Category Archives: State News

Foresters Prepare for Fire Season with Controlled Burns

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Setting a fire to stop a fire.  That’s exactly what foresters are doing in preparation of fire season.  ABC 31′s Bennett Roland Junior shows us how they do it.

The U.S. Forest Service always reports controlled burns to the area sheriff’s office, so they know how to respond to public inquiries.
KLAX ABC 31 News 3/21/14

Early Voting for Spring Elections Starts Saturday

Early voting begins tomorrow and goes through March 29th in a handful of Central Louisiana parishes for the April 5th elections.  These include mayoral races in communities in Avoyelles, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Vernon and Winn parishes.
Voter can cast early ballots from 8:30am to 6pm daily, except Sunday, in the offices of the parish registrar of [...]

Bill to Ban E-Tabacco Products for Minors Goes to Full Senate

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A bill by State Senator Rick Gallot to ban e-tobacco products for minors is now headed to the full senate for more debate.  Gallot moved his bill out of a senate committee this morning with a unanimous vote and no amendments.
He says this is the latest tobacco problem afflicting young people and should be banned.  [...]

6th District Congressional Race Becomming Crowded

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There’s been a lot of speculation about whether former Governor Edwin Edwards will run for congress in the Baton Rouge area.  Today he announced his decision.  The colorful Governor is from Avoyelles Parish and served in Congress before he became Governor.

Rufus Craig, Libertarian
And this is becoming a crowded race.  A Baton Rouge attorney, Rufus Craig, [...]

Libertarian Party of Louisiana Takes a Stand on 2014 Legislative Issues

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 13, 2014) – In light of the 2014 Legislative Session beginning this week, the Libertarian Party of Louisiana (LPL) encourages the legislature to cast a vote for liberty in regard to controversial issues that have a dramatic impact on our state such as Common Core, marijuana legalization, and the use of one-time [...]

Controlled Burn Conference Held Today

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The March winds are winding up, and that means you’ll be seeing controlled burns.  A conference is held today on the safety and science behind these fires, which foresters use to cut down on undergrowth and other potential forest fire fuels.
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Today’s conference includes members from a variety of groups devoted to the environment and the [...]

2014 Legislative Session Begins Today

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Governor Bobby Jindal opens the 2014 legislative session in Baton Rouge. The 85 day session is now open after a 20 minute speech from the governor.
And if there was one issue he emphasized more than any other, it’s jobs. The governor introduced people who have benefited from what Jindal says are his work force efforts, [...]

LA Farmers Happy About Farm Bill Passage

Louisiana farmers were relieved to finally see passage of a farm bill.  LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard talks with an Ag economist about what the bill means for local producers.

KLAX ABC 31 News 3/4/14

Voter Registration Deadline Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the deadline for registering to vote for April 5th’s primary municipal election.  You can register to vote or change your party affiliation at www.geauxvote.com.  Or you can stop by the registrar of voters office tomorrow.
KLAX ABC 31 News 3/4/14

Crawfish Slowly Making Their Way to Area Restaurants

It’s been a slow start to the season, but finally more and more crawfish are making their way to area restaurants.
And we know the crowds aren’t far behind, but not everything we know about crawfish is actually true.  Allison Bourne-Vanneck has a few lessons for us.

McClain says he has the research to back it up, [...]