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Relatives of a passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol and Buddhist monks pray for the safe return of missing passengers at a port in Jindo, South Korea, on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Relatives of a passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol and Buddhist monks pray for the safe return of missing passengers at a port in Jindo, South Korea, on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

South Korea ferry death toll hits 156

By The Associated Press

JINDO, South Korea — As the 156th body

was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives

of the nearly

150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the

grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new,

more complicated phase, with an offici ...

Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette. (Associated Press)<br>

Boustany blasts Obamacare, pipeline delay

By Lance Traweek / American Press

With the first year of full implementation of the Affordable Care Act underway, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, said

he continues to have significant criticism of various parts of the bill.

“It’s too restrictive, and it’s accelerated the process whereby physicians are le ...

Southland Executive Airport in Sulphur. (Photo courtesy of Southland Aviation)

Second workers' village planned

By Lance Traweek / American Press

Southland Executive Airport in Sulphur

is negotiating a lease agreement with a Louisiana company to develop a

temporary residential

community on 100 acres of land near several planned industrial

expansion sites.

The West Calcasieu Airport Managing Board considered proposals in early April from ...

David Caleb Fontenot<br>

Fontenot receives mandatory life sentence

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A man found guilty of

second-degree murder in an April 2011 drive-by shooting off La. 27 in

Carlyss was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in state district

court.

Judge Kent Savoie administered the mandatory sentence to David "Dice"

Caleb Fontenot, who was convicted March 26 by a 12-person ...

(MGNonline)

Guillory found guilty of rape, indecent behavior

By Johnathan Manning

A jury found a Lake Charles man guilty

of raping a 13-year-old girl and molesting her 12-year-old friend

while the girls were having a sleepover in October 2007.

The jury took 2 hours and 40 minutes

Tuesday afternoon to come to the conclusion that Michael Paul

Guillory, 32, formerly of ...

(Alex Onken / American Press)<br>

LCPD respond to robbery call on Belden Street

By Justin B. Phillips / American Press

A police standoff at the Valero gas station on Belden Street in Lake Charles ended peacefully.

At 2:40 p.m., city police received a call about a robbery. Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said it took less than a minute for a nearby

patrol officer to reach the scene.

When the patrol officer looked throug ...

(Special to the American Press)

Man sought in theft of televisions

Special to the American Press

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigating two separate reports of a man stealing televisions, worth more than $2,200,

from the Sam’s Club in Lake Charles.

In both cases, deputies discovered the

subject, described as a black male, entered the store, placed two

televisions in ...

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Jury deliberating in Guillory rape trial

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A jury in state district court is

deliberating in Michael Paul Guillory's rape trial.

Guillory, 32, is accused of raping a

13-year-old girl and molesting her 12-year-old friend while the girls

were having a sleepover in October 2007. He is charged with forcible

rape and indecent behavior with a ...

Leesville to receive $16 million for new water system

Lauren Manary / American Press lmanary@americanpress.com

Leesville announced Monday it will be the beneficiary of some $16.18 million in combined grants and loans that would go directly to modernizing its beleaguered water system.The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development will be issuing some $11.3 million in loans and a $3.7 million gr ...

Johnathan Manning / American Press jmanning@americanpress.com

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux swears in Sharon Wilson Monday as the Division F judge of 14th Judicial District Court. The ceremony drew a near-capacity crowd in old courtroom A, over the Clerk of Court's office. Wilson is the first black female elected to the 14th Judi ...

Witness testifies she too was raped by defendant

Johnathan Manning / American Press jmanning@americanpress.com

Another woman claimed on the witness stand Monday that she was raped as a teenager by Michael Guillory, who is on trial for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl and molesting her 12-year-old friend in October 2007.Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth, the prosecution’s final witnes ...

Bill would ban tanning bed use by minors

John Guidroz / American Press jguidroz@americanpress.com

A New Orleans-based state lawmaker is pushing legislation that would ban minors from using tanning beds and would require businesses that offer indoor tanning to alert customers that minors cannot use them.House Bill 746 by Rep. Helena Moreno is pending action in the full Senate. The Senate Health a ...

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Jeff Davis to participate in Drug Take-Back Day

By Doris Maricle / American Press

JENNINGS — The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office is urging local residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly

dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Drug

Enforcement Administration will be collecting the discarded ...

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

Legislature: Debate over state superintendent election delayed

By Jim Beam / American Press

BATON ROUGE — The House delayed debate here Monday on a bill calling for election of the state superintendent of education

and approved a later retirement age for new state workers.

