Category Archives: State News

Alexandria Business Owner Arrested on Drug Charges

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State police arrest an Alexandria business owner on drug charges.
Stephen Holsomback is the owner of a storage facility.  Troopers say he’s accused of distributing marijuana, meth and cocaine out of that location.
They seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana, more than 20 ounces of meth and more than four ounces of cocaine, plus four thousand [...]

Army Unit Plays Enemy To Train Soldiers at Fort Polk

The United States Army trains for any situation, but who do they fight against?  Army Sergeant Chad Guthrie takes us to the other side to find out more about the unit that everyone loves and hates to fight.

KLAX ABC 31 News 4/29/14

Jay Dardenne, Les Miles Speak on Tourism in LA

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Tourism is a number one industry in Louisiana.  Last year, the state set a record for this industry.  Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and LSU head football coach Les Miles marked the occasion with a special lunch.
Miles spoke about what attracts people to the Bayou State.

More than a million people visited Louisiana last year, a four [...]

2 Men Announce Candidacy to Replace McAllister in November

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Louisiana GOP Representative Vance McAllister is breaking weeks of silence and talking about his decision not to seek re-election after a tape revealed him kissing a staffer.  McAllister says he will keep his work schedule in Washington and in the district.
Meanwhile, at least 2 men are announcing plans to run for the seat.  They are [...]

Free Assistive Telecommunication Equipment Available for Hearing-Impaired

Do you or someone you know have trouble hearing the phone when it rings?  ABC 31′s Lauren Partain shows us how you can apply for assistive telecommunication equipment for free.

For more information you can call 318-484-3596 to set up an appointment.  New Horizons also takes walk-ins and their address is 3717 Government St. Suite 7 [...]

Former Child Psychiatrist Gets 15 Years for Child Pornography

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A former child psychiatrist from Opelousas is sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession of child pornography.
72-year-old Gary Jefferson Byrd was found guilty last fall for ordering 44 CD’s containing videos of child pornography.  Byrd had also printed hundreds of images that were stored in files in his bedroom.
He has already served 10 years [...]

LAGOP, Governor Call for McAllister Resignation

The Chairman of the State Republican Party and the Governor call for the resignation of 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister.
The Monroe-area Republican has come under fire recently due to the release of a video showing McAllister in a romantic embrace with another married member of his staff.
He has issued statements saying he will not resign, [...]

Strawberry Festival This Weekend

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Red is the color of spring in Louisiana for both crawfish and strawberries.
The annual Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula begins tomorrow.  An estimated 200 thousand people will attend and buy their strawberries for Easter.

Louisiana has nearly 400 acres of strawberries producing some 850 thousand flats a year, an amount valued at 14 million dollars.  This festival [...]

Police Search for 2 Missing Juveniles

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department is asking for the community’s help in locating 2 missing juveniles, 12 year old Ariel Blaze Robin and 15 year old Henry Bieber, Jr.
Ariel Robin was last seen at 9:30 P.M., on April 6, 2014 running from her residence on Wenck Street in Leonville and getting into a white [...]

McAllister Caught on Tape Kissing Staffer

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Vance McAllister is accused of infidelity in a video available in a West Monroe newspaper.
The West Monroe newspaper is showing a video on its web site purporting to be Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister embracing a woman whom is not his wife.  The video can be viewed here.
McAllister, a republican, has issued a statement [...]