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Rock the Red Event Draws Crowd Downtown

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We hope you had a grand Independence Day weekend.
This was the scene on the banks of the Red River Friday night. The City of Alexandria sponsored its annual Rock the Red event at the amphitheater. There was music followed by a fireworks display.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/7/14

Protest Held Today at VA Hospital

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A protest is held at the VA Hospital in Pineville. Some veterans say this is among the hospitals that need reform.
They were joined by people running for office and at least one person who has a pending lawsuit against this hospital. They displayed a banner and expressed dissatisfaction with at least one physician there.
VA Director [...]

Vance McAllister Comments on Fort Polk Issues

The latest entrant in the crowded field for 5th district congressman is the incumbent.
Vance McAllister was in Alexandria this week, and though Fort Polk is not in his district, it’s future does affect his constituents. We asked him to comment on the threat to slash the force there.

There are 6 men in the race for [...]

First Alexandria Mayoral Candidate Announces Today

The first official campaign announcement for the city of Alexandria mayor’s race is made today. Jamar Gailes, has not run for office before. He’s a businessman.

That election is November 4th, and incumbent Mayor Jacques Roy is expected to be a candidate.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/3/14

Fireworks Stands Advise Caution and Safe Practices

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President John Adams, one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence, famously predicted the 4th would become a national holiday with parades and luminations, or fireworks.
So, fireworks stands are everywhere.  Regardless of where you get your fireworks, you should heed the warnings of the experts.  Here’s one dealer’s advice.

You’re advised just to use common [...]

Supporters of Fort Polk Meet to Save the Historic Post

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Supporters of Fort Polk meet to fight for the life of the historic U.S. Army post. Community leaders, public officials and friends of the fort participated in a news conference to address the possibility the post could lose as many as 65 hundred troops, which is half its force. This is a part of a [...]

Common Core Debate Likely Headed for Courtroom

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After a day long, jam-packed special meeting in Baton Rouge, it appears the common core issue is headed to a courtroom, not a classroom.
The state education superintendent is pitted against the governor, who is trying by executive order to withdraw Louisiana from common core. The superintendent says the governor doesn’t have that power.
The board authorized [...]

Helping Hands, Rapides Deputies Give Out Fans

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One group is providing fans to the needy during this hot weather. As they’ve done in the past, Rapides Deputies chip in to the Helping Hand Ministries. These community deputies met early to pick up the fans at the helping hands warehouse on Greer Road in Pineville.

Deputies know many of the recipients from their routine [...]

Travelers to Pay Highest Gas Prices in 10 Years

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Tomorrow is the official start of the long holiday weekend, and Triple A says 41 million of you will travel 50 miles or more from home. This is an increase from Independence Day weekend a year ago.
And, you’re likely to pay the highest gasoline prices in six years. It’s 20 cents per gallon more expensive [...]

Showdown in Baton Rouge Over Common Core

The fight over common core between Governor Bobby Jindal and State Education Superintendent John White is at a showdown in Baton Rouge. The state board of education, better known as BESE, had a daylong hearing on what to do next.
The governor has blocked buying tests for common core. But, White has said the governor cannot, [...]