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Free Flu Vaccine Available to Veterans

21 hours ago
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Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, including the VA Outpatient Clinics in Monroe, Louisiana; Texarkana, Arkansas; and Longview, Texas will offer flu shots to enrolled Veterans during scheduled clinic appointments and in special walk-in flu shot clinics as outlined below.  There is no charge for the flu shot and Veterans are reminded to bring their VA identification card.

 

Overton Brooks VAMC (Shreveport) Walk-in Flu Clinic (no appointment needed)

Every Wednesday - October 3 to November 14 from 1-3 p.m.

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A new medical marijuana health clinic is opening in northwest Louisiana.

News outlets reported the Total Health Clinic was opening in Bossier City on Monday.

Dr. Chad Rossitter, an internal medicine doctor in Acadiana, said he became interested in marijuana prescriptions because of his work and his family. Rossiter said he has lost family members to the opioid crisis. He says many of those additions occur because people are in pain.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A northwest Louisiana school board member, a fourth-grade teacher and the teacher's husband face federal steroids charges.

Bossier Parish school board member Michael Mosura was indicted in September along with Caddo Parish teacher Julie Landry and Brant Landry.

The indictment, unsealed last week, alleges the three conspired to sell illegal performance-enhancing drugs at gyms.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Investigators continue to look into how an explosive device ended up on an interstate bridge in northwest Louisiana.

The Shreveport Fire Department's bomb squad tells local news outlets it found something explosive on the Interstate 220 bridge over Cross Lake Friday night. Authorities had received reports of something suspicious on the bridge.

Investigators didn't describe the explosive device in more detail.

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.
 

Catholic Diocese of Shreveport

Pope Frances has appointed a new Bishop to preside over the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Bishop Michael Duca will be transferred from Shreveport, where he’s been for the last ten years. He’s replacing Bishop Robert Muench, who’s held the position since 2002. Duca says he didn’t see it coming, but he’s looking forward to serving the people of Baton Rouge.

"I was completely suprised by this appointment and while I am sad to leave the good people of the Diocese of Shreveport, I immediatley accepted the appointment without reservation", said Duca.

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.

Camp Minden Explosives: Change Of Plea Hearing Tuesday

Apr 25, 2018
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A former official of a company that abandoned tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant in Louisiana is pleading guilty.

The Times of Shreveport reports that Koons pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of making a false statement to the military's Joint Munitions Command.

Lionel Koons was inventory control manager for Explo Systems when it went bankrupt in 2013, leaving 7,800 tons (7,100 metric tons) of M6 propellant on land leased from the Louisiana National Guard.

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.

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