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News For Thursday 05/08/14

News for Thursday 050814

By Dave Graichen


The NFL draft happens tonight in New York City and a lot of Louisiana  eyes are on Odell Beckham, Jr. and the New Orleans Saints.  Football  Analyst Mike Detillier says we shouldn't have to wait long to hear  Beckham's name.  With the 27th pick in round one, the Saints, realistically, do not have a chance to draft Beckham.  But Detillier says with that pick, the  Saints should have some pretty good options. The Saints have a total  of seven picks in this year's draft.


The city of Alexandria is suing a company who got $50,000 from the city to produce a movie based on Bonnie and Clyde. Problem is, the move was never made. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by the city in 9th Judicial District Court names Cypress Moon Productions, Inc., and Tonya Holly as defendants. Two other Cenla agencies,  the Alexandria-Pineville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority, each put up $25,000 for the project.


A bill that would allow optometrists to expand their practice and  perform certain surgeries gets approval from The House. The  legislation is by Denham Springs Representative Roger Pope who says  the measure is not about politics. He says it's about giving the  people of Louisiana better access to eye care services. The vote was 66-30 and the bill heads to the Senate  for further consideration.


Bills that address domestic violence in Louisiana are close to final legislative passage.  One of the measures would  prohibit an alleged abuser  under a protective order from possessing a  firearm  and  if convicted of domestic abuse battery, then you can't have a gun for a decade.   It  received Senate approval and goes back to the House for agreement on Senate amendments.


House  approved  legislation  that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby  hospitals  passed in the Senate Health  and Welfare Committee Wednesday. The bill had no opposition and now heads to the Senate floor.


Farmers may soon be able to sell their raw milk directly to consumers  under legislation that got House approval on Wednesday. HB1279 is by  Carencro Representative Stephen Ortego who says he was approached by  many of his constituents who said they would like to be able to  purchase raw milk from their neighbors who have cows. The vote was 77-19 and now heads to the Senate for further debate.


A bill that would require teachers and most  new  state employees to wait a little longer before they can retire and receive  benefits is close   to   final  legislative  passage.  The  measure  by  Slidell

Representative  Kevin  Pearson  raises the retirement age from 60 to 62-years-old.


Two bills that would have put regulations on  the  use  of red light and speed cameras failed to get approval on the House floor.  One of the  measures  would require local voter approval for a town or city to have cameras that issue tickets through the mail.


The state Senate Health Committee approves a health care plan that's called  the conservative alternative to the Affordable Care Act.  It was written  by  Governor  Bobby  Jindal  to  be used on the federal level, but democrat State Senator Ben Nevers of  Bogalusa is pushing the bill in the State Legislature because he says  it  will  be good for Louisiana. Jindal published his national health care plan on his "America Next" website  which  promotes conservative policies that differ from  the

Obama administration.


An  Independence  man,   known   for  impersonating  Elvis  Presley, surrendered to authorities after  an  arrest  warrant was issued for sex crimes involving children.  40 year-old Jason Bagilio is charged

with eight counts of felony carnal knowledge of  a  juvenile  and  10 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  No bond has been set.


A young man from Plaquemine becomes the victim of a gunshot wound to the head near a camp in Iberville Parish. His parents found the body of  26  year-old  Kye  Boudreaux Wednesday. Authorities  are piecing together the evidence surrounding the incident. 22 year old Detrell Scott of Plaquemine has been arrested. Deputies say he confessed to robbing and fatally shooting Boudreaux.




Local Events

Thursday September 4th

Downtown @ The Hearn

An Evening With

Scott Joplin

Classical Guitarist

John De Chiaro

For Tickets..

Ticket Central

Or Call 318-445-7705


Superhero Dash 5k
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Dust Off Your Cape, Lace Up Your Shoes and Join Us For The 1st Annual Superhero Dash in Alexandria, LA. Runner's from across Louisiana will be donning their best superhero attire for this fun filled 5k around Alexandria Senior High. Awards will be given to Top Male and Female Finishers & there will even be prizes for best costume! All proceeds benefit the CF Foundation. Be A Hero, Register Today! Pre- Registration $25Day of registration $30- 8:00am 5k start 9:00am Alexandria Senior High

2014 Walk

To End Alzheimers

September 13th

Kent House Plantation

Registration at 9am

Ceremony at 10am

Info: ClickLogo Above

Call 318-861-8680


September 20th

A Cycling Event

Kent House Plantation

(318) 487-5998

Les Fest 2014

Thursday Sept 25th 6pm

Enjoy a wild evening at this outdoor music fest and fundraiser celebrating the Alexandria Zoo and remembering Zoo Director Les Whitt and his love for music.  Live music by Bonerama, silent auction, food available for purchase, presentations with animals and updates on the Alexandria Zoo are featured.


Avoyelles Commission of Tourism


Calendar of Events

September, 2014


Sounds of the Past

Marksville State Historic Site

September 5, 2014

$4adults(over 62, under 13 free)



Louisiana During WWII and

McCrea 1971(Louisiana’s Forgotten Rock Festival)

September 4, 2014

7pm(Movie)       $5(Limited seating)

Filmmakers/Q & A following at Bailey’s



Lunch, Learn and Lagniappe

ACT/LSU Ag Center

September 9, 2014

Planning for Unexpected Life Events

Red River Bank, Sponsor



Taste of the Arts

Fox Theater for Performing Arts

September 12, 2014

$10person           6:30pm



Prehistoric Mounds Tour

Marksville State Historic Site

September 20, 2014

$4adults(over 62, under 13 free)





1115 Texas Avenue
Alexandria, LA


9AM - 4PM 




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Neal McCoy

August 18th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


3 Dog Night

August 16th

Vinton, LA

Delta Downs


Vicki Lawrence & Mama

August 16th

Opelousas, LA

Evangeline Downs


Rickey Smiley & Friends

August 16th

Lafayette, LA

Heymann Arts Ctr.


Mickey Gilley

August 30th

Shreveport, LA

Sam's Town Casino


Ron White


September 1st

New Orleans

Mahalia Jackson



Eric Church

September 11th

Bossier City, LA

Centurylink Center


Miranda Lambert

September 12th

Lafayette, LA



Clint Black

September 13th

Vinton, LA

Delta Downs Casino


Thompson Square

September 13th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


Jeff Dunham

September 13th

Bossier City, LA

Horseshoe Casino


Jay Lano

September 13th

Kinder, LA

Coushatta Casino & Resort


Demi Lovato

September 17th

New Orleans, LA

UNO Lakefront Arena


One Direction

September 25th Superdome


Katy Perry

October 8th

New Orleans

Smoothy King Ctr


Sesame Street

Make A Friend

October 24th

Lafayette, LA

Cajun Dome


Gabriel Iglesias

October 25th

Kinder, LA

Coustatta Casino


Kenny Logons

October 25th

Vinton, LA

Delta Downs Casino


Sesame Street

Make A Friend

November 8th

New Orleans, LA

UNO Lakefront





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