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Gov. Bobby Jindal says federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funerals provided to families of veterans.

Jindal is considering a 2016 presidential campaign. He sent a letter today to the White House, seeking a reversal of cuts to the military funeral program run by each state's National Guard.

The burial ceremonies can include anything from a two-man flag folding ceremony and the playing of "Taps" to a full gun salute, with no cost to the veteran's family.

Two Shreveport Navy SEALs who died when their Chinook helicopter came under enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2011 are now permanently memorialized in the city’s Riverview Park.

Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert Reeves, both 32, rose to the most elite force – Seal Team 6 – which is known for killing Osama Bin Laden. At the dedication ceremony, Reeves’ father, Jim, said they were patriots with unfailing loyalty to country and each other.   

The liaison organization between Barksdale Air Force Base and the Shreveport-Bossier community is preparing to roll out a $100,000 scholarship program for Barksdale airmen enrolled in college programs. The Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council raised the dollars in haste when it learned that the military tuition assistance program would be cut due to automatic spending cuts by Congress. The tuition assistance has since been reinstated.

Amid the parties and hoopla that come with a Super Bowl, there is some serious business going on behind the scenes. There’s a drive under way to get more jobs for veterans.

An airman stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base is facing possible federal charges after police say he was in possession of child pornography.

The Times reports 21-year-old Issac Boger, of Auburn, Ind., was arrested on a warrant from Springhill Police Department for distribution of child pornography.

Police say Boger was arrested following an execution of a search warrant at Boger's residence on the base last Thursday.

Authorities say they have run out of bunkers at a Louisiana military base for some of the millions of pounds explosives that caused a town's evacuation after the material was found haphazardly stored.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says authorities are searching for more bunker space to store a military propellant called M6. The material could have to be moved out of state.

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The National World War II Museum in New Orleans will be opening a new pavilion that highlights the military equipment that helped the Allied victory. The 26,000-square-foot glass-fronted Freedom Pavilion-Boeing Center addition will open this weekend.

A New Orleans-based National Guard unit dating back to 1838 will hold a change of command ceremony Saturday.

Lt. Col. Steven Finney will give Maj. Ken Baillie command of the Washington Artillery in a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the Jackson Barracks parade field.

The unit's formal name is the 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Authorities say it could take up to three weeks to finish storing military propellant at an explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town.

The town of Doyline was evacuated earlier this month after authorities said they found 6 million pounds of the material improperly stored at Explo Systems Inc.

Explo contracts with the military to demilitarize explosives and other materials. The company rents space at a National Guard base in north Louisiana.

One area where President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney clearly disagree is defense spending. The president wants less, Romney wants more. But the difference in their approaches is about more than money.

When Romney looks at the future, he sees a series of threats: from unrest in the Middle East to a nuclear North Korea to what he sees as a defiant Russia.

Speaking to veterans in Virginia's Fairfax County last month, Romney blamed the Obama administration for cuts that will go into effect unless Congress and the president act.