Category Archives: Local Headlines

Jindal Announces Discontinuation of Common Core

Governor Bobby Jindal says he has removed Louisiana from Common Core by the stroke of his pen. The Governor calls it a federal government over-reach.

The Governor’s announcement was quickly followed by statements from State Superintendent John White and Education Board President Chas Roemer. They say Common Core will continue, and the governor doesn’t have the [...]

APD Chase Down Man After Traffic Violation

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Alexandria Police say they had to chase down a man after a traffic violation at Lee and Overton.
Police say they finally stopped Tori Wesley in the Hillcrest Drive and Hillcrest Boulevard area. They say he then ran off and they found him hiding under a shed.
Wesley is charged with aggravated flight, resisting arrest, simple escape [...]

2 Teens Arrested for Battery

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Rapides Deputies arrest two teens after a disturbance in the gravel pits off the Lonzie Doyle and Padgett roads areas of Plainview.
Aubrey Wisby of Pitkin and Ashley Jarrell of Hineston were arrested. Deputies say both are charged with battery and conspiracy.
“With school out, we see gatherings of young adults where alcohol is being consumed and [...]

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 [...]