By: Alese Underwood
Updated: May 14, 2013
Exciting news today for the automaker, as both chambers of the state legislature voted to exempt drivers of the concept car from wearing helmets.
Lawmakers classified the three-wheeled vehicle as an autocycle not a motorcycle.
By law to drive one in the state of Louisiana you needed to wear a helmet — now it’s still seen as a motorcycle technically but the classification as an autocycle brings changes which reenforces that an Elio can be viewed as any other car on the road.
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By: Nikki Henderson
Updated: March 21, 2013
Rebecca Girard, 14, was last seen on Sunday near Clarke Street.
Rebecca is described as a white female, standing 5′ 5″ tall, weighing 185 pounds, with hazel eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a light pink hooded sweat shirt, light blue jeans and gray Nike shoes.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rebecca is asked to call the Missing Persons Detectives at (318) 673-7029 or Shreveport-Caddo Parish CrimeStoppers at (318) 673-7373.
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If you stop to help someone in need and stay with them until police arrive, would you expect the cops to cut you a break if you make a u-turn to get back on your way? One man thinks so after his stop by the Shreveport Police went south in a hurry.
Billy Rachal says he stopped to help a hit and run victim on the night of February 5. The registered nurse helped the woman until police arrived. Then moments later he had an ugly incident with one of the same officers.
“They treated me like I had just murdered someone,” Rachal says.
After Rachal left the scene, he made a u-turn at a light to head back in the direction he was going. Two signs indicate a u-turn is illegal there. But Rachal says he didn’t see the signs in the dark of night. What he saw next were flashing lights in his rear view mirror.
“The only thing I could think of is the officers from the wreck decided they needed a statement from me,” Rachal said.
So he got out of his truck and walked toward the officer’s car, which Rachal says angered her and another officer who arrived for backup.
“They literally are ready to take me down, screaming and hollering at me, ‘Sir get back in your car! Get back in your car!’” Rachal remembers.
“I stood there in fear is the reason I didn’t turn around and return to my vehicle immediatly.”
Rachal then described a series of orders barked by the officers:
“Lift your hands!”
“Get in your truck!”
(AP) — Authorities said Tuesday that they’ve raised their estimate of the amount of improperly stored material at an explosives recycling company that was blamed for the evacuation of a Louisiana town.
Louisiana State Police spokesman Matt Harris said Tuesday that authorities estimate 10 million pounds of a military propellant called M6 was haphazardly stored at Explo Systems Inc. The previous estimate was 6 million pounds.
The M6 was discovered by a Louisiana State Police investigator who was looking into an explosion in October involving a different kind of material at Explo’s facility at Camp Minden, a Louisiana National Guard base east of Shreveport.
Authorities said M6 was found in overflowing containers and “hidden” among trees on the base.
The nearby town of Doyline was evacuated for a week in December because of concerns that any ignition — such as a lightning strike or a brush fire — could set off a massive chain-reaction blast.
Most of the M6 has been moved into bunkers on the base, but Harris said authorities are still looking for somewhere to house 3.5 million pounds that is in buildings. Harris stressed that the number is an estimate and could change. He also said the M6 is tested periodically and is stable.
Explo Systems officials have not responded to numerous messages.
Public outrage hit a fever pitch last week when it was discovered that $8,000 worth of deer meat donated by hunters to feed the homeless was destroyed by the State Department of Health and Hospitals. However, local politicians have delivered a quick response and a promise: this won’t happen again.
Louisiana State Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City) held a press conference on Monday (Feb. 25) to discuss how Louisiana will handle hunters’ donations in the future and how the destroyed venison will be replaced.
Speaking to a group of reporters at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission in downtown Shreveport, Rep. Thompson pledged that there would never again be a situation where donated deer meat would go to waste.
“Government across this nation oftentimes seems out of control. I think everybody here is devoted to making sure that each and every branch of government, each and every agency, should work on behalf of taxpayers to find the way to say yes, not an excuse or reason to say no,” said Thompson. “Through the various departments before you today, I’m glad to say that we’ve worked together so far to find a way to say yes, to resolve the issue regarding the donations to great organizations like this rescue mission and programs like Hunters for the Hungry.”
Meat destroyed at Rescue Mission to be replenished
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State officials are stepping in after hearing of the news that the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals destroyed deer meat at the Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission last month.
On January 28th, the DHH received a call about a complaint that deer meat was being served at the mission. After an inspection, a state employer concluded that the venison had to be destroyed and doused it in clorox bleach.
Since KTBS first reported the incident last week, it has received a lot of attention. So much so that now several state agencies are getting involved.
This afternoon a press conference was held at the Rescue Mission to discuss the matter. State Representative Jeff Thompson, as well as representatives from the LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries attended the event.
Representative Thompson says that while the DHH had the right intentions, that they went overboard when destroying the venison.
“Through an act of what appears to be over zealous interpretation of the codes in an attempt to have food safety as a priority which it should be, we had a lot of food go to waste,” said Thompson.
It’s an exciting time for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, as it prepares for the grand opening of its highly anticipated Central Art Station.
The celebration is Thur., Feb. 28 at 5:00 p.m. People can tour the building and eat some chili. Then, there will be trolley rides to ArtSpace, where people can view a new art exhibit featuring local artists.
$4.5 million have been invested in remodeling the Italian Renaissance Building that formerly served as the Shreveport Central Fire Station.
The $4.5 million Shreveport Regional Arts Council Central ARTSTATION opens Thursday with pomp and circumstance, glitter, hundreds of luminaries, art exhibitions by more than 200 artists and formal ribbon cutting by Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover.
The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend as the historic 1922 Shreveport Fire Department Central Station is transformed into SRAC’s new headquarters — a place for artist training and for artists to work, earn a living and eventually live.
“I went down day before yesterday. I could not believe that place, the way they have completely redone it. I love it,” said former Shreveport Fire Chief Dallas Greene, who was based there his entire 47-year career.
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“We don’t need to do this to ourselves to know it’s going to hurt. It’s going to hurt, badly,” said retired Brigadier General, Peyton Cole. He believes Barksdale Air Force Base, a base he describes as a mainstay of the Department of Defense, will feel that pain soon thanks to the automatic cuts that will be implemented should Congress fail to pass a budget.
Billions of dollars in cuts to the military is seen by many as dangerous and irresponsible, especially considering the level of violence throughout the world today.
“We’re going to have to cut back on flying hours, and that means training. And training is going to be impacted very severely,” says General Cole.
The cuts were meant to be so severe that no legislator would want them, but here we are, just a few days away from seeing them come to pass.
“I’m not at all happy about this I don’t think it’s necessary at all, and we can fix it,” said US Congressman John Fleming from Louisiana’s 4th District. He voted against sequestration. But he does believe a budget will be passed.
Calvary Baptist Academy students are serving out a 2-day suspension after three ‘Harlem Shake’ videos filmed on campus were uploaded to YouTube. An administrator with the school confirmed that more than 20 students were suspended beginning Thursday for their roles in the video. A coach from within the athletic department confirms the number suspended to be 43, although students put the number closer to 80.
In a text message to NBC 6 one of the suspended students says they were simply trying to have fun.
I could not get the video in the news story to work. The ad works though, woot!
This kind of Harlem Shake?
I prefer the Shuffle.
Published on Feb 20, 2013
Tapes unseen for over 50 years reveal a civil rights hero fighting for justice in the Ark-La-Tex. We’ll show you the original KSLA News 12 footage Friday at 5:00pm.