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  • Microsoft opening Mall of Louisiana kiosk

    Microsoft opening Mall of Louisiana kiosk

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:20:21 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's first Microsoft specialty location is set to open May 17 in the Mall of Louisiana.Tony Stephens, senior general manager for the Baton Rouge mall, tells The Advocate.More >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's first Microsoft specialty location is set to open May 17 in the Mall of Louisiana.Tony Stephens, senior general manager for the Baton Rouge mall, tells The Advocate.More >>
  • Bill may force Louisiana drivers to secures dogs in trucks

    Bill may force Louisiana drivers to secures dogs in trucks

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:14:35 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.The House voted 53-34 Tuesday to pass the proposal by Republican Rep. Thomas Willmott, of Kenner.Drivers could secure dogs with a crate, leash or a ventilated bed cover, under the bill.Willmott has proposed similar bills before, but they failed to garner enough support. He says he continues to push the issue to promote humane treatment...More >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.The House voted 53-34 Tuesday to pass the proposal by Republican Rep. Thomas Willmott, of Kenner.Drivers could secure dogs with a crate, leash or a ventilated bed cover, under the bill.Willmott has proposed similar bills before, but they failed to garner enough support. He says he continues to push the issue to promote humane treatment...More >>
  • State superintendent: Dropping common core is costly

    State superintendent: Dropping common core is costly

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:39:42 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - State school superintendent John White defended common core in front of the Senate Finance Committee Monday.  More >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - State school superintendent John White defended common core in front of the Senate Finance Committee Monday.  More >>
  • Lawmaker shelves bill to name Bible as state book

    Lawmaker shelves bill to name Bible as state book

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:09:52 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Shreveport lawmaker is scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody told the House on Monday that he wouldn't pursue the measure. He said lawmakers had told him they were worried the bill was becoming a distraction from more important debates, like on the state budget.Carmody had said he sponsored the proposal after a constituent made the request. He insisted the bill wasn't designed to be a state-endorsem...More >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Shreveport lawmaker is scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody told the House on Monday that he wouldn't pursue the measure. He said lawmakers had told him they were worried the bill was becoming a distraction from more important debates, like on the state budget.Carmody had said he sponsored the proposal after a constituent made the request. He insisted the bill wasn't designed to be a state-endorsem...More >>
  • Senate rejects bill to limit drones in Louisiana

    Senate rejects bill to limit drones in Louisiana

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:07:56 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana has stalled in the state Senate.Sen. Dan Claitor's proposal would have made it illegal to use drones to photograph people on private property without their permission, with a list of exceptions including for law enforcement.Claitor, a Republican from Baton Rouge, said his bill would protect privacy, keeping people and government from snooping in backyards without cause.But senators raised conc...More >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana has stalled in the state Senate.Sen. Dan Claitor's proposal would have made it illegal to use drones to photograph people on private property without their permission, with a list of exceptions including for law enforcement.Claitor, a Republican from Baton Rouge, said his bill would protect privacy, keeping people and government from snooping in backyards without cause.But senators raised conc...More >>
  • Toddler hit by miniature train

    Toddler hit by miniature train

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:06:00 GMT
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Emergency personnel say a toddler's injuries, sustained when he wandered into the path of the miniature train at New Orleans City Park, were more serious condition than initially reported.Liz Belcher, a spokeswoman for New Orleans EMS, told NOLA.comThe Times-PicayuneMonday that the 3-year-old boy sustained multiple abrasions to his body and serious lacerations to his legs.Police had described by injury as a laceration to the leg.The incident happened Sunday as the train car...More >>
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Emergency personnel say a toddler's injuries, sustained when he wandered into the path of the miniature train at New Orleans City Park, were more serious condition than initially reported.Liz Belcher, a spokeswoman for New Orleans EMS, told NOLA.comThe Times-PicayuneMonday that the 3-year-old boy sustained multiple abrasions to his body and serious lacerations to his legs.Police had described by injury as a laceration to the leg.The incident happened Sunday as the train car...More >>
  • Hancock Co. sends case of dismembered woman to La.

    Hancock Co. sends case of dismembered woman to La.

