Category Archives: State News

LA Secretary of State Speaks About Legislative Session

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler has been in Central Louisiana this week. He spoke about the legislative session, which ended this month, and how it affects his projects.

Schedler was the featured speaker yesterday for the Vernon Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/11/14

McAllister Wavers on Decision to Run for Re-Election

5th District Congressman Vance McAllister is resuming his public duties after trying to weather a marital scandal.
We asked him if he’s any closer to a decision about running again with qualifying for the November 4th election less than two months away.

At first, McAllister announced he would not be a candidate and then later said he [...]

Teacher Allegedly Hits High School Student in Iberia Parish

A teacher allegedly hitting a student at Jeanerette Senior High School is caught on tape. Kari Beal of KATC, Lafayette, investigates.

KATC reached out to the Iberia Parish School System. The superintendent, Dale Henderson, says he was unaware of the charges, but depending on the outcome of the trial, they will act accordingly.
Brown’s pretrial hearing is [...]

OMV Accepting Additional Payment Methods

The state Office of Motor Vehicles is now accepting more than one form of payment.
Customers can now pay fees with debit cards, credit cards and e-check. There are fees attached to using plastic and e-checks.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/4/14

Former Congressman Alexander Resigns as State Veterans Comm’r

Former 5th District US Congressman Rodney Alexander has resigned from his job as state veterans affairs commissioner to become a lobbyist.
Alexander resigned his post last year to take the job in Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration. Now, Alexander will go to work for a lobbying firm run by Jindal’s former chief of staff, Paul Drinkwater.
The governor [...]

LSUA Houses Large Hurricane Evacuation Shelter

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Hurricane season is here and there’s a new place to seek shelter from the storm. The large evacuation shelter is at LSU of Alexandria.
Today, various groups met with the state’s emergency team to find out how evacuations will take place, if needed. The participants are the point people for assistance to evacuated families. These include [...]

Plane Crashes into Monroe McDonald’s

(source: KNOE 8 News)

(source: KNOE 8 News)
A plane crash-lands today at a McDonald’s restaurant in Monroe, leaving the pilot hurt. The crash left the small plane upside down in the parking lot area.
The plane originated from Illinois.
(source: KNOE 8 News)
The pilot of the plane is Ray Martin. He’s a Monroe-based pilot who works for Brown’s Feed and Chemical.
Witnesses [...]

Red River Bank President Reappointed to LSU Board

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Local banker Blake Chatelain is re-appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to the LSU Board of Supervisors.
He’ll serve as the representative of the fifth congressional district.
He’s president of Red River Bank in Alexandria.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/2/14

Local Veterans Weigh-In on VA Hospital Scandal

A mobile office to help disabled veterans is set up today at the parish veterans center.
We asked if they’re responding to hospital scandal now permeating in Washington.

This is a non-profit agency that has been traveling the state helping veterans with paperwork and information.
KLAX ABC 31 News 5/30/14

Heavy Flooding in Lafayette Causes Schools to Close

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Due to heavy rains yesterday and today some students in Lafayette Parish got a surprise. Lafayette Parish Schools released students early today due to flooding conditions.
Authorities in the parish reported several wrecks and with the potential for lighting strikes, heavy wind, and tornadoes the school day was cut short.
The National Weather Service issued a flash [...]