08:30 Newscast August 28, 2015

Former President George W. Bush visits New Orleans today to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which some call the low point of his presidency…

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The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Stonewall man accused of molesting a juvenile. Authorities say they received a complaint alleging that 55-year-old Ronald Yates had touched the juvenile victim in an inappropriate manner. During questioning, Yates confessed to the crime and admitted to inappropriate activity with another juvenile. Yates is charged with two counts of molestation of a juvenile. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

Many people are turning their thoughts to 10 years ago when Hurricane Katrina descended on the Gulf Coast. Louisiana’s Governor at the time, Kathleen Blanco, says the thing she suffers from the most about the response effort is that they couldn’t do enough, fast enough in a short period of time…

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But she says the unbelievable recovery in the last decade shows the resiliency and determination of Louisianians.

Kevin Davis, Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says the state is in a much better position today to respond to a Hurricane Katrina like event. He remembers the difficulty in communication after the storm blew through. Davis says the state now has equipment to combat situations when cell service is nonexistent…

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He says one of the biggest advancements since Katrina is a better relationship between the state and FEMA.