opportunity. And with the holidays in full swing, deputies warn shoppers should be extra careful.
Captain Kip Judice took KATC around a parking lot Friday afternoon and found many people left their... more »
December 6, 2011 12:05 AM
The United States Senate is considering a bill, which involves offshore safety reforms proposed by Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia. In the wake of recent fatalities offshore, most will agree safety should be a priority in the Gulf, but not everyone is onboard with Landry's ideas.
H.R. 2838, also... more »
November 3, 2011 11:57 PM
After a rash of fatal bicycle accidents in Acadiana, Lafayette Consolidated Government has decided to take action. But bicycle safety isn't just up to drivers, it's up to cyclists as well.
Jason Nicklaus Smith is what you would call an avid bicyclist, and said he's even been hit by... more »
July 24, 2011 12:30 PM
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Mang Vo wanted to make a lasting impression on his shrimping safety class when he learned many of the fishermen didn't know how to make a proper mayday call. After some told him they use cell phones during emergencies at sea, he pulled an old cell... more »
June 19, 2011 12:01 PM
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Two South Mississippi counties will take a look on Monday at whether or not to extend the burn ban and supervisors say that won't be the only drought related issue on the table. Both the Jackson County and Harrison County board presidents say the possibility of... more »
April 18, 2011 11:31 AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame said Monday that football staff responsible for advising whether it was safe to practice outside used out-of-date weather information the day a student videographer fell to his death when the hydraulic lift he was on toppled over in high winds. Declan Sullivan, a... more »
April 18, 2011 7:41 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is accepting grant proposals through May 8 for projects designed to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes leading to injury and death on Louisiana roadways. The grants are being offered to local, parish and state agencies, nonprofit organizations,... more »
March 15, 2011 7:29 PM
One day after a deadly school bus accident students at Milton Elementary School are visiting with counselors and so is the driver of the bus involved. Six year-old Lederion Miller died yesterday while getting on his bus heading to school. Lafayette Parish School Bus driver, Keith Johnson, said "if a... more »
January 11, 2011 11:59 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The oil industry, Congress and the Obama administration need to do more to reduce the changes of another large-scale oil spil, a presidential panel investigating the BP well blowout concluded Tuesday. The seven-member panel unanimously endorsed 15 separate recommendations in the wake of the largest offshore oil... more »
December 26, 2010 11:26 PM
How are you staying warm? If you're using a space heater, KATC'S Mike Magnoli has some safety tips for you. Space heaters are among the top three causes for fires in America, and you need to be careful.
"The guys up north don't think it gets cold down here... more »
December 6, 2010 7:13 PM
After Friday's accident, many of you said school buses needed to be equipped with seat belts. But will that really make the bus ride safer? Many officials from school bus drivers to school board members say it won't. In fact, they say it would pose as more of a safety... more »
December 1, 2010 10:01 PM
SYDNEY (AP) - Australia's air safety authority says engines on some A380 superjumbos have a potential manufacturing defect that could cause engine failure. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement on Thursday a potential fault in an oil tube connection could lead to "fatigue cracking, oil leakage and... more »
December 1, 2010 7:25 PM
Christmas decorations are going up all across Acadiana. But, if you haven't decked your home with dazzling lights just yet, energy and fire officials have tips that could save you money and worry.
