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'Crumbs:' Federal aid falls short for southwest Louisiana

Oct. 03, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Southwest Louisiana leaders say the disaster assistance approved by Congress will be too little to solve the lingering housing crisis and other needs caused by Hurricane Laura, which struck the region more than a year ago. Billions of dollars in...

More than 100 bronze vases stolen from Louisiana cemeteries

Oct. 02, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — At least one person has been arrested after more than 175 bronze vases were stolen off graves in two southwest Louisiana cemeteries. More than 100 vases were stolen from Consolata Cemetery in Lake Charles and, next door, nearly 70 vases were...

Displaced by Laura, pageant winner finds place in new home

Oct. 02, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — When Molly Jo Webb and her family returned to their house in Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura had ripped through the city, they were relieved to see it had sustained minimal damage. Webb’s high school — where she was meant to be starting 11th grade after six months...

Pollution charges: Louisiana Firestone plant to pay $4M

Oct. 01, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major manufacturer of synthetic rubber, Firestone Polymers LLC, has agreed to pay $4 million in fines and an environmental project and make numerous improvements to settle a long list of state and federal air pollution complaints at its plant in southwest Louisiana. ...

Reports: 5 injured in explosion at Louisiana chemical plant

Sep. 28, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Five people were injured in an explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant, news outlets reported. The explosion at the Westlake petrochemical plant near Lake Charles was reported late Monday night, Louisiana State Police spokesman Derek Senegal...

3 McNeese FB players among 5 arrested after campus shooting

Sep. 22, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Three freshmen defensive backs on the McNeese State football team are among five 18- and 19-year-old men accused of various crimes, including one linked to a drive-by shooting near a campus apartment complex, authorities said Wednesday. The...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 22, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

The Advocate. September 22, 2021. Editorial: What makes a home uninhabitable? Insurers shouldn’t dodge the issue. An insurance policy is a contract. The customer pays a premium, and in exchange, the insurance company provides coverage that’s...

Seafood, doughnuts at stake in 2 cities vaccine competition

Sep. 20, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The mayors of two Louisiana cities have announced a friendly competition aimed at bolstering efforts to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19. Adrian Perkins, the mayor of Shreveport in northwest Louisiana, and Nic Hunter, the mayor of...

Analysis: Ida's destruction may help Hurricane Laura victims

Sep. 19, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida's thrashing left homes in mangled heaps across southeastern Louisiana, but in an uncomfortable twist, the storm might have been a boon to southwestern parishes still struggling to recover from last year's Hurricane Laura. Ida's...

LSU, Caesars Sportsbook, enter sponsorship agreement

Sep. 17, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LSU and Caesar's Sportsbook announced Friday that they have entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement, making Louisiana's flagship state university the first in the Southeastern Conference to enter a financial partnership with a gambling company. ...