Category Archives: State News

Public Hunting on Private Leases Being Offered This Weekend for Dove Season

Public hunting on private leases are being offered Saturday in this area for the start of dove season. The private land is leased by State Wildlife and Fisheries. In Grant Parish, call David Hayden at 487-5885 or drop by the Pineville field office for wildlife and fisheries on the Shreveport Highway for a map.
The hunts [...]

2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Starts Friday

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Tomorrow begins the Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday. This is one of several shopping days afforded to Louisiana residents for purchases without state sales taxes. Local taxes still apply.
Still, it’s a good opportunity for hunters to pick up everything from guns to off-road vehicles at a savings.

The tax-free sales go from tomorrow through Sunday.  [...]

Donelon Speaks to Natchitoches Chamber

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This is the busiest time of year for State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. He’s in Natchitoches today for the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce. He and other business leaders talked about how hurricanes affect the insurance business in this state.
He’s speaking as Hurricane Dolly slams into Mexico, and we’re just now nine years after Hurricane Katrina [...]

LSU AgCenter Teaches Beekeepers the Business of Bees

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Bees are an important part of the ecosystem, pollinating plants and making honey. A new LSU AgCenter program is helping potential beekeepers learn the business of bees.
LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited one of the training sessions.

A plan is underway to have other agents offer the basic beekeeper training in other parts of the state. [...]

Miss LA Prepares to Compete for Miss America

Miss Louisiana 2014 Lacey Sanchez is leaving Monday for the Miss America Competition. Sanchez hopes to become the first-ever Miss Louisiana to win the crown.
She’s an LSU graduate and member of the track team where she competed in the pole vault. Sanchez is from Baton Rouge.
The competition in Atlantic City begins September 8th.
KLAX ABC 31 [...]

Sanders Murder Trial to Begin Next Week

Opening arguments are expected next week in federal court in the capital murder trial of Thomas Steven Sanders.
The 57-year-old man is accused of slaying a 12-year-old girl 4 years ago. The prosecution is asking for the death penalty.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/29/14
Related: Jury Selection Continues in Capital Murder Trial and Jury Selection Begins Monday in [...]

Motorcyclist Killed by Suspected Impaired Driver

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State police say an Allen Parish motorcyclist was killed last night by a suspected impaired driver in Jeff Davis Parish. He’s 54-year-old Brian Hackenbruch of Kinder.
Troopers say Clayton Jack Junior of Ville Platte crashed head-on into Hackenbruch on Highway 383 near Iowa.
The accident is under investigation and no charges have been filed yet.
KLAX ABC 31 [...]

LA May Top Historical Tourism Records in 2014

If Labor Day crowds keep coming, our state will have another record year for tourism. Last year was one for the record books, but numbers now on the books indicate 2014 will be just as good or better. That’s according to the state’s tourism czar and Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne.
More than 27 million people visited [...]

Student Dies After School Fight at Natchitoches Central

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Johnquaries Smith, 18, dies after school fight at Natchitoches Central.
One student has died, another will be charged with manslaughter after a school fight at Natchitoches Central.
18-year-old Johnquaries Smith, an outside linebacker for the school football team was in critical condition on life support at University Medical in Shreveport and passed away about 11:30 this morning. [...]

Local Realtor Appointed to Real Estate Commission

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A local realtor is named by Governor Bobby Jindal to the state Real Estate Commission.
The 14-member board is appointed according to Supreme Court and congressional districts.
The Commission is headquartered in Baton Rouge.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/26/14