Category Archives: State News

3rd Graders Tour Trees & Trails

An urban forest in the heart of Baton Rouge allows students to have a better understanding of the natural world around them. LSU Ag Center Correspondent Tobie Blanchard toured Trees and Trails with a group of third-graders and shares this report.

Teachers interested in taking their class to Trees and Trails can learn more at www.treesandtrails.org.
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2nd Round of Rice Harvest Begins This Month

The rice season harvest is kicking into second gear.
The first round of crops are planted in March and then harvested around August. But around October, a second round is re-grown called “ratoon crops.” These produce nearly 30 percent more crop for the season. KATC’s Kari Beal in Lafayette says the ratoon crops are really important [...]

Supt. White Talks Early Childhood, Jump Start Programs

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State Education Superintendent John White is making four presentations in the Alexandria Pineville area today.
White, who has been in the limelight over common core, is traveling the state talking about other issues. He stopped by Lessie Moore Elementary early this morning, where the focus is on early childhood network pilots.
White says his department will take [...]

Chrysler Issues Recall on Some Commercial Vans

Chrysler is recalling some of its commercial vans to fix a problem with headrests. More than 21 thousand full size commercial vans are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada.
Chrysler says headrests in the 2014 Ram ProMaster van can exceed the maximum allowable gap between a person’s head and the head restraint.
In a crash the [...]

Get it Growing: Cole Crops

Cole crops like cabbage and cauliflower are great vegetables to grow during the Fall.
On this edition of Get it Growing, Horticulturist Dan Gill explains the proper way to get them into the ground so they produce well for you.

For more information on other lawn and garden topics, contact your parish’s LSU AgCenter Extension Service Office [...]

Kennedy Calls for Legislative Oversight of Office of Group Benefits

The most vocal critics of the handling of the health benefits for state workers, including teachers, is State Treasurer John Kennedy. He’s now calling for legislative oversight of the Office of Group Benefits.

Kennedy has said the trust fund for the group benefits was raided by the governor to balance the budget.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/7/14

RPSO Searches for Runaway Juvenile

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The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile, Jacquline Michelle Clark.
Clark is a white female16 years of age.  She is 4’ 11” tall, 105 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.  Clark is from the Lecompte, LA area and may be in the Pineville or Alexandria area now.
Clark ran [...]

Voter Registration Deadline Fast Approaches

The deadline to register to vote in the November 4th primary and congressional election is next Monday. This deadline is for citizens who have never registered to vote and those who wish to make changes to their current registration.
Voter registration in Louisiana is strong at 85 percent.
Early voting is scheduled for October 21st through the [...]

11 Convicted in Welfare Fraud

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The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announces convictions of 11 in the state that fraudulently received more than 81 thousand dollars in welfare benefits.
The biggest offender? Nickie Pates of Arcadia. She pleaded no contest to taking more than 17 thousand dollars.
She’s been placed on five years supervised probation and must pay back the [...]

Poll Shows Growing Support for Marijuana Reform in LA

Poll numbers released this week show growing support for marijuana reform in Louisiana.
Public Policy Polling conducted the study last week. It found 78 percent of Louisiana voters oppose sentences of six months or longer for pot possession. 59 percent oppose jail time for first-time possession charges. And 68 percent support letting seriously ill patients use [...]