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One Hostage Killed, Suspect Dead in Standoff

Two hostages are shot, one killed, after a standoff that began yesterday afternoon and lasted 12 hours.  It ended after police stormed a bank in Saint Joseph in Tensaw Parish, just northeast of here.
They say the suspect, 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, never intended to rob the bank.  They say he was trying to make a [...]

“Baby Boutique” at VOA Receives Makeover


The Baby Boutique at the Volunteers of America is spiffed up by high school students.  This area of the VOA headquarters on Coliseum Boulevard is especially for babies.  It offers services to mothers-to-be.
The improvements are part of a summer project undertaken by the cheerleading squad at Buckeye High.  They painted, cleaned, organized, and collected donations [...]

Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase


Alexandria Police arrest a man for armed robbery and resisting arrest.
They say early this morning Dujuan Sykes of Alexandria led them on a high-speed chase in the Levin-Chester Street area.  Police finally arrested him after a short chase.
Police say he held up a person in the 35 hundred block of Lee.  Sykes is also charged [...]

Vitter Comments on Special Congressional Election

It’s the August recess for Congress, and U.S. Senator David Vitter is conducting town hall meetings.  Today, he was in Pollock, hearing from constituents.  Vitter is a conservative Republican who has been vocally opposing the current administration.  He describes residents concerns and comments on a growing controversy about the rushed call for a special election [...]

Same-Sex Benefits Extended to Fort Polk Personnel


The Defense Department says it will extend same-sex benefits to members of the armed services and civilian employees.  This will apply to Fort Polk.
The Defense Department says this is in line with the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act.  The benefits will begin no later than September [...]

New Pineville Mayor ProTem


The City of Pineville elects a Mayor Pro Tem.  Nathan Martin will act if the mayor must be absent for any reason.
The council members routinely rotate the job amongst themselves each term.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/14/13

AG Caldwell Recovers $8.5 Million During Fraud Trial Of Drug Company

Baton Rouge—Today Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. agreed to pay Louisiana $8.5 million to resolve the fraudulent drug pricing claims against them. The agreement was announced in the 19th Judicial District Court before Judge Wilson Fields, just as Louisiana was about to give its opening statement to the jury panel of twelve men and women.
Attorney General Buddy [...]

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Fugitive Unit Makes 900th Arrest


Baton Rouge—Louisiana Attorney Buddy Caldwell’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) has arrested its 900th offender as the Attorney General’s Office continues its aggressive crackdown on wanted fugitives.
Investigators with the attorney general’s FAU yesterday arrested 38-year-old Derrick D. Daniel, who went into hiding after being indicted by an East Feliciana Parish Grand Jury for vehicular homicide in [...]

LA Harvest Season Begins

Harvest season has started in Louisiana.  Crops such as rice, soybeans, sugarcane and cotton all get picked from the fields in late summer and fall.  Corn is one of the first crops to get harvested.
LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story.

Louisiana has about 700 thousand acres of corn, a significant increase over recent years.
KLAX [...]

Alexandria Zoo Prepares for Opening of New Exhibit

The Alexandria Zoo’s South American exhibit, called the Land of the Jaguar, opens next month.  Today, Friends of the Alexandria Zoo and Director Lee Ann Whitt discussed the project to the Downtown Rotary Club.

The friends group, called FOTAZ, is recruiting businesses to buy special t-shirts for employees to be worn near the time of the [...]