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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.


 A Bossier City woman pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm Thursday.

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The 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will feature Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Beck, Jack White, and Lionel Richie — just to name a few. Jazzfest will be April 27-29 and May 3-6. Festival producer Quint Davis says Aerosmith will be making it’s Jazzfest debut, but they weren’t hard to bill.


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State Police and the FBI seek the public’s help in the apprehension of suspects involved in two bank robberies in north Louisiana.  The Guaranty Bank in Epps was robbed November 10th. Seventeen days later the Barksdale Federal Credit Union in Cotton Valley was held up. Senior Trooper Michael Reichardt says the suspected man and woman hid their identities, but believe both robberies are connected.


Both suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.  Reichardt says if you see something suspicious, report it to police or the FBI.


Grants Awarded To 2016 Flood Victims

Nov 22, 2017
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The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program has offered grant awards for nearly 31-hundred homeowners affected by the floods in 2016, totaling nearly 92-million dollars. Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes says these funds are helping people rebuild their homes and many of the homeowners are reimbursed for work already done.

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The number of teens involved in fatal car crashes went down 53-percent in Louisiana over a ten-year period from 2005 to 2015. That’s according to the National Young Driver Survey. State Farm spokesperson Kip Diggs says car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers. He says the biggest contributing factor to the decrease is graduated driver’s licensing laws.

Diggs says the roads aren’t as dangerous because kids have more restrictions like cell phone and nighttime driving restrictions. He says this has led to parents being more involved in the driving process.

Father Charged After Baby Found Dead With Stab Wounds

Oct 16, 2017
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 Police say an 11-month-old was found dead at a Louisiana home and the baby's father faces charges. 

 Zachary Police Chief David McDavid told The Advocate that 33-year-old Fabian Smith was arrested Saturday on one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in the death of Jericho Smith. 

 Jericho had stab wounds across the forehead and signs of blunt force trauma to the back of the head. The child was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found a knife and firearm inside. Autopsy results will determine if the firearm was used.