Statewide News

Settlement over toxic FEMA trailors close

LOUISIANA - There's talk of a possible settlement to end the lawsuits stemming from the toxic FEMA trailers. Lawyers are negotiating an agreement to resolve thousands of claims against a trailer manufacturer accused of supplying shelters with Form

Social Services working to help military families

SHREVEPORT - The state Department of Social Services is working to get child care assistance for families on military bases. The Shreveport Times reports the agency has announced its plan to create a new child care provider type in the state.

Kids at failing public schools could receive vouchers

A plan for children in failing schools to go to a private school is one step closer to being a reality. State officials say it is cheaper to take kids out of failing public schools and put them into private ones.

Quarter of Louisiana children living in poverty

LOUISIANA - A report out Wednesday shows one in every four children in Louisiana lives in poverty. Officials say the two main predictors of a child's well-being in Louisiana are race and place. A majority of public school students come from low

Swine flu showing decrease in population

LOUISIANA - It appears fewer people are becoming sick with swine flu in Louisiana. State health officials have noticed a decrease in the amount of people getting the H1N1 flu over the last few weeks. Officials still want folks to stay healthy.

State asks for more time

UNDATED - The state is asking for more time to offer hurricane recovery benefits from last years storms. Federal aid is scheduled to end in March, but state officials are asking for a 6 month extension. Louisiana's hurricane recovery chief says

Ponzi schemist behind bars

LOUISIANA - Louisiana businessman, Matthew Pizzolato, is accused of running a ponzi scheme and was arrested Friday. Prosecutors say he duped 160 investors out of nearly 20 million dollars. They claim he used the money to buy cars, cruises and

Congressman speaks on oyster ban

UNDATED - Congressman Charlie Melancon was one of the officials at the forefront in getting the FDA to take another look at the oyster ban. The congressman was in the D.C.

1 killed, 1 injured in well accident

GRAND CANE — One worker was killed and another seriously injured by a gas well blowout in Grand Cane. Officials evacuted two dozen houses near the Chesapeake Energy well that blew around 10:30 a.m. The well was going through routine maint

Former first lady alleged victim of domestic violence

LOUISIANA — Former Louisiana first lady Candy Edwards is alledgly a victim of domestic violence. The east Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested 34-year-old Brian Low for allegedly beating up edwards. Low is the father of Edwards' 3-year-o