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:04:02 GMT
    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi authorities say the unsolved death of a dismembered New Orleans Bourbon Street dancer is being turned over to police in Kenner, La., and the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office.Glenn Grannan of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1lA1uP4) evidence gathered during the investigation indicates 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart was killed in Kenner before her body parts began to wash ashore in Hancock County in June 2012...More >>
    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi authorities say the unsolved death of a dismembered New Orleans Bourbon Street dancer is being turned over to police in Kenner, La., and the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office.Glenn Grannan of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1lA1uP4) evidence gathered during the investigation indicates 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart was killed in Kenner before her body parts began to wash ashore in Hancock County in June 2012...More >>
  • Home invasion suspect dies in attack

    Home invasion suspect dies in attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:02:38 GMT
    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - St. Landry Parish investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy that could explain why a man died as they say he wielded a knife and attacked a woman in her home.Sheriff Bobby Guidroz tells The Advocate52-year-old Phillip Manuel, of Opelousas, died early Thursday after he allegedly broke into a home and attacked the woman as she slept.Guidroz says the victim, who was not identified, is in stable condition and recovering from her wounds.The sheriff says the woman r...More >>
    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - St. Landry Parish investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy that could explain why a man died as they say he wielded a knife and attacked a woman in her home.Sheriff Bobby Guidroz tells The Advocate52-year-old Phillip Manuel, of Opelousas, died early Thursday after he allegedly broke into a home and attacked the woman as she slept.Guidroz says the victim, who was not identified, is in stable condition and recovering from her wounds.The sheriff says the woman r...More >>
  • Autopsies Determine Man, Woman in Burned-Out Car

    Autopsies Determine Man, Woman in Burned-Out Car

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:12 AM EDT2014-04-22 13:12:16 GMT
    MAURICE, La. (AP) - Autopsies have determined that two bodies found last week inside a burning SUV just south of Maurice were that of a man and woman, but they remain unidentified. Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon said Monday his office and investigators with the state Fire Marshal's Office are aggressively trying to identify the victims found last Wednesday inside a burning mid to late 1990s sports utility vehicle. Couvillon says the man had a tongue piercing and was wearing a long ro...More >>
    MAURICE, La. (AP) - Autopsies have determined that two bodies found last week inside a burning SUV just south of Maurice were that of a man and woman, but they remain unidentified. Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon said Monday his office and investigators with the state Fire Marshal's Office are aggressively trying to identify the victims found last Wednesday inside a burning mid to late 1990s sports utility vehicle. Couvillon says the man had a tongue piercing and was wearing a long ro...More >>
  • Would-be burglar died of asphyxiation in oven vent

    Would-be burglar died of asphyxiation in oven vent

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:58:10 GMT
    MARRERO, La. (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead in the ventilation system of a suburban New Orleans business over the weekend had suffocated.The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said 44-year-old Ken Singleton was apparently a would-be burglar who had tried to gain access to Greg's Food Mart in Marrero through a rooftop vent.The owner of the business arrived to open up Saturday morning and found Singleton's legs dangling from an oven vent.Kimberly DiLeo, a forensic investigator with the ...More >>
    MARRERO, La. (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead in the ventilation system of a suburban New Orleans business over the weekend had suffocated.The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said 44-year-old Ken Singleton was apparently a would-be burglar who had tried to gain access to Greg's Food Mart in Marrero through a rooftop vent.The owner of the business arrived to open up Saturday morning and found Singleton's legs dangling from an oven vent.Kimberly DiLeo, a forensic investigator with the ...More >>
  • La. House wants mental health info before abortion

    La. House wants mental health info before abortion

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:57:34 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has agreed to require women seeking an abortion in the state to receive a pamphlet that describes possible psychological effects of the procedure, though studies disagree on those effects.The bill by Republican Rep. Barry Ivey, of Baton Rouge, also would mandate the women get information on the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims.Clinics would have to provide the three brochures at the start of the sta...More >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has agreed to require women seeking an abortion in the state to receive a pamphlet that describes possible psychological effects of the procedure, though studies disagree on those effects.The bill by Republican Rep. Barry Ivey, of Baton Rouge, also would mandate the women get information on the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims.Clinics would have to provide the three brochures at the start of the sta...More >>
  • LDWF Agents Arrest Bunkie Man for Resisting Arrest

