Category Archives: State News

Jury Convicts One, Deadlocks on Another in Armed Robbery Case

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A jury convicts one man and deadlocks on another over the armed robbery of a Saint Landry Parish convenience store.
Ronald James Doomes of Ville Platte is convicted. The other man, Arinkis Orlandeze Jones, also of Ville Platte, will be re-tried later this month. The two are accused as part of the federal government’s project Safe [...]

Train Derailment in Baton Rouge Causes Traffic Headaches

Photo Credit:  WBRZ, Baton Rouge

Photo Credit: WBRZ, Baton Rouge
A train derailment in Baton Rouge is causing traffic delays for drivers trying to get around the city. It happened around 9:30 this morning.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department says none of the seven cars that derailed are leaking any chemicals. No one was hurt.
The derailment ripped some of the tracks out [...]

Vitter Says Fort Polk Being Considered to House Immigrant Children

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U.S. Senator David Vitter says three sites are being considered in Louisiana to house the thousands of unaccompanied children on the border from Central America.
And one place he says is Fort Polk. Vitter says housing headquarters were asked if they could provide for around 400 to 500 of the children.
Vitter claims the administration is hiding [...]

As of Today Public Colleges, Universities Go Smoke-Free

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Today is the first day of no smoking at public colleges and universities. Teachers, students, staff and even visitors are being warned: light up, and you can be fined.
The Louisiana statehouse ordered all institutions of higher learning, and that includes the VO-Tech schools, to become tobacco-free by this date.
It even applies to workers who are [...]

State Parks Adjust Pool Schedule For End Of Summer

The Louisiana Office of State Parks is adjusting swimming pool schedules at sites throughout the state. Certified lifeguards are present during pool operating hours.
Bayou Segnette (Westwego)
After Aug. 10, the wave pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and on Labor Day. Visitors should note that the daily capacity of [...]

Kincade appointed to Louisiana National Register of Historic Places

Leesville Main Street Manager Sam Kincade stands in front of the plaque designating the Historic Vernon Parish Courthouse as having been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Kincade now serves on the committee that makes those designations for the state of Louisiana.

Leesville Main Street Manager Sam Kincade stands in front of the plaque designating the Historic Vernon Parish Courthouse as having been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Kincade now serves on the committee that makes those designations for the state of Louisiana.
LEESVILLE, LA –Leesville Main Street Manager, Sam Kincade, has been appointed as [...]

Fort Polk’s Education Initiative Receives MCEC Award

Some of the partners of the Education Initiative are shown here after having received the Military Child Education Coalition's (MCEC) 2014 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award in the category of Outstanding Partnerships in Washington, D.C. on July 30. From left to right are Rhonda Plummer, Parish Administrator for the Vernon Parish Police Jury; Renita Page, Curriculum Coordinator for the Vernon Parish School Board; Jon Grafton, executive director of England Airpark and Fort Polk Progress Board member; James Williams, superintendent of the Vernon Parish School District; Stephanie Sarver, chief, Plans Analysis and Integration Office, Fort Polk; Jim Tuck, president of the Vernon Parish Police Jury and a Fort Polk Progress board member; Col. Thomas Moore, garrison commander of Fort Polk; Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress; Paul Sawyer, of Louisiana Economic Development; and Katherine Corbin, of the Roosevelt Group.

Some of the partners of the Education Initiative are shown here after having received the Military Child Education Coalition’s (MCEC) 2014 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award in the category of Outstanding Partnerships in Washington, D.C. on July 30. From left to right are Rhonda Plummer, Parish Administrator for the Vernon Parish Police Jury; Renita [...]

Single-Vehicle Crash Kills Opelousas Man

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Photo credit: KATC, Lafayette
A single-vehicle crash kills an Opelousas man this morning on the Interstate 49 frontage road near Kennerson Road in Saint Landry Parish. Troopers say 32-year-old Corey Doucet lost control on a curve and hit a ditch before flipping.
He was not wearing a seat belt.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/31/14

Veterans Voice Opinions on VA Health Care System

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Area veterans are given an opportunity to share their opinions about the veterans health care system. State Secretary of veterans’ affairs David LaCerte is holding a series of town-hall meetings throughout the state.
Last night he was at the VFW Post on Veterans Drive in Alexandria. This afternoon he was in Grant and Winn Parishes.
He says [...]

Faircloth Explains Jindal’s Position in Common Core Fight

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An Alexandria attorney is representing Governor Bobby Jindal in the legal battle over common core. Jimmy Faircloth explains the Governor’s legal position in the fight, which is happening just as school is about to start.

Faircloth is a former executive counsel to the Governor. He says up until this week, the legal matters have been fought [...]