Louisiana is sending emergency response teams to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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Rallies are planned in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse to show support for keeping a Confederate monument up. Emelie Gunn has more…
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Governor John Bel Edwards is sending over three-hundred Louisiana National Guard soldiers to Puerto Rico to assist the island nation as it deals with catastrophic devastation from Hurricane Maria. Mike Steele, with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says two separate units will spend a month in Puerto Rico
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Steele says a 163 person Military Police Company is also heading to Puerto Rico to assist with security. Steele says GOHSEP and the Guard are also putting together an 11-person team to help Puerto Rican officials find housing for displaced citizens…
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Edwards says they also have a small team heading to the Virgin Islands to assist them in their requests for aid as a result of a Hurricane Irma. Steele says the governor is glad the state is able to provide this kind of support…
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A cold front has moved through the state and it brings us a beautiful weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim says temperatures will remain warm, but we get a nice break from the humidity.
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Keim says the front has produced very little rainfall and there hasn’t been much precipitation throughout all of September. He says less than one inch of rain has fallen statewide this month.
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Keim says typically, September averages a little over four inches of rain. He credits the lack of tropical activity to this abnormally dry month.
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Rallies are planned in Shreveport this weekend to show support for keeping a Confederate monument in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse. Founder of the Gulf Coast Patriot Network Rex Dukes says they are planning a peaceful demonstration and mean spirited individuals and groups should stay away
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Dukes says they have security for the protest in the event something does get violent. He says learning from our history ensures we won’t repeat it and removing monuments will only make things worse.
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A public hearing to decide if the monument should be removed is planned for October 5th. Dukes hopes for a big turnout. He says these rallies are important because Caddo Parish officials are not listening to the people.
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Former Marksville deputy city marshal Norris Greenhouse Junior accepts a plea deal from the state attorney general’s office that will result in a seven and half prison sentence for the 2015 fatal shooting of six-year-old Jeremy Mardis. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says Greenhouse was facing life in prison on a charge of second-degree murder….
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The shooting occurred at the end of a two mile-pursuit of a vehicle driven by Christopher Few. Authorities say Greenhouse and ex Deputy Marshal Derrick Stafford opened fire on Few’s vehicle, wounding him and killing his son. Stafford received a 40-year sentence on a manslaughter conviction. Meche says the Few family is likely satisified with the plea deal
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Formal sentencing is Wednesday. The plea deal calls for Greenhouse to serve five years for negligent homicide and another two-and-half years for malfeasance in office. He must serve at least two years, before he’s eligible for parole. Meche says the lack of national media attention on this police shooting made it easier for both sides to reach a plea deal
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