    LDWF Agents Arrest Bunkie Man for Resisting Arrest

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-04-21 20:08:01 GMT
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Bunkie man for alleged flight from an officer and resisting arrest on April 16 2014 in Avoyelles Parish. Agents arrested Shannon Stevenson, 30, and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Prison for resisting an officer by flight and resisting arrest. Agents attempted a license check of Stevenson who was fishing over 140 crawfish traps from the bank on Bayou Rouge near Bunkie. Stevenson then tried to elu...More >>
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Bunkie man for alleged flight from an officer and resisting arrest on April 16 2014 in Avoyelles Parish. Agents arrested Shannon Stevenson, 30, and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Prison for resisting an officer by flight and resisting arrest. Agents attempted a license check of Stevenson who was fishing over 140 crawfish traps from the bank on Bayou Rouge near Bunkie. Stevenson then tried to elu...More >>
  • SLPSO makes positive ID on deceased Story Lane attacker

    SLPSO makes positive ID on deceased Story Lane attacker

    SLPSO makes positive ID on deceased Story Lane attacker

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-04-21 16:52:30 GMT
    ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has made a positive identification on the deceased attacker who was involved in the home invasion on Story Lane, Opelousas on Thursday, April 17, 2014. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said, “On April 18 at approximately 1:38 a.m., deputies responded to a complaint regarding a home invasion on Story Lane. The victim advised detectives that she was awakened by a male subject attacking her with a cane kn...More >>
    ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has made a positive identification on the deceased attacker who was involved in the home invasion on Story Lane, Opelousas on Thursday, April 17, 2014. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said, “On April 18 at approximately 1:38 a.m., deputies responded to a complaint regarding a home invasion on Story Lane. The victim advised detectives that she was awakened by a male subject attacking her with a cane kn...More >>
  • Pollock inmate sentenced for assaulting prison employee

    Pollock inmate sentenced for assaulting prison employee

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:25:55 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal inmate who pleaded guilty to attacking a prison guard has been sentenced to another 16½ years and three years of supervised release for the assault. U.S. District JudgeMore >>
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal inmate who pleaded guilty to attacking a prison guard has been sentenced to another 16½ years and three years of supervised release for the assault.More >>
  • Baton Rouge school board member collapses, dies

    Baton Rouge school board member collapses, dies

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:38:04 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Funeral services are scheduled next week for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Randy Lamana, who collapsed as he walked to his car at the Capitol after a legislativeMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Funeral services are scheduled next week for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Randy Lamana, who collapsed as he walked to his car at the Capitol after a legislative hearing on restructuring the school system.More >>
  • Saints bring back WR Meachem

    Saints bring back WR Meachem

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:37:03 GMT
    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has re-signed veteran free-agent wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract. Meachem is entering his eighthMore >>
    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has re-signed veteran free-agent wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.More >>
  • Suit filed against New Llano for pit bull ban

    Suit filed against New Llano for pit bull ban

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:51:04 GMT
    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A New Llano couple filed suit against the town in federal court Wednesday, claiming the town's ban on pit bulls and pit-bull-like breeds violates dog owners' equal protection,More >>
    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A New Llano couple filed suit against the town in federal court Wednesday, claiming the town's ban on pit bulls and pit-bull-like breeds violates dog owners' equal protection, property and due process rights.More >>
  • ATC shuts down Lafayette business after underage alcohol raid

    ATC shuts down Lafayette business after underage alcohol raid

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:25:08 GMT
    Lafayette, LA. (KALB News Channel 5) Underage alcohol raid leads to citations, suspension for "The Keg."Alcohol & Tobacco Control Officials have suspended the alcohol permit of "The Keg" on McKinley StreetMore >>
    Lafayette, LA. (KALB News Channel 5) Underage alcohol raid leads to citations, suspension for "The Keg."More >>
  • 20 arrested in New Orleans Medicaid fraud case

