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State Superintendent John White. (Donna Price / American Press Archives)

Don’t elect state school chief

By Jim Beam / American Press

A move is underway in the Legislature

to once again elect the state superintendent of education. It’s a bad

idea for a number

of reasons. Those who support the effort by Rep. Joe Harrison,

R-Houma, apparently aren’t aware of why the job became appointive

in the first place.

The bes ...


Law enforcement is investigating a possible murder-suicide at a house fire on Dolphin Street. (Johnathan Manning / American Press)

Authorities release causes of death in apparent murder-suicide

A woman and man found in a burning house Monday both had gunshots to

the head in what was an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.

Calcasiue Pa ...


CRIME ROUNDUP: Lake Charles man arrested for fourth-offense DWI, child endangerment

A Lake Charles man was arrested for drinking and driving with a 4-month-old child in the vehicle, authorities said.

Brian K. Williams Sr., 35,7624 Sp ...

Fontenot named area's district defender

Longtime public defender Harry Fontenot was named head of the local Public Defenders Office on Monday.

The Louisiana Public Defender Board

unanimous ...

Treyvon Shemar Watson<br>

DeQuincy police searching for two men

DeQuincy police are searching for two men in relation to a shooting late Saturday.

Harlen Leewayne Cole, 20, and Trayvon Shemar Watson, 18, are wante ...

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Michael Phelps competes in the 2012 Olympic trials. (MGNonline)

Olympic great Michael Phelps to swim again

Don't expect the same Michael Phelps in his return to swimming after a nearly two-year retirement.

Even if Phelps' comeback is a success, it will be ...

New coach Ashleigh Fitzgerald has her eyes on the future of the McNeese State volleyball program. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Fitzgerald returns to volleyball program

The last time Ashleigh Fitzgerald took a job at McNeese, it was under slightly different circumstances.

She was offered her first coaching gig in 200 ...

Francis Comeaux of New Orleans, left, hands out  beads to Tulane fan Dan Loch of Chicago, ahead of the College World Series game between Oregon St. and Tulane. (Associated Press)

McNeese, LSU travel to New Orleans

Things have been pretty good for McNeese under first-year coach Justin Hill, but last week the Cowboys hit a bit of a funk

and lost three of four gam ...

Joe Dumars is expected to resign from the Pistons general manager post after 14 seasons. (Associated Press)

Dumars out as team president of Detroit Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Detroit Pistons have decided not to renew Joe Dumars’ contract as president of basketball operations,

a person ...

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Paul Walker’s brothers are filling in to help finish shooting on “Fast & Furious 7.” Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that Caleb and Cody Walker are filling in for their late brother to complete some remaining filming. (Associated Press)

Walker's brothers to help finish 'Fast & Furious'

NEW YORK — Paul Walker's brothers are stepping to help finish filming on "Fast & Furious 7," the film Walker was in the

midst of making whe ...

The intense rides at Universal Studios Florida, a theme park in Orlando, are not suitable for small children, said travel agent Sonny Duplantis. (Special to the American Press)

Family fun available close to home, in neighboring states

Summer break is about six weeks away. Families desiring to enjoy some rest and relax together have plenty of options available,

from nearby sites tha ...

Watercolor artist interprets images taken by photographer friend

Some friends just do everything together.

Sue Zimmermann and Corene Soileau will be opening their newest exhibit, “Shared Inspirations,” ...

Barbe's show choir, The Last Hour, was named for the class time taught during the school day. (Special to the American Press)

Barbe show choir to perform Friday

Barbe High School’s show choir, known as The Last Hour, will showcase its talent for the public Friday, April 11, during its

end-of-year &ldquo ...

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