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    Mayor accused of breaking the law during budget talks

    Mayor accused of breaking the law during budget talks

    Updated: 10:55 PM 7/28/2014

    GONZALES - City leaders got personal, tossing around allegations of malfeasance and misconduct, during a budget meeting Monday night. Councilman Gary Lacombe accused Mayor Barney Arceneaux of breaking the law when appointing people to the city's planning and zoning board. Prior to the meeting, Lacombe asked the Attorney General's... (More)
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    Still warm, but less humid

    Still warm, but less humid

    Updated: 5:31 AM 7/29/2014

    After Monday's cold front, drier air will slowly filter out the oppressive humidity through Tuesday. Today will be a gem by July standards. Expect clouds to fully clear from north to south with bountiful blue skies being offered up for most of the day. Highs will again approach 90° but... (More)
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    Pat Shingleton: "Ear Cooling..."

    Pat Shingleton: "Ear Cooling..."

    Updated: 4:00 AM 7/29/2014

    We recently noted how turkey vultures avoid overheating. The black-tailed jackrabbit also has a built-in cooling apparatus. Due to its oversize ears, these trademark appendages increase the hare's audio range to avoid predators. Due to the abundance of blood vessels, its 7-inch ears are also a cooling mechanism that dissipate... (More)
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    With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support

    With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support

    Updated: 2:17 AM 7/29/2014

    WASHINGTON - Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel. While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on... (More)
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    Despite good news, Social Security and Medicare face problems

    Despite good news, Social Security and Medicare face problems

    Updated: 2:15 AM 7/29/2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency. The trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare issued their annual... (More)
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    Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

    Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

    Updated: 1:57 AM 7/29/2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A study by the Urban Institute shows that more than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even... (More)
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  • International News

    Israel targets symbols of Hamas control in Gaza

    Israel targets symbols of Hamas control in Gaza

    Updated: 1:54 AM 7/29/2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. The strikes early Tuesday hit the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, as well as... (More)
  • HS Sports

    Sports2-a-Days Preview: Lutcher Bulldogs

    Updated: 11:44 PM 7/28/2014

    The Lutcher Bulldogs are in unfamiliar territory after a 5-5 season in 2013. Head Coach Tim Detillier knows better than most that kind of record doesn't cut it in Lutcher, and he feels the bumps and bruises they felt last season will pay off in 2014 with solid leadership... (More)
  • Southern Sports

    "Ladies on the Bluff" learn from SU coaches

    "Ladies on the Bluff" learn from SU coaches

    Updated: 10:49 PM 7/28/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Some of the Southern fan base went back to the classroom Monday night in Southern's "Ladies on the Bluff" clinic. Women who wanted to learn more about the game of football took in lectures and on-field coaching from the Southern University football staff, including head coach... (More)
  • Local News

    Congestion relief for La. 1

    Congestion relief for La. 1

    Updated: 10:17 PM 7/28/2014

    PORT ALLEN - The state is formulating a plan to deal with congestion along an important artery on the west side of the river. DOTD evaluated La. 1 following a push from the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board. System leaders said bus drivers have trouble running routes because... (More)
  • Saints

    Trufant, Alford step into Atlanta leadership roles

    Trufant, Alford step into Atlanta leadership roles

    Updated: 9:52 PM 7/28/2014

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons need new leadership on defense, and coach Mike Smith says second-year cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford fit the job description perfectly. Coming off a 4-12 season that ended with their defense ranked last in third-down efficiency, second-worst against the run and... (More)
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  • Sports

    Plans proceeding for McNeese basketball arena

    Plans proceeding for McNeese basketball arena

    Updated: 9:47 PM 7/28/2014

    LAKE CHARLES - McNeese State University Athletic Director Bruce Hemphill says McNeese's plans for building an on-campus basketball arena are "moving forward quickly." Hemphill tells The American Press (http://bit.ly/1mUplDE ) that the school has secured financing for the project and signed contracts with a local architect. A start date has... (More)
  • Local News

    Recommendations proposed to combat food deserts

    Recommendations proposed to combat food deserts

    Updated: 9:45 PM 7/28/2014

    BATON ROUGE - For some people, finding a fresh head of lettuce or an orange is not easy since parts of East Baton Rouge Parish lack grocery stores and have been labeled "food deserts." Monday night, The East Baton Rouge Food Access Policy Commission presented five recommendations to fix... (More)
  • LSU Sports

    Magee's moment at LSU

    Updated: 9:35 PM 7/28/2014

    BATON ROUGE - LSU running back Terrence Magee has watched teammates at his position bask in the spotlight, have breakout seasons and move on to the pros and now that it's Magee's turn it seems the spotlight has already passed to a true freshman - not that Magee seems to... (More)
  • Local News

    Driver arrested in hit-and-run where child was hurt

    Driver arrested in hit-and-run where child was hurt

    Updated: 9:24 PM 7/28/2014

    BATON ROUGE- A 20-year-old woman faces charges after a hit-and-run crash where a child was seriously hurt Monday. Police said Maigan Scott hit a six-year-old girl on a bicycle on Washington Avenue between Plank and North 26th Street. According to police, after Scott hit the child, she left the... (More)
  • Local News

    What your neighbors think about where we live

    What your neighbors think about where we live

    Updated: 8:52 PM 7/28/2014

    BATON ROUGE- Locals are more open to walking around at night, letting people with illnesses smoke marijuana, and allowing people of the same sex to get married, according to an annual survey conducted by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Sixty-five percent of people responded that they would be in... (More)
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