    20 arrested in New Orleans Medicaid fraud case

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:29:05 GMT
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has arrested 20 personal care attendants as part of a crackdown on provider fraud in the New Orleans area. Agents started anMore >>
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has arrested 20 personal care attendants as part of a crackdown on provider fraud in the New Orleans area.More >>
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu Pitches New Orleans as Home for Late Show

    Mayor Mitch Landrieu Pitches New Orleans as Home for Late Show

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:24 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:24:32 GMT
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Los Angeles and New York have been making their cases. Now, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pitching his city as the new home for the "Late Show" when Stephen Colbert takes overMore >>
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Los Angeles and New York have been making their cases. Now, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pitching his city as the new home for the "Late Show" when Stephen Colbert takes over that CBS program from David Letterman next year.More >>
  • Man accused of stealing crawfish from traps

    Man accused of stealing crawfish from traps

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:25:45 GMT
    CROWLEY, La. (AP) - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old Crowley man who is accused of stealing crawfish from traps in an Acadia Parish pond. Sheriff Wayne Melancon saidMore >>
    CROWLEY, La. (AP) - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old Crowley man who is accused of stealing crawfish from traps in an Acadia Parish pond.More >>
  • Ten Year-Old Brings Loaded Gun to School

    Ten Year-Old Brings Loaded Gun to School

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:17:15 GMT
    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy is in custody after he allegedly brought a loaded handgun to an elementary school in Thibodaux. Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says administrators atMore >>
    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy is in custody after he allegedly brought a loaded handgun to an elementary school in Thibodaux.
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  • Schools remain gun-free after weapons bill pulled

    Schools remain gun-free after weapons bill pulled

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:06:12 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Chalmette lawmaker shelved his proposal to let school employees who have a concealed handgun permit to go to work armed. Rep. Ray Garofalo pulled his bill Wednesday after gettingMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Chalmette lawmaker shelved his proposal to let school employees who have a concealed handgun permit to go to work armed.More >>
  • Ten years for teen who pleads guilty in machete attack

    Ten years for teen who pleads guilty in machete attack

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:48:21 GMT
    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A 16-year-old arrested last year after he allegedly attacked a man with a machete following an argument has pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10More >>
    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A 16-year-old arrested last year after he allegedly attacked a man with a machete following an argument has pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.More >>
  • BESE awards funding for innovative education programs

    BESE awards funding for innovative education programs

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:15:48 GMT
    (KALB News Channel 5) - The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) today approved six education project proposals for funding in the 2014-15 school year under the state's 8(g) CompetitiveMore >>
    (KALB News Channel 5) - The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) today approved six education project proposals for funding in the 2014-15 school year under the state's 8(g) Competitive Grant Program.More >>
  • Tangipahoa Man Fatally Shot by Sheriff's Deputies

    Tangipahoa Man Fatally Shot by Sheriff's Deputies

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:34:38 GMT
    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - State police say a Tangipahoa Parish deputies shot and killed a man near Hammond in what started as a report of a domestic disturbance. Trooper Greg Marchand says 48-year-oldMore >>
    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - State police say a Tangipahoa Parish deputies shot and killed a man near Hammond in what started as a report of a domestic disturbance.
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  • McAllister cancels all events during Easter break

    McAllister cancels all events during Easter break

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:25:48 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister says he intends to steer clear of public events until he returns to Washington at the end of Congress' Easter break. His office issued a statementMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister says he intends to steer clear of public events until he returns to Washington at the end of Congress' Easter break.More >>
  • Winn Parish requests public's assistance in lawnmower theft

    Winn Parish requests public's assistance in lawnmower theft

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:08:08 GMT
    WINN PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Winn Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the help of the public with the theft of 3 ExMark zero turn riding lawn mowers.  The theft happened at approximatelyMore >>
    WINN PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Winn Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the help of the public with the theft of 3 ExMark zero turn riding lawn mowers.More >>
  • Landrieu secures delay in army decision on Bayne Jones Hospital

