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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld a man's conviction of aggravated rape in a decades-old case.

The American Press reports 42-year-old Jonathan Jacito Frank was convicted in 2014 of raping a Lake Charles woman at knifepoint in her apartment in 1994.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of fraudulently obtaining 15 horses, and selling some in Louisiana and others out of state.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says 30-year-old Jonramon Hatfield Vaughns of Port Allen has been arrested on two warrants on charges of horse theft.

One alleges he got seven horses in St. Landry Parish in March, selling two in Louisiana and taking the rest out of state.

The other alleges he fraudulently obtained eight horses in Evangeline Parish in April, selling them all out of state.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for an extended stay along the Southeastern coast, promising to drench the homes of 10 million people with immense amounts of water.

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for an extended stay along the Southeastern coast, promising to drench the homes of 10 million people with immense amounts of water.

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Predictions

Sep 12, 2018
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Stop trying to aim at (and hit) a target you can’t see. Doing so usually results in harm to yourself or others.

Here’s a news flash: the future is really, really difficult to predict. For every economist pessimistic about the remainder of 2018, I can find you an optimist. But to be honest with you, I have no idea which one is going to be right about 2018. Or 2019.

 

In April 2000, the International Monetary Fund released a statement affirming that “the picture for global growth is a strong and quite positive one for the year 2000 and we believe beyond.”

NHC

Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 200 PM EDT Tue Sep 11 2018 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Florence, located over the west-central Atlantic Ocean, on Hurricane Helene, located over the eastern Atlantic, and on Tropical Storm Isaac, located several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

Fences

Sep 11, 2018
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K. Ouchley

About a hundred yards north of my house in the dense woods, the remnants of an old fence can be seen running north-south over a sandy-clay hill on the edge of D'Arbonne Swamp. The forest looks the same on both sides of the rusty wire now, but it once enclosed a ten-acre field where my father chopped cotton as  a teenager. When boll weevils, armyworms, and worn out soil forced Union Parish hill-country cotton farmers to seek work in paper mills, chemical plants, and on pipelines, the field reverted to forest through natural plant succession.

 

North Louisiana Economic Partnership

The Cost of Living Index for the second quarter of 2018 ranks Monroe and Shreveport as the most affordable places to live in the state. The Monroe Metro cost of living is 88.1 percent of the national average. The Shreveport-Bossier City Metro cost of living is 89.1 percent of the national average, according to the report published by the Council for Community and Economic Research.
 

Gov. John Bel Edwards does not agree with Attorney G. Jeff Landry’s deliverate attempt to eliminate health care benefits for people with high risk health conditions.  Edwards said Landry did not have a plan in place to ensure insurance companies don't deny coverage for the 849,000 people in Louisiana who could lose health care because they have a pre-existing condition.

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