THE HEAD START PROGRAM RUN BY THE SMILE COMMUNITY AGENCY IN LAFAYETTE, ST. MARTIN AND IBERIA PARISHES, HAS LOST ITS FEDERAL FUNDING. JULIE DARCE HAS MORE.
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LAKE CHARLES POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A HOMOCIDE THAT HAPPENED EARLY THIS MORNING. THEY RECEIVED A CALL AT 3:34 A-M ABOUT SHOTS FIRED AT 409 NORTH SIMMONS STREET AND ARRIVE TO FIND ONE PERSON DEAD AND ANOTHER WITH MINOR INJURIES. WITNESSES TOLD A KPLC TV REPORTER THAT THE VICTIM WAS A MAN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 25 AND 28. THEY SAID THE DOOR TO THE HOME WAS KICKED IN AND THERE WERE SEVERAL PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE INCLUDING CHILDREN.
A CHURCH POINT MAN WAS THE VICTIM OF A DRIVE BY SHOOTING JUST AFTER FIVE SUNDAY MORNING. POLICE CHIEF ALBERT VENABLE SAYS 32-YEAR-OLD ALEX BABINEAUX WAS WALKING ALONG A ROADWAY WHEN SOMEONE DROVE BY AND SHOT HIM MULTIPLE TIMES. VENABLE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE BY THE ACADIA PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE AND HIS BODY WAS TRANSPORTED TO LAKE CHARLES FOR AN AUTOPSY, ACCORDING TO VENABLE. POLICE DO NOT HAVE A DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE OR SUSPECTS AND NO ARRESTS HAVE YET BEEN MADE.
A growing number of Louisiana’s high school seniors are applying for federal aid to help cover college costs, a boom in applications pushed by state officials. The education department says 65 percent of high school seniors, nearly 27,000 students, submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by a July 1 deadline, up from 58 percent a year earlier. The Advocate reports the figure is an all-time high in a state whose application submissions had trailed the rest of the nation. State leaders have been urging students to apply for the aid amid concerns students were leaving money on the table.
A BALDWIN MAN WAS KILLED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT JUST AFTER 1:30 SUNDAY MORNING IN LAFAYETTE PARISH. MASTER TROOPER BROOKS DAVID SAYS 22-YEAR-OLD CODY MORGAN WAS TRAVELING SOUTH ON L-A 339 IN YOUNGSVILLE, WHEN HE FAILED TO NEGOTIATE A CURVE AND WENT OFF THE ROAD HITTING A DITCH. THE CAR OVERTURNED AND MORGAN, WHO WASN’T WEARING A SEATBELT, WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE AND PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. DAVID SAYS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING TO DETERMINE WHY MORGAN WENT OFF THE ROADWAY.
GAGE MECHE, THE FIRST GRADER WHO WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT AT MOSS BLUFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN MAY, IS GETTING TO GO TO DISNEY WORLD. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE AT THE ANNUAL GIVE-A-WISH GALA, HELD FRIDAY AT THE WEST CAL CAM ARENA IN SULPHUR. EVENT BOARD MEMBER MICHELE CLARK CREDITED CALCASIEU PARISH RESIDENTS, WHO, SHE SAYS, DONATED WITHOUT ASKING ANY QUESTIONS. SHE TELLS KPLC TV THAT IT MELTED HER HEART TO BE ABLE TO PUT A SMILE ON GAGE’S FACE, AFTER ALL THE HARD TIMES HE’S GONE THROUGH IN HIS RECOVERY.
THERE WAS A HOUSE FIRE ON CYPRESS PLACE IN SUNSET SATURDAY NIGHT. FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED JUST AFTER 7:30 P-M AND FOUND FLAMES SHOOTING THROUGH THE ROOF. THERE’S NO WORD YET ON WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE OR IF THERE WERE ANY INJURIES. NEIGHBORS TOLD KLFY TV THAT THE OWNERS WERE OUT BY THE POOL WHEN THEY HEARD SEVERAL WINDOWS EXPLODE BEFORE THE HOME BECAME ENGULFED IN FLAMES.
Children visiting parents at Louisiana’s state prisons over the next month will leave with backpacks loaded with school supplies. The Louisiana Correctional Association’s Kitz for Kidz program is holding events at seven state prisons over four weekends to distribute the school supplies. Louisiana has an estimated 64,000 children who have a parent in prison, according to the correctional association. The organization started the Kitz for Kidz program in 2015 at one prison.