    Landrieu secures delay in army decision on Bayne Jones Hospital

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:32:12 GMT
    WASHINGTON (KALB News Channel 5) — At the request of U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Lt. Gen. Patricia Horono, Surgeon General of the Army, announced today that the Army's plans to downgrade theMore >>
    WASHINGTON (KALB News Channel 5) - U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced today that while the Army's force structure reduction will impact medical force structure, no decisions have been made on downsizing at specific locations and no dates exist to publish any decisions.
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  • Rep. McAllister cancels tea party appearance

    Rep. McAllister cancels tea party appearance

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:07:11 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An organizer says Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister canceled an appearance before a tea party group as he continues to stay out of sight after a video showed him kissing a marriedMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An organizer says Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister canceled an appearance before a tea party group as he continues to stay out of sight after a video showed him kissing a married aide.More >>
  • LSP and NPSO make joint arrests in narcotics investigation

    LSP and NPSO make joint arrests in narcotics investigation

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:45:32 GMT
    (KALB News Channel 5) - Probation Agents with the La. State Office of Probation and Parole-Natchitoches District Office and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested three people on drug chargesMore >>
    (KALB News Channel 5) - Probation Agents with the La. State Office of Probation and Parole-Natchitoches District Office and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested three people on drug charges in Cloutierville according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office.More >>
  • Vitter Meetings Get Army Commitment to Keep Ft. Polk Hospital Open

    Vitter Meetings Get Army Commitment to Keep Ft. Polk Hospital Open

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:36:17 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today followed up on a meeting he had with General Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, and spoke with Lieutenant General Patricia D.More >>
    The Army was considering downgrading the hospital to a clinic, but General Horoho told Vitter they are putting the decision on hold and Bayne Jones would remain open as a hospital.More >>
  • Man arrested after attempting to stab woman to death in St. Landry

    Man arrested after attempting to stab woman to death in St. Landry

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:33:31 GMT
    (KALB News Channel 5) - An Opelousas man was arrested on April 14 by St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Deputies after an altercation he had with a female victim. St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office SpokespersonMore >>
    (KALB News Channel 5) - An Opelousas man was arrested on April 14 by St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Deputies after an altercation he had with a female victim.More >>
  • ATC and the Louisiana State Police Release 'American Pie Revisited' PSA

    ATC and the Louisiana State Police Release 'American Pie Revisited' PSA

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:57:02 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – Today, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control (ATC) in partnership with the Louisiana State Police announced the release of a public service announcementMore >>
    The PSA is part of an ongoing safety education campaign by State Police to reduce the number of fatalities involving impaired drivers and unbelted drivers/passengers.More >>
  • Law enforcement searching for suspect in human trafficking case

    Law enforcement searching for suspect in human trafficking case

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:56:25 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – As part of ongoing multi-agency operations targeting prostitution and online solicitation throughout the state, investigators from the Louisiana State Police SpecialMore >>
    Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit are seeking the public's assistance locating Emmanuel Bailey, described as a 21 year old black male, of Fort Smith, Arkansas wanted on charges of Human Trafficking.More >>
  • Bill would let drivers choose if they want REAL ID

    Bill would let drivers choose if they want REAL ID

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:29:29 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana driver's licenses could move in line with a federal identification law, under a proposal that won the backing of the House Transportation Committee. The bill is designedMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana driver's licenses could move in line with a federal identification law, under a proposal that won the backing of the House Transportation Committee.More >>
  • Bill would restrict drones on La. private property

    Bill would restrict drones on La. private property

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:28:57 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Unmanned aircraft would be limited on private property around Louisiana, if lawmakers agree to a bill that has received the support of a Senate judiciary committee. Passage withoutMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Unmanned aircraft would be limited on private property around Louisiana, if lawmakers agree to a bill that has received the support of a Senate judiciary committee.More >>
  • Spokeswoman: Alexander not running in 5th District

    Spokeswoman: Alexander not running in 5th District

    Monday, April 14 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-04-14 19:24:55 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Rodney Alexander says the Republican former congressman doesn't intend to run for his old seat, despite a videotape showing GOP Rep. Vance McAllister in a maritalMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Rodney Alexander says the Republican former congressman doesn't intend to run for his old seat, despite a videotape showing GOP Rep. Vance McAllister in a marital indiscretion.More >>
  • Up to $7,500 reward for info in bald eagle death

