Trump taps former campaign rival Carson as housing secretary

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key posts, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Trump's decision, announced by his transition office, comes as the real estate mogul continues a series of interviews, meetings with aides and other deliberations aimed at forming his administration. He announced several Cabinet appointees last week.

Trip back in time: Model trains ready to roll at Muller's downtown

For train buffs and history enthusiasts, as well as those who feel a pull of nostalgia when they drive or walk past the iconic Muller’s downtown, an upcoming event should be a real treat.

A group of local men, including Edwin Sherwood, Barry McCall and Andy Buckley, will run O-gauge model trains in the window of Muller’s 4-8 p.m. Dec. 7-21. The O-gauge train layout, based on Southern Pacific’s Texas and New Orleans railroad, features colorful steam and diesel engines and rolling stock from the 1950s.

Community Foundation: Helping make Southwest Louisiana a better place

ou’ve probably seen him in the back row of a public meeting or among the crowd at the latest charity event — tall, white hair, warm smile, faint Chicago accent.

Many recognize his face, but few know just who John Manns is or what he has accomplished. If they do, they certainly didn’t hear about it from Manns himself.

Sheriff's Office out in force for holidays: Special Christmas detail headquartered at mall

Authorities’ annual efforts to deter crime and help the public during the busy holiday season are in full force.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has once again based its holiday detail at Prien Lake Mall while the Ward 3 Marshal’s Office has its command center in the Prien Lake Plaza parking lot.

At least 9 killed in warehouse fire, dozens still missing

OAKLAND, Calif. -- At least nine people died in a blaze that broke out during a party in a converted warehouse late Friday night in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to fire officials.

Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said at least another 25 people are unaccounted for as of Saturday morning. Authorities are working to verify who was in the building when the fire broke out.

LSU faces Louisville in Citrus Bowl

LSU’s will likely face the reigning Heisman Trophy winner when the Tigers play Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Still to be determined: can the Tigers counter with the player who was the preseason favorite for college football’s biggest individual honor.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the heavy favorite to pick up the award this Saturday, will be there.

Cold-shooting and 'devastated' by Jasmyn Carswell's injury, McNeese falls to Louisiana Tech, 66-56

Jasmyn Carswell’s anguished moans broke the eerie silence inside Burton Coliseum. Her father ambled down the staircase and hopped a barricade in every attempt to console his daughter.

Cowgirls looking for shutdown defender

Kacie Cryer needs a stopper.

How she’ll find a player she trusts to shut down an opposing team’s best scorer is a more meticulous process than simply evaluating practice.  

“I need somebody that just has that want to stop somebody and that aggressiveness to say ‘Coach, I’m going to stop them and I’m not going to let this player score their average. I’m going to hold them below,’” Cryer said Friday. “We’re letting big-time players go off.”

Lady K's press Broncos into first loss

LONGVILLE — Needing something to get the spark back that led them to a 10-point lead, South Beauregard turned up the heat on defense on Saturday to hand Sam Houston its first loss of the season, 42-40, at the Duel in the Dungeon.

After getting six steals in a 70-64 loss to DeRidder on Friday, South Beauregard went departed from its usual full-court press in the first half but brought it back in the second half and forced Sam Houston into 12 turnovers in the pivotal fourth quarter.

“We usually press 32 minutes a game,” South Beauregard head coach Chris Greene said. “But last night we pressed … and it just wasn’t working.

W-M takes third in Hamilton tournament

Washington-Marion scored 17 scored points to charge past Landry-Walker 64-50 Saturday in the third-place game of the Sunday Players Showdown in the Lake tournament hosted by Hamilton Christian.

The Charging Indians (7-2) scored the final nine points of the first half to erase a

Landry-Walker (4-4) lead, then added the first eight points of the second half to take the lead for good.