Army Cuts Could Impact Fort Polk

Jul 7, 2015

The U.S. Army is expected to announce cuts that could significantly affect central Louisiana's Fort Polk.


An official announcement is expected Thursday.  

Army officials, under a mandate to cut at least 40,000 troops and personnel, are considering cuts at 30 bases, including Fort Polk.


Newly crowned Miss Louisiana 2015 April Nelson fondly looks back at her upbringing in southern Louisiana, her love for theatre, and her passion for giving back. 

Nelson is no stranger to bright lights and a big stage. She has loved the stage since she was a child. Nelson was in one of her first performances at Playmakers Theatre in Covington, LA.

"I was Baby June in Gypsy with the ringlet curls and I tapped around and sang 'Let Me Entertain You'. That was my first musical. Ever since then I've been obsessed with it."


The Louisiana chapter of the NAACP has written a letter to Governor Bobby Jindal asking that the option of license plates featuring a Confederate flag be removed from the Office of Motor Vehicles.

According to OMV, there are currently 160 of the "Sons Of Confederate Veterans" license plates that have been issued.  The plates were produced at the request of a State Capitol employee in 1999. 


The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today in an Oklahoma case challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection procedure.

The case argues to end the use of the sedative Midazolam, in the state's lethal injection protocol.  The drug is also part of Louisiana's protocol.  

Louisiana Prison Population Down

Apr 2, 2015

For the first time in a number of years, Louisiana's prison population has declined.  Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc shared the findings with House Appropriations Committee members Tuesday.

"From 2006-2009, we added about 1,200 prisoners a year.  If that figure continued, we'd have been at 44,000 by the end of 2014.  We closed last year at about 38,000," said LeBlanc.  LeBlanc attributes the drop to changes in sentencing laws and strong re-entry programs.

State Grappling With Slow Population Growth

Mar 27, 2015

Louisiana's population growth has seen a slight increase since the 2010 Census.  New figures show the state has only seen a 2.6 percent increase in the past four years.

"That's nowhere near the growth we'd need to have seen over the past few years, to keep from getting into a situation where we could potentially lose another congressional seat," said demographer Eliot Stonecipher.


President Obama is proposing that an offshore revenue sharing plan, set to provide Louisiana millions of dollars in revenue for coastal restoration, be replaced with a plan that would spread that money across the nation for various issues.


French Consul General To Visit Poverty Point

Jan 20, 2015

The Consul General of France in New Orleans, Gregor Trumel, tours Poverty Point and north Louisiana on Wednesday.  Trumel will get a first-hand look at the World Heritage Site near Delhi, in a visit organized by Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne. 

Later in the day, Trumel attends a ceremony in Shreveport, where he will bestow the French Legion of Honor Award to three American World War II veterans.  The ceremony takes place at Centenary College. 

Trumel was appointed by French President Francois Hollande last summer.  This will be his first trip to north Louisiana.

Acadie: Then and Now

Jan 20, 2015

The journey of Acadians across the globe is documented in Warren and Mary Perrin's new book, Acadie: Then and Now, A People's History. 


The couple researched the Acadian population for the past three years.  Their stories and discoveries highlight the resolve and commonality of the culture wherever people have settled.  Mary Perrin describes the book as an encyclopedia of Acadian and Cajun culture.  Warren Perrin says preserving the French language is critically important to carry the Acadie heritage to the next generation. 

LDI Improves Online Services

Jan 8, 2015

The Louisiana Department of Insurance has enhanced it's online tool to help consumers find a better rate for homeowner and automobile coverage.

"You can enter more specific information about yourself and miles you drive, and other things that set rates," Donelon said.  The upgrades include streamlined online services and a responsive design that makes the site compatible with mobile devices.  He says policy holders should be aware that scenarios presented in rate comparisons are for illustrative purposes and are not designed to match exact circumstances.