Louisiana News

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Expect Savings On Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 20, 2017
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You will see savings this year on Thanksgiving dinner.  An American Farm Bureau Marketbasket survey estimates it will cost $43.27 on average in Louisiana.  Farm Bureau Federation News Director Neil Melancon says a large inventory of turkeys are helping to drive prices down.

That is over three-dollars cheaper than 2016 for a 16-item meal including turkey and all the trimmings. Melancon says since turkey prices are very low right now, he recommends to shop around and compare.

Melancon says we are paying less for other items, some which are grown locally.

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Now that Republican John Schroder has been elected as Louisiana’s new State Treasurer, he says he wants to improve the way the state handles finances in a struggling economy. Schroder hopes to work with the state legislature and Governor Edwards to balance the budget and spend responsibly.

Schroder says government has become a burden and the state’s infrastructure has become unaffordable. He plans to stay a budget hawk, as he’s been since he was elected as a state representative 10 years ago.

FFA Members Eligible For Scholarship

Nov 20, 2017
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High school students who are in good standing with the FFA are eligible to receive a 500-dollar scholarship to attend a community college in Louisiana.  Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan says they hope this will help convince more students to continue their education past high school.

Sullivan says they have made it easy for students to apply for the scholarship by eliminating unnecessary paperwork.

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A University of Louisiana Monroe student has been arrested by the ULM Police Department in connection with allegations of raping a fellow student. Samuel Alan Hudgens, an 18 year old student from Pollock, was arrested after a female ULM student went to authorities.

Judge Narrows Challenges To Some Louisiana Abortion Laws

Nov 17, 2017
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A federal judge has cut one Louisiana abortion law from a suit filed by an abortion clinic and its doctors, and has narrowed challenges to four other laws.

Attorney Zoe Levine of the Center for Reproductive Rights says the law no longer in the suit forbids transferring or accepting any part of an aborted fetus for money, including reimbursement of storage and handling fees.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is trying a third time to persuade lawmakers to approve contract extensions for Louisiana's Medicaid managed-care companies, which coordinate health services for 1.5 million people. 

The joint legislative budget committee debates the deals again Friday. 

GOP lawmakers have questioned whether the health department is doing enough to monitor and squeeze savings out of deals estimated to cost $15.4 billion over 23 months. 

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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