About 500 people were hospitalized after terrorists unleashed an unknown gas at Cajun Field early this morning, but fortunately, the whole incident was just a simulated training exercise for the Lafayette Fire Department and the Louisiana National Guard’s 62nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team.

Authorities are keeping a close eye on the weather and watching for lightning as they work to secure 6 million pounds of explosives at a former ammunition plant in northwest Louisiana.

A state audit finds Acadiana Technical College, which has campuses in Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas and other Acadiana cities, failed to issue hardship waivers to students who cannot afford certain fees even though the waivers are required by law.

iberiacourthouse-carouselAd executive Philip deMahy, brother of a district judge, gets busted for allegedly possessing child porn, but somehow the arrest escapes the local media's attention.

The $425 million the Jindal administration has cut from higher education could set Louisiana back decades. This Advocate story spells out just how devastating those cuts are to the future of higher ed in the state.

dog_catcherThe Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote on an introductory ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting that would restore animal-control services within the city limits of Broussard.

It’s health care brinksmanship, with hundreds of billions of dollars and the well-being of millions of people at stake.

Owners of a failed brine storage cavern are doing their best to comply with a state order to quickly resolve problems created by an eight-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish, spokesman Sonny Cranch said Sunday.

10_THINGS_12_03_12Here’s your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

newsmakerThe story isn’t about her disappearance or her death. It’s about the light that illuminated a community, brought strangers together and made us appreciate life’s ephemeral gifts.

Judge Tim Kelley ruled that Gov. Jindal’s signature legislative initiative improperly diverts money allocated through the state’s public school funding formula to private schools.

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