Category Archives: State News

LA Teen Challenge Helps Fight Teen Addiction

Louisiana Teen Challenge is a faith based program to help fight teen addiction.  The organization currently has eight homes across the state and has been in Louisiana for more than 30 years.
As Akeam Ashford reports, they’re saving lives and leading people away from addiction.

KLAX ABC 31 News 7/14/14

Nagin to Report to Bureau of Prisons September 8th

Disgraced former Mayor Ray Nagin may be just down the road in September. The sentencing judge has recommended Nagin serve his 10 year sentence at the federal penitentiary. He has to report to the Bureau of Prisons on September 8th. But, it’s entirely up to the prison officials where Nagin will go.
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BESE Attempts to Compromise on Common Core

3 members of the State Board of Education are offering a compromise on common core to Governor Bobby Jindal. Jindal wants the state out of common core, but the state superintendent of education disagrees.
Board members are offering to blend tests from common core and LEAP for the coming school year. But, nobody knows if this [...]

Local Representative Pushing “Pay it Forward”

A local state representative is pushing a study resolution to help students with college debt. Pay It Forward bills are now active in many states, and Herbert Dixon is pushing for it in Louisiana.

It’s unclear how the Pay It Forward programs will be funded, if approved.
More about this program may be found by clicking here.
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Saint Landry Judge Dies After Brief Illness

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Saint Landry Parish is mourning the death of Judge Donald Hebert who died last night after a brief illness. He was 65 years old and was planning to retire in December.
He was elected in 1999 to the 27th judicial district.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/10/14

Fund Set Up for 9 Children Orphaned by Murder-Suicide

A fund has been set up for the nine children left orphaned by a murder suicide in Opelousas.
On July 4th, police say Kerry Varis shot his wife Nancy at a family gathering on West Prudhomme Street. Witnesses say he then turned the gun on himself.

The fund is set up at the Opelousas Saint Landry Bank [...]

Former Mayor Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court with his wife, Seletha Nagin, left, after being sentenced in New Orleans, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
The man who became the face of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina will now spend the next 10 years in a federal prison. A judge sentenced former New Orleans Mayor Ray [...]

Over 8k Students to Receive School Vouchers

Governor Bobby Jindal says about 88 hundred students will receive vouchers for the coming school year to attend private or charter schools. He says there were 13 thousand applications to some 133 schools. Jindal calls the vouchers scholarships.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14

State Warns of Flesh Eating Bacteria

The state is warning fishermen about dangers from flesh eating bacteria. Kari Beal of KATC in Lafayette has more about the symptoms of this infection and how you can protect yourself.

KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14

Kennedy: Federal Law Will Force Taxpayers to Pay for Sex Change Operations

State Treasurer John Kennedy is complaining about a federal law he says will force taxpayers to pay for sex change operations. Kennedy says these added costs point out why Louisiana should fix its Medicaid program before it goes into bankruptcy.

He says both Medicare and Medicaid are approaching insolvency.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/8/14