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  • Farmers, state attacking feral hogs

    September 27, 2014 1:42 PM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - It's the middle of the night when St. Charles sugar cane farmer Jim Gaubert receives a picture message on his iPhone. A grainy, black-and-white image shows three wild hogs snorting away at a pile of corn, eyes gleaming in the camera flash against the black of... more »
  • State to reopen some waters after Gulf oil spill

    August 3, 2014 1:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries regulators are reopening certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters to commercial and recreational fishing that have been closed since the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the waters will open a... more »
  • Jindal orders state help to fix road through SU

    July 19, 2014 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the state transportation department to help fix a main road through the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge. The road has been unusable for nearly a month. The New Orleans Advocate reports ( ) E.C. Harrison Road gave way when... more »
  • State releasing water from Catahoula Lake

    May 10, 2014 1:34 PM

    JONESVILLE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has begun releasing water from Catahoula Lake to provide waterfowl habitat and as part of a management and research program to find ways to control trees in the lake. A news release says that, if rain and runoff permit,... more »
  • State cuts limit services for Caddo juveniles

    April 20, 2014 11:46 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Caddo Parish authorities say state cuts left a $2.9 million hole in the juvenile justice system. Director of Juvenile Services Clay Walker tells The Times that the parish transferred $3.1 million from its Criminal Justice Fund to plug the hole. But he says there's too little... more »
  • State cites Lafayette with cultural award

    April 19, 2014 1:50 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette's downtown area has been selected to receive the state's Cultural District Award for 2014. The Advocate reports the selection was made by the Office of Cultural Development. In a statement, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne says the award recognizes top efforts to highlight and cultivate Louisiana's... more »
  • State may take against Kinder police chief

    April 13, 2014 2:44 PM

    KINDER, La. (AP) - The theft and malfeasance case against Kinder Police Chief Gary Pelican is expected to be turned over to the state attorney general's office. Allen Parish District Attorney Todd Nesom told The American Press that he will ask to be recused from the case because of a... more »
  • State opens probe of work release program

    April 12, 2014 2:49 PM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The state inspector general's office has opened an investigation into Northshore Workforce LLC, a privately run work-release program that was shut down by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain in March. Inspector General Stephen Street confirmed the probe, but would not offer further comment, The New... more »
  • State certifies 3 language immersion schools

    February 19, 2014 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Education has certified three schools in five locations as world language immersion schools. They are the International School of Louisiana, which has two campuses in New Orleans and one in Metairie, and two schools in Baton Rouge - Westdale Middle School... more »
  • Study: LSU has $3.9 billion impact on state

    February 3, 2014 8:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A study done by the university's Division of Economic Development has determined that LSU's nine campuses impact the state by as much as $3.9 billion every year. To come up with a snapshot of LSU's value to Louisiana, the study measures everything from the goods... more »
  • State holds $113M bond sale for Interstate 49 work

    December 18, 2013 6:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has sold $113 million in bonds to pay for continued roadwork on Interstate 49, mainly the northern section. State Treasurer John Kennedy said the bond sale happened Tuesday. The state sells bonds to investors for upfront cash to pay for construction projects, with the... more »
  • State: Shopping online doesn't mean tax-free

    November 29, 2013 4:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials are reminding shoppers on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and throughout the year that "online" does not mean "tax-free." Louisiana's Consumer Use Tax applies to purchases from out-of-state vendors who do not charge sales tax. When out-of-state vendors do not charge sales tax, the... more »
  • State moves to recover funds charity groups

    November 27, 2013 10:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - State officials will try to recoup more than $2.3 million from 21 community and charitable organizations found to be in violation of Louisiana's financial reporting laws. The move is part of a push initiated by state Treasurer John Kennedy in late July, when he identified 34... more »
  • Richwood submits financial plan to state

    October 1, 2013 10:08 AM

    RICHWOOD, La. (AP) - The town of Richwood has submitted a financial plan to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office that includes reducing employees' pay by 10 percent and implementing a hiring freeze. The effort is an attempt to keep a fiscal administrator from taking over town's finances. The Fiscal Review... more »
  • State lifts outdoor burning ban in 32 parishes

