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BP shelling out cash

BP has paid Louisiana more than $40 million dollars to cover the cost of their busted rig. So far, the state has spent $5 million in efforts to keep the oil from coming ashore.

License fee could get the boot

BATON ROUGE - The state legislation aimed at taking away the extra $15 fee for driver's licenses is making progress.

Researches hit the Gulf to find answers

While efforts are being made to contain the oil and predict it's path, other scientists work to figure out how much is spilling into the gulf.

BP CEO says spill will have 'modest' impact

British Petroleum officials say the amount of oil being siphoned from the busted pipe has doubled since Monday. Officials now estimate they've secured two-fifths of the leak, which is about 84,000 gallons.

Lafayette woman ruled competant to stand trial

A Lafayette woman, accused of killing her son, has been ruled competent to stand trial. Sandra Joseph allegedly ran over her 11-year-old boy in 2009.

BP siphoning oil from spill

A mile-long tube has been collecting more than one-fifth of the oil that's spewing into the ocean from a blown-out well.

Lafayette deemed cleanest city in the state

LAFAYETTE - Lafayette has been named the cleanest city in the Pelican state. It received the title from the Louisiana Garden Club Federation.

New information surfaces in Gulf explosion

New information shows a lack of proper safety precautions are to blame for the crisis in the Gulf. Comparing it to natural disasters like the Titanic and Challenger explosions, some senators are saying the rig explosion is due to company negligenc

Oil begins assault on Racoon Island

Raccoon Island is the latest area to see the affects of the oil spill. Oficials say small tar balls have begun to wash ashore. Raccoon Island is one of the coasts most important waterbird nesting areas.

PHOTO RELEASE: SCAT Teams Document Tar Balls in Fourchon Beach

BATON ROUGE, La. - Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Teams inspecting Fourchon beach on Thursday, May 13, documented substantial numbers of tar balls, some up to eight inches in diameter, along the entire beach.