Category Archives: State News

Red River Bank President Reappointed to LSU Board

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Local banker Blake Chatelain is re-appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to the LSU Board of Supervisors.
He’ll serve as the representative of the fifth congressional district.
He’s president of Red River Bank in Alexandria.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/2/14

Local Veterans Weigh-In on VA Hospital Scandal

A mobile office to help disabled veterans is set up today at the parish veterans center.
We asked if they’re responding to hospital scandal now permeating in Washington.

This is a non-profit agency that has been traveling the state helping veterans with paperwork and information.
KLAX ABC 31 News 5/30/14

Heavy Flooding in Lafayette Causes Schools to Close

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Due to heavy rains yesterday and today some students in Lafayette Parish got a surprise. Lafayette Parish Schools released students early today due to flooding conditions.
Authorities in the parish reported several wrecks and with the potential for lighting strikes, heavy wind, and tornadoes the school day was cut short.
The National Weather Service issued a flash [...]

15-Year-Old Dies in Police Chase in Opelousas

A 15-year-old boy dies in a police chase in Opelousas.
Police there say Deontei Fuselier of Lafayette took off in a stolen jeep. Police chased and say he flipped the vehicle on Highway 357. He was killed. Three passengers were hurt, one critically injured.
State police are investigating.
KLAX ABC 31 News 5/27/14

Clyde Holloway Hospitalized from Stroke

Area Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway is hospitalized with what’s described as a mild stroke.
An assistant says his tests are good, and his doctors expect a full recovery. They say he should be out of the hospital within a day.
The 70-year-old is a former congressman from Forest Hill. He recently ran for the 5th district [...]

Monroe Businessman Joins Race for 5th District Seat

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A Monroe businessman announces he’s running for the 5th Congressional District seat this fall.
48-year-old Harris Brown describes himself as a proven leader. He’s never held public office, but is serving on a number of boards and commissions.
He’s the son of State Senator Billy Brown, a well-known lawyer in Louisiana.
His full announcement may be found by [...]

Two Children, Bus Driver Injured by Suspected Drunken Driver

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Two children and a school bus driver are hurt after being hit by suspected drunk driver in Allen Parish.
State troopers arrested 27-year-old Dustin Richard McGowen of Eunice for third offense DWI, negligent injury, illegal possession of Xanax, drug paraphernalia, careless operation and failure to wear a seat belt.
It happened yesterday afternoon on Highway 383 just [...]

Tax Day Tomorrow in LA

Tomorrow is tax day in Louisiana for individuals. The easiest way to file is on the state’s web site.
Here’s a reminder if you need an extension: submit that request by tomorrow to avoid penalties. This gives you more time to file a return, but does not allow more time to pay.
KLAX ABC 31 News 5/14/14

Parks Open Pools And New Water Playground For Memorial Day Weekend And Summer

[ May 24, 2014 to May 26, 2014. ] A new water feature is available for visitors to St. Bernard State Park this summer with the opening of a water playground. The water playground, which opened in early May, replaces the swimming pool, and will offer dumping buckets, water cannons and jet sprays.

The Office of State Parks is opening swimming pools for the Memorial [...]

LA Legislature Rejects BESSIE Spending Plan

The state board of education, known as BESSIE, goes back to the drawing board for allotting funds to public schools. The legislature rejected the board’s first allotment.
The board of elementary and secondary education has approved a new formula for handing out public funds. It’s around three billion dollars, which represents a 100 million more than [...]