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The “Adoption Option” bill that would require abortion clinics to provide information about the adoption process to women seeking abortions is nearing final passage. The legislation would also mandate the creation of a state website with information about adoption. Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper says he hopes it will result in fewer abortions.

 

Clapper says, "We want women to encourage giving their children the gift of life and also choosing adoption which not only helps the babies, but it helps the mothers as well."

 

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A Dallas man was sentenced to ten years in prison last week for possessing drugs in a vehicle that was stopped in Caddo Parish.

Xavier Martin Guerra, 34, was sentenced Thursday on one count of of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to the Jan. 18 guilty plea, a Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle Guerra was riding in on his way from Dallas Texas. Guerra was found to have an active warrant in Panola County, Texas, for forgery and was arrested.

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A House backed bill that would remove the requirement that florists be licensed was shot down in a Senate committee six to one. The bill was part of the governor’s licensing reform legislative agenda. Annie Taylor, a licensed florist in Scott, says floral work is more dangerous than you might think.

 

Floral wholesaler Audrey Lemoine says removing license requirements would flood the marketplace with cut rate work from retailers.

 

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U.S. Senator John Kennedy is asking the state legislature to hold off on voting a bill that extends Harrah’s New Orleans Casino’s contract with the state for 30 years. Kennedy says media reports that Harrah’s is considering selling the property so the state could unwittingly increase Harrah’s selling price by extending the contract.

 

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Legislation to give voters an opportunity in November to decide if fantasy sports gambling should be legal in their parish is one step away from final passage. A Senate committee approved River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot’s proposal.

 

Talbot says, "If you're in the parish that legalizes sports betting, you can log on with your phone and make a draft or decide which teams or players to play. If you're in a parish where they voted it out, you're not going to be able to log onto the site."

 

Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Shreveport Field Office (LSP/SFO) have arrested Joseph Alexander, Mayor of Cotton Valley, Louisiana. Alexander was charged with felony abuse of power.

LSP/SFO received information from the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office requesting LSP’s assistance. On two different occasions in 2017, Alexander is accused of mishandling town funds.

Information obtained from the investigation led to an arrest warrant for Alexander. He was arrested and booked into the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center by LSP.

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The US House passed a bill that would allow Louisiana residents impacted by the 2016 floods to become eligible for grant money, even if they received low interest loans to help with their recovery. Baton Rouge US Representative Garret Graves, the bill’s sponsor, says this opens up recovery money to thousands.

 

Graves says that the bill would make "thousands of people eligible for Restore Louisiana grants even if they received a loan or were approved  for a loan."

 

OPSO Searches For Burglary Suspects

May 2, 2018
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for two suspects in connection with a robbery in West Monroe.

Law enforcement responded to a burglar alarm at a West Monroe business April 29 at 10:00 p.m.  Upon arrival, deputies found the front door glass broken out. After Further investigation, the deputies discovered two unidentified suspects  rode bicycles to the store, then broke the door glass and entered the business.

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Cooler weather this year has extended the usually brief gnat season, making trips out to the river a bit unpleasant for some. If you’re looking to make an outdoors trip, LSU Ag Center entomologist Sebe Brown says understand these pests don’t work like mosquitos.

 

Brown says that gnats will be abundant near "flowing water."

 

For those looking to brave gnat infested rivers, Brown has a non-scientific, but country tested protection plan.

 

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First Assistant Kyle Ardoin will take over the agency that handles elections starting May 8th . Ardoin is replacing Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who submitted his resignation papers in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. Ardoin knows he’s been put in charge during a pivotal time for the department.

 

Ardoin says, "The purchasing of new voting equipment and the perfection of the 2018 congressional midterm elections are high profile, high stakes, and high impact for voters across this state." 

 

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