Category Archives: State News

Common Core Goes to Court Today

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As students start school, faculty and parents are still unsure about a major issue in Louisiana: common core. That determines how students will be tested in the spring.
Both sides of the issue are in court today, and the judge has taken the matter under advisement to rule at another time.
Jason Newton has more.

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The Myrtles Plantation Recovering from Severe Fire

The Myrtles, a plantation near Baton Rouge, is recovering from a fire that destroyed its gift shop. Rob Krieger says the historic home was saved, but guests are still overwhelmed by what might have been.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/8/14

JPs, Constables Fighting to Run for Re-Election

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That issue about too old to serve which is affecting some state judges is also now gumming up the election works for justices of the peace and constables.
A Lafayette area senator got a last-minute bill passed in the spring that forces them to retire at age 70. Now even he, Senator Elbert Guillory tells KATC’s [...]

McAllister Travels State to Discuss Border Crisis

Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister is stumping the state to talk about the border crisis with unaccompanied children.
He’s also running for re-election. He’s one of seven who have announced they’re running. McAllister is running despite a scandal, which caused some people to call for his resignation.

Qualifying for the November 4th elections is later this month.
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Holloway Grills CLECO, AT&T in Baton Rouge Today

Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway spends an angry day in Baton Rouge, first over CLECO and then over AT&T.
He grilled CLECO executives over rumors the Pineville based utility is being sold. He says commissioners were never notified about an impending sale.
Then, he took AT&T to task for an uptick in landline repairs. Holloway wants the [...]

Austin TX Mayor Proclaims August 7th Governor Edwin Edwards Day

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell (left) bestowing proclamation on 
Gov. Edwin Edwards (right) -photo credit: Edwin Edwards for Congress

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell (left) bestowing proclamation onGov. Edwin Edwards (right) -photo credit: Edwin Edwards for Congress
Former Governor Edwin Edwards is honored n the city of Austin. Edwards was honored by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who proclaimed August 7th Governor Edwin Edwards Day.
Speaking to a group of Edwards’ supporters in Austin Monday, the Mayor had this [...]

CLECO Summoned to PSC to Discuss Potential Sale

CLECO officials are being summoned to Baton Rouge tomorrow for an appearance before the state public service commission. The Pineville headquartered utility is the target of a sale that has displeased PSC Commissioner Clyde Holloway.
The meeting is tomorrow morning at nine and can be heard live through LPSC.org.
CLECO’s CEO Bruce Williamson has agreed to appear [...]

Vitter Reinforces Support for Common Core

U.S. Senator David Vitter repeats his support of common core for a Better Business Bureau meeting in Baton Rouge. This places Vitter squarely in opposition to Governor Bobby Jindal who is trying to undo the evaluation system in Louisiana.

Vitter is a candidate for the 2015 governor’s race.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/5/14

Acadiana Mother To Serve 8 Years For Death of 4 of Her Children

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An Acadiana mother who was clubbing while four of her unsupervised children died in a mobile home fire will spend the next eight years behind bars. Shaqueta McDade of Rayne pleaded guilty and will serve time for negligent homicide without eligibility for parole.
The children, ages eight, seven, five and two, died in the trailer home [...]

Jury Convicts One, Deadlocks on Another in Armed Robbery Case

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A jury convicts one man and deadlocks on another over the armed robbery of a Saint Landry Parish convenience store.
Ronald James Doomes of Ville Platte is convicted. The other man, Arinkis Orlandeze Jones, also of Ville Platte, will be re-tried later this month. The two are accused as part of the federal government’s project Safe [...]