    Up to $7,500 reward for info in bald eagle death

    Monday, April 14 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-04-14 19:21:29 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Humane Society of the United States are offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomeverMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Humane Society of the United States are offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for killing a federally protected bald eagle.More >>
  • Public gets its turn to discuss Louisiana budget

    Public gets its turn to discuss Louisiana budget

    Monday, April 14 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-04-14 18:46:13 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers on the House budget-writing committee are hearing spending requests from the general public after weeks of getting information from individual state agencies. The AppropriationsMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers on the House budget-writing committee are hearing spending requests from the general public after weeks of getting information from individual state agencies.More >>
  • Public gets its turn to discuss Louisiana budget

    Public gets its turn to discuss Louisiana budget

    Monday, April 14 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-04-14 16:59:53 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers on the House budget-writing committee are hearing spending requests from the general public after weeks of getting information from individual state agencies. The AppropriationsMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers on the House budget-writing committee are hearing spending requests from the general public after weeks of getting information from individual state agencies.More >>
  • Rep. Vance McAllister tryst prompts campaign scramble

    Rep. Vance McAllister tryst prompts campaign scramble

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:50:55 GMT
    (CBS News) Rep. Vance McAllister, the embattled Louisiana Republican who was caught on tape kissing a staffer earlier this month, will likely have to add a serious challenge for his congressional seatMore >>
    Rep. Vance McAllister, the embattled Louisiana Republican who was caught on tape kissing a staffer earlier this month, will likely have to add a serious challenge for his congressional seat to his list of woes.More >>
  • New Iberia bicyclist struck by Jeep, killed

    New Iberia bicyclist struck by Jeep, killed

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:25:54 GMT
    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Iberia Parish sheriff's deputies say a 38-year-old New Iberia man died after he was struck by a Jeep as he tried to cross East St. Peter Street on his bicycle.    Lt. Anthony GreenMore >>
    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Iberia Parish sheriff's deputies say a 38-year-old New Iberia man died after he was struck by a Jeep as he tried to cross East St. Peter Street on his bicycle.More >>
  • Woman found dead in Lafayette park

    Woman found dead in Lafayette park

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:24:00 GMT
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.    Cpl. Paul Mouton says the death is suspicious,More >>
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.More >>
  • Police: Man steals $75,000 car on test drive

    Police: Man steals $75,000 car on test drive

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:19:14 GMT
    BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - Bossier City police are looking for a man who they say stole a $75,000 car by taking it for a test drive. Police say a man drove off from Moffett Audi in a white 2014 Audi A7More >>
    BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - Bossier City police are looking for a man who they say stole a $75,000 car by taking it for a test drive.More >>
  • Easy 5 ticket sold in West Monroe wins big

    Easy 5 ticket sold in West Monroe wins big

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:15:46 GMT
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says a ticket bought in West Monroe won the $148,323 jackpot in the Easy 5 game. It says nobody got all the numbers drawn Saturday for Powerball or Lotto.More >>
    The second-highest Louisiana winners for Saturday's drawings were 13 Lotto tickets matching five of the six numbers. Those tickets are worth $2,080 each.More >>
  • Four years after spill, questions on long-term health

    Four years after spill, questions on long-term health

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:19:50 GMT
    CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - A government researcher who hopes to track the long-term health effects of the 2010 BP oil spill says there are early indications that cleanup workers were 30 percent more likelyMore >>
    CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - A government researcher who hopes to track the long-term health effects of the 2010 BP oil spill says there are early indications that cleanup workers were 30 percent more likely to suffer from depression than others living in areas affected by the spill.More >>
  • Jindal hires new press secretary

    Jindal hires new press secretary

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:58:17 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has a new press secretary with experience working on a Republican presidential campaign. Jindal's office announced Friday that the Republican governor had hiredMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has a new press secretary with experience working on a Republican presidential campaign.More >>
  • Gubernatorial candidate calls out Jindal in McAllister Scandal

