Air quality warnings in effect for much of state
Posted on 7/17/2018 4:36:00 PM.

Air quality warnings, and a call for an Action Day is in effect for much of the state this week as a cloud of dust descends on Texas and the Bayou State. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Forecaster Patrick Zahn says its dust from over 5,000 miles away.
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DEQ, air quality, Ozone, dust, Africa, Louisiana, 2018

Fire in Campti killed two adults and one juvenile
Posted on 7/16/2018 2:40:00 PM.

Two adults and one juvenile are dead after a fire engulfed a trailer in Campti over the weekend. Investigators are still unsure exactly how the fire erupted and claimed the family’s lives. State Fire Marshal Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says it’s not common to see fires that are this devastating.
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Sen. Kennedy pushes for congressional endorsement of ICE
Posted on 7/16/2018 5:07:00 AM.

US Senator John Kennedy has filed a resolution that could lead to a congressional denouncement of the movement to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
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ICE, John Kennedy, Congress of Day Laborers, Congresso, Louisiana, Immigration, 2018

Is Air BnB pushing locals out of New Orleans?
Posted on 7/13/2018 4:12:00 PM.

This week at a public meeting New Orleans dove deep into questions about the effects of short-term rentals, like Air BnB on the local housing market.
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Air BnB, Breonne DeDecker, Eric Bay, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2018, Short Term Rentals, Housing, Housing Affordability, rent

Couple caught fornicating in Rapides Parish Courthouse stairwell
Posted on 7/13/2018 6:42:00 AM.

When you hear the words “court date” the first thing that comes to mind might not necessarily be the action that took place at the Rapides Parish Courthouse yesterday. An unusual sound was coming from the staircase yesterday. Spokesperson Lt. Tommy Carnline says that’s when one of the employees decided to scope out the situation.

“They observed these two subjects having sex in the stairwell.”
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Louisiana rated 4th worst place to retire
Posted on 7/13/2018 6:26:00 AM.

If you are searching for a place to retire, Bankrate says you may not want to be looking at the Bayou State. Their survey determined Louisiana was the fourth worst retirement destination in the country, joined by surprise picks California and New York in the bottom 5. Bankrate analyst Taylor Tepper says there are several reasons why Louisiana is at the bottom of the list.
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Louisiana, 2018, retirement, Bankrate.com, culture

Tulane geologist gets trip of a lifetime to survey the Antarctic
Posted on 7/12/2018 6:00:00 AM.

A Tulane geologist has been selected to join scientists from around the world who are traveling to Antarctica to research the history of glaciers at the bottom of the globe. Tulane Assistant professor Dr. Brent Goehring says this could give us a peek into potential sea rise levels in the future.
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Tulane, Geology, Brent Goehring, Louisiana, 2018, sea-levels

Gov. requests 100 percent reimbursement for Restore Grants
Posted on 7/10/2018 6:05:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is asking the Restore Flood task to expand the 2016 flood recovery grant program to expand grant reimbursement eligibility to 100 percent, up from the current 50 percent.
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2016 floods, John Bel Edwards, Louisiana, grants, 2018, recovery

Edwards administration: Savings from 2016 criminal justice reforms exceeding expectations
Posted on 7/10/2018 5:33:00 AM.

The governor's office says the state saved 12-million dollars last fiscal year as a result of the criminal justice reforms approved in 2017. Louisiana Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says 70% of those savings will be reinvested into programs to reduce recidivism and support victims. 
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Department of Corrections, Jails, Criminal Justice, Jimmy LeBlanc, Louisiana, 2018

Analyst: Kennedy safe to wait to jump into governor's race
Posted on 7/9/2018 4:58:00 AM.

Qualifying for next year's governor's race is 13 months away, so will we see Republicans who plan to challenge Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards announce their candidacy soon? Political analyst Clancy Dubos says while names from the Republican Party have been thrown around, there is no absolute answer as to when to officially announce a candidacy.
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