Category Archives: State News

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 [...]

Common Core Fight Becomes Lawsuit Duel

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The battle over common core is turning into a matter of dueling lawsuits.
The State Education Board met in a special session this morning and voted to sue the Governor. The announcement came as the Governor says he is suing the board of education.
The contentious issue is the common core, a curriculum adopted at the behest [...]

New Laws Spur Changes at DMV

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New laws mean changes to motor vehicles. The person in charge of those rules speaks today about what those changes involve.

The DMV is a division of the State Department of Public Safety.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/29/14

Basile Housing Authority ED Accused of Theft of Public Funds

State authorities issue a critical audit for the housing authority of Basile in Evangeline Parish.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says the housing authority’s executive director Anisa Richardson used almost eight thousand dollars in tenant fees over a two-year period for her personal use.
The investigative audit has been sent to criminal authorities.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/28/14

Thieves Raid Closed Istrouma High School of Football Equipment

Well-known throughout Louisiana as a football powerhouse, Istrouma High in north Baton Rouge is shuttered at least for a year. WBRZ cameras there caught vandals taking the once-proud facility apart.

KLAX ABC 31 News 7/25/14