Cleco is encouraging families to swap out old lights with light emitting diode or LED lights.... more »
November 8, 2010 10:22 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The BP oil rig explosion and spill wasn't about anyone purposely trading money for safety, investigators on a special presidential commission said Monday. Instead it was more about seemingly acceptable risks adding up to disaster. Investigators at the commission's hearing outlined more than a dozen decisions that... more »
November 3, 2010 8:03 AM
LAFAYETTE, LA- Among the many online threats to children including: exposure to pornography, harassment and cyber stalking, the most dangerous threat is cyber grooming. Cyber grooming is the process of gaining trust and building false relationships to entice victims. What can parents do:
· Recognize techniques used by online... more »
October 27, 2010 11:45 AM
Halloween will be celebrated on Sunday, October 31, 2010, between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, within the City of Lafayette. The Lafayette Police Department has the following recommendations to assure a safe and enjoyable Halloween. Choose costumes that are marked flame retardant and add reflective tape or... more »
October 11, 2010 12:02 PM
On October 12, 2010, Louisiana State Police Troop I will conduct a safety checkpoint within Iberia Parish. The checkpoint will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Troopers will be actively looking for vehicles that are not insured. Vehicles without insurance could be towed and the driver issued a... more »
October 5, 2010 12:19 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - No more grade inflation for new cars and trucks. The Transportation Department outlined changes Tuesday to the government's 5-Star Safety Rating System that will make it more difficult for new cars and trucks to earn top scores. Only two of the first 34 vehicles tested under the... more »
September 15, 2010 11:43 AM
LONDON (AP) - Outgoing BP CEO Tony Hayward defended his company's safety record Wednesday in the face of questions from British lawmakers, and said the Gulf of Mexico oil spill should not lead to a universal ban on deepwater drilling. Hayward gave evidence to a British parliamentary committee, months after... more »
September 2, 2010 6:17 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sampling by environmental groups has found oysters contaminated with oil along the Louisiana coast befouled by the BP PLC oil spill, a finding that casts doubt on statements by state and federal officials that all seafood tested here is safe to eat. Batches of oysters were... more »
August 31, 2010 10:49 AM
On September 1, 2010, Louisiana State Police Troop I will conduct a safety checkpoint within Acadia Parish. The checkpoint will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Troopers will be actively looking for vehicles that are not insured. Vehicles without insurance could be towed and the driver issued a... more »
August 18, 2010 7:06 AM
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Officials with the Institute for Seafood Studies at Nicholls State University say consumers of Louisiana seafood can be confident in the findings of the safety assurances issued by government agencies. In a Tuesday statement, Dr. Marilyn Kilgen said the results of intensive investigations have consistently shown... more »
August 18, 2010 5:20 AM
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) Officials with the Institute for Seafood Studies at Nicholls State University say consumers of Louisiana seafood can be confident in the findings of the safety assurances issued by government agencies.
In a Tuesday statement, Dr. Marilyn Kilgen said the results of intensive investigations have consistently shown... more »
August 16, 2010 5:38 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is being put under the microscope like no other kind on the market, with fish, shrimp and other catches ground up to hunt for minute traces of oil - far more reassuring than that sniff test that made all the headlines.... more »
July 30, 2010 7:14 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House approved a bill Friday to boost safety standards for offshore drilling, remove a federal cap on economic liability for oil spills and impose new fees on oil and gas production. Democratic leaders hailed the bill as a comprehensive response to the Gulf of Mexico oil... more »
July 30, 2010 4:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has begun debate on a bill to boost safety standards for offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills. Democratic leaders hailed the bill as a comprehensive response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and said it would... more »
July 28, 2010 11:22 AM
On July 29, 2010, Louisiana State Police Troop I will conduct a safety checkpoint within Vermilion Parish. The checkpoint will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Troopers will be actively looking for vehicles that are not insured. Vehicles without insurance could be towed and the driver issued a... more »
July 23, 2010 7:21 AM
KENNER, La. (AP) - A BP PLC well team leader on the Deepwater Horizion testified Thursday that cost-savings didn't eclipse safety in operational decisions on the ill-fated oil rig. "When it comes to safety, never," John Guide told a federal panel investigating the April 20 explosion of the BP-leased rig... more »
June 28, 2010 7:18 PM
Many women carry their entire lives with them everywhere they go.
Crowley resident, Amanda Senegal, said her purse carries much of her personal information—including her social security card and credit cards.
Losing that little bag could make your life a little harder, which is... more »
June 18, 2010 12:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - With recent temperatures reaching into the 90's and a heat index above 100 degrees, the Louisiana Department of Social Services reminds parents and caregivers that leaving children unattended in a car can be deadly.
Between 1989 and 2010, DSS reports that 16 children in Louisiana have... more »
June 16, 2010 11:42 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An LSU AgCenter forestry agent says people living near forests need to landscape for fire safety. Keith Hawkins says this includes fire-resistant yard plants. He says there's no fireproof plant, but baldcypress, red maple and sweet gum are less flammable than most. But ornamental junipers,... more »
June 6, 2010 9:33 PM
Churches are places where people come together and worship, but some state legislators believe churches need to have better security.
Reverend Harold Trahan, pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church, said "I hope that if they do pass this law, that'll be up to the local pastor to say... more »
June 2, 2010 7:16 AM
ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) - The St. Martin Parish Council has approved a new ordinance intended to make parish hay rides safer for both participants and motorists. The ordinance was modeled on a similar St. Landry Parish ordinance and requires trail ride organizers to buy $1 million in liability insurance... more »
May 24, 2010 1:19 PM
Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon wants to remind residents that deputies will conduct a Safety Checkpoint on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at an undisclosed location in Acadia Parish. Melancon stated that deputies will be checking for seat belt and child restraint compliance.
