Category Archives: State News

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 [...]

LA Students Compete in Auto Tech Competition

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20 juniors and seniors from 10 high schools across the state competed this morning.
They’re repairing cars, but it’s not as simple as it sounds.  These cars have been purposely bugged to test the auto tech skills of these budding mechanics.  Each 2-student team will race the clock to identify and fix the problems.

The winning team [...]

LA Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Set for May 24-25

The 2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is coming up this month.  It takes place Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25.  During those two days, shoppers can stock up on emergency supplies without having to pay the 4 percent state sales tax. Eligible items include portable generators, storm shutters, flashlights, batteries, and much [...]

Southern University Community Mourns Death of Isaac Greggs

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The Southern University community throughout the state is mourning the death of Doctor Isaac Greggs.  WBRZ’s John Pastorek talks about his legacy.

KLAX ABC 31 News 4/30/14