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Louisiana Republicans may be united in a lot of things: gun rights, conservative fiscal policy, dislike of President Obama. But they’re no longer unified in their choice for state Attorney General.

“We voted to endorse Buddy Caldwell for re-election,” Woody Jenkins, chairman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Party, announced Tuesday.

That conflicts with the endorsement the state GOP made last month.

“Jeff is the Republican in the race,” LA GOP chairman Roger Villere said, when announcing the endorsement of former congressman Jeff Landry in late July.

September marks the return of the Brown Bag Concert Series hosted by the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce.

The concerts feature local musicians and bands in a lunchtime performance at the Pavilion on 7th Square in West Monroe.  "We have a couple of new groups and a couple familiar names this month," says Chamber President Courtney Hornsby.

On September 2, Early Ray and Josh are featured.  Other dates include: Sept. 9, Roses & Revolvers; Sept 16, String Theory; and Sept. 23 Bradley Bridges.  All concerts are from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold a meeting Thursday in Minden, La., to help connect local residents with an array of microloans, farm loans and housing assistance programs aimed at lifting up rural America.

The USDA last year designated 44 parishes for its StrikeForce initiative. That’s a nationwide effort to curb poverty and divestment that has long plagued rural areas.

Charter schools are changing American education. Some say for the better, some say the worse. This week the Southern Education Desk looks at the charter school movement throughout the south. We start in New Orleans, the testing ground for the movement. Nearly all the city's public schools have been converted into charters: publicly funded, but privately run. Now other districts are looking to New Orleans as a model for school reform. 

Shreveport business entrepreneur Mary Bennett Cane was born 203 years ago this week in New Hampshire. Commentator Gary Joiner recognizes her influence on the Shreveport economy in its early days.

It’s called the “brain-eating” amoeba, and Naegleria fowleri has been found in three Louisiana water systems this summer.

“Where we’ve found most of the amoeba so far, in our testing, has been surface water,” State Public Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday. He says the systems that have tested positive – St. Bernard Parish, Ascension District 1, and Schriever in Terrebonne Parish -- are boosting chlorine to kill the single-celled organisms and clean the pipes that carry water to homes and businesses.

2005 Hurricane Season Still Most Active on Record

Aug 24, 2015

Ten years later, the 2005 hurricane season remains the most active on record.

Barry Keim, Louisiana’s state climatologist, says that in 2005, “The sea surface temperatures were off the charts.” Keim explains that hurricanes need warm water to develop. The warmer the water, the stronger hurricanes can potentially become.

There were 28 named storms in 2005. “It was a crazy year,” Keim says. The last storm of the season, Tropical Storm Zeta, formed on December 30th—a full month after what should have been the end of hurricane season.

The minimum wage for City of Monroe employees is going up. 


Louisiana's Treasury Department holds onto unclaimed property for citizens. Last Saturday, they had an awareness day at the mall.

The Natchez Historical National Park celebrates the 99th birthday of the National Park Service Tuesday.

The Natchez site features the Melrose Estate, the William Johnson home, and the French Fort Rosalie.  "We are really here to tell the history and story of the town," say Park Superintendent Kathleen Bond.