    October 1, 2013 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials have lifted an order that banned outdoor burning in 32 parishes because of dry conditions. State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, in a statement, said the Sept. 17 order banning outdoor burning is lifted as of... more »
  • Days Before Murder, Warrant Was Issued For Person Of Interest

    August 23, 2013 2:36 AM

    A KATC investigation has found that just days before a young woman was murdered in Rayne, an arrest warrant was issued for her step-father, who's now considered a person of interest in her death. That man, Kerry Bertrand has not been charged with murder, but he is behind bars... more »
  • Audit Raises Questions

    July 18, 2013 7:30 PM

    A new statewide audit by the Louisiana Tax Commission raises major questions about the accuracy of property assessments. The auditor cites examples of property tax bills on similar homes in the same neighborhoods varying by 100 percent or more. Officials investigated whether each parish's overall assessed value, based... more »
  • State Police Hiring for First Time in 5 Years

    July 1, 2013 6:10 PM

    They've tightened their belts, but for the first time in five years, more funding is on the radar for State Troopers. Today is the start of the new fiscal year for the state and State Police are starting the year off on a high note. The department is getting... 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 »
  • State audit: Port Allen mayor have violated law

    June 24, 2013 9:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A legislative audit recommends that the city of Port Allen seek a court ruling to resolve the question of Mayor Demetric Slaughter's salary because the city council may not have properly set the salary in its budget ordinances. The report, released Monday, says Slaughter has... more »
  • Italy state TV: Ex-Premier Giulio Andreotti dies

    May 6, 2013 7:53 AM

    ROME (AP) - Italian state television says Giulio Andreotti, Italy's former seven-time premier, has died at age 94. Andreotti was hospitalized last year with heart problems stemming from a respiratory infection. At his prime, Andreotti was one of Italy's most powerful men: He helped draft the country's constitution after World... 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 »
  • Obama nominating Kerry for secretary of state

    December 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said, making the first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term. If confirmed, Kerry would take the helm at... more »
  • State restocks False River with redear sunfish

    December 12, 2012 8:12 AM

    NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is restocking the ailing False River with approximately 300 pounds of redear sunfish. Mike Wood, director of inland fisheries for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, tells The Advocate replenishing the lake's fish population with 300,000 redear... more »
  • State: Nearly 1 in 5 use food stamps in Arizona

    December 10, 2012 6:32 AM

    PHOENIX (AP) - Nearly one in five Arizonans now rely on food stamps, according to state officials. The Arizona Republic reports that food-stamp enrollment has doubled in Arizona in four years, to more than 1.1 million people. The state Department of Economic Security, which administers the federal program, says about... more »
  • State Police: Breaux Bridge Police Officers Involved in Shooting

    December 2, 2012 10:33 PM

    UPDATE: A family member has confirmed that 16-year-old Daraneisha Harris was the person shot by Breaux Bridge Police. As of Sunday night, officials have not confirmed her condition. State Police confirmed a shooting in Breaux Bridge around 8:00pm Sunday night involved two Breaux Bridge Police Officers. Trooper Stephen Hammons... more »
  • St. Martin, Vermilion Superintendents Fire Back Against Accusations from State

    October 18, 2012 10:49 PM

    St. Martin Parish Schools Superintendent Richard Lavergne is fighting back after the Louisiana Department of Education publicly called out his school system for not following the law. The law is part of the education reforms pushed through by Governor Bobby Jindal earlier this year and it takes away seniority... more »
  • State Closes Bridges Deemed Unsafe in Jeff Davis

    September 24, 2012 7:27 PM

    State officials have closed five bridges in Jeff Davis Parish and could close more because of structural damage. Bridge Inspectors cited several problems with the bridges, most are decaying and failing timber and pilings below the bridges. The five closed are on Dewolf Rd., Bebee Rd., Ardoin Rd., Bryan... more »
  • State extends east zone alligator season

