Mooringsport

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 A 33-year-old Louisiana man is accused of setting fire to a motel room.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says Morgan Freepon of Mooringsport confessed to investigators that he set the fire Sunday evening at the Budget Inn in Coushatta about 150 miles (250 km) south-southeast of Mooringsport.

Fire marshal's spokeswoman Ashley Rodrigue said in an email that Freepon told investigators he was on meth at the time. She did not know whether he has an attorney who could speak for him.

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Governor Edwards and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain continue their listening tour with farmers today with stops in Ferriday and Slaughter. The tour started earlier this week as the two elected officials held meetings in Mooringsport and Bastrop to hear about concerns within the agriculture industry. Edwards says producers are worried that state budget cuts are impacting agriculture research at LSU and Southern.

 

Edwards says soybean farmers are also pushing for funding so the Red River can be dredged in northwest Louisiana to help with shipping costs.