**CORRECTION** 08:30 Newscast August 26th, 2014

Council for A Better Louisiana is partnering with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to present a US Senate debate on October 14th. Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican Challengers Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness will all participate. CABL President Barry Irwin says there is a lot riding on Louisiana’s US Senate race…:
CUT 15 (10) “and TV ads”
Centenary College in Shreveport will host the October 14 debate.

The ACLU of Louisiana is challenging a decision by administrators at South Plaqumine High to suspend a student over his religiously mandated hair style. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says the student is Rastafari which believes men should wear dreadlocks. She says they are seeking an expedited hearing before the full school board very quickly with the expectation that they will do the right thing…:
CUT 6 (05) “with his religious faith”
Calls to the Plaqumines Parish School Board were not returned.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office says a 20-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman. Captain Pat Yoes says the victim reported she was held at gunpoint while being raped then robbed. He says they arrested Kevin Allen of LaPlace…:
CUT 12 (08) “additional arrests”
He says the woman was walking in New Orleans when a car stopped behind her and forced her inside.

Bossier City Representative Jeff Thompson is leaving the legislature to become a district judge. Thompson will preside in the 26th Judicial District Court of Bossier and Webster Parishes in northwestern Louisiana. He will be sworn in on January 1st…:
CUT 8 (12) “to serve here”
Thompson qualified unopposed to fill the judgeship left vacant by the retiring Ford Stinson.