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Lance Harris Sponsors Town Hall on Common Core

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Alexandria State Representative Lance Harris is sponsoring a town hall meeting on common core. He says it will be a time to ask questions and provide opinions.

That’s tomorrow night at six at the England Airpark Community Center.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/20/14

14 Amendments to Appear on Nov. Ballot

It’s almost lost in the ads for candidates, but there are a slew of proposed changes to the Louisiana Constitution.
Today, a leader in the local Republican Party described what voters will see on the ballots next month.

You can also find out more by checking out the Public Affairs Research Council’s (PAR) guide to the amendments.
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Police Investigate Murder-Suicide in Deville

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Deputies say 36-year-old Terrel Laprarie shot 39-year-old Theresa Johnson in a murder-suicide in Deville. Here’s what Lieutenant Tommy Carnline has to report.

According to sheriff’s deputies, the incident was reported at 8:40 last night at the Buckeye Apartments. Initial reports indicate the shooter opened fire at the top of the stairs and then [...]

Local Medical Personnel Attend Trauma Symposium

Local medical experts are doing their best to brace for any potential Ebola scares.
A trauma symposium is held today in Pineville and sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. We asked a participant how the new Ebola scare figures into their training.

Doctors from Atlanta and Minnesota make presentations at the daylong educational conference.
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Cheneyville Celebrates Founder’s Day Festival

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If you drive south of Alexandria on Highway 71, you’ll find the historic town of Cheneyville celebrating their Founder’s Day Festival.
Vendors, with arts, crafts and good food, started setting up at noon today. The big events are tomorrow, with a parade at 10 am, a tour of the town, a domino’s tournament, and music. And [...]

Girl with Cancer Gets Surprise Visit from Unicorn

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A young girl in Baton Rouge gets a very special visitor this week.
This is five-year-old “Lilie” and she is celebrating a big milestone in her battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Lilie just finished up her chemotherapy so she was surprised with a unicorn ride.
Lilie’s mother expressed how much this meant to her and her daughter.

Lilie has [...]

Private Detainee Transfer Center Opens at England Airpark

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A privately owned transfer center for detainees is officially opened at England Airpark today.
It’s operated by the Geo Group, a Florida-based company. The company describes itself as the world’s largest provider of correctional, detention and community re-entry services. They have more than 78-thousand beds and run a detention facility in nearby Jena in LaSalle Parish.

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Landrieu Endorses Jamie Mayo for Congress

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While in the area today, Senator Landrieu gives her endorsement to Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo in his bid for congress.
Both are democrats, and Mayo is the lone African American in the crowded race for the fifth district congressional seat, now held by Vance McAllister.
Other candidates are Ralph Abraham, Eliot Barron, Harris Brown, Zach Dasher, Clyde [...]

Exchange Club Hosts Alexandria Mayoral Candidates

The final elections forum sponsored by the Alexandria Exchange Club today featured candidates for mayor. We asked these candidates their most outstanding accomplishments.

Early voting for the November 4th primaries begins Tuesday morning at 8:30.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/16/14

Pineville Mom Arrested for Leaving Young Children at Home

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A 26-year-old mom is arrested in Pineville for deserting her three children. Candace Roberson is accused of leaving the children, all younger than ten years old, at home alone.
Also, police say the home doesn’t have electricity, and an extension cord was running from another apartment to operate a fan.
The children have been turned over to [...]