Category Archives: State News

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 [...]

Lafayette Girl to Participate in Nat’l Spelling Bee

With spell check at everyone’s fingertips, spelling on your own seems to have become a lost art. But it will soon take a 6th grade Lafayette girl to the nation’s capital. Ashlea Bullington has her story.

KLAX ABC 31 News 5/12/14

McAllister Attends Chamber Luncheon

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5th District Congressman Vance McAllister attends a lunch for the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce today.  It’s one of his first public appearances since he announced he will not seek re-election.
About a week ago, McAllister said he will finish out his term but will not seek re-election in November. This ended a few weeks of [...]

Voter Registration Week Next Week

Voter registration week in Louisiana begins Monday.
You can register in Rapides Parish at various library branches next week, starting with the main office on Washington Street Monday from 10 to 2. Call the Registrar of Voters office for a schedule.
Also, you can register on line with a valid Louisiana driver’s license at the web site [...]

Dardenne Speaks on Tourism, Hospitals

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Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne is traveling the state promoting his office’s main job: tourism.
He’s traveling in a bright mini-coach wrapped in the state’s latest tourism campaign and numbers. Tourism is a 10.8 billion dollar industry in Louisiana. One in 10 residents here make their living from tourism.
He started the week in Monroe, and today he’s [...]

Missing Opelousas Man Found Dead in South LA

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A missing Opelousas man is found dead in a crashed vehicle in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Troopers say 63-year-old Carroll Gobert apparently ran off the interstate and hit several trees. The SUV was apparently hidden by the trees. Gobert was reported missing Friday.
Troopers say he was wearing a seat belt, but he may not have been wearing [...]

Voters Approve Property Taxes on Ballot Saturday

Voters were in a giving mood during Saturday’s elections.
Alexandria voters approved a new property tax for recreation and for the Alexandria Zoo.  That vote was 59 to 41 percent in favor.
In addition, the renewal of the property tax for the area detention facility also easily won approval with 72 percent of the vote.
More election results [...]