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Lafayette Representative Nancy Landry is proposing a bill that would substantially increase legal penalties for campus hazing related incidents, in response to the 2017 death of LSU student Maxwell Gruver. Hazing is currently covered by education statues, and not criminal statues, and carries a fine of 100 dollars or less, plus a possible 30 days in jail. Landry’s bill would change that.


Under the proposed legislation, if the incident involves serious injuries, or death, the penalty would escalate to 10,000 dollars and five years in jail.


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Members of the Lafayette Cajun band The Lost Bayou Ramblers are back in Louisiana today after a couple of days of celebrating their Grammy in New York City. “Kalenda” won the group a gramophone for Best Regional Roots Music Album. Co-founder Andre Michot (Me-Show) says winning was a complete shock.


Andre and his brother, Louis (Lou-ee) have been performing for 20 years, and this was the second time they were nominated for a Grammy. Andre says they were raised around Cajun and Zydeco music in Acadiana, as their father was also in a band.


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A 14-year-old Lafayette girl who is battling cystic fibrosis got the thrill of a lifetime, being a special guest in attendance at the State of the Union address last night.  Bella Reed was a guest of St. Landry Parish Congressman Clay Higgins.   He says having Bella in attendance hopefully will bring more awareness to the disease as he introduces legislation supporting ongoing research. /

A Lafayette man was sentenced last week to 168 months in prison for enticing a minor into sending images of child pornography online.

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A Lafayette woman pleaded guilty to stealing almost $1.5 million from a Broussard oilfield related company.


Training to Mentor Future Teachers

Nov 28, 2017
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Starting this week, nearly 500 Louisiana educators will begin training to become mentors to future teachers.  This is the first step in a three-year effort to train at least 25-hundred public school teachers.  Assistant Superintendent for Talent Hannah Dietsch says nearly 500 veteran educators were nominated by their local school systems to participate in the mentor training program.


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Orthopedic specialists in the Bayou State are using a new post-surgical procedure to control pain and decrease the need for oral painkillers. Dr. Judson Penton says they are using a specially designed disposable pump to deliver medication that blocks pain only in the area of the surgery.


An Excess Number of Crashes This Week

Nov 16, 2017
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As we’ve seen an excess number of wrecks this week, the state Department of Transportation reports there were 2,423 crashes on Interstate 10 between Exit 100 in Lafayette and the Baton Rouge Mississippi River Bridge from January 1st of 2014 to the end of 2016. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson.

Of those crashes, 19 were fatal and 20 people died. Wilson says the majority of these wrecks are a result of tailgating or distracted driving.

Louisiana Helicopter Firm To Expand Into Pacific

Nov 1, 2017
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Lafayette-based helicopter company PHI Inc. says it will acquire the offshore helicopter operations of Montreal-based HNZ Groups as it expands its international reach.

In a joint news release, the companies say HNZ president and CEO Don Wall plans to acquire all of the company's stock and PHI will acquire HNZ's offshore business in New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea from Wall.

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Four fraternities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have been suspended in the wake of LSU Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver’s death. ULL Dean of Students Margarita Perez says Theta Xi, Kappa Alpha Order, Sigma Nu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon are the suspended Greek organizations. She says after Gruver’s death, more students are willing to come forward and report hazing.