A Switzerland-based company plans to hire 120 workers so it can assemble helicopters in Lafayette. Jeff Palermo has the story..
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Cajun Navy 2016 responders from Baton Rouge are in Alabama following a tornado outbreak that left 23 dead. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
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The rain is behind us but it’s a cold Fat Tuesday for revelers along the parade routes. A cold front has brought Canadian air into the state. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the temps may peak around 50 degrees for south Louisiana.
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The wind chill is around 30 degrees.
Keim is in New Orleans today and says the weather isn’t slowing things down for those ready to celebrate Mardi Gras.
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The cold conditions are expected to continue into Ash Wednesday, but Keim says expect to see a warming trend as the week comes to a close.
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So how do you stay warm on a chilly Mardi Gras day? Eating tasty food is one way to do it. This man along a New Orleans parade route says he’s been cooking since four o’ clock this morning and has enough food to feed about 40 people…
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It’s also a big day of parades in Lake Charles and Lafayette. There’s also a couple of parades in Shreveport. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says his office made a big push this year nationwide to market Mardi Gras festivities outside of New Orleans…
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Nungesser was the grand marshal of the Krewe of Argus parade in Metairie today.
Mardi Gras is also known for its satire. There are several people dressed up as blind referees in reference to the blown call in the NFC Championship game…
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When disaster strikes, the Cajun Navy is there to help. The Cajun Navy 2016 has responded to the devastation left from tornadoes in south Alabama that killed at least 23. Vice President of Cajun Navy 2016 Billy Bringear says they’ve got boots on the ground with chainsaws rescuing survivors from the mangled homes.
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Cajun Navy 2016 responders from Baton Rouge are in Lee County, which saw the heaviest impact from the tornado outbreak. Bringear says efforts like this cost money, and any contributions people from Louisiana want to make to help can be done on the Cajun Navy 2016 Facebook page.
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Bringear says it is an easy decision to help in times when others lose everything, which is relatable to many in Louisiana.
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Tax season is in full swing and that can mean tax refunds are on the way too. IRS Spokesperson Raphael Tulino says anyone curious about their return status, can check online, rather than calling the IRS…
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Taxpayers can expect their refund within 21 days after filing, but if three weeks pass, Tulino says feel free to call the federal agency…
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Tulino says if you will not be able to file by the April 15th deadline, you can apply for a six-month extension, but if you owe money…
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