Category Archives: State News

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 [...]

Baton Rouge Researcher Gets Horse Prosthetic Leg

A horse now has a prosthetic leg thanks to a Baton Rouge researcher. Ambria Washington has the report.

KLAX ABC 31 News 9/29/14

Port Allen Restaurant Gives Discount for Gun Carriers

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Bergeron’s Restaurant off Lobdell Highway in Port Allen, Louisiana, is known for its Cajun cooking, but recently it’s been getting a lot of attention for something that doesn’t have anything to do with their food. The restaurant began offering a ten percent discount a couple of weeks ago for bringing in both your appetite and [...]

Libertarian Party of LA Exceeds 10,000 Registered Voters

This morning, the Secretary of State officially reported over 10,000 registered Libertarian voters in Louisiana. This milestone indicates a growing number of Louisiana voters are dissatisfied with the current two-party system and looking for a better option. The desire to restore freedom and liberty has made Libertarian Party the fastest growing and 3rd largest political [...]

Kennedy Criticizes Efforts to Change Health Insurance for State Workers

State Treasurer John Kennedy has harsh words about efforts to change group health insurance for state workers and teachers. John Kennedy made these remarks before a speech to the Lafayette Rotary Club.

The proposed changes will increase benefits and lower premiums. State officials say if this isn’t done, the system will go belly up.
KLAX ABC 31 [...]

District Judge Rules LA Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A milestone comes in Lafayette for the LGBT community. District Judge Ed Rubin rules Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
A Broussard couple is at the center of it all. Allison Bourne-Vanneck has more.

KLAX ABC 31 News 9/23/14