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The Bossier City police detectives have determined the death of an elderly woman whose body was discovered inside her home Thursday was the result of a homicide.
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Detectives say preliminary autopsy results show 91-year old Ludella Scott died from being stabbed. A relative found her unresponsive inside her residence in the 1300 block of North Hamilton Circle Thursday at approximately 12:15 p.m.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Bossier Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest in this case. Persons can call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100. They can also submit a tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers website – bossiercrimestoppers.org.

Persons who contact Bossier Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous.

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The fall semester at LSU Shreveport starts in less than eight weeks and the Athletics Department is already gearing up for a fantastic season.

The athletics team has a new and official LSUS logo for its sports teams. The logo shows a gold “S” wrapped around a purple anchor. The colors are a part of the recent rebranding of the university from the blue and yellow colors to the purple and gold.

Although the colors and design have changed, the Pilots sports teams are still just as amazing and successful.  But now, the teams have something new to look to for inspiration.

When their school spirits kick in as they embrace the new Pilots logo, purple and gold pride will be present in every Pilot as they strive to compete their best and bring recognition to LSUS.

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The Building for America’s Bravest Shadowbox Tour made a stop at Henson Carpet One Floor & Home in south Bossier Wednesday morning.

Retired NYC firefighter John Turkus presented the store owner, John Henson, with a commemorative shadow box on behalf of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

9/11 first responders from the Fire Department of New York, (FDNY) have

Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Retired NYC firefighter John Turkus (right) presents John Henson, owner of Henson Carpet One Floor & Home, with a commemorative shadow box on behalf of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for a FDNY firefighter who died trying to save people at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Building for America’s Bravest Shadowbox Tour is a thank you to Carpet One members across the country for their dedication and donations.

Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | Retired NYC firefighter John Turkus (right) presents John Henson, owner of Henson Carpet One Floor & Home, with a commemorative shadow box on behalf of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for a FDNY firefighter who died trying to save people at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Building for America’s Bravest Shadowbox Tour is a thank you to Carpet One members across the country for their dedication and donations.

volunteered to travel across the country to visit each Carpet One Floor & Home store in the United States on behalf of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for a FDNY firefighter who died trying to save people at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

During each visit, a shadowbox containing a piece of 9/11 steel from Ground Zero will be presented to the store and sales professional will be given an FDNY pin.

This journey is a thank you to Carpet One members for their dedication and donations to the Building for America’s Bravest program.

Building for America’s Bravest is a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that builds Smart Homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home. Because the needs of every service member is different, each Smart Home is specifically catered to the unique needs of its recipients.

Henson Carpet One Floor & Home is located at 1609 Jimmie Davis Highway in Bossier City.

For more information on the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, visit http://tunnel2towers.org/.

For more information on the Building for America’s Bravest Shadowbox Tour, visit https://ourbravest.org/.

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Northwestern State University and Bossier Parish Community College will sign an articulation agreement in which students who earn a Certification for Manufacturing (C4M) at BPCC will receive seven hours of credit to apply to a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering technology at Northwestern State.  The agreement makes it easier for students earning C4M to continue in their goal of earning a bachelor’s degree.  olnsulog

The signing will take place Wednesday, July 8 at BPCC.

“BPCC and Northwestern State University have a shared vision of innovation and collaboration that leads to enhanced educational services to the citizens of our region,” said BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman. “Together, we will create pathways to prosperity for students and continue to create a competitive advantage for employers in northwest Louisiana.”BPCC

C4M is an industry-based certification recognized by the secondary system as well as business and industry. The certification course is offered through a program developed by Louisiana Economic Development and is offered at BPCC.  Administrators say the agreement provides more options for individuals who leave high school and obtain an associate degree to then pursue a bachelor’s degree. It also facilitates a pipeline for employers and meets the needs of regional industry.

“This articulation provides a path of stackable credentials, where students who complete their C4M at BPCC get credit towards a 4-year degree at NSU,” said Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of the Department of Engineering Technology.  “It represents yet another way in which NSU is working with different regional institutions to develop the needed technical skills required by Louisiana manufacturers.”

This is a win-win situation for everyone – employers, educational institutions, and students,” said Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, dean of Northwestern State’s School of Business and Technology.  “Employees with the required knowledge, skills and abilities are more productive and adaptable.”

Northwestern State was the first university in Louisiana to sign the C4M articulation agreement when the university partnered with Northwest Louisiana Technical College in a similar agreement in 2014.

The C4 Manufacturing curriculum provides an introduction to manufacturing, tools and equipment used in manufacturing, automation and an introduction to fabrication, process technology and machining.  LED tailored the curriculum to reflect industry needs and to create a map for individuals interested in pursuing more advanced credentials.

 

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The Bossier City Police Department and Bossier Crime Stoppers are asking the bossier city policepublic for help with finding the suspects responsible for a series of burglaries that have occurred over the past several weeks at local self-storage facilities.

