Category Archives: State News

Plans Begin for Interstate 49 South Project

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Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy says the budget surplus should be used for Interstate 49 South.  He also says the money cannot be used for operating expenses, like higher education, but it can go for infrastructure.
Interstate 49 South is an upgrade to Highway 90, which runs 140 miles from Lafayette to the West Bank Expressway [...]

Funeral Services for George Rodrigue Set for Thursday

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Funeral services for George Rodrigue will be Thursday morning at Saint Louis Cathedral in the New Orleans French Quarter.
The 69-year-old painter died Saturday after a long battle with cancer.
His blue dog paintings are beloved throughout the state and his works have turned up in the homes and offices of Governors and US Senators.
Rodrigue was one [...]

State Police Begin Annual DWI Crackdown

State Police are beginning their annual DWI crackdown.  It runs now through New Year’s Day.

Local law enforcement are also included in the crackdown.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/13/13

Monroe Hosts Very Merry Commander Christmas

Those famous bearded Duck Dynasty stars are part of a Very Merry Commander Christmas in Monroe tomorrow.  The events take place at the downtown river market on the Ouachita River.

There is no charge for entrance into the market.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/13/13

Insurance Commissioner Reminds LA Homeowners of Katrina Rebate

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State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the clock is ticking on 59 million dollars in rebates owed to Louisiana ratepayers.  These refunds are set to expire at the end of the year.

The assessment was imposed on all policyholders starting in 2009 to pay off Katrina claims.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/12/13

Baton Rouge Resident Gives the Finger to Neighbors in Christmas Lights

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A not-so-Christmas-like display that upset a neighborhood near Baton Rouge is back and bigger.   It’s the same message for neighbors, with more lights.  Sarah Childs is giving the finger and News 2′s Rebecca Buchanan gets answers on why.

Childs says she is still an owner of the house, but doesn’t live there anymore.  She says she [...]

MAP Program to Provide Assistance to Drivers In Need

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A new program called the Motorist Assistance Patrol, or MAP, will provide assistance to drivers in need.  The MAP cars, part of a public-private partnership with State Farm will be highly visible to drivers, and can assist with basic road-side maintenance.  The idea is to improve traffic flow by decreasing the congestion caused by stopped [...]

Texas Man Walks Across Country for Disabled Vets

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Meet Austin Shirley.  On October 9th, he started walking his dog across America.  Shirley, who’s from Dallas, left Jacksonville, Florida with a goal of reaching San Diego.
He says this started as a mission of self-discovery, and it’s turned into a way to draw attention and funds to disabled veterans.

Shirley says he’s amazed at the hospitality [...]

Common Core Changes

The state board of education is making changes to the controversial common core program.
The new policy includes changes to letter grades for schools, promotions and teacher evaluations.

Rapides Parish has adopted the common core, but the superintendent says it will be tailored to fit local needs.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/4/13

McAllister Appointed to House Ag & Natural Resources Committees

Newly elected 5th district representative Vance McAllister, didn’t get his first committee choice, but says he’s excited about his appointment to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees.  McAllister had hoped speaker John Boehner and other GOP house leaders would let him take predecessor Rodney Alexander’s seat on the House Appropriations Committee.
McAllister plans to use [...]