Category Archives: State News

September Events for Louisiana State Parks

[ September 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013. ] Upon Request, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville – Daily Demonstrations. Daily demonstrations will be conducted to show how cotton fiber was separated from seed. Juxtaposed against hand separation, this will serve to illustrate how such a simple machine had such a great impact on the proliferation of cotton production in the South. [...]

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Underway

A “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign is underway in Louisiana through Labor Day.
The no refusal policy is being implemented during this period.  This means judges are on 24 hour stand-by to sign warrants to allow officers to conduct blood tests on DWI suspects who refuse.
Seven people died on Louisiana roads last Labor Day [...]

Qualifying Continues Today

Qualifying ends tomorrow for the special election on October 19th to find a successor to 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander.
A couple of surprises so far:  a Libertarian candidate from Franklin Parish, Henry Herford Junior, and Blake Weatherly, a Republican from Calhoun, near Monroe.  There are 6 in the race, including Marcus Hunter, Robert Johnson, Jamie [...]

LA Residents Gather to Learn About “Stand Your Ground” Law


Residents in Louisiana gathered today to learn more about our state’s version of the Stand your Ground law.  Here’s a look at what the law really means.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/16/13

LA Healthcare Education Coalition Visits Alexandria


You’ll be hearing more and more about the ACA or Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.
Representatives of the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition are traveling the state, talking about how they can help people navigate the new law.  The group made a stop in Alexandria this morning to help connect families to the right health [...]

2nd Hostage in Bank Standoff Dies


A second hostage in this week’s bank standoff here in Louisiana has died here in Alexandria at Rapides Regional Medical Center.  LeDean McDaniel passed away this morning at a hospital.  He was one of three bank employees taken hostage by Fuaed Ahmed in the rural town of Saint Joseph Tuesday.
Authorities say Ahmed held two men [...]

October Elections Qualifying Next Week


Qualifying for October elections in Central Louisiana is off to a slow start.
On Monday, candidates will travel to Baton Rouge to sign up for the congressional race.  All elections will be held October 19th.
Political subdivision races are being held in Rapides, Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches and Vernon.  The local qualifying continues through Friday afternoon.  Congressional qualifying [...]

One Hostage Killed, Suspect Dead in Standoff


Two hostages are shot, one killed, after a standoff that began yesterday afternoon and lasted 12 hours.  It ended after police stormed a bank in Saint Joseph in Tensaw Parish, just northeast of here.
They say the suspect, 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, never intended to rob the bank.  They say he was trying to make a [...]

AG Caldwell Recovers $8.5 Million During Fraud Trial Of Drug Company

Baton Rouge—Today Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. agreed to pay Louisiana $8.5 million to resolve the fraudulent drug pricing claims against them. The agreement was announced in the 19th Judicial District Court before Judge Wilson Fields, just as Louisiana was about to give its opening statement to the jury panel of twelve men and women.
Attorney General Buddy [...]

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Fugitive Unit Makes 900th Arrest


Baton Rouge—Louisiana Attorney Buddy Caldwell’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) has arrested its 900th offender as the Attorney General’s Office continues its aggressive crackdown on wanted fugitives.
Investigators with the attorney general’s FAU yesterday arrested 38-year-old Derrick D. Daniel, who went into hiding after being indicted by an East Feliciana Parish Grand Jury for vehicular homicide in [...]