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 Giraffe at a New York  Zoo is drawing millions of online views waiting for it to give birth. 

This update from the Animal Adventure Park on 3/24:  Morning Update: All is well in Giraffe Land. Nothing beyond the normal to report. As I update, significant kicks and movements occurring on April's left side. 

Some notes from the Animal Adventure Park:

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Sunday, February 26th the Red Carpet Rendezvous will be taking place at the West Monroe Convention Center from 7 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This gala-style fundraiser is coinciding with the airing of the 89th annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award show. 

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The Ouachita River may be in trouble due to lack of commercial use.  The ”Low Use” designation  means funds could be scarce for dredging and locks and dams.  The funding relies on a formula  of lock usage and tonnage.

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks the formula for funding should be based on other factors.

Abraham thinks more commercial river traffic is a great thing.  He thinks the Ouachita River has a bigger impact than commercial traffic alone.

A Union Parish man has been arrested after police say they found meth and hydrocodone at a residence.

Edwin. T. Whitlock of Bernice was taken into custody after a call from Child Protective Services.

He was booked into the Union Parish jail on charges of drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and distribution of methamphetamine. 

Jonathan Williamson, 43, of Harrisonburg was involved in an incident on Monday that left his girlfriend dead.

Police say Williamson flagged them down and said he accidentally shot 44 year old Shelly Mixon with a 22 rifle. Mixon was taken by ambulance to Alexandria where she later died.

Williamson was arrested and booked for attempted manslaughter. More charges may be coming.    

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Thursday, February 23rd Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge's forester, Chris Foster, will be giving a talk on local invasive species. The talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Bayou education center.

The floods that inundated Louisiana in August also damaged rice harvested as seed for this year's planting. 

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says he's temporarily relaxed certification requirements to ensure farmers can buy enough for a chance at a good crop. 

Department seed programs director Lester Cannon says farmers will have to buy more of some lots to make up for the problem, but sellers will drop the price to make up for it. 

A government official says the Trump administration will revoke guidelines that say transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity. 

The decision would be a reversal of an Obama-era directive issued in May. It required public schools to grant bathroom access even if student records differ or others are uncomfortable. The White House says President Donald Trump believes the issue is for the states to decide without federal involvement. 

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With time running short, Louisiana's lawmakers have moved the pieces of a budget-rebalancing deal into place.

 

But final passage of the plan to close a $304 million deficit remained far from certain. 

The special legislative session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to eliminate the gap must end Wednesday.

 

The broad outlines of a negotiated deal between the House, Senate and governor were reached Monday by legislative leaders. But Republican House leaders acknowledged Tuesday they don't necessarily yet have the votes to pass it.

 

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Thinking about buying a bigger house?

Well, you never just buy a bigger house.

You also buy a bigger light bill, heating bill, water bill, insurance bill, decorating bill, remodeling bill, lawn care bill. And if you happen to move into that nice upscale neighborhood, you might also tack on to all the rest a larger set of expenses for a more upscale lifestyle (food, travel, entertainment).

None of this is necessarily good or bad. It’s just reality.

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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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