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2 Dead, 2 Injured In Denham Springs House Fire

Nov 17, 2017
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The state fire marshal's office is investigating a fire that left a man and his granddaughter dead and two other family members injured.

Investigators responded about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a fire in Denham Springs. Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke billowing from a window. Firefighters entered the house and found the bodies of 57-year-old Jesse Lowrance and his 6-year-old granddaughter, Kenley Lowrance. Their bodies were sent to the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office for autopsies.

Commercial Fishery For Gray Triggerfish To Close Saturday

Nov 17, 2017
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The commercial fishery for gray triggerfish in Louisiana waters will close Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and remain closed until Jan. 1.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet made the decision following notification by NOAA Fisheries that the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close for the commercial harvest of gray triggerfish during the same timeframe.

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Unemployment fell for the sixth straight month in Louisiana, but payrolls moved in the wrong direction in October.

The jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in October from 5.1 percent in September, as more people entered the labor force and more found jobs. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent a year ago.

About 100,000 Louisianans were jobless, down more than 5,000 from September.

Louisiana's unemployment rate doesn't rank among the 10 worst states for the first time in years. October's U.S. rate fell to 4.1 percent from September's 4.2 percent.

Man Arrested for a Murder in 2014

Nov 17, 2017
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Baton Rouge Police have arrested a man in the 2014 killing of West St. John High School coach Juan Joseph. Sgt. Don Coppola says they had originally booked another man for the murder, but those charges were later dropped after the DA’s office said the shooter was misidentified. Coppola says now Jamarcus Goodman is charged with second degree murder.

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler is expecting a voter turnout of 13 percent statewide for Saturday’s election which features the race for state treasurer and the New Orleans mayoral runoff between LaToya Cantrell and Denise Charbonnet. Schedler says if it wasn’t for this race, it would be a slow day at the polls.

Voter turnout for the October statewide election was 14-percent. Schedler says he initially thought that turnout for the November election would be even lower but early voting turnout was better than expected

New Orleans Mayoral Race Tomorrow

Nov 17, 2017
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The election for the New Orleans mayoral race is tomorrow and polls show Democratic councilwoman LaToya Cantrell beating fellow Democrat and former judge Desiree Charbonnet by a landslide. Political Analyst Clancy Dubos says Charbonnet has raised nearly twice as much money as her opponent but Cantrell has spent her money more wisely.

Dubos says Cantrell’s campaign was very much rooted in social media. He says Charbonnet began the race as the frontrunner but recent attacks weakened her considerably.

Louisiana Cultural Shopping Trail

Nov 17, 2017
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The state is launching a Louisiana Cultural Shopping Trail to provide visitors an opportunity to discover unique retail stores as they travel through the Bayou State. Chairman of the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission Steve Windham says L-A-shopping-trail-dot-com will highlight great antique or boutique shops, along with stores that feature hand-crafted goods.

Windham says the Louisiana Cultural Shopping Trail gives specialized businesses off the beaten path a chance to showcase the state’s vibrant culture to visitors who are traveling our highways.

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In this last segment of "The Wordsmiths" series, University of Louisiana Monroe freshman Darius Washington shares how connotative meanings of words vary from person to person due to the experiences that one associates with a word.

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Subaru's Leave No Trace Traveling Trainings have made their way to Louisiana to help promote outdoor ethics and safe interactions with wildlife. The trainers, Amanda Jameson and Junaid Dawad, will be at the Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge on Friday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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There is a new North Louisiana Crime Lab operating in Shreveport, serving 29 north Louisiana parishes. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says the state of the art 86-thousand-square foot North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center should help them solve D-N-A cases much faster.

 

The planning started over 12 years ago with construction beginning in 2013 at a cost of 26-million-dollars. Prator says the new lab will also partner with the LSU Medical School in Shreveport.

 

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