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Multi-Million Dollar Marijuana Bust in Vernon Parish


Authorities in Vernon Parish make a multi-million dollar marijuana bust.
Deputies say they found almost an entire plantation of marijuana growing in the western part of the parish.  Sheriff Sam Craft says this is the 3rd plot found in the area.  It was discovered in the woods, north of Highway 8 and 111 in the Burr [...]

New A/C Units Installed in Hotel Bentley


New air conditioning units are installed at the Hotel Bentley.  This is part of the remodeling that’s been underway for several weeks.  The historic hotel may be open by the fall.

Jenkins is turning the hotel into a boutique and condos.  Work is underway on both components of the new hotel.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/12/13

Medical Minute: Children’s Allergies Possibly Affected by Birth Method

Allergies are on the rise in children, but we don’t know why.  Now, new research suggests that the way your baby is born may have something to do with it.
Here’s ABC’s Senior Medical Contributor, Doctor Timothy Johnson.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/12/13

Shrimpers Expect Prices to Rise

Shrimp season starts in Louisiana today.  But customers could see major changes at the register.  Shrimpers expect the price of shrimp to go up; some say as much as one dollar per pound.
Allison Bourne Vanneck met with shrimpers to find out exactly what is going on.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/12/13

Local Group Questions Plans for Huey Long Hospital

They’re trying to save Huey Long Hospital.  Now, one local group is questioning the latest plans for providing health insurance for the uninsured.
It looks as though there will be a public-private partnership between Cabrini and Rapides Regional.  That partnership would provide bed space, but out-patient cases will be handled by community clinics.

The group held a [...]

Duck Dynasty Star Encourages Adoptions


A reality show star from West Monroe lends his celebrity to the adoption efforts in Louisiana.  Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty is helping out the state’s foster care program.

He recently participated in a Family Forum program to encourage churches to urge adoptions.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/12/13

Law Prevents Utilities Cut-Offs in Extreme Temperatures


For those who are struggling to pay their utility bills, PSC Commissioners remind residents there’s a law to stop cut-offs when the heat index is 105 degrees or hotter.  The same rule applies in the winter when temps plummet to 32 degrees or below.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/12/13

Coliseum Project Delay


A decision about the stalled Rapides Coliseum project may happen sometime very soon.  Police jurors put the plans on hold when they found out the price tag had escalated.
Voters have approved a renovated facility plus an operations property tax.  However, some jurors have met with other architects to see if the price can be kept [...]

Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings


Red coats for the Chamber of Commerce were busy this morning cutting ribbons at 2 new businesses.
First they went to O’Reilly Auto Parts in the 3 thousand block of Highway 28 east.  The company already has 2 other stores on the Alexandria side of the river.
The red coats then gathered at Medical Center Drive in [...]

Pineville Man Arrested for Theft


Rapides Deputies arrest a man for stealing auto parts from his employer.
Investigators say Mark Earnest of Pineville took about 4 thousand dollars worth of parts and sold them to scrap yards since April.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/9/13