    September 19, 2012 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries officials have extended the East Zone wild alligator harvest season through Oct. 4. Robert Barham, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, approved the extension Tuesday. The scheduled opening of the East Zone season was delayed from Aug. 29... more »
  • State wildlife officials set fall shrimp season

    August 3, 2012 7:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says the fall inshore shrimp season will open at 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13. The opening covers the state's inside waters from the Atchafalaya River and Atchafalaya River Ship Channel west to the Louisiana/Texas state line. The state inside... more »
  • St. Helena school to stay under state control

    July 31, 2012 8:41 AM

    GREENBURG, La. (AP) - A federal district judge says he has the authority to transfer the state-run St. Helena Central Middle School back into local school board control but he's not going to do so right now. The Advocate reports St. Helena Parish school system officials argued that the district's... more »
  • Crackdown On Obstructed License Plates

    July 31, 2012 1:07 AM

    Louisiana State Police along with other law enforcement agencies are cracking down on obscured license plates. According to state police, in addition to naturally occurring obscurements such as roadway dirt or mud, license plates must also remain free of any novelty frames or plate covers that hamper visibility and... more »
  • State police watching for dirty tags

    July 30, 2012 7:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana state police and local law enforcement agencies are telling motorists to clean off their dirty license plates. State police say in a news release the motorists caught with their license plates obscured in any way, including by dirt, mud or frames that cover part of... more »
  • State to reduce speed on La 1 in Port Fourchon

    June 13, 2012 7:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State transportation officials say they will lower the speed limit at Louisiana 1/Louisiana 3090 in Port Fourchon. The move, announced Tuesday, comes after a recent study showed that a 45 mile-per-hour speed limit would be appropriate for traffic in that area. The current speed limit... more »
  • Baton Rouge firm gets state hospital contract

    June 11, 2012 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Swedish developer Skanska and joint venture partner MAPP Construction, a Baton Rouge-based construction firm, have secured the second piece of the state contract for the new University Medical Center in New Orleans. Skanska said the second portion of the contract is for $130 million and... more »
  • State Oyster Task Force meets

    June 5, 2012 6:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The effects of the just-ended legislative session, the aftermath of the BP oil spill and the fight against coastal erosion - all are on the agenda for the latest meeting of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force. The committee includes representatives from among commercial fishermen and oyster... more »
  • State Budget Cuts Could Slash Early Childhood Programs

    May 15, 2012 11:27 PM

    State budget cuts could slash children's health services provided by the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). This week the Senate Finance Committee will consider a $100 million budget cut to DHH that was approved by the House last week. Those cuts actually amount to some $350 million because... more »
  • Artist housing awarded state grant

    May 11, 2012 10:03 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Housing Finance Agency has awarded the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority a $1 million grant to transform a brick warehouse near downtown into loft-style apartments for artists. John Arceneaux, chairman of the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority, tells The Advocate the 15-unit development is... more »
  • State spent $63.5 million on ill-fated mill

    April 30, 2012 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana legislative auditor says the state spent $63.5 million on an ill-fated sugar cane mill at Lacassine. Auditor Darryl Pupera said Monday that the mill, which hasn't been used in about four years, was built for a group of southwestern Louisiana cane farmers... more »
  • Retirement and Pension System Changes Upset State Employees

    April 23, 2012 7:31 PM

    Plans to overhaul the State's retirement and pension systems are not sitting well with some lawmakers and state employees. State officials and employees gathered in Baton Rouge on Monday to speak out against the changes and push to defeat the governor's proposal. "It seems to me like the governor... more »
  • State cautions businesses about scam

    April 20, 2012 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana businesses are being placed on alert for a scam involving the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Officials say a person recently went into a business in the New Orleans area, claimed to represent the Department of Children and Family Services and asked to update... more »
  • State tweaking teacher evaluation plans

    April 11, 2012 6:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's education chief says a teacher evaluation system that will eventually be used statewide will undergo a few changes as a result of a pilot program. John White outlined the plans during a telephone news conference Tuesday. The program, often called a "value added" system, will... more »
  • State police identify pedestrian killed Friday