May 18, 2010 12:50 PM
On May 19, 2010, Louisiana State Police Troop I will conduct a safety checkpoint within St. Mary Parish. The checkpoint will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Troopers will be actively looking for vehicles that are not insured. Vehicles without insurance could be towed and the driver issued... more »
May 14, 2010 9:59 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - In Lafayette, officials have provided the latest update on a planned Public Safety Complex for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, the first phase of which will cost about $15 million. Sheriff's Office Corrections Director Rob Reardon said the complex will include a 200-bed work-release housing complex... more »
May 12, 2010 11:18 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Henry Waxman says that his committee's investigation into the Gulf oil spill reveals that a key safety device, the blowout preventer, had a leak in a crucial hydraulic system. The California Democrat said in a hearing Wednesday that the investigation also discovered that the well had... more »
April 15, 2010 12:12 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama ordered an exhaustive
federal review of coal mine safety Thursday and asked Congress to
strengthen existing laws "riddled with loopholes."
"I refuse to accept any number of miner deaths as simply a cost
of doing business," Obama told reporters... more »
March 24, 2010 4:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democratic leaders on Wednesday said they are concerned about the personal safety of lawmakers because of threats linked to intense opposition to the health care overhaul law. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the FBI and Capitol Police briefed Democrats on how to handle perceived... more »
March 16, 2010 1:15 PM
Iberia Parish Safety Checkpoint On March 17, 2010, Louisiana State Police Troop I will conduct a safety checkpoint within Iberia Parish. The checkpoint will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Troopers will be actively looking for vehicles that are not insured. Vehicles without insurance could be towed and... more »
March 12, 2010 12:37 PM
Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) announced today that the Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia, Louisiana, has been awarded an $85,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. This investment will help the airport conduct an assessment to determine how to reduce the hazards posed by birds and other wildlife to aircraft... more »
January 6, 2010 3:02 PM
The National Transportation Safety Board will open its public docket Thursday on a January 2009 helicopter accident that killed 8 persons.
On January 4, 2009, a Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter (N748P), operated by PHI, Inc., crashed into swampy terrain just north of the Gulf of Mexico coastline near Morgan City,... more »
November 24, 2009 9:19 AM
Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side... more »
October 29, 2009 9:22 AM
Baton Rouge, LA, October 27, 2009 - Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning, Jr. reminds us that Fire Prevention Month concludes this Friday on Halloween Night. "Halloween can be exciting for children and adults. Halloween Parties, Trick or Treating, Fall Festivals and Haunted Houses are all enjoyable. However, I... more »
October 27, 2009 9:59 AM
October 27, 2009
On October 28, 2009, Louisiana State Police - Troop I, will conduct a Safety Checkpoint on LA 35, within Acadia Parish. The checkpoint will take place from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Troopers will be aggressively looking for vehicles that are not insured and those vehicles... more »
October 26, 2009 10:35 AM
BATON ROUGE-The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is warning that Halloween 2009 in Louisiana poses special safety challenges to the thousands of young trick-or-treaters, adult party-goers and football tailgaters who will be walking or riding through neighborhoods after dark. "Halloween this year is both on a Saturday night and on the... more »
October 16, 2009 1:03 PM
Washington, DC - The nation's emergency physicians want costumes, candy and fun times to be the only things you and your children experience this Halloween. But unfortunately each year a fun spooky adventure can become an all too-real nightmare that ends in the emergency department.
"Halloween should be about... more »
September 29, 2009 4:08 PM
BATON ROUGE-Traffic deaths and injuries in Louisiana in 2008 took the sharpest decline in 15 years, Louisiana safety officials announced today. In 2008, 913 people were killed in Louisiana traffic crashes, an 8.2 percent decline from the previous year, according to the 2008 Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report. A total... more »
September 28, 2009 8:36 AM
Dozens of local children were the first to try a new biometric fingerprinting and DNA identification kit. They got printed at Sterling Hyundai of Lafayette. The FBI and Department of Justice hosted the DNA Lifeprint child safety event. The new identification program makes it easy for law enforcement officials nationwide... more »