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Jindal Responds to 5th District Race Controversy


After the bio-fuel plants announcement, the Governor responded to some political questions.  He commented on the controversy surrounding the vacancy in the 5th Congressional District and about threats by Louisiana Republicans to vote to shut down the government over Obamacare.

Some Republicans criticized Jindal for offering a state job to retiring Congressman Rodney Alexander.  He is [...]

New Bio-Fuel Plants to be Constructed in Central LA


Governor Bobby Jindal made an announcement while visiting Alexandria today regarding good economic news for Central Louisiana.  It’s part of his 64-parish tour.
Two bio-fuel plants will be built in Central Louisiana: one at the Alexandria Port and the other at the Natchitoches Port.  Jindal says the Cool Planet Energy System is making a capital investment [...]

“War Games” at Fort Polk


Some 6 thousand soldiers are participating in war games at Fort Polk.  ABC 31 News Videographer Bennett Roland Junior is in the training area, which is called “The Box.”  He has this first-person report.

This is a regular rotation for the Joint Readiness Training Center headquartered at Fort Polk.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/23/13

Qualifying Ends for Special Congressional Election

It’s the final day of qualifying for the special election in the 5th Congressional District and 14 men are in the hunt.  Some say this is the longest list the district has seen in years.  They all are running in the October 19th election to fill the unexpired term of Rodney Alexander.
The candidates are: Eliot [...]

Local Business Receives USDA Award

A local, small business is given a special award by the US Agriculture Department.
Manchac Technologies provides automated pharmacy services.  It’s the winner of the USDA Rural Development Business of the Year honor.  Manchac was founded in 2006 by Monroe Milton and Randall Murphy.

Manchac is located in Alexandria’s Business Incubator.  It has 40 employees and it’s [...]

Herford to Seek Alexander’s Seat


Franklin Parish resident and Libertarian Henry Herford will seek the congressional seat resigned by Republican Rodney Alexander. He will qualify later today.
Herford decided to run after seeing what he called a decline in D.C. He doesn’t think the GOP or the Democratic Party are interested in representing their constituents but serve, rather, their own special [...]

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Underway

A “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign is underway in Louisiana through Labor Day.
The no refusal policy is being implemented during this period.  This means judges are on 24 hour stand-by to sign warrants to allow officers to conduct blood tests on DWI suspects who refuse.
Seven people died on Louisiana roads last Labor Day [...]

Alexandria Boil Advisory Lifted

Alexandria, Louisiana – The boil water advisory issued for businesses and residents located in anarea between the North side of MacArthur Drive between Sterkx Road and the South Traffic circle has been lifted. Residents may resume normal water usage.
Alexandria officials say crews completed repairing a 24” water main damaged when a tree fell near the [...]

Qualifying Continues Today

Qualifying ends tomorrow for the special election on October 19th to find a successor to 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander.
A couple of surprises so far:  a Libertarian candidate from Franklin Parish, Henry Herford Junior, and Blake Weatherly, a Republican from Calhoun, near Monroe.  There are 6 in the race, including Marcus Hunter, Robert Johnson, Jamie [...]

Bolton Ave. Enhancement Project Begins


You’ve probably seen the work being done on Bolton Avenue.  This is the first phase of the Bolton Avenue Corridor Enhancement Project.
Today, city officials celebrate the beginning of the largest redevelopment project in Alexandria history.  It’s part of the 96 million dollar SPARC program.  That stands for “Special Planned Activity Redevelopment Corridors”.  This is one [...]