Category Archives: State News

Insurance Commissioner Reminds LA Homeowners of Katrina Rebate

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State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the clock is ticking on 59 million dollars in rebates owed to Louisiana ratepayers.  These refunds are set to expire at the end of the year.

The assessment was imposed on all policyholders starting in 2009 to pay off Katrina claims.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/12/13

Baton Rouge Resident Gives the Finger to Neighbors in Christmas Lights

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A not-so-Christmas-like display that upset a neighborhood near Baton Rouge is back and bigger.   It’s the same message for neighbors, with more lights.  Sarah Childs is giving the finger and News 2′s Rebecca Buchanan gets answers on why.

Childs says she is still an owner of the house, but doesn’t live there anymore.  She says she [...]

MAP Program to Provide Assistance to Drivers In Need

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A new program called the Motorist Assistance Patrol, or MAP, will provide assistance to drivers in need.  The MAP cars, part of a public-private partnership with State Farm will be highly visible to drivers, and can assist with basic road-side maintenance.  The idea is to improve traffic flow by decreasing the congestion caused by stopped [...]

Texas Man Walks Across Country for Disabled Vets

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Meet Austin Shirley.  On October 9th, he started walking his dog across America.  Shirley, who’s from Dallas, left Jacksonville, Florida with a goal of reaching San Diego.
He says this started as a mission of self-discovery, and it’s turned into a way to draw attention and funds to disabled veterans.

Shirley says he’s amazed at the hospitality [...]

Common Core Changes

The state board of education is making changes to the controversial common core program.
The new policy includes changes to letter grades for schools, promotions and teacher evaluations.

Rapides Parish has adopted the common core, but the superintendent says it will be tailored to fit local needs.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/4/13

McAllister Appointed to House Ag & Natural Resources Committees

Newly elected 5th district representative Vance McAllister, didn’t get his first committee choice, but says he’s excited about his appointment to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees.  McAllister had hoped speaker John Boehner and other GOP house leaders would let him take predecessor Rodney Alexander’s seat on the House Appropriations Committee.
McAllister plans to use [...]

Black Friday A Success for Local Merchants

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The numbers are in and, overall, sales were up for Thanksgiving weekend.  ShopperTrak, a retail research firm, says store sales were up for Thursday and Friday by 2.3 percent.  But for Black Friday alone, sales were down 13.2 percent, meaning more people shopped on Thanksgiving.
As for Central Louisiana, we checked in with one local merchant [...]

Louisiana Federation of Teachers Meets This Week

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Teachers and school staffers are on vacation but they can’t take time off worrying about the future of education.
The 49th annual convention of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers is in Alexandria until tomorrow.  This is an AFLCIO affiliated union, with about 20 thousand members.
The common core curriculum is number one on the agenda and is [...]

DOTD issues Thanksgiving Holiday travel advisory

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development today advised drivers of upcoming work schedules for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana during the Thanksgiving holiday (Thursday, November 28, through Sunday, December 1).
DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas urged drivers to use extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the upcoming [...]

Adoption Awareness Month Spurs Statewide Events

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November is Adoption Awareness Month.  The state Department of Children and Family Services wants more people to know about adoption as an opportunity to expand their families.

For more information, contact your local office of children and family services.
As part of this initiative, Louisiana’s first lady honors some remarkable families at the governor’s mansion.  This is [...]