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  • Pat Shingleton: "Fish Kill From - On High"

    October 22, 2013 6:54 PM

    On October 23, 1947, a cafe in Marksville was suddenly filled with news that fish were falling from the sky. As noted in a previous column, a Dept. of Wildlife Fisheries biologist noted, "In an 80,000 square foot area, thousands of native freshwater fish, landed on Main and Monroe Streets.... more »
  • Tribe quits deal for Louisiana casino

    February 4, 2013 7:21 PM

    An Indian tribe from Oklahoma walked away from a deal to buy the bankrupt DiamondJacks casino in Bossier City and a similar operation in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The deal was for $125 million. Global Gaming Solutions, part of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, claims in court papers the DiamondJacks operation had... more »
  • La. tax preparer pleads guilty to tax evasion

    February 10, 2012 4:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana tax preparer has pleaded guilty to preparing and filing false income tax returns for his customers. Sixty-year-old James W. Nelson, of LaPlace, also pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge he failed to pay more than $21,000 in taxes on his own income. Federal prosecutors say... more »
  • 13 year old's Joyride Ends in Crash

    July 14, 2011 7:24 PM

    Police in Monroe say a 13 year old took the car keys of someone visiting his grandmother and took a car for a joyride, hitting a six year old girl and crashing into another car. Police say the girl is in critical condition and the boy was booked into juvenile... more »
  • Police: 5-month-old unrestrained, driver DWI

    June 18, 2010 11:18 AM

    West Monroe police pulled over a car in which a child was not restrained and ended up booking the driver for a third driving under the influence charge. The News Star reported Friday that Karissa Strickland, 32 of Calhoun, La., was stopped by West Monroe Police on Friday. ... more »
  • Man charged in hit and run on River Road

    May 16, 2010 3:21 PM

    Louisiana State Police have charged Marshall A. Hahn, 30, of Lacombe, La., in the hit and run on River Road Saturday morning that severely injured LSU graduate student Michael Bitton. Investigators received a tip last night that a Black 2006 Toyota Tundra matching the description involved in the hit... more »
  • Photos of beach cleanup in South Pass, La.

    May 12, 2010 5:13 PM

    Workers clean up oil along a beach at South Pass, La. May 11, 2010 near where the the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. more »
  • Metairie bank officer heads to prison for theft

    October 22, 2009 9:22 PM

    A fomer vice president at Metairie Bank and Trust Company got a 27 month prison sentence for embezzling $395,000. Maria May of Garyville pleaded guilty July 15. Court records show over a 15 year period, May posted money into accounts that appeared to be overdrawn, then moved it to accounts... more »
  • La. among few states with new tax breaks this year

    July 17, 2009 1:53 PM

    Louisiana is one of a handful with new tax breaks on the books this year as others grapple with dire budget problems, though some economists cautioned Thursday that the credits may not stimulate the economy the way the governor hoped. The Legislative Fiscal Office estimates the new tax credits... more »

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