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Jindal Meets With Iowa Conservative Groups

Jan 6, 2015
la.gov

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal meets with conservative religious leaders in Iowa today.  The possible 2016 presidential candidate is looking to shore up support among this group of voters.  According to the Des Moines Register, one meeting is scheduled for Cedar Rapids, the other in Des Moines.

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  Beth Ackerman says she had to help a Republic Services worker dump her loaded recycling bin into the truck to keep it from sitting on her curb for a fifth straight week.

The Shreveport Times reports (http://bit.ly/13R463e ) that she's among many Shreveport residents upset by what they say is poor service.

Gary Bartels, of Republic Services, says complaints have gone way down in recent months.

But some city councilors and residents say poor service continues.

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 A year after George Rodrigue's death, his estate will release 450 copies of a Blue Dog Mardi Gras print he designed.

The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1xu8wcf) reports that this one paints the round-eyed, perky-eared dog in Carnival colors: half of its face is green, it has a yellow snout and wears a purple mask.

Rodrigue's son, Jacques Rodrigue, says a special stamp proves the silkscreen prints are authentic. The 1.5-inch by 3-inch stamp uses ink that looks black to the naked eye, green under infrared and purple under ultraviolet light.

A West Monroe carton plant run by Graphic Packaging has been cited for 28 safety violations related to an incident last summer.

Structures and Nature Tell Story In Hood Exhibit

Dec 19, 2014
Shawn Hood

Photographer Shawn Hood says she's inspired to tell stories through hoto collections.  She debuts an exhibit this month at the Parish Press in Ruston.  Hood shares that she seeks to know the history and meaning surrounding subjects she photographs.  She develops a narrative for such collections.  The exhibit is on display through January 19. 

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  Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to Governor Bobby Jindal's plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit of more than $170 million.

The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection Thursday, only days before the budget had to be rebalanced to avoid a special session.

Minor changes were made to the Jindal administration plan submitted last month. Financing sources were swapped. Agriculture department job cuts were scrapped. A cut to road maintenance work was eliminated.

Policy Change Criticized By Cuban-American Group

Dec 18, 2014
freepik.com

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuban trade embargo has drawn sharp criticism from an organization official who says there will be little change to policy. 

George Fowler, who lives in New Orleans, is Vice Chairman of the Cuban-American National Foundation.  He says the change will not bring anything significant to current policy.  "The Castro brothers will never give anything back in earnest," said Fowler. 

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Governor Bobby Jindal is defending his headlining a prayer rally on Louisiana State University's campus next month that has drawn the ire of student protesters who say the group hosting the event promotes discrimination and an anti-gay agenda.

The January 24 prayer rally is expected to draw thousands of people to LSU's campus for what Jindal, a Roman Catholic, describes in an invitation as "a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance."

The Ouachita Parish District Attorney's Office has named the West Monroe police officer involved in the shooting death of a homeless man December 4.

Frozen Kingdom Delivers Heart-Warming Tale

Dec 17, 2014
LDB

A ballet based on the story by Hans Christian-Andersen is presented in Louisiana Delta Ballet's "The Frozen Kingdom".  A gala performance is Friday night at the Jack Howard Theatre in Monroe.  LDB member Jeanine Patton shares on the production and an exciting event the organization hosts in 2015.

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