Recent Floods Lend New Weight To Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

On this eleventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, officials gathered to remember the dead. As WWNO’s Tegan Wendland reports, they held a prayer service and wreath-laying ceremony. This year’s memorial feels especially poignant, as parishes across southern Louisiana reel from devastating floods.Recent Floods Lend New Weight To Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Mayor Mitch Landrieu and several city council members were flanked by brass musicians and drummers in a somber procession placed colorful...
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For Tax Structure Task Force, It's Crunch Time

Facing a Thursday due date for their report, the Tax Structure Task Force is working daily this week, sorting through options and preparing to vote on their recommendations.“If we’re going to spend, we have to decide exactly how we’re going to raise the money,” LSU economist, Dr. Jim Richardson, summed up the charge given to the panel by the governor and the legislature.He then gave the other dozen task force members a review of what they’d learned meeting nearly weekly for the past four...
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Fish Migration

Aug 29, 2016

Even the most nature-deprived urban dwellers among us are aware of the basic concept of bird migration.  They know that some types of birds fly north in the spring and return in the fall.  However, few people including most outdoor-oriented folks in this region who should know better realize that migration is also a vital part of the life cycle of other kinds of local wildlife.  Consider freshwater fish, for example.


The Masur Museum

The Masur Museum hosts a reception for the new exhibit "Accalia and the Swamp Monster" by acclaimed Baton Rouge artist Kelli Scott-Kelley on Thursday, August 25 from 6 -8 p.m.

Kelley previously worked as a printmaker for sculptor James Surles, and has been a professor at Louisiana State University for over 16 years. This marks her first exhibit in the Masur. 

Museum Curator Ben Hickey describes the exhibit as "an autobiographical fairy tale."

"It's a little dark, it's a little dreamy, and it's very beautiful," says Hickey. 

An all too familiar sight in North Louisiana is abandoned pets on the roadside. Often, many people do not know how to help. 

The Union Parish Humane Society is partnering with the D'Arbonne Kayak Club to host an event called the Dog Paddle Kayak Race on Saturday, August 27 to benefit the Union Parish Humane society, and many animal shelters across southern Louisiana.

"We wanted to do something fun, but also something good for our community, and there are abused and neglected animals all over our parish," says Stephanie Hermann with the D'Arbonne Kayak Club.

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The release of 2016 ACT college readiness scores shows relatively few Louisiana students are meeting benchmarks indicating readiness for college-level science, math and reading studies.


Fifty-nine percent meet the English benchmark, but only 35 percent reached the reading benchmark; 26 percent hit the math benchmark; 27 percent, the science benchmark.

The average composite score on the ACT test has edged up in Louisiana, from 19.4 in 2015 to 19.5 this year.

A prisoner has pleaded guilty to sending threatening messages to a federal magistrate in Monroe. 

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release, says 27-year-old Charles Lidberg, a prisoner at the Dixon Correctional Center in Jackson, Louisiana, entered the plea last Tuesday to one count of making threatening communications.

President Barack Obama says the nation is "heartbroken" by the loss of life during recent flooding in Louisiana. 

Obama is speaking in East Baton Rouge Parish as he tours flood damage in Louisiana. 

Obama says people's lives have been upended by the flooding. He notes that families have lost homes and possessions while local businesses have suffered.

 The president says it's not just about property damage. He says it's also about "people's roots."

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

This morning the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a report of shots being fired inside of a West Monroe area gas station.  The shooting occurred at the Shell station located on LA-546 near I-20 at exit 108.

Upon arrival, the victim, Laquintina Qualls, age 24, of Rayville, La was found deceased.

Witnesses indicated the suspect fled by car onto I-20 and headed west.

The suspect, Isaac T. Gee, age 29 of Rayville, LA was apprehended a short time later in Lincoln Parish and was arrested.  

A few days ago while driving through the D'Arbonne Swamp north of West Monroe, I was treated with a stunning sight.  I caught a glimpse of a large animal ahead on the road shoulder, and my first impression was that it must be a hog.  As I got closer it became obvious that it was a bear - shiny black and beautiful in the early morning light.  He wheeled and ran down the road bank, across a shallow ditch, and into the D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge.  Until recent years this encounter would have been nigh on impossible.

With many north Louisiana resident still reeling from the floods earlier this year, the local chapter of the American Red Cross is working twice as hard to not only continue to serve our area,  but also help  the southern parishes in the wake of the current disastrous flooding.

Although the current flood has affected roughly the same number of parishes, nearly 4 times the number of homes have been affected, says Executive Director Michelle Davison.

Federal prosecutors say a Delhi doctor has pleaded guilty to writing illegal prescriptions.

 U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release Thursday, said 64-year-old Dr. Dan J. LaFleur, entered the plea Tuesday before U. S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes to one count of distribution of Suboxone, a Schedule III medication used to treat opiate addiction.

 The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. 


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After Disaster, Environmental Watchdogs Take To The Skies

Tallying the fallout of the recent flooding in South Louisiana may take weeks or months. Beyond property damage to homes and businesses, there are also environmental costs—which some watchdog groups are measuring on their own.After Disaster, Environmental Watchdogs Take To The Skies
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