    Gubernatorial candidate calls out Jindal in McAllister Scandal

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:29:47 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Democratic candidate for the governor's office is calling out Bobby Jindal. Jindal released a statement on Thursday saying that Vance McAllister should resign. DemocratMore >>
    "While I am as disappointed as anyone to see Louisiana embarrassed, yet again, by an elected official who professes family values in public but practices something else entirely in private, I can't help but ask why Senator Vitter is not held to the same standard as Congressman McAllister."More >>
  • Calcasieu Parish student arrested for having gun at school

    Calcasieu Parish student arrested for having gun at school

    Friday, April 11 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-04-11 19:36:46 GMT
    SULPHUR, La. (AP) - Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a middle school student for bringing a gun to school. Deputies say the 14-year-old was arrested Thursday. Officials at W. W. LewisMore >>
    SULPHUR, La. (AP) - Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a middle school student for bringing a gun to school.More >>
  • Louisiana Congressmen begin to talk about McAllister

    Louisiana Congressmen begin to talk about McAllister

    Friday, April 11 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-11 17:12:20 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana's congressmen are beginning to speak out in light of the McAllister kiss scandal. Louisiana's 3rd District Representative Charles Boustany told KNOE 8 News in a statement,More >>
    Louisiana's congressmen are beginning to speak out in light of the McAllister kiss scandal.More >>
  • 6 hospitalized after smoking synthetic marijuana

    6 hospitalized after smoking synthetic marijuana

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:44:29 GMT
    DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Authorities say six Donaldsonville men were taken to Prevost Memorial Hospital on Thursday within a two-hour time frame after smoking a synthetic marijuana drug called "HappyMore >>
    Authorities say six Donaldsonville men were taken to Prevost Memorial Hospital on Thursday within a two-hour time frame after smoking a synthetic marijuana drug called "Happy 2."More >>
  • LSU students spend spring break restoring wetlands

    LSU students spend spring break restoring wetlands

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:43:48 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - For the sixth consecutive year, Andy Nyman, LSU associate professor of wetland wildlife management, and his service-learning students plan to spend spring break differently fromMore >>
    Andy Nyman, LSU associate professor of wetland wildlife management, and his service-learning students plan to spend spring break differently from those students flooding the beaches of Florida.More >>
  • Bill would name the Bible as Louisiana state book

    Bill would name the Bible as Louisiana state book

    Thursday, April 10 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-04-10 20:55:37 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book, despite concerns the bill would land the Legislature in court. A House municipalMore >>
    Lawmakers who voted against the measure say it raises questions about whether Louisiana would be violating the separation of church and state.More >>
  • Louisiana politicians calls for McAllister to resign

    Louisiana politicians calls for McAllister to resign

    Thursday, April 10 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-04-10 20:10:06 GMT
    (CNN) – The chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party called Thursday on Vance McAllister to resign after surveillance video surfaced showing the married Louisiana congressman kissing an aide in his office. AndMore >>
    (CNN) – The chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party called Thursday on Vance McAllister to resign after surveillance video surfaced showing the married Louisiana congressman kissing an aide in his office.More >>
  • Oakdale woman arrested for multiple identity thefts

    Oakdale woman arrested for multiple identity thefts

    Thursday, April 10 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:19:37 GMT
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    VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office previously reported the April 4, 2014 arrest of Karen Lafleur, 52, of Oakdale. Lafleur was arrested on twenty one counts ofMore >>
    VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office previously reported the April 4, 2014 arrest of Karen Lafleur, 52, of Oakdale.More >>
  • La. congressman in kiss tape says he won't resign

    La. congressman in kiss tape says he won't resign

    Thursday, April 10 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-04-10 17:09:28 GMT
    MONROE, La. (AP) - Despite calls for his resignation, a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not wife says he will not step down from the seat. Republican Rep. Vance McAllister'sMore >>
    MONROE, La. (AP) - Despite calls for his resignation, a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not wife says he will not step down from the seat.More >>
  • La soybeans expected to reach 1.3M acres in 2014

