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Louisiana may not have a pro baseball franchise, but the Pelican State is dominant at the college level. Five teams from the state received seeds to the College Baseball World Series. Baton Rouge and Lafayette will each host regionals.

Amy Schumer Speaks on Lafayette Shooting, Gun Laws

Comedienne Amy Schumer joined with her cousin Senator Chuck Schumer to push for legislative changes aimed at fighting mass  shootings. Speaking at a press conference, the comments marked Amy Schumer’s first speech on the matter following the tragic July 24th shooting at a Lafayette movie theater during a screening of her film, Trainwreck.

Jillian Johnson, Magazine Street Business Owner, Victim of Lafayette Shooting

By Lucy Leonard

Last night (7.23), a 58-year-old gunman opened fire in at the Grand Theater in Lafayette according to the Lafayette Police Department (LPD). The suspect killed two and injured seven more before turning the gun on himself, said LPD Chief Jim Craft. One of the victims of the tragedy was Jillian Johnson, who owned Red Arrow Workshop with her husband in New Orleans (3926 Magazine Street) and in Lafayette. 

10 Shot At Lafayette Movie Theatre

Two victims and a gunman are dead and seven people are injured after a shooting in a Lafayette movie theatre according to the Lafayette Police Department (LPD). LPD Chief Jim Craft said that a 58-year-old man opened fire during a screening of “Trainwreck” before taking his own life.

Today in NOLA: 2.21.15

The Old US Mint celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Acadie Arrival today with performances by Bruce Daigrepont and more. Ashe Cultural Arts Center hosts a healing party to address the issue of violence against women. Rachmaninov, Debussy and Ravel come to life at Mahalia Jackson tonight with the help of pianist Alessio Bax. Lafayette resident Dax Riggs is at One Eyed Jacks. Mardi Gras 2015 is over, but in 1900 the first electrically lit parade (Krewe of Nereus) rolled and became the first and last parade to actually roll on the street car tracks. Now, more on events this Saturday. 

Festival International Releases Lineup

Jazz Fest is not the only celebration of Louisiana music at the end of April. Lafayette’s Festival International de Louisiane runs from April 22 to 26, drawing massive crowds. Today the Cajun cousins announced a 2015 lineup truly worthy of the title “international.”

Committees Dish Bowl: Wolf Pack, OSU, Tide Rolling to Dome, LSU to Nashville

Despite, a disappointing season for SoLa in both pro and college football, there are still bowl games to look forward to. LSU was gifted the opportunity to finish the season in style. The Ragin’ Cajuns have found an appointment for their annual romp in da Dome, and it looks ‘Bama will be back in town in 2015.

Ragin' Cajuns to Spice Up New Orleans Bowl Again

New Orleanians are no strangers to going bowling around the first of the year, and it's all the more exciting when fans have some local stock in the game. For the forth year in a row, the University of Lafayette’s Ragin’ Cajuns are playing in the R+ L Carriers Bowl, representing the Sun Belt Conference in what is often called the New Orleans Bowl. 

Christmas on the Bayou: Lafayette's Noel Acadian au Village

By Ashley Larsen

It’s that time of the year again. The time filled with twinkling lights, holiday cheer, and a little bit too much hot chocolate. The Noel Acadian au Village in Lafayette has all of those things and Santa Clause to boot. The Christmas festival fundraiser features half a million lights filled with animated displays, carnival rides, and live entertainment. 

Construction to Chop a Lane on Tchoup

Driving in the CBD and the Warehouse District is only fun if you’re atop a tractor and pulling a parade float. However, traffic conditions in the area will be even worse for the next month. The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) announced new closures on Tchoupitoulas slated to begin Monday (10.6).

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