    April 3, 2012 9:27 AM

    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - State police have identified a pedestrian who was hit and killed on Interstate 55 in Hammond Friday night. Troopers say 50-year-old Joan Walters of Ponchatoula stepped directly in the path of a car driven by 20-year-old Brandon Carral of Amite around 9 p.m. Impairment for the... more »
  • State library worker accused of stealing $109,000

    March 30, 2012 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police say a state library employee wanted for allegedly embezzling $110,000 of privately donated funds has turned herself in to authorities. The Advocate reports 39-year-old Alison Claire Foster of Baker, was arrested Thursday and booked into Parish Prison on 174 counts of unauthorized use of... more »
  • School system avoids state takeover

    March 27, 2012 9:50 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The Fiscal Review Committee has decided the state will continue to monitor the St. Landry Parish School System's finances, but it will not appoint a state fiscal adviser to take control of the situation. The Daily World reports the committee was satisfied with the school board's... more »
  • State audit report critical of BRCC

    March 27, 2012 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A report by the legislative auditor finds Baton Rouge Community College misappropriated computer equipment and firearms. In letters to Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, former interim Chancellor Jim Horton wrote that the college "recognizes its responsibility" for the lapses and stated that administrators have taken corrective... more »
  • State fights hydrilla in Spring Bayou

    March 27, 2012 6:30 AM

    SPRING BAYOU, La. (AP) - State biologists say they are fighting hydrilla, an invasive aquatic weed that grows into dense mats near the surface of water, in this bayou in Avoyelles Parish. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it is fighting the fast-growing plant by stocking the bayou... more »
  • University receives StormReady certification

    March 23, 2012 10:36 AM

    McNeese is just the second university in Louisiana to receive the StormReady certification. In Louisiana, there are 16 StormReady sites including Calcasieu Parish and Lake Charles. According to Andy Patrick, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, the StormReady program provides communities, including universities, towns, cities, counties,... more »
  • Fort Pike State Historic Site closes for film

    March 21, 2012 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Fort Pike State Historic Site will be closed to the public on Friday due to the filming of a major motion picture. The fort, set on a 94-acre site, was built shortly after the War of 1812 to defend navigation channels leading into the City... more »
  • State plans to foreclose on facility

    March 16, 2012 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says he plans to foreclose on a company buying a state-backed cane syrup mill near Lake Charles. The Advocate reports Lake Charles LLC is late on a $2.9 million mortgage payment to the state and defaulted Thursday on... more »
  • State employees could get pay raises next year

    March 9, 2012 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has opened the door for pay raises for some state employees in the next fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says agencies aren't getting money to pay for salary boosts. But The Advocate reports that Rainwater says agencies can give... more »
  • Gulf state governors question Air Force plan

    March 7, 2012 10:58 AM

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Governors of states along the Gulf Coast want President Barack Obama to stop the U.S. Air Force from potentially moving eight planes used in disasters to Montana. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Air Force is considering budget cuts that could affect eight C-130... more »
  • Former state Sen. Billy Brown dies

    March 7, 2012 6:20 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe attorney and former state Sen. William D. "Billy" Brown has died after a long illness. The News-Star reports Brown died Tuesday at his home. He was 80. Brown served two terms in the Louisiana Senate, from 1968-76, before an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor. State... more »
  • State approves Medicaid claim firm

    March 2, 2012 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Jindal administration has approved a $185 million multi-year contract with Maryland-based company called CNSI to take over Medicaid claims processing. The Advocate reports the signing of the contract came eight months after the state Department of Health and Hospitals chose the firm and after... more »
  • State sells $400M in general obligation bonds

    March 2, 2012 7:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has sold $400 million in general obligation bonds, borrowing that will pay for ongoing and planned state construction projects. The online auction was held Thursday by the Bond Commission. The bonds were awarded to the low bidder, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC. The state issues... more »
  • Welsh to Seek State Help as Crime Spikes

    February 11, 2012 1:32 PM

    Officials in this small town in southwest Louisiana are asking for state help in fighting a wave of violent crime that has killed three young men in less than a year. The American Press reports ( ) Police Chief Tommy Chaisson told the Town Council earlier this week that... more »
  • State, nonprofits plan derelict crab trap cleanup

