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N.O. Bowl Update – Saturday, 12/17, Noon
NEW ORLEANS – Okay, so you can’t get to New Orleans tonight to experience the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl for yourself.
There are many options to keep up with all the action and all the activities, and some of them run all day long. Of course, updates will be available right here on www.theind.com both before, during and after the game along with photos and other info you probably won’t get anywhere else.
Several broadcast-media outlets will be providing coverage, including ESPN’s national broadcast which begins at 8 p.m. Kickoff is set officially at 8:06 p.m., but there is a five-minute “sliding” window that could push kickoff back to 8:11 p.m. should today’s two earlier bowl games – the New Mexico Bowl (Temple vs. Wyoming in Albuquerque at 1 p.m.) and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Ohio vs. Utah State in Boise at 4:30 p.m.) – run late.
ESPN’s broadcast is in HD, and those who have 3D television sets can watch what ESPN is hyping as the first-ever bowl game in 5D (it’s a combination of 2D and 3D).
The folks at KPEL-AM/Sports Radio ESPN 1420 and the Ragin’ Cajun network always encourage fans to watch the TV but “turn down the sound” and listen to UL’s broadcast. A special two-hour pre-game show airs on that network (1420 AM, 107.9 FM) at 6 p.m. with Jay Walker and Steve Peloquin.
Those stations also have coverage all day, with KPEL/Sports Radio ESPN beginning coverage at noon from Walk-On’s on Poydras Street. That airs on KPEL until 2 p.m. and airs on Hot 107.9 from 2-6 p.m. leading up to the pre-game show.
There’s also television coverage provided by Acadiana-area stations. KATC-TV Channel 3 will air “Cajun Countdown to Kickoff” from 6:15-7 p.m. with Travis Webb and Andy Burrell, and KLFY-TV Channel 10 will have live coverage from the Superdome floor from 6-6:30 p.m. with George Faust and Jeff Horchak. KLFY also has a 30-minute preview special, “Cajun Invasion,” that aired Friday night and is available online (www.klfy.com).
COX4 will be going right up to kickoff with coverage, airing a 30-minute pregame show at 7:30 p.m. entitled “Ragin’ Cajuns: A Season to Believe,” with Jimmy Frederick.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
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