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News For Friday 05/09/14

News for Friday 050914

By Dave Graichen


Well today is day two of the three day AlexRiverFete. Activities start downtown at 4pm with the art walk, followed by live entertainment from 7 to 10 on the Dragon Stage. Saturday, it’s a full day, starting with the Dragon Boat Races and activities all day long. The 2nd annual event will wrap up with live entertainment. If you are looking to travel, you may want to check out the 40th Annual Cochon de lait Festival in Mansura. It continues through Sunday.


It looks like some much needed rain is in store for most of Louisiana  heading into the weekend.   State Climatologist Barry Keim says after  three to four weeks of dry weather, the state is finally moving into a  wet pattern.  Keim says that there a chance of widespread thunderstorms across the

state dropping a potential of one to two inches of rain over the next  few days.  He adds that the rain is needed to avoid drought conditions.


For seven hours Thursday, the Louisiana House debated Common Core, school vouchers, art, private prisons, health care clinics and other planks in the $25 billion state operating budget.

House members made a few changes, took the generally unprecedented step of calling a cabinet secretary to the floor, then voted 65-34 in favor of House Bill 1, the spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July. The state Senate now gets its chance to tackle the budget.


Common Core critics suffered their fourth major defeat of the session Thursday when a Senate committee crushed a bid to scrap the national academic standards in favor of new ones drafted by Louisiana parents and educators. The bill was the last of the sweeping anti-Common Core proposals awaiting action, and means that key bills to drop or revamp the standards and accompanying tests have now failed in three House and Senate committees.


Chief Executive magazine has ranked  Louisiana  the ninth best state for business.  Since 2010, the state has climbed  31  spots  in  the magazine's Best & Worst States for Business rankings.  Louisiana now places   among  the  top  10  states  nationally  in  four  national business-climate rankings.


Former  Vice-Presidential candidate  Sarah  Palin  has  endorsed  an underdog  candidate in the US Senate race.  Palin says Louisiana can elect a true  conservative  in  Air  Force  Colonel Rob Maness.  LSU Political  Science Professor Robert Hogan says  Palin's  endorsement will help Maness gain some much-needed name recognition. Palin calls Maness the true conservative in the race.


An independent survey on this year's US Senate race shows Senator Mary  Landrieu's popularity continues to fall. Southern Media and Opinion  Research conducted a survey last week of 600 likely voters and Pollster  Bernie Pinsonat says Landrieu's approval ratings have hit an all-time  low of 39-percent.  Landrieu has been a US Senator since 1996 and was recently appointed  to the Chair of the Senate Energy Committee.  Pinsonat says her seniority  and power mean little to Louisiana voters.


The bill requiring dogs to be restrained in the back of pickup trucks  on interstates goes another step into becoming law Thursday. HB1091 by  Kenner Rep. Tom Willmott got approval in the Senate Transportation  Committee. Willmott says the dog would need to be in a crate, a car carrier or

 wear some type of harness when in the back of a truck traveling  on an interstate. He says a dog that is free to roam in the back of a  truck that's going 70 miles per hour could fall out which is dangerous  for other motorists and of course the dog. The bill now heads to the Senate floor.


A 19 year-old Monroe man has been arrested after  he allegedly tried to  check  a  13  year old girl out of school that he had  exchanged sexual text messages  with.   Deedrich Bethley has been charged with attempted kidnapping.  Monroe Police  Sgt. Mark Johnson says Bethley showed up at the girl's school to pick  her  up and school officials got suspicious..


An arrest has been made in  the case of a 26-year-old Plaquemine man who was found shot dead, execution  style,  at  his  camp  off Grand River  Wednesday.  22-year-old Detrell Scott of Plaquemine has  been booked with  first  degree  murder  and armed robbery charges in the death  of Kyle Boudreaux.  The Iberville  Parish  Sheriff  says  the suspect  and  victim  knew  each  other.  Boudreaux's cell phone and wallet were stolen.


The big reopening of the historic Shreveport Municipal Auditorium opens  tonight with a concert. The Louisiana Hayride will return to the stage  along with other musical talents. Auditorium Spokesperson Sam Voisin the auditorium has re-opened after being closed for a year  due to a 5.3 million dollar renovation. The upgrades have placed the  building on the National Historic Landmark list.


LSU begins its final home SEC series tonight against Alabama. A couple  of weeks ago, the Crimson Tide were in first place in the SEC West, but  they've lost 6 of their last 7 conference games. Coach Paul Mainieri  says Alabama is still bringing a good baseball team into the Box.  The Tigers are coming off a series where they dropped two out of three  to Texas A-and-M.


Tonight is the second round in the NFL draft and it is expected several  LSU Tigers will be selected tonight. Draft Analyst Mike Detillier says  Jarvis Landry could be the first former Tiger picked tonight. Detiller says quarterback Zach Mettenberger, running back Jeremy Hill,  defensive tackle Ego Ferguson and offensive guard Trai Turner are other  possible selections tonight.  Detiller also believes Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Justin Ellis has  a good chance of being selected tonight.



Local Events

Pancake Day

Thursday September 18th

September means pancake time!  Once again, A Perfect Fit Foundation will be hosting its annual pancake fundraiser, this Thursday, September 18,

from 6:30am until 11:00am at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria.  100% of the funds raised go directly toward providing well-fitted, uniform-approved shoes for underprivileged elementary school children in Cenla. 

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


Prehistoric Mounds Tour

Marksville State Historic Site

September 20, 2014

$4adults(over 62, under 13 free)


UMW Fall Festival

1st United Methodist Church

Of Pineville

Saturday October 4th from 9a to 1p

30 Booth of Handmade Arts & Crafts for Sale Along With a BBQ Lunch, Food Booths & the Pumpkin Patch

Public is Invited. Call 640-1050 For Info.

The Running Man Dash

Saturday October 4th


The Running Man Dash is an annual fun run and walk put on by Anytime Fitness to promote staying active in Cenla. The fun run/walk will be held in honor of Maddie Norris and to help build awareness about her disability. It will have obstacles including a colored chalk station, and a Slip-N-Slide. The event will be fun for all ages. We encourage you to make teams, come up with fun team names, and wear costumes. The Running Man Dash will be held at beautiful Buhlow Recreation Area. All proceeds from the race will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Help us build awareness about cerebral palsy by participating, or making a donation




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Demi Lovato

September 17th

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UNO Lakefront Arena


One Direction

September 25th Superdome


Keith Sweat

September 26th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


Katy Perry

October 8th

New Orleans

Smoothy King Ctr


Girls Night Out!

October 10th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


October 10 - October 11

Marksville, LA

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Tickets Friday $25, Saturday, $45 or 2 day ticket special $60

Friday, October 10 - Doors open at 6PM, Show Time 7PM
Opening band to be announced, then Trixter, Firehouse, and Winger, hosted by Eddie Trunk

Saturday, October 11 - Doors open at 1PM, Show Time 2PM
Opening band to be announced, then Steelheart, Lita Ford, Warrant, Dokken and Dee Snider, hosted by Eddie Trunk


Ana Popovic

October 18th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


Molly Ringwold's

Halloween Bash

October 24th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


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


Aaron Lewis

November 1st

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


Sesame Street

Make A Friend

November 8th

New Orleans, LA

UNO Lakefront


Charlie Pride

November 14th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino



November 15th

Bossier City, LA

Century Link Center


November 16th

New Orleans

Saenger Theater








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