    February 8, 2012 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has set dates for cleaning abandoned crab traps from waterways in St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Terrebonne parishes. The department and conservation groups are also calling for volunteers to haul out the traps, protecting blue crabs and improving safety... more »
  • Man Facing 12 Counts of Arson in Kaplan

    February 4, 2012 11:34 PM

    In Kaplan, a major break in a string of arsons that have had residents on edge for years. 55-year-old Felecian Primeaux of Kaplan is facing 12 counts of arson, dating back to 2007. He was arrested at his home Saturday morning after police say the suspect was caught on tape.... more »
  • State police bust staged crash ring

    January 26, 2012 10:40 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - State police have arrested four people for allegedly staging traffic accidents in Ouachita Parish. Detectives tell The News-Star they looked into six of 20 crashes where individuals filed false bodily injury claims. Trooper says the insurance companies in two of the six crashes paid out more... more »
  • State higher education spending sees big decline

    January 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - State funding for higher education has declined because of a slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money, according to a study released Monday. Overall, spending declined by some $6 billion, or nearly 8 percent, over the past year, according to the annual... more »
  • State & others plan 3-day trade mission to Mexico

    January 23, 2012 9:57 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The International Center of Lafayette, the international trade division of the Lafayette Consolidated Government, and the Louisiana Economic Development have organized a three-day oil and gas trade mission for Louisiana companies to Mexico City. The first 15 companies that complete the application and pay a nonrefundable... 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 »
  • Iberia school board asks state to pick up bills

    January 5, 2012 9:10 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The Iberia Parish School Board has unanimously approved a resolution asking the Legislature to resume paying bills that it had left for the board to pay. The bills, also called unfunded mandates, are costs that the state imposes on local governments, which they are required... more »
  • Lawmakers Look To Young Drivers to Crack Down on Littering

    January 3, 2012 6:35 PM

    Teenagers hoping to get a driver's license in 2012 will have to do more than just learn how to operate a vehicle. Student drivers will also have to take a littering course. Every year it costs about 40 thousand dollars in tax payer dollars to clean up the trash... more »
  • Ex-Penn State Coach Sandusky Arrives at Courthouse

    December 13, 2011 8:10 AM

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has arrived at a courthouse in Pennsylvania where he'll face his accusers in the child sex-abuse case against him. Sandusky is charged with more than 50 counts of child sex-abuse involving 10 boys over a span of 15 years.... more »
  • Saltwater Intrusion Causes State of Emergency

    November 29, 2011 7:39 PM

    Vermilion Parish is now under a state of emergency because of severe saltwater intrusion. The problem has been building for several months and is caused by severe drought, several breaches in saltwater barriers along the Mermentau basin, and damage to the Leland Bowman Locks. Vermilion Parish Police Jury President... more »
  • State, Temple Inland reach agreement for fish kill

    November 8, 2011 5:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state and Temple Inland have reached a settlement over an August fish kill that left about 590,000 fish and freshwater mussels dead in the Pearl River. Robert Barham, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says the $760,245 settlement allows the state... more »
  • Police Shooting Leaves One Dead

    October 22, 2011 10:07 AM

    A Lafayette Police Officer is on paid administrative leave after a shooting early Saturday morning. Just after 11:00 PM Friday night, officers responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Peggy Street. Once on scene, officers discovered the 74 year old male victim stabbed multiple times. The victim... more »
  • State Police to Collect Prescription Drugs

    October 16, 2011 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police will join with the Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29. The Advocate reported ( ) troopers will collect unused or expired medication for disposal from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 at troop headquarters... more »
  • Midland Accident Leave One in Critical Condition

    October 16, 2011 10:10 AM

    A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a car Saturday evening. It happened around 9:30pm on Highway 90 in Midland when the vehicle tried to avoid the pedestrian. State Troopers say the pedestrian sustained critical injuries and was transported by Air-Med to Our Lady of Lourdes.... more »
  • State Rep. District 42 Candidates Face-Off in Crowley

