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To track and detect cases of Chronic Wasting Disease among deer the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking hunters to submit samples for testing. Don Molino has more.

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Louisiana State Police Officers will undergo additional training as part of the ABLE Project. Jeff Palermo explains.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking deer hunters in the control areas of Franklin, Madison, and Tensas parishes to submit samples to test for Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD. LDWF Deer Program Manager Jonathan Bordelon says there is a list of locations on their website and at each location signage and instructions on how to submit a sample.

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CWD is fatal to deer and the department is hoping to track the disease by having hunters submit samples. Bordelon says there’s been no association of the disease with humans, but out of an abundance of caution the CDC recommends not to consume deer that are positive for CWD.

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Bordelon says an infected deer may exhibit signs of weight loss, excessive thirst, incoordination, and lack of fear of people. He says a few cases of CWD have been detected in Tensas Parish.

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Hunters statewide can also submit samples, contact your local LDWF field office for the nearest testing site.

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The Ark-La-Miss Fair returns to Monroe today after a two-year COVID pause. Mike Shields is with the West Monroe Civitan Club. He says there will be rides and carnival games, plus delicious local food.

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Shields says the food booths come from local non-profits and are important sources of money for them—and for the Civitan Club. He says the organization has given between $25,000 and $50,000 back to the community.

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Also, there will be a special needs day where Shields says thousands of local children are given the red carpet treatment including free rides, free soft drinks and popcorn, and special pampering for the children from older kids.

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The Ark-La-Miss Fair opens today and will run through October 9th on the grounds of the Monroe Civic Center. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 2-11.

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It’s likely Saints back-up Andy Dalton will start at quarterback on Sunday when New Orleans takes on Minnesota in London. Regular starter Jameis Winston is listed as doubtful on the injury report after not practicing this week because of back and ankle injuries. Dalton says he’s ready…

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Dalton will not have Michael Thomas as a weapon in the passing game as Thomas has been ruled out with a toe injury.  Also, receiver Jarvis Landry and running back Alvin Kamara are questionable. Dalton says the biggest thing for the offense is to be efficient…

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LSU plays its first SEC away game of the season on Saturday against the Auburn Tigers. Senior wide receiver Jaray Jenkins says he’s looking forward to getting tested on the road…

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LSU is an eight-point favorite and kick-off is at 6 PM.

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Louisiana State Police joins the national training program known as The ABLE Project. ABLE stands for Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement and LSP Lt. Bryan Lee says they’ve joined a select group of more than 200 other law enforcement agencies with the specialized training.

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Lee says the evidence-based and field-tested ABLE training gives officers guidance on how to intervene and deter the use of excessive force.

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In most cases of excessive force, Lee says there are usually bystanders, and the training helps them to recognize when it’s taking place and the best way to intercede. Lee says they want to enable officers to step up and stop actions that can cause harm to an individual and the community.

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LSP officers will receive eight hours of ABLE Project training over the coming months.

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