Category Archives: State News

LA Students Compete in Auto Tech Competition

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20 juniors and seniors from 10 high schools across the state competed this morning.
They’re repairing cars, but it’s not as simple as it sounds.  These cars have been purposely bugged to test the auto tech skills of these budding mechanics.  Each 2-student team will race the clock to identify and fix the problems.

The winning team [...]

LA Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Set for May 24-25

The 2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is coming up this month.  It takes place Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25.  During those two days, shoppers can stock up on emergency supplies without having to pay the 4 percent state sales tax. Eligible items include portable generators, storm shutters, flashlights, batteries, and much [...]

Southern University Community Mourns Death of Isaac Greggs

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The Southern University community throughout the state is mourning the death of Doctor Isaac Greggs.  WBRZ’s John Pastorek talks about his legacy.

KLAX ABC 31 News 4/30/14

Alexandria Business Owner Arrested on Drug Charges

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State police arrest an Alexandria business owner on drug charges.
Stephen Holsomback is the owner of a storage facility.  Troopers say he’s accused of distributing marijuana, meth and cocaine out of that location.
They seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana, more than 20 ounces of meth and more than four ounces of cocaine, plus four thousand [...]

Army Unit Plays Enemy To Train Soldiers at Fort Polk

The United States Army trains for any situation, but who do they fight against?  Army Sergeant Chad Guthrie takes us to the other side to find out more about the unit that everyone loves and hates to fight.

KLAX ABC 31 News 4/29/14

Jay Dardenne, Les Miles Speak on Tourism in LA

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Tourism is a number one industry in Louisiana.  Last year, the state set a record for this industry.  Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and LSU head football coach Les Miles marked the occasion with a special lunch.
Miles spoke about what attracts people to the Bayou State.

More than a million people visited Louisiana last year, a four [...]

2 Men Announce Candidacy to Replace McAllister in November

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Louisiana GOP Representative Vance McAllister is breaking weeks of silence and talking about his decision not to seek re-election after a tape revealed him kissing a staffer.  McAllister says he will keep his work schedule in Washington and in the district.
Meanwhile, at least 2 men are announcing plans to run for the seat.  They are [...]

Free Assistive Telecommunication Equipment Available for Hearing-Impaired

Do you or someone you know have trouble hearing the phone when it rings?  ABC 31′s Lauren Partain shows us how you can apply for assistive telecommunication equipment for free.

For more information you can call 318-484-3596 to set up an appointment.  New Horizons also takes walk-ins and their address is 3717 Government St. Suite 7 [...]

Former Child Psychiatrist Gets 15 Years for Child Pornography

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A former child psychiatrist from Opelousas is sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession of child pornography.
72-year-old Gary Jefferson Byrd was found guilty last fall for ordering 44 CD’s containing videos of child pornography.  Byrd had also printed hundreds of images that were stored in files in his bedroom.
He has already served 10 years [...]

LAGOP, Governor Call for McAllister Resignation

The Chairman of the State Republican Party and the Governor call for the resignation of 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister.
The Monroe-area Republican has come under fire recently due to the release of a video showing McAllister in a romantic embrace with another married member of his staff.
He has issued statements saying he will not resign, [...]