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Father of Former Hamas Captive Speaks at Fundraiser

The father of an Israeli soldier captured and later released by Hamas is a guest speaker in Alexandria. Noah Shilat spoke to a fundraiser for the Jewish Federations of North America.

The federation is an umbrella group for Jewish interests in hundreds of communities.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/22/14

Alexandria Might Sell Fulton Hotel

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Alexandria may be one step closer to getting out of the hotel business. Alexandria mayor Jacques Roy is proposing to sell the Fulton Hotel to a management group that will turn it into a Holiday Inn.
The badly damaged hotel has been in a courtroom for years and is an unusual city asset. The city owns [...]

Parents, Others Rally to Oppose Common Core

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A room full of parents opposed to common core standards rallied today. State Representative Lance Harris sponsored the meeting with a group of other legislators opposed to common core.
Common core is an educational plan proposed several years ago by governors who said they wanted consistent curriculums among the states, so they could check their schools’ [...]

Domestic Violence Vigil Held at Courthouse

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A noon vigil is held on the steps of the Rapides Parish Courthouse. The group is there to remember the victims of domestic violence.
This is a month when the battered and bruised are remembered. Sponsors say they use this time to get information out to victims that there is help. Many of these participants are [...]

Construction Begins on On, Off Ramps on Pineville Expwy.

Starting tomorrow night, works begins on the southbound off ramp connecting the Pineville Expressway to Highway 165. Also, work begins on the northbound entry ramp connecting Highway 28 East to the Expressway.
Closures can be expected from 10 pm to 5 am tomorrow and Friday morning. Then, the ramps close again Friday night at 10 and [...]

State Troopers Help with Safety Seat Check

A child safety-seat check will be held tomorrow at Rapides Regional Medical Center. State Troopers say the understanding when dealing with safety seats and children is a lifesaver.

The child safety seat check is from 8:30am to 1:30pm.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/21/14

Chamber Infrastructure Chairman Speaks to Rotary Today

The local Chamber of Commerce has a special committee to address infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and sewers.
The chairman of that committee, Jonathan Deen, today talks to the Rotary Club about how this affects economic development.

The committee members often connect with members of the legislative delegation for state help with projects.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/21/14

LA, Rapides Parish Schools Earn B on Report Card

Report cards for schools throughout the state are out. Louisiana earned a B and that’s what Rapides Parish Schools also earned, but there are four failing schools.

Those schools with A’s are J.I. Barron, Peabody Montessori, Poland Junior High, Rosenthal Elementary, Rubywise and Phoenix Magnet. These grades are for the 2013-2014 school year.
Parents can go to [...]

Early Voting Starts in LA Today

Early voting throughout Louisiana starts today. Voters can cast their ballots for the November fourth primaries at the registrar of voter’s offices throughout the state. Voters in Rapides Parish are taking advantage of the seven-day period.
The ballots range from the statewide candidates for the U.S. Senate and 14 proposed constitutional amendments to justices of the [...]

Fmr. Pres. Clinton Campaigns for Landrieu in Baton Rouge

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A former president throws his weight behind U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. Bill Clinton took the stage in front of a packed house in downtown Baton Rouge. He touted Landrieu’s experience and called her an effective leader.

This is the former president’s second time campaigning for Landrieu in the past two months.
Recently, Landrieu’s opponents got the backing [...]

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