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There will be an expanded presence of state police troopers in New Orleans as Mardi Gras ramps up for the final weekend.  They have committed 165 troopers to working the French Quarter and the  metro area.  Senior Trooper Melissa Matey says they will perform a variety of assignments.

 

Last year, troopers had to pull dozens of weapons off the streets.  Matey says it’s something they will  look out for.

 

Matey says citizens can utilize a special phone app called “See Send” if they suspect suspicious activity during the celebrations.

 

Drax Moves Headquarters To Monroe

Feb 9, 2018
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Drax Biomass is relocating its headquarters from Atlanta to Monroe, in what Governor John Bel Edwards is hailing as another big win for Louisiana’s economy. Drax already operates two wood pellet manufacturing facilities and a shipping operation in the state. Monroe Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Nicholson says that means 150 good paying jobs are on the way.

 

Nicholson says Monroe’s economy is booming, and having ULM, Grambling, and Louisiana Tech all within 45 minutes provides companies with a highly educated pool of workers to choose from.

 

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A 27-year-old Mansura man was arrested for distribution of child pornography on Wednesday. Dustin Novo is being held at the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center on a 100,000 dollar bond. State Police spokesperson Scott Moreau says deputies were tipped off about a month ago.

 

A warrant for Novo’s residence was served, and after a search of the premises, he was arrested and charged.

 

Moreau says is encouraging anyone with information about possible cases of child pornography should report it authorities.

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Today is the deadline for Governor John Bel Edwards to call a February special session to address the looming one billion dollar budget hole resulting in the expiration of sales taxes. The governor said he would not call the session without an agreement in principle on a fiscal cliff deal, but LAPoltics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says the governor is being pushed to call the session.

 

Because it’s a revenue issue, the fiscal cliff can only be addressed in a special session.

 

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Many Mardi Gras revelers will keep one eye on the parades and one eye on the skies as threatening weather may put a damper on their celebrations  The National Weather Service says rain, heavy at times, is predicted for southeast Louisiana.  Danielle Manning with the National Weather Service in Slidell says Saturday and Sunday will be soggy

 

The forecast may be a little better in Southwest Louisiana, where the front will move through causing greater rain chances earlier in the weekend.  Kent Kuyper from the Lake Charles office.

 

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The Louisiana Opera is having a "Valen-Gras" party Friday, February 9. The "celebration of the season" features food, dancing, and selections from the operetta The Merry Widow.

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The Northeast Delta African American Heritage Museum is celebrating Black History Month with dance, music, and an exhibit on inventions.

The Northeast Delta African American Heritage Museum showcases African-American art from the Monroe area. The museum features three local artists' exhibits and serves a 15-parish area.

Louisiana Medicaid Program Spending Less Than Expected

Feb 7, 2018
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Louisiana continues to spend more slowly than expected on Medicaid services, a pace projected to leave the state with $26 million in savings this budget year.

The latest Medicaid forecast, released Tuesday, shows the $12.5 billion program is expected to spend as much as $612 million less than estimated for the financial year that ends June 30.

Body Of Missing Boater Recovered In Bayou

Feb 7, 2018
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The body of a missing boater has been recovered from a bayou in Louisiana's St. Martin Parish.

State wildlife officials say in a news release that the body of 54-year-old Richard Pellerin of St. Martinville was pulled from Bayou Amy about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The search had begun Monday after authorities were alerted to a capsized vessel in the bayou.  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents joined deputies from St. Martin and Iberia parishes in the recovery effort.

Shreveport School Closed Wednesday Because Of Flu

Feb 7, 2018
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An elementary school in Shreveport will be closed Wednesday after a large number of student absences attributed to the flu and flu-like symptoms.

The Times reports Werner Park Academy will reopen on Thursday.

Meanwhile, officials say the custodial team will continue sanitation efforts to combat the spread of germs. Parents are also being asked to clean students' personal items, such as backpacks, jackets and lunchboxes before their children return to school.

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