BPCC teacher earns prestigious poetry award

Bossier Parish Community College Liberal Arts Instructor Katie Bickham has been awarded The Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize for poetry.

UPDATE: 2 dead, dozens injured in Irving bus turnover

UPDATE (4:35pm) - CNN - Two people were dead and dozens of others were taken to hospitals after a charter bus bound for Oklahoma casinos overturned on a Dallas-area turnpike Thursday morning, officials said. At least 36 people were transported to hospitals after the crash on President George Bush Turnpike in Irving, Texas, said Dr. Paul Pepe, Irving Fire Department's medical director. At least three were in critical condition, Pepe said. Because many of the passengers were elderly, medical personnel are monitoring even those with minor injuries closely, said Pepe, who also is chair of emergency medicine at Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital. The bus went off the right side of the road, hit a barrier, swerved left across lanes of traffic and struck a concrete median in a grassy area, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel told CNN. "It rode up on top of that concrete barrier, and then rolled on its right hand side where it came to rest," Haschel told CNN affiliate KTVT. It was the only vehicle involved in the crash, he said. The bus driver survived and was sent to a hospital, Pepe said. The bus, owned by a Dallas-area charter company, was taking people to casinos in Oklahoma, said Nick Robison of Irving's emergency management office. Video from KTVT showed a bus on its side, surrounded by numerous emergency personnel. Traffic on part of the toll road was halted as responders tended to the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board said it has sent a team of investigators to the scene of the wreck. CNN's John Branch and Jim Barnett contributed to this report. The-CNN-Wire/Atlanta/+1-404-827-WIRE(9473) ™ & © 2013 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

BREAKING: Georgia firefighters being held hostage by gunman

A barricaded gunman is holding five Gwinnett County, Georgia, firefighters hostage in suburban Atlanta, a Atlanta police spokesman said.

Police looking for Craig's List Bandit

Authorities are seeking the assistance of the public to help capture a suspect accused of defrauding multiple victims via a popular web based shopping site.

Calumet in EPA hearings

Velma White along with her community has something to celebrate tonight. She received a call last night from the Environmental Protection Agency to let her know that they were conducting hearings with Calumet Refineries.

Arkansas investigates dentist who may have infected hundreds

The Arkansas Department of Health says it has begun contacting about 100 patients -- ages ranging from 14 to 22 -- treated by Dr. William Jarrod Stewart at six dental clinics around the state between November 20, 2011, and February 20, 2012.

'Gunman' holding 5 firefighters hostage in suburban Atlanta, GA

UPDATE 4:57pm:  One of five firefighters being held hostage in Suwanee, Georgia, has been released, Gwinnett County Fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

Conviction affirmed

Rick Seaton, the former assistant chief administrative officer under Mayor Cedric Glover conviction for raping an 18 year old high school student from Georgia was affirmed today by the states 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Homeless man arrested on drug charges while playing video poker

Houma police have arrested a homeless man on multiple charges after he punched an officer while attempting to evade a drug-related arrest.

Bossier PD advise alternate driving routes due to Thursday night concert

Due to a heavy amount of  traffic expected at tomorrow night’s Miranda Lambert/Dierks Bentley concert at the CenturyLink Center, the Bossier City Police Department is advising motorists to plan accordingly to help minimize traffic co