    La soybeans expected to reach 1.3M acres in 2014

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-04-10 14:00:09 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy says Louisiana farmers are likely to plant 1.3 million acres of soybeans this year, up 18 percent from last year's 1.1 million acres. HeMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy says Louisiana farmers are likely to plant 1.3 million acres of soybeans this year, up 18 percent from last year's 1.1 million acres.More >>
  • Man accused in Oakdale stabbing death

    Man accused in Oakdale stabbing death

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-04-10 13:57:16 GMT
    OAKDALE, La. (AP) - Authorities say an Oakdale man has been arrested in the stabbing death of a neighbor after an altercation on Monday. The American Press reports 61-year-old Ralph Johnson was bookedMore >>
    OAKDALE, La. (AP) - Authorities say an Oakdale man has been arrested in the stabbing death of a neighbor after an altercation on Monday.More >>
  • Bossier Parish awards two for heroism

    Bossier Parish awards two for heroism

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:23:01 GMT
    BENTON, La. (AP) - Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington has presented awards of heroism to two men who helped save lives this year. Whittington recognized Bossier Deputy Darryl Ware, who rescuedMore >>
    BENTON, La. (AP) - Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington has presented awards of heroism to two men who helped save lives this year.More >>
  • DNA link leads to Baton Rouge man's arrest in 2008 slaying

    DNA link leads to Baton Rouge man's arrest in 2008 slaying

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:22:52 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Armed with new DNA evidence obtained from a previously untested 6-year-old beer can, Baton Rouge police cold-case detectives arrested a man in the April 2008 shooting death of 55-year-oldMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Armed with new DNA evidence obtained from a previously untested 6-year-old beer can, Baton Rouge police cold-case detectives arrested a man in the April 2008 shooting death of 55-year-old Willie Mitchell.More >>
  • House committee supports removing same-sex law

    House committee supports removing same-sex law

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-04-09 20:13:38 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A House committee has narrowly agreed to advance a bill that would repeal an unconstitutional state law prohibiting intercourse between two people of the same sex. The criminalMore >>
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A House committee has narrowly agreed to advance a bill that would repeal an unconstitutional state law prohibiting intercourse between two people of the same sex.More >>
  • Gonzales man dies after jumping in bayou

    Gonzales man dies after jumping in bayou

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-04-09 20:03:37 GMT
    GONZALES, La. (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old man, fleeing police, died after jumping into a bayou in Gonzales. Police Sgt. Steven Nethken tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1hsH1ZW ) the body ofMore >>
    GONZALES, La. (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old man, fleeing police, died after jumping into a bayou in Gonzales.More >>
  • State, feds declare victory in voucher ruling

    State, feds declare victory in voucher ruling

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-04-09 18:51:42 GMT
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Both sides say they are pleased with a federal judge's order that the state must provide the U.S. Justice Department with regular reports on the state's private school tuition program. InMore >>
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Both sides say they are pleased with a federal judge's order that the state must provide the U.S. Justice Department with regular reports on the state's private school tuition program.More >>
  • McAllister backs off on FBI probe

    McAllister backs off on FBI probe

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-04-09 18:40:02 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - In an emailed statement, officials in Congressman Vance McAllister's office have announced the lawmaker will not pursue an FBI investigation at this time regarding the distributionMore >>
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - In an emailed statement, officials in Congressman Vance McAllister's office have announced the lawmaker will not pursue an FBI investigation at this time regarding the distribution of a video filmed in leased federal office space.More >>
  • La. state income tax filing begins Jan. 31

    La. state income tax filing begins Jan. 31

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 5:02 PM EST2014-01-08 22:02:06 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – The Louisiana Department of Revenue offers tips when filing income tax.  The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin processing 2013 state individual incomeMore >>


    BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – The Louisiana Department of Revenue offers tips when filing income tax. 
    More >>
  • Deputies graduate St. Martin Sheriff's Academy

    Deputies graduate St. Martin Sheriff's Academy

    Tuesday, July 16 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-07-16 22:52:43 GMT
    ST. LANDRY, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Two sheriff's deputies graduate St. Martin Sheriff's Basic Training Academy. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office announced the graduation of two sheriff's deputiesMore >>
    ST. LANDRY, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Two sheriff's deputies graduate St. Martin Sheriff's Basic Training Academy.More >>
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