North Louisiana

Friends of Black Bayou Lake NWR / http://www.friendsofblackbayou.org/whats-happening/2018-photo-contest-winners-announced

Winners of the fourteenth annual Friends of Black Bayou photo contest were named on October 6, 2018, with a scenic/professional division photo called “Full Moon Ibis” by local photographer William Watson winning Best of Show.

All photos in the contest were taken at the North Louisiana Refuges Complex, including Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge, Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge and Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge.

Gov. Edwards' To Visit Monroe

Sep 24, 2018

LA Govenor John Bel Edwards will visit North Louisiana today to offically annouce the partnership concerns between LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner Health System regarding the operation of two hospitals and the medical school in North Louisiana. He will hold a ceremony to begin the transfer of the Univeristy health hospitals in Monroe to Shreveport to Ochsner Heath System. This takeover begins on October 1, 2018.

Details are as followed:

10:30 a.m. LSU and Ochsner Partnership Agreement - Shreveport (Open Press)

Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Shreveport Field Office (LSP/SFO) have arrested Joseph Alexander, Mayor of Cotton Valley, Louisiana. Alexander was charged with felony abuse of power.

LSP/SFO received information from the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office requesting LSP’s assistance. On two different occasions in 2017, Alexander is accused of mishandling town funds.

Information obtained from the investigation led to an arrest warrant for Alexander. He was arrested and booked into the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center by LSP.

NWS Shreveport / NOAA

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Hard
Freeze Warning, which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to
10 AM CST Wednesday. 

An arctic airmass will remain in place today and tonight,
which will allow temperatures to fall into the lower and middle
teens again across all of the Ark La Tex. 

Near freezing temperatures late this afternoon will fall into the lower and mid teens overnight. Temperatures will climb back to near or above freezing by mid to late morning Wednesday. 

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There is a new North Louisiana Crime Lab operating in Shreveport, serving 29 north Louisiana parishes. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says the state of the art 86-thousand-square foot North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center should help them solve D-N-A cases much faster.

 

The planning started over 12 years ago with construction beginning in 2013 at a cost of 26-million-dollars. Prator says the new lab will also partner with the LSU Medical School in Shreveport.

 

National Hurricane Center

Louisiana and Texas continue to be pounded by severe flooding rains and tornadoes.  

An additional 10-15 inches of rain will fall today in Texas and Louisiana.  Currently, T.S. Harvey has backed out of Texas and is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The projected path of the storm has Harvey making a 3rd landfall near Lake Charles and the following a line to Alexandria. The center of the storm will continue to the north over Monroe on Thursday.

Louisiana State Parks

The Office of State Parks is offering a 50% discount on all overnight accommodations at selected northern Louisiana State Parks, for southeast Texas and south Louisiana residents evacuating ahead of Hurricane Harvey.

A list of the offered parks is as follows: