Finding the Stashed Cash

Have you ever stashed cash away in your underwear drawer – just in case? Apparently some state agencies have been socking money away outside of the state treasury.

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Trump's Agenda May Be Doomed Unless He Learns That 'Little' Stuff Matters

President Trump was downright low energy. The look on his face, as he meandered through unscripted remarks Friday after the defeat of the Republican health care plan he supported, told the story. The unusually subdued Trump called the loss a "learning experience." Then he seemed to shrug it all off and said he was moving on. But it's hardly going to be that simple or easy. The same fissures in the GOP that derailed the health care bill will be there when it comes to any big issue moving...

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A Mississippi catfish processor is recalling 1,700 pounds of fish after the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that it contained chemicals banned in fish farming.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday that a Thursday inspection found the fish contain residues of a fungicide called malachite green above allowed levels.

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A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck.

University of New Orleans' Hospitality Research Center says last year's visitors spent $7.41 billion dollars. That's 51 percent more than the amount spent in 2004, and 5.1 percent above the spending record set in 2015.

The study, made for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., was released Thursday.

An Adams County man has been indicted for allegedly shooting into the residence of his housekeeper.

62-year-old Donald Lynn Lane was indicted Wednesday on charges of attempt to commit offense (murder) and shooting into a dwelling.

Adams County Sheriff's Office Major Jerry Brown says that on Jan. 6, Lane went to his housekeeper's home in Natchez. Lane accused the victim of stealing money from him.

The victim said she was afraid that Lane was under the influence of some substance, so she went back inside her home.

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The Lincoln Parish Library has two exciting events coming up in the next two weeks. Tuesday, March 28th, the Hampstead Stage Company will be performing the Secret Garden in the library's events center. The following week the library will be hosting its Easter Celebration on April 2nd.

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A federal prosecutor in central Louisiana says a Eunice man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for persuading a 12-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit photos.

The sentence was handed down Friday for 36-year-old Adam Shilow. A news release from acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook in Alexandria says Shilow pleaded guilty last July.

Prosecutors said that Shilow contacted a 12-year-old girl via the internet and pretended to be a juvenile himself.

They exchanged sexually explicit photos of each other in November 2013.

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The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo had an early visitor this morning.  At 2 a.m., officers attempted to pull over a car that led the police on a 30 minute city wide high speed chase.

The chase ended when the vehicle crashed into 2 animal habitats at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

The suspect, Javarro Eleam, was arrested and the animals were not hurt.

Eleam is currently being held in the Ouachita Correctional Center with a $1,000 bond. Charges include damage to property, resisting an officer, reckless operation, and aggravated flight.

 

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Jurors have convicted a Louisiana law enforcement officer of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy.

 

Multiple news outlets report the jury late Friday found Derrick Stafford guilty on manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges. Stafford had been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

 

Stafford and another deputy city marshal opened fire on a car, killing Jeremy Mardis and critically wounding his father after a car chase in Marksville on Nov. 3, 2015.

 

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Louisiana's bayous and rivers have long been considered blessings and banes, depending on one's preferred mode of transportation.  In a land laced with aquatic arteries, streams were the only practical means of conveyance for centuries.  Only when colonial authorities began planning a system of roads to facilitate European settlement and economic development did the waterways become appreciated as substantial barriers to progress.

Ferriday’s Police chief is in hot water again after Mayor Sherrie Jacobs suspended the chief again.

This is the 3rd time in three months that Chief Arthur Lewis has been suspended. The mayor says the chief was suspended for not following orders.

This suspension happened just 1 day after Lewis returned from his 30 day February suspension. Lewis said he has broken no laws and at an Aldermen meeting the council voted unanimously against firing the chief.

A consultant has been brought in to run the department.

 

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a bill allowing companies to sue anyone who shares secretly made videotape aimed at harming a business owner. The bill was set up to target animal rights activists but opponents say it goes too far and could threaten nearly all whistleblowers.

 

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Ouachita River Could Lose 20+ Feet of Water in Worst Case Scenario

John Stringer, Executive Director of The Tenses Basin Levee District says the Ouachita - Black River System is facing challenges. He says the river systems lack of full funding places the Ouachita River in peril and says the underfunded river system could be abandoned under a worst case scenario. Stringer says, “It can happen and you know if it does happen, I’ve always said it will be a catastrophe for our region.” The lack of commercial river traffic is the only factor used in determining...

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