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Candidates Begin Qualifying for Fall Elections

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Candidates for offices ranging from Justice of the Peace to U.S. Senator are signing up and paying their fees today. Local candidates are filling out paperwork today through Friday in the Clerks of Court offices throughout the state.
This was the scene at the Rapides Parish Courthouse this morning. There will be a steady stream of [...]

Get a Close Look at U.S. Army Chaplain Training

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Today we’re getting a first-hand look at the training done by Fort Polk soldiers, especially the Unit Ministry Team. Army chaplains tend to soldiers and civilians alike after traumatic events. ABC 31’s Bennett Roland Junior reports from the simulated battlefield known as The Box.

That tour is by RSVP only and all children must be accompanied [...]

CIty Council Votes 4-3 to Pay Bill Owed to Lawyer

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Mayor Jacques Roy’s attorneys are attempting to meet with Judge Dee Drell over an order to pay a bill owed to a lawyer. The City Council voted four to three last night to comply with the order.

The million dollar plus bill is owed for the city’s defense in the long-standing CLECO lawsuit.
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Mobile Pantry Teaches Residents Healthy Cooking

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It’s a little like the book mobile, but it carries food. The Mobile Pantry Program will serve rural areas.
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana showed off its nutrition on wheels. It will be used in the under-served areas of Central Louisiana to provide food and information for healthy eating.

The Mobile Pantry is provided by grants [...]

Jury Selection Continues as Prosecution Plans to Ask for Death Penalty

Jury selection is in its second day for 57-year-old Thomas Sanders. The procedure is slow, because the prosecution is asking for the death penalty if Sanders is convicted of killing 12-year-old Lexis Roberts.
Her body was found by hunters in Catahoula Parish 4 years ago. She had been shot and her throat had been slashed.
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Community Officials Urge Citizens to Sign Fort Polk Petition

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It’s letter-signing day in Central Louisiana to support Fort Polk.
Community officials are urging everyone to sign letters of support to save Fort Polk. It’s in danger of losing an entire brigade of more than 65 hundred soldiers because of federal budget cuts. Officials say this would be an economic catastrophe.
They’re hoping to increase the number [...]

Qualifying Tomorrow Thru Friday for Fall Elections

Politics in Louisiana are heating up this week.
Qualifying for the fall elections begins tomorrow and ends Friday. Statewide and most state district races will take qualifying papers and fees in Baton Rouge. Others will be qualifying in their home parishes.
In Rapides Parish, the City of Alexandria will have races for mayor, some city council seats, [...]

LSUA Receives Almost $3 Million Donation

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There’s some good news as the school year is about to begin for LSUA. The school is the recipient of a major gift. Almost three million dollars is being donated from the estate of Anne and John McCann.
McCann retired from the railroads, and his wife Anne was a homemaker.
The money will go to the LSUA [...]

Jury Convicts Man of Shooting Up Convenience Store

CHARLES E. JACKSON, 29 of Alexandria, was charged with ATTEMPTED MURDER and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon arising out of an incident which occurred at a convenience store in Alexandria.
The defendant made an early morning liquor purchase and went out to his car where he sampled the liquor.  Surveillance video at the [...]

Boil Advisory Issued for Parts of Alexandria

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Alexandria, Louisiana—Damage to a 12-inch water pipe Monday has resulted in the need for a boil water advisory for a small part of the city, according to Utility Director Michael Marcotte.
Because of this incident, the water in the affected area may have been compromised. The 12-inch water line was inadvertently damaged on New York Avenue [...]