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Students in Rapides Parish Return to School Today

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Summer is officially over for students in Rapides and many other parishes. School bus drivers, principals and teachers were all at their posts bright and early to greet the students. We caught up with these returning kids in Pineville.
Teachers, with the help in some cases of parents, have been working for days to get the [...]

Common Core Goes to Court Today

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As students start school, faculty and parents are still unsure about a major issue in Louisiana: common core. That determines how students will be tested in the spring.
Both sides of the issue are in court today, and the judge has taken the matter under advisement to rule at another time.
Jason Newton has more.

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Cenla Food Bank Offers Back Pack Program for Children

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The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is mindful that less fortunate children often are shortchanged on weekends. They have a backpack program that sends nutritious food home with them for Saturdays and Sundays.

You can donate to this program by calling the Food Bank at 318-445-2773 or visit their website for more information.
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Lunch & Learn Educates Community on Fall Gardens

It’s still summer, but it is time to talk about a fall garden. Today ABC 31 News Reporter Bennett Roland Junior, who grew his own tomatoes this year, attends a class in Mansura on what to do next.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/12/14

LA Caterpillar Takes Equipment Simulator to Local Schools

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If you’ve ever wanted to drive some type of heavy machinery, it’s possible with a simulator.
Louisiana Caterpillar is taking its simulator to four campuses to let area high school students see what it’s like to be a heavy equipment operator. The simulator trains people on how to operate excavators and motor grinders.
Teachers say these are [...]

New Sanctuary at Calvary Requires 200-ton Rig to Lift Truss

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Some people are rubber necking on Jackson Street Extension.
They’re watching the structure go up, and today a 200-ton rig lifts a 157-foot truss into place. The crane is so big that they had to get FAA approval, before the operation.
Calvary is building a new sanctuary they say will give them room to grow and accommodate [...]

Contestants sought for Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program

Contestants sought for Miss Merry Christmas and Miss Natchitoches Teen
NATCHITOCHES – Contestants are being sought for the 2014 Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program to be held Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Natchitoches Events Center.
The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant and Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant will both be held on Sunday, September 14 at 5 p.m. at [...]

Road Work: Purple Heart Bridge at Shamrock Exit

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that beginning Thursday August 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM, construction work will begin on the Northbound off ramp connecting US 167 (Pineville Expressway) to the Shamrock / Downtown Pineville Exit.
In addition, [...]

Police To Be Out in Force for 1st Day of School

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The new school year starts in the morning, and law enforcement agents say they’ll be out in force to make sure students are safe.
You’re reminded it’s now illegal to use a hand-held device in a school zone.
Also, police and deputies say you better slow down, because they will be monitoring all zones for speeding and [...]

New MLK Jr. Library Branch Opens

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A long-awaited, new branch of the Rapides Parish Library is open for business. The Martin Luther King Junior Branch comes a long way from the old one, years ago on Smash Avenue off Willow Glen.
This gleaming new facility on Broadway is open one day before students return to school. A formal dedication will be held [...]