Category Archives: State News

Buddy Caldwell Warns of IRS Scam

State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says some Louisianans are receiving threatening phone calls that are scams. The callers say they’re from the IRS and demand immediate payment.
The IRS does not contact people by phone. Officials say just hang up, and never give the caller any personal information.
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KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Opelousas Man Sentenced in International Fraud Scheme

A federal judge in Lafayette sentences an Opelousas man in an international scheme to defraud banks and victims. 49-year-old Nelson Durald is sentenced to a year and 11 months in prison for his part in what is described as a secret shopper program.
Federal prosecutors say he defrauded victims of almost 250-thousand dollars. He has been [...]

LA Farmers Begin Harvesting Rice Crops

Louisiana farmers are harvesting their rice crops when they get a break from the frequent rain. LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited a rice field still wet from the previous day’s downpour.

Louisiana has about 430 thousand acres of rice. This is up slightly from last year when farmers had 410 thousand.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/9/14

Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin Reports to Prison

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin reports to the Texarkana Federal Correction Institution with just 20 minutes to spare before the noon deadline today. He’ll serve 10-years for corruption. He walked into the minimum-security prison with his wife, daughter and sons at his side.
Nagin was convicted in February on 20 counts related to bribes he [...]

Qualification Lawsuit Against Landrieu Dismissed

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A lawsuit, challenging senator Landrieu’s qualification to run for re-election, is no more.
This morning, Judge Wilson Fields dismissed State Representative, Paul Hollis’ case against Landrieu that claimed she’s not a full-time resident of Louisiana.  He ruled the lawsuit, was premature, based on what’s stated in the U.S. Constitution, which says a candidate must be a [...]

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.
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