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Electricians Still Working to Repair Courthouse Electricity

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Electricians are working through the weekend to repair a malfunction that darkened the Federal Courthouse in Alexandria and interrupted the penalty phase for Thomas Steven Sanders.
Sanders has been convicted of slaying a 12-year-old girl, and the jury must now determine if he lives or dies.
Officials hope to resume the testimony on Monday.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Town Hall Held to Discuss Health Care in LA

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A town hall meeting is held about health care. State Representative Lance harries took questions and provided experts to answer questions about the controversies surrounding health care in Louisiana.
Louisiana is among the states rejecting the federal government’s Medicaid Program, and, at the same time, the state has shuttered the so-called charity hospitals. Instead, Louisiana is [...]

New NSU President to be Announced Tuesday

The new president of Northwestern State University will be announced Tuesday afternoon at 2 at a news conference in the Student Union Ballroom.
The finalists are Doctor Lisa Abney, NSU’s provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, and Doctor James Henderson, Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/19/14

Janet Dixon Says Ethics Charges Are False

Rapides Parish School Board President Janet Dixon denied any wrongful actions in connection with the hiring of the current school superintendent.
She is the target of an ethics complaint that she improperly served on the school board while working for the head-hunting firm which was used to select the superintendent.

She says she has hired an attorney [...]

Exchange Club Hosts Candidates for DA

Long-time district attorney in Rapides Parish James Downs is retiring and 3 local attorneys are seeking that seat on November 4th.
Today, they made their pitch to the ongoing forums sponsored by the Exchange Club. We asked each of them what makes them the best candidate.

That primary is November 4th, with a run-off on December 6th.
KLAX [...]

Officer Cleared of Wrongdoing in Shooting of Man with Sword

A Pineville police officer is cleared of any wrongdoing in a deathly shooting of a man who charged him with a sword. The shooting on September 8th resulted in the death of Christopher Shane LeBlanc in front of his home on Cummins Street.
Rapides deputies were asked to investigate the matter and determined the shooting by [...]

Sanders Trial Disrupted Due to Electrical Problems

The penalty phase of the Thomas Steven Sanders case in Alexandria Federal Court is disrupted and in recess until Monday.
Court officials say last night an electrical problem cut off power to the Federal Court House. The penalty phase of the Sanders trial will resume Monday at a location to be announced.
The disruption happened after 2 [...]

Former Head of Narcotics Admits to Malfeasance, Abuse of Power

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The former head of metro narcotics in Rapides Parish has been placed on probation after admitting to malfeasance and abuse of office.
Michael Lacour entered a plea agreement with the DA’s office yesterday.  He had been charged with having sex with a woman on probation, helping her get money from Crime Stoppers and mishandling illegal drugs.
He [...]

School Board Reverses Supt. Decision on Grading System

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Rapides Parish School Board members vote to go back to a numerical grading system, after hearing from unhappy parents and students.
The school superintendent changed the system to letter grades, as in A, B, C, D and F. But, angry students say this cheats good students out of high averages and allows poor ones to rank [...]

Ethics Complaint Filed Against School Board President

An ethics complaint is filed against Rapides Parish School Board President Janet Dixon.
Former Principal Fred Moore says Dixon was employed as a consultant by the firm the school board used as a headhunter, which resulted in the hiring of the current superintendent. Moore has filed an official complaint.
Dixon recently announced she is not running for [...]