LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a suspect shot by Lafayette police is in stable condition.

News outlets cite a state police release that says Lafayette police officers responded to "criminal activity" Tuesday night and encountered the suspect. The release doesn't say what lead to police shooting at the suspect, who was taken to a hospital.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An arts center in Louisiana has chosen a new director.

The Daily Advertiser reports Samuel Oliver will lead Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette. He is a native of the city.

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The largest international music fest in the United States begins tomorrow in Lafayette as Festival International de Louisiane starts a five-day fun that features music from over 20 countries. Marketing director Carly Viator says its free to attend.


Viator says to make things easier on fairgoers this year, they will issue electronic bracelets instead of selling tickets to buy drinks and merchandise. She says you can also link your bank card to your wristband. /

A Lafayette man pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute multiple quantities of narcotics and illegal possession of a 9 mm handgun, last Thursday.

Jacob Glen Collett, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell.

Louisiana Family Wins Powerball Jackpot

Apr 13, 2018
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For the second time in the last five months, an Acadiana area family has claimed a Powerball jackpot. A tax attorney representing the Moore Family Trust out of Lafayette brought their 56-million dollar ticket from the March 24th drawing to Louisiana Lottery headquarters. Lottery spokesperson Kim Chopin says on what the family plans do their with their winnings. 


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Eight Louisiana communities are officially Louisiana Retirement Certified Areas. Lafayette, Lake Charles, Natchitoches, Ruston, Toledo Bend, Shreveport-Bossier City, Houma and Thibodaux are included. Lincoln, Sabine and Terrebonne Parishes are also listed. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says the communities were selected for their quality of life for retiring seniors.


Nungesser says that numerous opportunities like "housing, public safety, and festivals" are available for senior citizens in these areas. 


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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.