WESTLAKE, La. (AP) — Three subsidiaries of a Texas-based petrochemical company on Thursday settled allegations that they violated federal and state pollution control laws.
The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release, said Westlake Chemical Corporation agreed to make upgrades and perform compliance measures estimated to cost $110 million to resolve the complaint involving two facilities in Lake Charles, Louisiana and one in Calvert City, Kentucky.
LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana (AP) — The front lawn of Lydia Larce’s home is strewn with debris: remnants of cabinets and chunks of pink shower. She lives in a FEMA trailer out back, her home in shambles after hurricanes tore through Lake Charles.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $90,000 jackpot won by someone who played the Louisiana Lottery's Easy 5 game in December remains unclaimed, lottery officials said.
The winning ticket for the Dec. 1 drawing was purchased at Tobacco Place in Lake Charles and is set to expire on May 30, KPLC-TV reported.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department on Wednesday authorized additional exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from planned terminals in Texas and Louisiana.
The orders allow Golden Pass LNG Terminal near Port Arthur, Texas, and Magnolia LNG Terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to export additional natural gas as LNG to any country not prohibited by U.S.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Northrop Grumman is laying off 120 workers in Lake Charles, the company confirms.
Northrop Grumman spokesman Jared Krull said the company notified the employees Tuesday that May 5 will be their last day, KPLC-TV reported.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Registration has started for a new program to help low- and moderate-income Lake Charles residents fix 2020 hurricane damage to their homes, and Mayor Nic Hunter says he expects it to fill up fast.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Some Lake Charles residents are envisioning a new recreation loop as a way of helping the city recover from the devastation of multiple hurricanes in recent years.
The idea would involved a series of bayous and canals connecting in a loop with paths alongside, providing new recreation opportunities for kayakers, bikers and walkers, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three Gulf Coast states are getting $1.9 billion in federal grants to help recover from hurricanes and floods over the past two years and become more resilient to climate change, the U.S.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A drive-by shooting has killed a 6-year-old girl who was watching TV in her house in southwest Louisiana, police said Monday.
The shooting was reported late Sunday, Lake Charles Deputy Chief Franklin Fondel Jr.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana port owes $124.5 million to owners of a $50 million-plus grain export terminal because the port failed to get federal permits for dredging required by its lease, a federal magistrate judge has ruled.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — A change in the planned location for jury selection prompted a delay in the trial for a Louisiana woman charged with murder in the burning death of her son.
Twenty-six-year-old Hanna Barker’s 6-month-old son died in 2018 after being found with severe burns in a ditch in northwest Louisiana's Natchitoches Parish.
CAMERON, La. (AP) — Construction of a new artificial reef off the coast of a southwest Louisiana city has been completed.
The reef, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Holly Beach, was built in an area where an oil platform was recently removed, with the intention of rebuilding a fish habitat, KPLC-TV reported.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The Lake Charles city council has approved $3.1 million in improvements to the city's drainage system, which came under heavy pressure in recent years during repeated heavy rains, including two hurricanes.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Jack Crozier Watson, who was a Louisiana Supreme Court justice from 1979 through 1996, has died at the age of 93.
“He was a good friend and I respected him greatly. His opinions were always well written,” said Charles Riddle III, district attorney for Avoyelles Parish, part of the Supreme Court district that Watson served.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Zydeco musician Chris Ardoin says it has taken time to recover his creativity after being shot last summer.
The 40-year-old Lake Charles native was hit July 30 when at least one unknown shooter opened fire at the Zydeco Bike Fest, an outdoor event in Colfax.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities are investigating shootings by police at opposite ends of south Louisiana.
A Lake Charles police officer shot a man who hit a police car with his own vehicle early Wednesday, Louisiana State Police said.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A former state district judge who also served on an appellate court in Louisiana has died while under hospice care.
Joseph “David” Painter died Friday, Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles confirmed, KPLC-TV reported. A specific cause of death was not released.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Officials in a southwest Louisiana parish have announced a new task force to fight human trafficking.
“No town is immune to human trafficking or sex trafficking," Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Thursday in a news release announcing formation of the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than $148 million for Louisiana teacher pay raises, $500 million toward construction of a new Mississippi River bridge at Baton Rouge, and a $550 million replenishment of the state's pandemic-battered unemployment trust fund are part of the new state budget proposal outlined Monday by Gov.
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Three men from southwest Louisiana are in custody in north Louisiana accused of robbing a man who had just cashed an $1,800 check.
Bossier Parish Sheriff's detectives said the suspects, all from Lake Charles, Louisiana, agreed to give the man — who is from Sulphur — a ride on Wednesday to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center in Minden to retrieve a stimulus check that was mailed there after his release from the facility.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city is planning to provide 35,000 utility customers with new, automated water meters over the next 16 to 18 months.
The utilities manager in Lake Charles says the city will have "the most advanced metering system on the Gulf Coast, The American Press reports.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Local officers in southwest Louisiana shot and killed a man who was shooting at them early Tuesday, Louisiana State Police said.
Lake Charles police were responding to a pair of late-Monday shootings when 22-year-old Christopher Thomas of Lake Charles fired at them about 3 a.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Relatives of a 14-year-old girl who died when an oil storage tank exploded in February have sued the company that operated the tank.