    September 21, 2011 11:15 PM

    Candidates in Acadia Parish had the chance to go head to head Wednesday night. The forum included candidates for State Representative District 42, Jack Montoucet and Anthony Emmons, candidates for Acadia Tax assessor, Mike Goss and James Petitjean, Clerk of Court competitors Robert Barousse and Larry Lege, as well as... more »
  • Bridge Closed Due to Fatal Accident

    September 10, 2011 12:16 AM

    The Atchafalya Basin Bridge West Bound is closed at this time due to a fatal accident at mile marker 132. Louisiana State Police is on scene and say at least two cars are involved in the crash and it is unknown if there are any other injuries. Troopers... more »
  • State to Restripe I-10 Bridge Exit

    September 9, 2011 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials say workers next week will revamp a controversial exit route off the new Mississippi River Bridge. The current setup requires westbound traffic on the bridge headed for La. 1 to use the right "exit only" lane. The change will return traffic patterns to... more »
  • State: Pre-apply for disaster food aid

    September 2, 2011 7:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services encouraged residents to pre-apply online for disaster food aid, even though the program isn't expected to be needed for the storm system approaching the state. "September is National Preparedness Month and preparation is critical, especially as we enter... more »
  • Equipment coming to state must be weevil-free

    August 15, 2011 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Truckers and cotton farmers that use cotton harvest equipment brought in from other states to Louisiana must have the equipment certified as free of boll weevils or being from an area where they've been eradicated. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says equipment from areas with pink... more »
  • State turning over $400,000 in unclaimed money

    July 26, 2011 10:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Just over $400,000 in lost money has been returned to New Orleans-area residents from the state treasury. The agency held an unclaimed property day Saturday in Metairie. State Treasurer John Kennedy says over 5,000 people attended. Kennedy says one person claimed $98,000, while another claimed... more »
  • Audit: Town Must Pay the State

    July 24, 2011 12:43 PM

    WASHINGTON, La. (AP) - An audit suggests the town of Washington owes state government $222,130 from speeding tickets issued by police officers on Interstate 49. State law requires fines collected by local law enforcement from motorists exceeding the speed limit by less than 10 miles per hour on an interstate... more »
  • Teenager Dies in Crash

    July 23, 2011 10:16 AM

    On July 21, 2011, at approximately 10:30 p.m., troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single-vehicle crash on Foreman Road near Trahan Road in Beauregard Parish that claimed the life of a 19-year-old woman from Longville. Investigating troopers report that a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer driven by... more »
  • State catching up to unemployment tax dodgers

    July 7, 2011 7:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Workforce Commission says it has collected about $1.2 million this year in unemployment insurance taxes that had been dodged by employers. Businesses pay unemployment taxes based on a rating system that accounts for its payroll, how much in taxes it has paid and... more »
  • State, company settle dispute over bridge systems

    July 4, 2011 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state and a company have settled a dispute over the tolling systems used for the Crescent City Connection bridge and the Leesville Bridge on Louisiana Highway 1. Both sides said Friday that lawsuits have been dismissed. Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp. and the Louisiana highway... more »
  • Dash-Cam Video Released of Rep. Badon's DWI Arrest

    June 22, 2011 12:20 AM

    Following a public records request, Louisiana State Police released the dash-cam video from the night state Rep. Bobby Badon, D-Carencro, was arrested and charged with DWI. The arrest was made back in January, 2010, when Badon was initially pulled over for improper lane usage. Last week, however, District Judge... more »
  • One Dead, Driver Arrested on DWI Fourth Offense

    June 4, 2011 11:46 AM

    An early morning crash claims the life of an Abbeville man. The crash happened just after one am on LA 82 South of Abbeville. Troopers say that the driver of the vehicle, 52 year old Gregory Menard attempted to pass several cars in a no passing zone, and collided... more »
  • State to Test Ballot Scanning System

    May 30, 2011 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Secretary of State's Office has been given the go-ahead to test a new paper ballot scanning system. The system could be used statewide as early as the spring of 2012. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says the system will read paper ballots and... more »
  • Jindal Budget Criticism Comes from GOP

