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Statue of Liberty reopens as weather, sequester dampen Fourth of July

Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a big bright spot for an Independence Day dampened by soaking rains and canceled fireworks celebrations elsewhere in the country.

Coney Island hot dog contest signals normalcy after Sandy

The annual July 4 Coney Island hot dog eating contest is usually a "can't-miss" spectacle, but this year's event means something more.

Your forecast for the 4th: A soggy Southeast; a scorched Southwest

It'll be firecracker hot in the Southwest on the Fourth of July, but if you live in the Southeast, Ohio River Valley and large sections of the Eastern Seaboard, expect rain to pour on your parade.

Firework related injuries increase during the Fourth of July holiday

The Fourth of July holiday accounts for 60 percent of annual firework injuries, according to a new study. At the end of June, the U.S.

Additional $1 million awarded to restoration of False River

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Bayou Corne community bank on Ret. Lt. Gen. Russel Honore

People living in Bayou Corne are standing strong to make their voices heard. Now they've enlist help of a Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore. They pray he can give them the direction they've been needing.

City of Zachary installs utility payment kiosk

A new self-service kiosk, located in the front exterior wall of Zachary's City Hall Annex will soon be accessible to accept residents' utility payments. the service will begin on Monday, August 5.

Law enforcement to be out enforcing DWI laws this July 4 holiday

Officers from law enforcement agencies across Louisiana will be working overtime during the Independence Day holiday in an effort to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the state's roads.

Judges rules to keep dangerous rail crossings closed

A judge ruled that a handful of dangerous railroad crossings in Tangipahoa Parish will stay closed, at least for now. "Everybody was caught off guard," said resident Melvin McEliwee.

Fourth of July events for Lafayette area

All across the country, towns will be celebrating the Fourth of July in their own, unique ways.  Here is a list of events going on in the Lafayette area: