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Sugar cane content down from heavy rains

Wet weather has cut into the quality of this year's sugar cane crop in southern Louisiana. Officials say the sugar cane content is expected to drop by 10 percent.

Asphalt ignites at refinery

SHREVEPORT - About 158,000 gallons of asphalt that was being transferred from a damaged storage tank ignited at a Shreveport refinery. The accident happened Thursday afternoon at the Calumet Specialty Product Partners Refinery.

Coach Bustle spreads Christmas cheer

LAFAYETTE - This Christmas season head University of Lafayette football coach Ricky Bustle is doing his part to spread Christmas cheer. Bustle teamed up with the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive to give the gift of literacy. Workers at Barne

3 officers charged with police brutality

EUNICE - 3 Eunice police officers have been indicted on police brutality charges. The Advertiser reports the charges stem from two separate arrests. If convicted, the men face up to five years in prison each.

Man charged with video voyeurism

LAFAYETTE - Shannon House has admitted to using a cell phone to snap photos up a woman's dress. Officials say House has pleaded guilty to three counts of video voyeurism.

Southern University fires head football coach

Baton Rouge - The head football coach of Southern University Pete Richardson, was fired Monday along with most of his staff. Richardson coached at the school for 17 years and compiled an overall record of 134-62. Richardson finished this season

Medical center opens new burn unit

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center opened its new burn center Tuesday. The Advertiser reports the burn unit is the first in the Acadiana area and one of only three in the state.

5 dead, 7 injured in minivan flip

BATON ROUGE - Five are dead and seven remain in critical condition after a minivan flipped over on I-10 near Baton Rouge Saturday. Officials say the van was likely overweight and not designed to carry so many people.

Family suing crib maker after baby's death

LAFAYETTE - A local family of a seven month old who died in May in a stork craft crib, has filed a federal lawsuit. Officials say the lawsuit alleges the baby was trapped between the mattress and the crib's railing.

Turkey saved by Massachusettes woman

UNDATED - A turkey has been spared this Thanksgiving. Jerry the turkey would have been slaughtered because of his cataracts. However, a woman in Massachusettes has saved him and is planning to pay for his surgery.