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A chemical manufacturing plant in Louisiana leaked gaseous hydrochloric acid, causing a visible haze and leading to a brief highway shutdown.

News outlets report the leak found Wednesday at Westlake Chemical in Geismar led state environmental officials to worry about a possible acid cloud. A state Department of Environmental Quality report says Westlake officials say they don't believe such a cloud formed.

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Ouachita Parish residents had a chance to meet local candidates at the 90.3 KEDM Public Radio Candidate Forums. KEDM, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce and the University of Louisiana at Monroe Student Government Association hosted three Candidate Forums in September. 

The Louisiana Senate Candidate Forum took place Thursday, September 5 at 6 p.m. for Senate Districts 32, 33, and 35 at “The Terrace” 7th Floor Conference Center at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Library.

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Nelson Bell Jr., 52, of Monroe, was sentenced today to 72 months in prison and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty for possessing two sawed-off shotguns. He previously pleaded guilty to the federal charges on April 9, 2019.

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Some residents of a central Louisiana town are protesting after a man crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died during a police chase.

Local television reports the protest stems from the Aug. 3 death of 20-year-old Bunkie resident Reginald Smith Jr.

The Bunkie Police Department says officers spotted an all-terrain vehicle speeding around 1 a.m. with lights off.

Police pursued, and Smith crashed and died.

Kathleen Blanco: Louisiana Gov Brought Down By Katrina Dies

Aug 19, 2019

Even after Hurricane Katrina ended her political career and as cancer ate away her strength, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco still described her life as "charmed." With strength in her faith and her family, the state's first elected female governor time and again refused to wallow in disappointment or disaster.

Blanco called it an "honor and blessing" to lead Louisiana through the fury and destruction of Katrina. As she knew her end was near from an incurable melanoma, Blanco talked of her final months as a "wonderful time for me."

BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to Pres. Donald J. Trump requesting a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Louisiana due to the impact of Hurricane Barry last month. Barry made landfall July 13, 2019, near Intracoastal City with maximum sustained winds of 71 mph and gusts up to 85 mph. 

The hurricane triggered extensive rainfall, flash flooding and multiple tornadoes. In addition to Barry's landfall, the state was already dealing with months of elevated river levels and continuous river flood fighting before the hurricane threatened the state.

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SHREVEPORT, La. – A Bossier City man pleaded guilty today for his leadership role and participation in an anabolic steroid distribution conspiracy in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. 

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Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Ralph Abraham made spending promises to sheriffs Thursday while offering diverging tax pitches to mayors and municipal leaders, as the pair traveled to campaign forums on opposite ends of Louisiana seeking to woo local officials' support in the governor's race.


BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.