Category Archives: Local Headlines

Vitter Willing to Expand Medicaid in LA

Gubernatorial candidate David Vitter says he’s moving forward with his plans for the U.S. Senate despite his campaign. Vitter says there are several issues at the top of his list.

That election is next year. Vitter spoke this week to the Baton Rouge Press Club.
And the senator created a stir by saying he would be willing [...]

Go Red Luncheon Raises Over $100k

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The ladies behind the Go Red for Women last Friday are glowing with smiles.
The numbers are in and it was a sell-out with more then 350 participants. And, they say they raised some 100 thousand dollars to stay right here in Central Louisiana.
The event was sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center and other top supporters [...]

Lawmakers Pass Bill to Name New Red River Bridge

Louisiana lawmakers pass a bill naming the new span over the Red River, and it’s now on the governor’s desk. In the waning days of the last legislative session, one area lawmaker amended a bill to call it the Coleman Curtis Bridge.
State Representative Herbert Dixon says he wanted to name the bridge for two African-American [...]

2 Arrested in Series of Burglaries

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Rapides Deputies say they’ve solved a series of burglaries.
Jesse Warren and Jada McGinty, both of Alexandria were arrested for breaking into storage buildings on Highway 28 East. Deputies say they linked the 2 suspects to stolen property found in Grant Parish.
Warren is accused of burglary, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and a drug charge. [...]

Teachers Attend “Whole Brain” Conference at LC

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About a thousand participants are on the campus of Louisiana College using their whole brain.
The Whole Brain Teaching Conference has attracted teachers from Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and from across the state. Teachers are learning Whole Brain teaching as one method for helping with student discipline.

The developers of Whole Brain teaching have given seminars in the [...]

2 Arrested in Still-Smoking Meth Lab

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Charles Gross (left) and Ethan Redd (right)
Grant Deputies say they encountered a still-smoking meth lab as they were trying to serve a routine civil citation. Charles Gross and Ethan Redd were arrested both for operation of a lab, conspiracy, reckless handling of hazardous materials and drug paraphernalia.
Deputies say they found the lab on Friday.
KLAX ABC [...]

Judge Randow to Run for 9th District Despite Age Restriction

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Chief Judge Harry Randow of the 9th Judicial District says he will qualify to run in November 4th election despite a 70-year-old cap on age.
Randow notes there will be a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot, which lifts that ban. That would then permit him to be elected and take office January 1st.
Several candidates [...]

Fort Polk Welcomes Vermont Nat’l Guard Soldiers

Fort Polk is welcoming soldiers from another state for some crucial training. Around 35 hundred soldiers from the Vermont Army National Guard are at Fort Polk conducting training.
The 86th IBCT Mountain is the only National Guard to conduct the rotation in 2014.

This is a report provided by the U.S. Army.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/16/14

LSUA To Offer New Course in Agriculture

A new course offering at LSU of Alexandria will team up with the Baton Rouge campus to provide a concentration in agriculture. This will be within the biology department and is especially good for students who want an Ag curriculum.

For more information, see the LSUA academic counselors.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/16/14

Duck Dynasty Family Member Announces Run for Congress

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A relative of the Duck Dynasty reality show clan is announcing his candidacy for the 5th district congressional seat this November. Zach Dasher is the nephew of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson.
You may recall the Robertsons were behind Vance McAllister, who’s the incumbent, but McAllister has been in the midst of a domestic scandal.
Dasher is [...]