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By Dave Graichen
Downtown Alexandria has been chosen as the home of Central Louisiana Technical Community College’s new main campus. The $21 million-plus campus will replace the college’s current Alexandria campus, located on South MacArthur Drive. The Louisiana Legislature approved $251.6 million for 29 capital projects at technical colleges during its session last year. Included in that was $19 million for CLTCC’s new main campus. The full story can be found in today’s Town Talk.
As temps start to warm up analysts say the gas price will climb with them. The American Automobile Association says the current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.23 which is up a ten cents from a month ago.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing bases and reshaping forces to confront a "more volatile, more unpredictable" world with a more nimble military. The nation can afford a smaller military so long as it retains a technological edge and the agility to respond on short notice to crises anywhere on the globe. The defense spending plan will be part of the 2015 budget that President Barack Obama will submit to Congress next week. It is too early to tell how the proposed Army cuts would impact the Fort Polk in Vernon Parish.
Officials with the Independence Bowl confirm they are very excited about the partnership with its new title sponsor, "Duck Commander", the popular West Monroe business made nationally famous by the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty. In a release from an I-Bowl spokesman, details of the new sponsorship will be announced during a news conference Wednesday.
The recent Louisiana food stamp fraud that took place in October because of a computer glitch has resulted in action from the Department of Children and Family Services. DFCS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says they have already disqualified 6 individuals from the program. And Sonnier says there could be more. Some 500 residents have received letters informing them that they also could lose their benefits once they conduct their interviews.
Former Congressman Jeff Landry announces his intent to run for attorney general. The republican from New Iberia served in Congress but lost his seat in an election when his district was combined with Charles Boustany's district. Buddy Caldwell is the current attorney general and he is serving his second term. The election will be held in the fall of 2015.
The nation's governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing. Governor Bobby Jindal stood outside of the White House yesterday criticizing President Obama for pushing a higher minimum wage instead of trying to create higher paying jobs. After the news conference broke up, Colorado's governor called Jindal a "cheap shot artist."
A legislative auditor’s review of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast operations in Louisiana, requested by some legislators, found no indication that the group has recommended abortions or billed Medicaid for anything other than allowed family planning services. The review came in response to legislative resolutions directing various agencies to investigate and monitor the practices of the group, which has broken ground on a new 7,000-square-foot clinic in New Orleans. The $4.2 million facility on the 4600 block of South Claiborne Avenue will offer abortion services that previously had not been provided.
A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that had been closed to maritime traffic since Saturday was re-opened Monday afternoon by the U-S Coast Guard. Petty Officer Ryan Tippets says they've been responding to a leaking barge in St. James Parish. He estimates 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the river.
The state department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking input from dove hunters through an online survey. The department's study leader for doves, Dr. Jeff Duguya (Doo-gay) says they want to hear from dove hunters this year, because the federal government has expanded the season from 70 to 90 days. The 13 question survey asks about ammunition and other dove hunting information. Duguay says one major question involves the state's dove dove hunting season, which could start as early September first and end January 15th. To participate in the survey go to the L-D-W-F website, find the hunting link then look for the dove hunters survey.
The undefeated LSU baseball team is moving up in some polls. Collegiate Baseball puts LSU at No. 1. Baseball America has the Tigers at No. 7 and the UL-Ragin Cajuns at No. 10.