Category Archives: State News

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 [...]

Black Friday A Success for Local Merchants

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The numbers are in and, overall, sales were up for Thanksgiving weekend.  ShopperTrak, a retail research firm, says store sales were up for Thursday and Friday by 2.3 percent.  But for Black Friday alone, sales were down 13.2 percent, meaning more people shopped on Thanksgiving.
As for Central Louisiana, we checked in with one local merchant [...]

Louisiana Federation of Teachers Meets This Week

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Teachers and school staffers are on vacation but they can’t take time off worrying about the future of education.
The 49th annual convention of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers is in Alexandria until tomorrow.  This is an AFLCIO affiliated union, with about 20 thousand members.
The common core curriculum is number one on the agenda and is [...]

DOTD issues Thanksgiving Holiday travel advisory

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development today advised drivers of upcoming work schedules for interstate and major road projects throughout Louisiana during the Thanksgiving holiday (Thursday, November 28, through Sunday, December 1).
DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas urged drivers to use extra caution when traveling on the roadways during the upcoming [...]

Adoption Awareness Month Spurs Statewide Events

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November is Adoption Awareness Month.  The state Department of Children and Family Services wants more people to know about adoption as an opportunity to expand their families.

For more information, contact your local office of children and family services.
As part of this initiative, Louisiana’s first lady honors some remarkable families at the governor’s mansion.  This is [...]

Oyster Shortage in Louisiana

It’ll cost more to put oyster dressing on your plate this holiday season.  With a shortage of oysters in Louisiana waters, prices increased around 20 percent over the last few weeks.  Troy Gaulden reports.

KLAX ABC 31 News 11/21/13

Judge Edmund Reggie Dies at 87

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A powerhouse in Louisiana politics has passed away at the age of 87.
He’s Judge Edmund Reggie, who ran campaigns for president John F. Kennedy in Louisiana and later for governors John McKeithen and Edwin Edwards.  His daughter Victoria is the widow of Senator Edward Kennedy.
He was always called judge, because he served for so long [...]

McAllister Defeats Presumed Favorite Riser in Run-Off

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A 39-year-old college dropout and self-made millionaire is the congressman elect for the 5th congressional district.  Vance McAllister defeated Neil Riser Saturday by a 60 to 40 vote and Riser was the presumed favorite.
McAllister had the support of the Duck Dynasty stars who made robo calls and TV ads for him last week.
And Governor Bobby [...]

Buckeye Teacher Receives High Praise

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A Buckeye High School teacher is named the best of the best in Louisiana.  Lacey Hoosier is honored for her work in teaching science at Buckeye High.
Her specialty is earth science and she goes the extra mile to engage her students.  She says science is fun for her and should be for her students as [...]

White Pelicans Cover LSU Lakes

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In Baton Rouge, the LSU lakes have gone to the birds.  Lakes around the Baton Rouge area flooded with white pelicans.  Hundreds flocked onto the water and parked it.  We spoke to some aspiring birdwatchers, who said it was quite a sight to behold.

Some drivers even stopped to get a better look.  Almost everyone said they [...]