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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.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Louisiana police officer has been fatally shot after he responded to a call at a convenience store.

 News outlets report a Lafayette police officer was fatally shot at a Big Boy convenience store Sunday night.

Master Trooper Brooks David with the Louisiana State Police says authorities received a call about a battery and shots fired around 10 p.m. When the officer arrived, the suspect allegedly opened fire, which led to a shootout. The officer was pronounced dead at the scene.

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 A Lafayette man is in custody after a domestic dispute turned deadly.

 Twenty-five-year-old Damarkus Adams is accused of fatally shooting his father, 48-year-old John Adams, during an altercation.

 KATC-TV reports Lafayette police responded to a residence. in reference to a shooting at 10:15 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, officers discovered the elder Adams dead inside the home from an apparent gunshot wound.

 Damarkus Adams was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. Jail records did not show if he's represented by an attorney. 

2017 Brings Hopes of more Jobs

Sep 18, 2017
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The median household income in Louisiana declined by over 2-percent in 2016, the largest decrease in the nation according to Census Figures. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says this decrease is a result of the struggling oil and gas industry. He says we have three metropolitan areas that are in a recession, Houma, Lafayette and Shreveport.

Scott says there are definitely signs of optimism for better numbers in 2017. He says the rate of decline in both Houma and Lafayette has significantly lessened.

Lafayette, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a man living in Oregon was sentenced Thursday to 300 months in prison for sexually assaulting and torturing a woman who he had a child with and who engaged in prostitution.

 

The president and CEO of Stone Energy Corp. in Lafayette says he's confident the oil and gas industry will bounce back.

David Welch told the quarterly meeting of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association on Wednesday that as the world population grows so will the demand for energy. Welch didn't say specifically when he expects the industry to make a comeback, however. 

He told the group that demand for oil will close the gap created by a current oversupply of oil. He predicted that as the oil supply shrinks prices will fall, creating a gradual recovery in the industry.

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