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Sanders Sentenced to Death Row

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A Las Vegas man tried in Alexandria Federal Court is headed to death row. A federal jury deliberated yesterday afternoon. It took them about an hour today to decide 57-year-old Thomas Steven Sanders shall die by lethal injection for the kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old girl.
Sanders showed no emotion in the courtroom. He admitted [...]

VA Conducts “Stand Down” To Help Homeless Veterans

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The VA Hospital conducts what it calls a Stand Down. The medical center is offering services to homeless veterans. This is the 11th year for the homeless stand down.
Experts offered medical services, scans and immunizations. Others were there to help these veterans with a search for homes, jobs and job training.

This outreach program was co-sponsored [...]

Fort Polk Supporters Send in Most Letters in Country

Fort Polk is being considered for massive cuts, but not without a fight. The base could soon lose 65 hundred troops, which would be devastating to this area’s economy.
The group, Fort Polk Progress, recently held a letter writing campaign and collected more than 34 thousand letters endorsing the army base. These letters will be sent [...]

Annual Les Fest Draws Huge Crowd

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The annual Les Fest draws a huge crowd honoring the Alexandria Zoo’s director. Bonerama from New Orleans, a brass funk rock band, entertained the crowd along with vendors selling food, drink and even a silent auction. The money goes to the Alexandria Zoo to honor the late Les Whitt.
Whitt was the long-time director of the [...]

RPSO Searches for Runaway Juvenile

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The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office juvenile detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a runaway juvenile.
Megan Nicole Johnson is 16 years old with black hair, blue eyes, 5’ 4” tall, and 140 pounds. She has a heart tattoo on her left hand.
She was last seen in the Pineville area on September 24th. Megan might [...]

Lafayette Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

A Lafayette man dies in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 49 in Saint Landry Parish. He’s 67-year-old Donald Royer.
State police say another driver pulled into the road from the side, ahead of Royer, and when he tried to avoid the car, he lost control and was thrown.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/25/14

MLK Library Branch Now Open for Business

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The new Martin Luther King branch of the Rapides Parish Library is open for business. It’s on Broadway and is a full-service branch for the entire community.
This library has come a long way from its days in a crowded building on Smash Avenue.
The library is also an important addition to the educational community in the [...]

New NSU President Introduced to Students, Faculty, Staff

Doctor James Henderson is officially introduced today to students, faculty, and staff at Northwestern State University.
He was selected Tuesday after months of interviews and input from everyone affected by the appointment. He succeeds Doctor Randy Webb, who announced his retirement in April.
NSU is the undergraduate home for Henderson and his wife.

He will preside over a [...]

Closing Arguments in Sanders Case Begin Tomorrow Morning

Closing arguments in the life or death penalty phase of the Thomas Steven Sanders case begin at 10am tomorrow morning in Alexandria Federal Court. The 57-year-old Las Vegas man is accused of kidnapping, shooting and cutting the throat of a 12-year-old girl 4 years ago.
The defense has argued he has brain damage and mental health [...]

LHSAA Meets with Local Officials About Basketball Tournaments

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A group of area leaders today meet with officials from the state high school athletic association. The effort is to bring some basketball tournaments in to Alexandria.
For many years, Alexandria was the chosen place for the end of basketball season. But, these leaders hope to bring them back, especially with planned renovations to the Rapides [...]