The retirement legislation goes to the Senate.

The Senate approved Senate Bill 582

that extends the life of ...

(MGNonline)

Legislature: Bill would ban tanning bed use by minors

By John Guidroz / American Press

A New Orleans-based state lawmaker is pushing legislation that would ban minors from using tanning beds and would require

businesses that offer indoor tanning to alert customers that minors cannot use them.

House Bill 746 by Rep. Helena Moreno is pending action in the full Senate. The Senate Healt ...

(MGNonline)

Leesville to receive $16M for new water system

By Lauren Manary / American Press

Leesville announced Monday it will be the beneficiary of some $16.18 million in combined grants and loans that would go directly

to modernizing its beleaguered water system.

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development will be issuing some $11.3 million in loans and a $3.7 million

...

(Tahj Jones)

Jones out of ICU, may be discharged

By Lance Traweek / American Press

Tahj Jones, former LSU football player and Sulphur High School graduate, is “out of the Intensive Care Unit and will probably

be discharged from the hospital as early as Wednesday,” a longtime friend said Monday.

Shane Hanchey said Jones, 24, is “doing

awesome” after visit ...

(MGNonline)

Witness testifies she, too, was raped by defendant

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Another woman claimed on the witness stand Monday that she was raped as a teenager by Michael Guillory, who is on trial for

allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl and molesting her 12-year-old friend in October 2007.

Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth, the prosecution’s final wit ...

A teacher presents a math lesson to her class in Texas, one of the few states not to adopt Common Core. (Associated Press)

Legislature: Finances enter into Common Core debate

By The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE — Senators on the budget-writing committee Monday questioned the costs and implications of a push by some lawmakers

and Gov. Bobby Jindal to shelve Louisiana’s use of the Common Core education standards and associated testing.

Superintendent of Education John White told the ...

Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Wayne Savoy. (American Press Archives)

Public input on school board search welcome

By Kara Carrier / American Press

Residents will have a chance to share

their input and preferences on the selection of the new Calcasieu Parish

School superintendent

during the next search committee meeting set for 4:45 p.m. May 1.

R.L. Webb, search committee chair, said

he wants to give the public a chance to tell the committ ...

Leesville Mayor-elect Rick Allen. (Special to the American Press)

Leesville mayor-elect aims for unity in town

By Lauren Manary / American Press

Editor’s note: Rick Allen was elected mayor of Leesville earlier this month. The American Press talked with him about his reasons for running and his plans once he takes office.

What are you doing to prepare taking over Leesville? What are you doing in the meantime?

I have been going around ...

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Maurice Brand, Magnolia LNG Managing Director and Joint Chief Executive Director, announced the company’s plans to develop a $3.7 billion natural gas liquefaction production and export facility at The Port of Lake Charles. (Courtesy of LNG World News)

Magnolia LNG to apply for FERC, DEQ and Army Corps permits

By Frank DiCesare / American Press

Magnolia LNG officials will submit three major applications with state and federal agencies next week, bringing their multi-billion project a few steps closer to reality.

Ernie Megginson, Magnolia’s vice president of project management, said the company will submit its formal application to t ...

Tony Perot had a 20-year run as Gumbeaux Gator. (Special to the American Press)

The life and times of Gumbeaux Gator

By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

On Sept. 5, 1981, Gumbeaux Gator made

his debut at a McNeese football game at Cowboy Stadium, the first of

hundreds of appearances

over the past three decades for the goodwill ambassador for

Southwest Louisiana.

For most of those appearances, it has been Tony Perot inside the costume. Perot fel ...

AAR Corp. Chairman and CEO David Storch  announced in August that the company will establish a 750-job aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul  operation at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles. (Special to the American Press)

AAR transfer workers returning to Lake Charles

By Lance Traweek / American Press

The remaining workers who transferred to AAR Corp.’s other facilities are scheduled to return to Lake Charles this week.

The group that went to Minnesota is back in Lake Charles, and the techs who are in Indiana are due back Thursday.

“They were a great help to our other facilities,& ...

The current location of Volkwagon of Lake Charles is  on La. 14 at the old M. Simon furniture building. The company plans to build a new dealership south of that location near Interstate 210. Future location will be on Hwy 14 south of I-210. (Rita LeBleu / American Press)

LC welcomes new Volkswagon dealership

By Rita LeBleu / American Press

After over 20 years without one, Lake Charles is home to a new Volkswagon dealership. Tuesday, April 15 marked its grand opening

with a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments and giveaways. When Orange, Texas, Ford dealership owners David Self and Ross

Smith began looking around for the best bet fo ...

