Shreveport

The National Weather service is currently a damage survey from Friday and Saturday's storm. Scientist with the Shreveport office have confirmed six tornadoes in their initial reports.

An EF-1 tornado with winds up to 105 m.p.h. hit the Grambling area and moved to Ruston. The path of the tornado was 6.66 miles. Trees fell on houses and metal roofs were blown off of houses.

The Choudrant area was pummeled by an EF-1 tornado. NWS Meteorologist say that a tornado was on the ground for 4.77 miles. The path took the twister across I-20 and splintered trees with 105 m.p.h. winds.

Officials Won't Have To Testify About Monument Removal

Mar 28, 2018
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A federal judge has ruled that four members of a local governing board in Louisiana don't have to submit to questions from lawyers fighting the removal of a Confederate monument from courthouse grounds.

The four members of the Caddo Parish Commission in north Louisiana voted for a resolution last year authorizing removal of the monument at the Caddo courthouse in Shreveport.

The Shreveport chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is fighting removal.

The group's lawyers planned to question the commissioners about their votes in depositions.

RiverView Theater And Hall To Close For Renovations

Mar 28, 2018
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Renovations spurred by the need to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act will close a RiverView Theater and Hall in Louisiana for a year.

The Times of Shreveport reports the RiverView Theater and Hall in Shreveport will be closed from June 2018 to June 2019.

The renovations were spurred by a federal mandate that states the RiverView Theater and Hall must be compliant with ADA, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life.

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A Georgia man is in custody after he allegedly stole money from several Shreveport apartment complexes.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, in a news release Tuesday, said 37-year-old Charles Epps, of Stone Mountain, faces 10 counts of simple burglary, forgery and criminal conspiracy. He's being held at the Caddo Correctional Center.

Jail records did not indicate if he has an attorney and the sheriff's office did not know whether he's represented by a lawyer.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Lake Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 9 AM this morning to 7 PM CDT this evening.                                                                                                                
A tight pressure gradient will persist across the region today in wake of a cold frontal passage Monday evening Northwest winds will increase to 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph by mid-morning, and continue through the afternoon before diminishing quickly after sunset. 

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Shreveport Senator John Milkovich’s legislation that would give teachers more freedom to decide how to handle bullies in public schools passed through the Senate Education Committee. The bill gives teachers a wide leniency to “take all steps deemed necessary” to stop bullying, including involving the police, and personally restraining offending students. Milkovich says it would cut down on the red tape involved in stopping bullies.

 

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Gus Mijalis, a Shreveport businessman and noted close friend of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, has died. Mijalis family owned the Farmers Seafood Company which opened in 1918. Former Governor Edwin Edwards remembers Mijalis in an adversarial position when they first met. But things quickly changed.

 

Edwards says he never shied away from Mijalis even when Gus was in trouble.

 

Edwards says during his four terms as Louisiana’s governor he met plenty of friends. But few like Mijalis.

 

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Four parishes in northwest Louisiana, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne and Webster, are under a flash flood watch through Thursday morning.  Forecaster Brandi Hughes, with the National Weather Service in Shreveport says several inches of rain are possible.

 

Hughes says that storms could bring around "four to six inches" of rainfall. 

 

And more rain could be coming.  Hughes says the long range forecast looks wet for the next several days, which could add to already swollen creeks and rivers.

 

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A film starring Academy Award winner Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson and director by John Lee Hancock has started production of “Highwaymen” in Louisiana. The film centers on two retired officers attempting to catch Bonnie and Clyde. Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment Chris Stelly says they will shoot in Shreveport next month.

 

Stelly says reforming the state’s film tax credit program has encouraged movie producers to come back to Louisiana.  Several projects are underway.

 

Lake Wind Advisory Until 6 p.m. Thursday

Feb 15, 2018
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A Lake Wind Advisory has been issued across a four-state area. A tight pressure gradient between surface low pressure to the North and surface high pressure to the Southeast will produce strong and gusty Southwest winds of 15-25 MPH gusts to 25-30 MPH today.

Via: National Weather Service Shreveport, LA

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