JD Lasica / /

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is set to end his second term Monday after 8 years in charge of the Crescent City. Landrieu guided the city through a tumultuous post Katrina recovery period, but political analyst Clancy DuBos says nationally he’ll be most remembered for his part in the removal of the confederate monuments to Robert E Lee, Jefferson Davis, and PT Beauregard.


Dubos says, "The monuments issue was something that I think years from now will be a positive thing, and history will judge him very favorably for that."


Courtney Hornsby / West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce

The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce / KEDM Public Radio "Meet The Candidates" forum was held Thursday night at the West Monroe High School Edgewood Facility. The event was attended by all four candidates for mayor and 6 aldermen hopefuls. 

The election will be held on March 24. 

West Monroe Mayoral Candidates

Tremaine Donte Gordon 
Dave Norris (D)*
Staci Albritton Mitchell (R)
Jennifer Schmeer 
*     Incumbent candidate

Marc Gallant | /

Two elected officials in the northwest Louisiana town of Stanley suffered burns from an explosion at their home. DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says Mayor Sharon Fletcher and her mother Dwena Henry, who is the alderman and former mayor, suffered burns on their bodies. He says the 92-year-old Henry is fighting for her life.

A third person, William Roe, also suffered burns in the explosion and should be released from the hospital today. Arbuckle says Henry suffered third-degree burns over 50-percent of her body and the town of Stanley is praying for her recovery.

The mayor of the Webster Parish Village of Doyline has resigned amid accusations he abused his wife.


50-year-old Gary Thomas Carter resigned Thursday following his earlier arrest on one count of domestic abuse/battery by strangulation. He is free on $50,000 bond.

His attorney, Eric Johnson, said Carter regrets any embarrassment his arrest may have brought to his family and the community where he's lived his entire life. He says while difficult, the decision to resign is in the best interests of the citizens of Doyline.