The Calcasieu Parish Library is embracing new technology to better serve the community. The Central branch's Innovations Studio has a 3-D printer and audio and video mixers. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Calcasieu Parish Library embracing new technology

By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Electronic readers, smartphones and new

forms of distribution are changing the way the Calcasieu Parish Library

System operates,

but are augmenting the way libraries serve the community, not

threatening their existence, according to Christy Duhon, public

information officer.

“Our mission ...

(Oliver Gallop / Special to the American Press)

Legislature will once again take on Common Core

By Jim Beam / American Press

Election of the state superintendent of education, the state’s prekindergarten program, Common Core, Tulane scholarships,

driver licenses, dogs in pickup trucks and consulting contracts are some of the subjects on the House agenda as Louisiana

legislators Monday begin the seventh week of the ...

Oris Guidry coached basketball at Elton High for more than two decades. The Jeff Davis School Board has elected to rename the school’s gymnasium in <br />
honor of the coach. (Special to the American Press)

Elton High gym to be renamed in honor of Coach Guidry

By Doris Maricle / American Press

JENNINGS — The Jeff Davis Parish School Board voted unanimously Thursday to rename the Elton High School gym in memory of

the late teacher and coach Oris Guidry.

Guidry, who died in 2011 at age 76,

coached basketball at Elton High for more than two decades. In his first

10 years at the

sc ...

American Pit Bull Terrier. (MGNonline)

Suit filed against New Llano for pit bull ban

By Lauren Manary / American Press

A New Llano couple filed suit against

the town in federal court Wednesday, claiming the town’s ban on pit

bulls and pit-bull-like

breeds violates dog owners’ equal protection, property and due

process rights.

Christine and Victor Nelson moved to New Llano in August, after Victor, an ...

(MGNonline)

Tax on ballot to improve recreation district

By Justin Phillips / American Press

Countless upgrades could be in the future for the Ward 3 Recreation District if residents decide to fund a new tax package

May 3.

The package would include a 10-year, 5.5-mill property tax going toward maintenance and operations, as well as up to $16 million

in bonds to be used for capital i ...

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Voters to decide on Calcasieu School Board tax renewals

By Kara Carrier / American Press

Calcasieu Parish voters on May 3 will decide the fate of two tax renewal measures that affect the Calcasieu School Board —

a 3.5-mill property tax and a half-cent sales tax, both to run 10 years.

The taxes were last renewed in 2004, with each one garnering nearly 70 percent support among vot ...

(MGNonline)

Early voting for May 3 elections underway

By Doris Maricle / American Press

Early voting began Saturday for the May 3 elections in Southwest Louisiana. Voters may cast ballots 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

through April 26 at voter registrar offices.

In Calcasieu Parish, voting will be

held in the parish courthouse, 1000 Ryan St.; West Calcasieu Business

Center, 500 N. Hu ...

(MGNonline)

Indictment unsealed against Palermo

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Local businessman Joseph Palermo Jr.

has been indicted on charges of forgery and illegal possession of

stolen things.

An indictment was unsealed Monday morning in state

district court that charged Palermo, 70, with one count of forgery,

three counts of illegal possession of stolen thin ...

The SEED Center is a partnership between the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, the city of Lake Charles and McNeese State University. (Photo courtesy of McNeese State University.)

DOE's Gant says "all-in" effort needed for industry expansion

By Frank DiCesare / American Press

Southwest Louisiana has an abundance of natural resources and infrastructure. Now it must invest smartly in its people to

meet the challenges and opportunities that will come with industry expansion.

That was the message Paula Gant of the U.S. Department of Energy brought to more than 60 business ...

(American Press Archives)

Colorado deaths stoking worries about pot edibles

DENVER — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

The two recent deaths have stoked ...

(American Press Archives)

US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, indefinitely extending its review of the project.

In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the S ...

(American Press Archives)

LC Regional opens passenger lounge

By Lance Traweek / American Press

In anticipation of the area’s projected economic boom, Lake Charles Regional Airport has opened its expanded passenger lounge — a business center on the second floor of the passenger terminal.

The area was designed to provide a place for ticketed passengers to relax or work as they wait ...

(American Press Archives)

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.

Mik ...