The suit against Urban Oil & Gas Group and its insurer was filed Wednesday in federal court in Lake Charles by the mother, father, adult sister and twin brother of Zalee Day-Smith.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana appeals court has upheld a man's attempted murder conviction for stabbing a stranger who threw a beer can at him during an argument outside a truck stop casino.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Attracting and retaining employees has become a priority amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, the Lake Charles City Council debated for over an hour Wednesday before approving a 3% pay raise across the board to all city employees and included an adjustment to the pay plan which brings minimum wage from $10 an hour to $10.75 an hour, KPLC-TV reported.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman says a truck crashed through her Lake Charles home over the weekend and hit the bed where she was sleeping.
Tammy Pickhard said she woke to find the vehicle in her bedroom after the crash Saturday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the past year, the southwestern Louisiana city of Lake Charles weathered two hurricanes, intense rainfall that sent water gushing down streets and a deep freeze that burst pipes.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly 15 months after Hurricane Laura struck, Louisiana is kicking off $11.3 million in housing repair and rebuilding programs for the southwestern city of Lake Charles while it waits for hundreds of millions in promised federal aid to arrive.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A southwestern Louisiana city is borrowing $10 billion to jumpstart work on an estimated $20 million in needed drainage improvements.
The American Press reports that Lake Charles City Council members voted 6-0 Wednesday for the borrowing, which will be repaid over 10 years with a 1.9% interest rate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters have filled three vacant state legislative seats in the just-ended election, without needing runoffs and with no changes to the partisan makeup of the Legislature.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A tornado touched down in western Louisiana Wednesday, damaging more than a dozen homes in a part of the state still struggling to recover from repeated weather disasters, officials said.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will receive $595 million in federal disaster block grant aid to help with housing restoration and other recovery needs from last year's back-to-back blows of Hurricanes Laura and Delta, the state's two U.S.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mayor says 300 to 400 commercial buildings damaged last year by Hurricane Laura are being condemned or marked for demolition.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Southwest Louisiana leaders say the disaster assistance approved by Congress will be too little to solve the lingering housing crisis and other needs caused by Hurricane Laura, which struck the region more than a year ago.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — At least one person has been arrested after more than 175 bronze vases were stolen off graves in two southwest Louisiana cemeteries.
More than 100 vases were stolen from Consolata Cemetery in Lake Charles and, next door, nearly 70 vases were taken from Prien Memorial Park.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Five people were injured in an explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant, news outlets reported.
The explosion at the Westlake petrochemical plant near Lake Charles was reported late Monday night, Louisiana State Police spokesman Derek Senegal said.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Three freshmen defensive backs on the McNeese State football team are among five 18- and 19-year-old men accused of various crimes, including one linked to a drive-by shooting near a campus apartment complex, authorities said Wednesday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The mayors of two Louisiana cities have announced a friendly competition aimed at bolstering efforts to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19.
Adrian Perkins, the mayor of Shreveport in northwest Louisiana, and Nic Hunter, the mayor of Lake Charles in southwest Louisiana are vying to see which city can achieve the higher increase in first-dose vaccinations.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida's thrashing left homes in mangled heaps across southeastern Louisiana, but in an uncomfortable twist, the storm might have been a boon to southwestern parishes still struggling to recover from last year's Hurricane Laura.
Joe Sobol, owner of Big Easy Construction in New Orleans, has bad news for homeowners who've been calling about roofs damaged by Hurricane Ida or to get an update on renovations that were scheduled before the storm ripped through the area.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Laura wrecked southwest Louisiana a year ago, leaving marks of devastation that remain evident today in blue-tarped roofs, damaged homes and boarded-up businesses that still dot the region.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A southwest Louisiana community college says it has nearly completed more than $40 million in repairs and rebuilding needed because of damage from last year’s Hurricane Laura.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A longtime state lawmaker from the Lake Charles area resigned Friday from the Senate to take the helm of Louisiana's gambling regulatory board.
Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Republican Ronnie Johns, of Sulphur, as chairman of the Gaming Control Board.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The mayor of a southwest Louisiana city recovering from back-to-back blows from Hurricanes Laura and Delta is in Washington hoping to persuade federal officials to steer more aid to the region where rebuilding is sputtering.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The Capital One Tower, a 22-story building that has stood tall over Lake Charles for nearly 40 years is still empty nearly a year after Hurricane Laura's 150-mph winds knocked out windows up and down the building last August.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Southwest Louisiana authorities are asking for tips leading to a man accused of killing his estranged wife a decade ago and are offering immunity to whoever helped him then.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heavy rains could soon be in store of parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a tropical system off the coast of Mexico begins moving north ahead of the weekend.
Heavy rains should start to affect parts of the northern Gulf Coast on Friday, The Federal Emergency Management Agency said its daily operational briefing.
Residents in southern Louisiana were bracing for more rain Tuesday after heavy downpours flooded homes, swamped cars, and closed a major interstate.
Lake Charles was hammered once again by nature’s fury in a coastal zone still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes last fall and a deep freeze in February.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Roads were flooded, water-logged cars abandoned in the street and high water vehicles dispatched to help people as heavy rain fell across southern Louisiana Monday. In some areas of western Louisiana still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes last year more than a foot of rain fell.