    May 29, 2011 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The opposition party isn't the only one giving Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal fits these days. It's his own GOP. Conventional wisdom would have suggested Republican takeovers of both the House and Senate would have given Jindal an easier path for passage of his legislative agenda... more »
  • Two Dead After Single Vehicle Accident: Police Searching for Driver

    May 28, 2011 9:30 PM

    Two people are dead after a single vehicle accident and police are still searching for the driver. The accident happened at milepost 42 in northern St. Landry Parish just after 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Troopers say the vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, entered the grass median,... more »
  • House Panel Votes for Boost in State Worker Costs

    May 20, 2011 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The divisive idea to merge Southern University at New Orleans with the University of New Orleans has turned into a modest plan to switch UNO to a different college system. UNO would be placed in the University of Louisiana System that focuses on regional campuses... more »
  • House Panel Weighing Boost in State Worker Costs

    May 19, 2011 6:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers are considering a Jindal administration proposal to raise retirement costs for state workers, which would eat into paychecks that have been frozen at the governor's request for several years. The House Retirement Committee is scheduled to discuss the proposal Thursday. The bill would cost... more »
  • Man Arrested by State Police Dies in Custody

    May 19, 2011 6:54 AM

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - A drunken driving suspect who police say pulled a gun on a state trooper who shocked him with a stun gun died Wednesday after being taken to the Jefferson Parish jail, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies said they saw Kirklin Woolridge, 29, of Marrero, experiencing some sort... 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 »
  • State GOP Running Radio Ad Against Cigarette Tax

    May 13, 2011 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Republican Party says it's launching an anti-tobacco tax ad Friday on radio stations around Louisiana. According to a script released by the GOP, former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston narrates the 30-second ad, which urges people to call their lawmakers and tell them to... more »
  • Proposed law requires burial/cremation of 8 week old fetuses

    April 21, 2011 10:47 PM

    A new controversial State bill is on the table this year that deals with the proper burial of dead or unborn fetuses. Representative Rickey Hardy (D-Lafayette) knows his new bill -- House Bill 379 -- could stir the pot in the State's legislature. "Is it controversial? It is... more »
  • Tuition Hikes Worry Louisiana Students

    March 14, 2011 11:50 PM

    Criticism quickly followed Governor Bobby Jindal's newly released budget plan. One red flag is tuition hikes for Louisiana colleges. Included in Jindal's new budget is a spending provision of $98 million dollars which Jindal hopes state colleges will get through tuition hikes. "I don't like it, I really... more »
  • March Mineral Sale Pulls in $11.5 Million

    March 13, 2011 10:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's March sale of petroleum rights to government-owned land and waterbottoms brought in $11.5 million as interest in oil and natural gas exploration continued a sharp shift to the southern parishes. Last week, the board awarded 32 leases covering more than 15 acres. Of those, 30... more »
  • State of Gulf Seafood After Spill: Road to Recovery

    March 1, 2011 11:39 PM

    To conclude the KATC special series on the state of gulf seafood after the BP oil spill, Maddie Garrett takes a look at the survival of an industry that so many in south Louisiana depend on. The message from those on the boats and in the restaurants is that... more »
  • Eligibility Rules Get Tougher for Student Athletes

    January 28, 2011 11:30 PM

    High school gyms buzzing with basketball games across Acadiana every Friday night. But right in the middle of their season comes big changes for student athletes, as new Louisiana state rules go into effect over students' grades. "Pretty much when I'm done with sports I go straight home, get... more »
  • District 22 Election Will Likely Change State Senate

    January 21, 2011 11:29 PM

    Saturday is the special election in Iberia and St. Martin Parishes for key State Senate seat, District 22. And it's an important one, because the outcome will mean big changes in Louisiana's State Senate. The District 22 seat has been held by a Democrat, but after Saturday, it's most... more »
  • Final Candidate Forum for District 22 Race

    January 18, 2011 11:42 PM

    Tuesday night was the last chance for State Senate District 22 candidates to get their messages out to a large group of people. The Iberia Chamber of Commerce hosted the public forum at the Sliman Theater in New Iberia. Each of the six candidates were given a few minutes... more »

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