(American Press Archives)

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.

“Because of all we h ...

(American Press)

Truck crashes into LCFD Station

By Justin B. Phillips / American Press

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 &ldquo ...

(MGNonline)

Legislature: Senate Education Committee passes TOPS bill

By John Guidroz / American Press

BATON ROUGE — A bill approved by the

Senate Education Committee on Wednesday would let the Board of Regents

collect additional

information on recipients of the Taylor Opportunity Program for

Students, including race, gender and their parents’ household

income.

Senate Bill 599, by S ...

(MGNonline)

Legislature: Highway traffic camera bill heads to La. Senate

By John Guidroz / American Press

BATON ROUGE — Legislation that would

prevent parish or municipal authorities from using or installing traffic

cameras on interstate

highways made its way out of a Senate committee Wednesday.

The Senate Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee approved House Bill 896, by Rep. Mik ...

(Special to the American Press)

Young adults take advantage of job fair summit

By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Students and young adults from

throughout the area had a chance to meet with businesses to prepare for

future employment Wednesday

at the Youth Summit Job Fair at the Civic Center.

The event, open to people ages 16-24, allowed attendees to meet with prospective employers and attend workshops on ...

News

(Special to the American Press)

Major crime down in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE  — Violent crime in Baton Rouge decreased 15 percent in 2013 from 2012, according to statistics released Tuesday

by the city's ...

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McDonald's locations sell American Press papers

Residents who want a copy of the American Press can pick one up at any of the 10 McDonald’s restaurants in Calcasieu Parish.

Doug Gehrig, owner ...

Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles. (American Press Archives)<br>

Legislature: Geymann moves to protect coastal funds

BATON ROUGE — Rep. Brett Geymann

continued his efforts Tuesday to reform the state’s budget process when

he got committee

approval of a ...

Kinder High School. (Special to the American Press)

Taxes to support Allen schools up for vote

OBERLIN — Allen Parish voters will go to the polls Saturday, May 3, to decide on the continuance of a parishwide property

tax to help provide a ...


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Sports

LSU pounded out 14 hits for the game and scored six runs on 12 hits against Tulane Tuesday night. (Associated Press)

LSU records 13th shutout of season

BATON ROUGE — Sixth-ranked LSU defeated Tulane 6-0 Tuesday night for its 13th shutout of the year.

Seven LSU pitchers combined to limit the Gre ...

McNeese baseball coach Justin Hill encourages his team at the mound. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Cowboys lose sixth straight

LAFAYETTE — McNeese State lost its sixth consecutive game as Matt Hicks and Ben Carter combined to throw a two-hitter in No.

2 Louisiana-Lafaye ...

Sam Houston's Kennedy McLemore slides in safely at home, scoring the 10th run and final run as Fontainebleau pitcher Shelby Rome tries to corral the throw from catcher Brooke Bergeron after a wild pitch during the Class 5A bi-district playoff game Tuesday in Moss Bluff. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Broncos get their cuts against Fontainebleau

MOSS BLUFF — It wasn’t the type of

walk-off play that you will ever see on a highlight reel, but it got the

job done nonetheless.

In th ...

(Special to the American Press)

Big inning keys Iota rout of Westlake

IOTA — Iota head coach Leah Andrus thought going into Tuesday’s game there was no way Westlake was pitching to her big bat,

junior McKenz ...


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Scene

Justin Beiber with rapper friend Lil Za. (MGNonline)

Bieber trial delayed to July on DUI, other charges

MIAMI — A South Florida judge has delayed the trial of pop star Justin Bieber on charges of driving under the influence,

resisting arrest and d ...

Actress Lindsay Lohan addresses reporters during a news conference at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of Sunday’s final episode of her OWN cable channel reality TV series, “Lindsay.

Lohan says on reality show she had miscarriage

LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series.

The 27-year-old actress made the disclo ...

The gospel group Lindley Creek will perform in several churches over the next two weeks. (Special to the American Press)

Gospel group to perform in Beauregard churches

The gospel bluegrass music group Lindley Creek will perform in several area churches in Beauregard Parish over the next two

weeks.

The group consist ...

Lauren Stuller and her horse Lavasco make a jump at last year's Derby for Dollars. (Special to the American Press)

'Hat's on' for a great cause to benefit Shannon Cox Counseling Center

Mint juleps, extravagant hats and beautiful horses will be on display May 3 as The Stables at Le Bocage holds its second annual

Derby for Dollars to ...


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