Ga. Gov. Declares State Of Emergency; Southeast Hit With Severe Weather

Updated 4:30 a.m. ET Monday : In southern Georgia, near the border with Florida, severe weather turned deadly in the early hours of Sunday morning. At least 18 people were killed as the area was racked with storms, according to local officials. Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for seven counties in the state. "These storms have devastated communities and homes in South Central Georgia, and the state is making all resources available to the impacted areas," Deal said in a...

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Inventory Tax: Unable to 'Cut a Deal'

“ The job of this task force all along was to identify and push forward those things that would make the local government whole – in lieu of the inventory tax,” said the chairman of the SCR 6 Task Force, state Senator BretAllain, at the team's final meeting last Friday. The group has been grappling with the thorny problem of inventory tax, and Allain acknowledged that they've not been able to solve it.

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The National World War II Museum says it will host a traveling exhibition about propaganda from Jan. 27 through June 18.

 

"State of Deception : The Power of Nazi Propaganda" comes from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

 

A news release says it shows, chronologically, how the Nazis used biased information to sway public opinion in the years leading up to and during World War II.

 

It also looks at what propaganda is, how it operates, why it works and why it is important to protect ourselves from propaganda.

 

A federal judge has awarded nearly $40,000 in fees to attorneys for a woman who accused a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty.

 

The woman's lawyers sought nearly $90,000 in fees, but U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick ruled Thursday that $39,899 is reasonable compensation. Dick found evidence of overbilling and duplicative billing in records submitted by plaintiffs' attorneys.

 

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LaSalle Parish residents are working today to repair storm damage from Saturday’s storm.

An EF1 tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service in the Jena area. The severe weather damaged buildings and uprooted trees.

Many areas sustained severe damage including a destroyed church in the community of Midway.

That storm also moved into Mississippi and produced a tornado that killed four near Hattiesburg.

The mayor of the Webster Parish Village of Doyline has resigned amid accusations he abused his wife.

 

50-year-old Gary Thomas Carter resigned Thursday following his earlier arrest on one count of domestic abuse/battery by strangulation. He is free on $50,000 bond.

His attorney, Eric Johnson, said Carter regrets any embarrassment his arrest may have brought to his family and the community where he's lived his entire life. He says while difficult, the decision to resign is in the best interests of the citizens of Doyline.

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Communities all over the United States are standing up to obesity through the Own your Own Health Challenge. The Own Your Own Health Challenge allows groups and individuals to log their steps for the day.

Louisiana has the highest obesity rate in the nation at over 36 percent. Monroe Governor, Jamie Mayo, has taken notice to this fact by adding 'promoting healthy lifestyles' to his 60 for 60 project list. 

Spotted Bass

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Always in late February when the first white crawfish reached two inches in length, a ritual began in the D'Arbonne Swamp that included my father, his cousin, and me, an adolescent youth in those years a half century ago.  The object of the tradition was to procure "smallmouth bass" for the deep, black skillet.

 

Follow NPR's live blog of Inauguration Day for news highlights, analysis, photos and videos from Washington, D.C., throughout the day.

Donald Trump gave his inaugural address after being sworn in as president of the United States on Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

NPR's politics team, with help from journalists across the newsroom, has been live-annotating his remarks.

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Congress Ralph Abraham thinks the new President will immediately get down to work on his first day in office. Abraham says Donald Trump will have to wait long to sign his first bill.  

"We have accommodated that in Congress and have legislation on his desk to be signed," said Abraham. 

"He is waiting with pen in hand to reverse or strike out many of these crazy executive orders that Obama has put in place." 

Dr. Abraham also spoke out against the pardon of Chelsea Manning. He thinks the outgoing president set a dangerous precedent by releasing her early.

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April 2nd starting at Squire Creek Country Club, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Northeast Louisiana is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Peachy Keen Caper. This adult scavenger hunt will ride out with style in limousines, shuttle buses, and party buses all around Lincoln Parish.

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“The best thing you can do for a stable funding for government is to have a well-balanced stool.” But when your budget – your stool -- doesn’t balance, what do you do?

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