Working with La. fishermen to reduce bycatch

NEW ORLEANS — One way to get anglers and commercial fisherman to use devices to save sea turtles, dolphins and off-limit fish is to have them help design and test those devices, scientists told turtle scientists and conservationists — members of the International Sea Turtle Society.

Mike Osmond of the World Wildlife Fund described the International Smart Gear Competition contest to create gear for reducing bycatch — anything a commercial boat or angler isn’t trying to catch. There’s a $30,000 grand prize, two $10,000 prizes and two $7,500 prizes. This year’s deadline for entries is Aug. 31, he said.

Louisianians with jobs tops 2 million

More than 2 million Louisianians say they have a job, an all-time high.

That number hit a new peak for the sixth month in a row in March, as the state’s unemployment rate held steady from February at 4.5 percent. That tied for the seventh-lowest rate in the nation.

Truck crashes into LCFD Station

Around 3 a.m. Friday morning, a pickup truck crashed into the Lake Charles Fire Department Company 5 station, Fire Chief Keith Murray said.

None of the fire department personnel in the building at the time were injured. Murray said the truck stopped once it collided with the building’s “fire wall” or the wall that separates the engine room from the station’s living quarters.

Legislature: Senate Education Committee passes TOPS bill

BATON ROUGE — A bill approved by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday would let the Board of Regents

ULL walks off with victory

LAFAYETTE — Just like the schools’ baseball teams a week before, the McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette softball teams traded runs until the Ragin’ Cajuns landed the deciding blow.

The No. 17 Ragin’ Cajuns sent the Cowgirls back to Lake Charles on a sour note with a walk-off home run to pull out a 5-4

LSU invites McNeese for 2015 season opener

The Cowboys are going big-game hunting.

McNeese State will open the 2015 football season at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. The game is set for Sept. 5, the schools announced Wednesday.