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News headlines for the week of April 7


LA 8 bridge replacement project slated to begin

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that, weather permitting, the roadway will be closed to allow construction work to begin on the LA 8 Bridge Replacement Project on Monday, April 7, and will continue for approximately one month. More HERE.


Annual pet rabies clinics set Saturday in Beauregard

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BEAUREGARD PARISH -- Local veterinarians and the Beauregard Parish Health Unit will sponsor the annual rabies clinic on April 12. More HERE.


Some headlines last week:

House committee rejects Geymann's Common Core bill

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BATON ROUGE -- Rep. Brett Geymann's bill that would have scrapped Common Core academic standards in the state was rejected late Wednesday by the House Education Committee in Baton Rouge.
House Bill 381 was supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal, but it was opposed by state superintendent John White as well as some on state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). More HERE.


Armes' school support bill gets House approval

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BATON ROUGE -- A bill by Rep. James K. Armes, D-Leesville, regarding pay for school support personnel who are asked to substitute classes was approved by the House on Wednesday.
The vote on House Bill 242 was 68-27. It moves to the Senate for consideration.
More HERE.


Landrieu meets with Army Chief of Staff, discusses Fort Polk

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U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Wednesday met with Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno and pressed the general about the troops that Army officials said Fort Polk would receive as part of the Army 2020 plan, outlined last year.
That's according to a release from England Air Park and the Alexandria International Airport. The release also says Landrieu also requested that Fort Polk’s hospital, the 115th Combat Support Hospital, keep its current capabilities.  
Click HERE for more.


House shelves "speed trap" bill

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BATON ROUGE -- A bill that would have authorized the labeling of some towns as "speed traps" was watered down Tuesday and shelved in the Louisiana House.
The bill would have outlined the labeling for towns that get 50 percent of revenues from speeding citations. More HERE.


DeRidder man accused in girlfriend's death

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A DeRidder man is accused in his girlfriend's death, according to authorities. Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Toler says 40-year-old Jeremy A. Bunch Sr. was booked on second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Mandy Kirl. More HERE.


DeRidder woman accused of stealing from employer

FROM STAFF REPORTS
DERIDDER -- A DeRidder woman is accused of stealing from her employer, according to a news release from the DeRidder Police Department. More HERE.


Rapides authorities looking for information in church burglaries

FROM STAFF REPORTS
RAPIDES PARISH -- The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in the investigation of three church burglaries. Authorities say the crimes happened between March 15-17. More HERE.


Leesville announces opening dates of municipal, leisure pools

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LEESVILLE -- The City of Leesville anticipates that American Pool Services will open not only the leisure pool but also the Leesville municipal pool (located at the former Leesville state school site) for Memorial Day weekend.
The city's recreation department has begun to clean up around the Leesville municipal pool in anticipation of handing off the maintenance of the pool to American Pool Services. More HERE.


Vernon man, convicted in church, business burglaries, sentenced

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- A Vernon Parish man, convicted in connection with several 2011 burglaries at area churches and businesses, was sentenced March 11 in 30th Judicial District Court. Nathan A. Jeane, 28, of Leesville, was sentenced to serve 12 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. More HERE.


Former teacher pleads not guilty in sex case

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A former Singer High School teacher, accused of having a sexual relationship with a juvenile, pleaded not guilty last week to nine counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. More HERE.


Sentences imposed in 30th JDC in Vernon

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VERNON PARISH -- Vernon Parish District Attorney Asa Skinner has announced that the following sentences were handed down March 11 by Division "A" Judge Vernon A. Clark, more HERE.


Idaho construction company awarded $8M contract for work at Fort Polk

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Northcon Construction Inc., of Hayden Idaho, was awarded an $8 million firm-fixed-price contract for "the maintenance, repair, upgrade and construction of military and civilian facilities, primarily at Fort Polk," according to a March 28 contract release from the U.S. Department of Defense. More HERE.
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