Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cl191/ / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has continued the flood warning for the Ouachita River Monroe and Farmerville areas. The warning will persist until further notice.

At 1100 AM Monday the stage was 35.4 feet.The river will rise above flood stage by late Friday morning and continue to rise to near 46 feet by March 11. Additional rises remain possible thereafter.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stockcatalog/ / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A Vidalia man pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine Tuesday.

Demond Fleming, 40, of Vidalia, La pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. According to the the guilty plea, officers noticed Fleming parked in the middle of Concordia Park Drive in Vidalia. Agents searched his car and found 82.18 grams of cocaine, two hydrocodone pills and $4,751. They also discovered that he was on supervised release for a previous drug conviction.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ncdps/ / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

A Monroe man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for distribution of methamphetamine Wednesday.

Road Travel America / Flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Two tax bills that will help the state overcome a looming one billion dollar budget deficit are heading to the House floor. Some Republicans were seeking to make permanent a quarter of a temporary one-cent sales tax. But Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh didn’t like the permanent part, so he changed the legislation so a quarter of the temporary one-cent sales tax stays until mid-2021.


Seabaugh says that the State would need about two more years before it "permanently sticks its hands into businesses' pockets."


CameliaTWU / Flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator is asking the Caddo Parish School Board, to allow some faculty and administrators to carry guns on campus.  Most Caddo Parish schools have a security guard or a resource officer, but he feels it’s not enough.  Prator says schools are an open door to criminals with weapons.


Prator says that the "gun free zone" signs on school campuses are welcoming to evil people who wish to harm others.


GotCredit / Flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Taxes are down 14 percent for utility companies in the wake of the federal tax overhaul, but Louisianans haven’t seen lower rates. The Public Service Commission says they anticipate lower rates as a result, but Commissioner Lambert Boissierre says you could be waiting until summer to see the change.


According to Boissierre, "June is the current estimate" for Louisianians to see a change in utility company tax rates. 


Antrell Williams / Flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor is proposing a bill that would fine reckless drivers for creating potentially dangerous wakes while driving through flooded areas. The bill would add a new specification to existing law that would fine drivers up to 500 dollars, with potential for 90 days in jail. Claitor says the legislation was inspired by flood horror stories from his constituents.


Claitor expresses that it's "disheartening" to people who prepare for floods and then have their homes ruined by thoughtless drivers.


finchlake2000 / Flickr.com

The National Weather Service out of Shreveport has issued a flood warning for the Ouachita River in Monroe, La.

At this time, the river's stage is at 30 feet and is expected to rise more than 12 feet within the next few days. By Tuesday morning, the river will be at 42 feet, well over the flooding stage. The areas expected to flood are the Bawconville and Moon Lake recreational areas and both the Forsythe and Lazarre recreational areas (with very minor lowland flooding immediately next to the river). When the flooding occurs, these areas will be closed from the public.

Road Travel America / Flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is being sued for allegations of sexual harassment involving his former Executive Secretary Dawn Ross. The suit alleges a pattern of repeated harassment, and claims to have multiple documents that support the accusations. Ross’s attorney Jill Crafts says that includes an explicitly worded Valentine’s letter from the Secretary.


Ryan McGilchrist / Flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

A high school student was arrested and two other elementary school students have been suspended from their respective schools in LaFourche Parish for alleged threats.  Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Brennan Matherne says a 15-year-old male threatened to kill South Lafourche High School teacher.