Category Archives: State News

US Census Data Shows LA Incomes Rising Slowly

U.S. census data shows more of us in Louisiana are working, but household incomes are rising at a slow but steady pace. Other figures show broad disparities in income along racial lines.
And Louisiana is still the 3rd highest in poverty in the nation and 4th on the list for poor children.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/19/14

State Officials Get Public Input on Mental Health Issues

There’s a lot of discussion about mental health issues now, especially in Central Louisiana, where psychiatric beds are limited. Yesterday, state officials received input from the public about what should be done.

These sessions are held each year to find out what is being done and where there are needs.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/18/14

Kisatchie Welcomes New Forest Supervisor

There’s a new forester in town. Eddie Taylor is the new forest supervisor for the U.S. National Forest at Kisatchie.
Taylor comes here from Mississippi where he was a deputy forest supervisor. His specialties include ecosystem restoration and endangered species.

His 25-year career began with research. Taylor is a graduate of Texas A&M, and when he’s not [...]

LA Corn Crop Produces Good Yield This Year

Louisiana’s corn crop is coming in. Good weather during the growing season has translated into good yields. LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report.

They say if farmers don’t see a lot of rain over the next weeks, harvest should wrap up in early September.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14

Miss LA Wins Scholarship in Miss America Pageant

Miss Louisiana is back home from Atlantic City. Lacey Sanchez arrived back in Monroe after appearing Saturday night on the Miss America Pageant. She won a 2-thousand dollar scholarship awarded for an interview.
She’s from Baton Rouge and a graduate of LSU.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/15/14

Southern University Sees Trend in Drop Outs

Why college students drop out is nothing new. But, Ambria Washington says there’s another trend that one professor is seeing at Southern University in Baton Rouge.

KLAX ABC 31 News 9/15/14

State Office of Group Benefits Expanding Customer Service Hours

Starting today, the State Office of Group Benefits is extending its customer service hours. The service line will be open from 7am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and is available at 1-800-272-8451.
In January, a new set of plans will be available to state retirees and employees eligible for group benefits. The state officials say they [...]

Buddy Caldwell Warns of IRS Scam

State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says some Louisianans are receiving threatening phone calls that are scams. The callers say they’re from the IRS and demand immediate payment.
The IRS does not contact people by phone. Officials say just hang up, and never give the caller any personal information.
Click here for more information.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Opelousas Man Sentenced in International Fraud Scheme

A federal judge in Lafayette sentences an Opelousas man in an international scheme to defraud banks and victims. 49-year-old Nelson Durald is sentenced to a year and 11 months in prison for his part in what is described as a secret shopper program.
Federal prosecutors say he defrauded victims of almost 250-thousand dollars. He has been [...]

LA Farmers Begin Harvesting Rice Crops

Louisiana farmers are harvesting their rice crops when they get a break from the frequent rain. LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited a rice field still wet from the previous day’s downpour.

Louisiana has about 430 thousand acres of rice. This is up slightly from last year when farmers had 410 thousand.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/9/14

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