Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

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The Reverend Billy Graham will be laid to rest today in North Carolina.  There is a Louisiana connection. The 99-year-old evangelist will be buried in a coffin made by prisoners at Angola. Former inmate David Bacon says Graham was so impressed with the caskets they made for those who died while in prison, he ordered one on the spot.


Bacon recalls the time when there wasn’t much use for religion at Angola, but former warden Burl Cain opened the door for churches to come in and Graham helped to satisfy the prisoner’s spiritual needs.


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KEDM has been named as a finalist for multiple awards in the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors Contest.

KEDM News and Public Affairs Director Cory Crowe was named a finalist in five award categories including Best Newscast.

KEDM’s national coverage of the October 2017 shooting incident at Grambling State University for NPR, “Grambling Student Shooting,” is a finalist for Breaking News Coverage.

Precautionary Flood Measures To Impact LA 15

Feb 28, 2018
Jarod Frost

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District is working to strengthen a section of the main line Mississippi levee system near Blackhawk, LA. This proactive effort will help reduce the water seepage and materials shifting in and around the levee system.

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Hunt Forest Products announced the company will build a new $115 million lumber mill in Urania, a LaSalle Parish community.

The sawmill project will create 110 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of more than $46,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will also result in another 307 new indirect jobs, for a total of over 400 new jobs in Central Louisiana.

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Will the state House come to an agreement on solving a looming one-billion dollar budget deficit as a result of expiring state sales taxes? President of the Public Affairs Research Council Robert Travis Scott says even though Republicans are the majority party in the lower chamber, Democrats are holding firm on their wishes


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A former school principal at a Christian school in Franklin Parish has been indicted by a grand jury on eleven counts of sexual misconduct. District Attorney Mack Lancaster says 41-year-old Stephen Couch of Winnsboro was a teacher, later a principal, at the Apostolic Tabernacle Christian School in Winnsboro when the alleged crimes occurred.

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The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry is teaming up with the LSU AgCenter to fight citrus canker disease.  The disease is spread by wind driven rain, causing lesions on the leaves and fruit.  It was first found in the state in 2013 at City Park in New Orleans.  State Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says there is no cure right now, but hopes their research will produce results to slow the disease.


Strain hopes that a sample will be found that is "resistant to the disease." 


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Congressman Steve Scalise is remembering the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, as they resume classes today, two weeks after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz went on a shooting rampage, killing 17 people. Scalise says today will not be easy for students returning to a place where such a horrific tragedy occurred.


Scalise asks that we "keep the students in our prayers" as they go back to school. 


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A parent group from Bowling Green School, in Franklinton , is trying to raise money through a gun raffle, for a program to keep seniors safe at graduation. This has caused many controversial reactions due to the recent Florida shooting which left 17 dead at the hands of a 19-year-old with an AR-15.

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After several years as a self-sustaining agency the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is having financial issues. The estimated budget of about 19.8 million dollars, annually, is predicted to be insufficient.  

Cole Garett, Executive Counsel for the LDWF, says they are attempting to discard their 117 different licenses by proposing a bill in the regular legislative session.