Bossier Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest or arrests. The break-ins happened at the following locations and dates:

  • Public Storage in the 1000 block of Gould Drive during the weekends of May 29-31 and June 5-7.
  • Barksdale Self Storage in the 2200 block of Barksdale Boulevard during the weekend of June 5-7.
  • Public Storage in the 4600 block of Barksdale Boulevard during the weekend of June 13-15.
  • BLM Storage in the 5000 block of Zach Avenue during the weekend of June 26-28.

Items taken include clothes washers and dryers, stove, refrigerator, recliner, computers, multiple tools, and tool boxes/chests. Detectives with the BCPD’s Property Crimes Unit suspect the burglaries were all committed by the same individuals.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.  They can also submit a web tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers website- bossiercrimestoppers.org. Persons who contact Bossier Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous.

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Bossier Parish Community College will have a new sport to add to its list beginning this fall semester. The College is set to begin both men and women’s Cross Country programs.

Frank Trammel

Frank Trammel

Head coach for BPCC’s Cross Country program will be Frank Trammel.  Trammel comes to BPCC with quite a resume in the sport. He is the 2015 National Coach of the Year for boys cross country from the National Federation of State High School Associations and holds 12 cross country state championships and five track and field state championships.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to start a cross country program at BPCC and looking forward to the opportunities we can provide to the local running community,” says Trammel.  “It will take a lot of hard work, but I’m looking forward to being part of an already outstanding institution and athletic program.”

BPCC Athletic Director John Rennie looks forward to adding the new sport to BPCC’s athletic mix.

“We are especially excited to start cross country at Bossier Parish Community College and to have a coach of Frank’s stature start the program for us,” says Rennie.  “Frank has a great passion for running and most importantly for student-athletes that is vital to a program’s success. He brings with him a vision to build upon the success he has experienced at the high school level.”

The BPCC Cross Country programs will compete in the NJCAA Division III. The addition of men’s and women’s cross country brings the total number of sports offered at BPCC to six. BPCC already offers men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball.

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National Weather Service forecasters have changed their prediction on the Red River’s crest that is expected to reach the Shreveport-Bossier area this week, and the change is good news for flood-weary residents.

During Monday’s operational briefing at the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, NWS hydrologist Craig Ross said the expected crest had been lowered to 31 feet, down from the 32.5 feet originally predicted.BOHSEP logo

“We’ve lowered the crest level on the Red River to 31 feet in Shreveport and 32 feet down river at Coushatta,” Ross told parish, state and federal officials attending the briefing. “The flood wave is currently moving through the Spring Branch Ferry and is expected here Wednesday.”

One factor in lowering the predicted level is less than anticipated rainfall in the Red River basin over the weekend, forecasters said. A cold front that moved through the area failed to deliver heavy rainfall as expected. Forecasters also said no significant rainfall is expected over the next few days.

Although a lower crest is good news for now, NWS forecasters cautioned residents to remain watchful for the next few weeks. Reservoirs to the north are still near or beyond capacity, with Lake Texoma reporting a 106 percent level. The lake’s spillway is being overtopped by one foot of water, Ross said.

The NWS is also keeping an eye on the tropics during this hurricane season.

“Another tropical storm like Bill in the Red River basin with the associated heavy rainfall could still cause serious problems downstream,” Ross said.

Ross told officials the Red River might be closed to recreational boating and fishing for the duration of the summer because of the high water. With reservoirs to the north needing to discharge in order to reach conservation stages, water levels could keep boat traffic off the river until Labor Day.

And, forecasters predict it will be a different Red River that emerges from this flood event.

“The river will have new sandbars and navigational aids could be either lost or destroyed,” Ross said. “It will be a new river in some aspects.”

Other information revealed at Monday’s briefing included:

  • Sandbags will remain available until Monday, July 6 at the Bossier Parish Police Jury highway department, located at 410 Mayfield St. in Benton, from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Sandbags will also remain stockpiled until Monday at Elm Grove Elementary School and at the Tooke Memorial Library in Koran. Both locations are self-service.
  • Homeowners who want to have sandbags picked up should move the items to curbs and call the police jury highway department. Crews will be dispatched to pick up the used sandbags as soon as possible.
  • Bayous Bodcau and Dorcheat continue to recede and no backwater flooding is anticipated along either waterway. Some low level flooding still could occur in the extreme southern part of Bossier Parish along Red Chute Bayou and the Flat River.
  • Department of Transportation and Development officials do not anticipate any problems with state highways if the Red does top out at its newly predicted crest. At 31 feet, the river’s waters should not reach state roads.

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Governor Bobby Jindal has signed three bills into law that will bring back local control of education to Louisiana classrooms.
These pieces of legislation, HB 373, HB 542 and SB 43, set up a clear and transparent process to develop high-quality state-developed standards and curriculum while including parents, teachers and local school leaders in the implementation and review process.These new laws create specific guidelines for implementing new state content standards for public school students.
HB 542 requires the Louisiana Department of Education to enter into a one-year contract, in accordance with state procurement code, for grades 3-8 ELA and math assessment and it also limits the composition of the assessment so that less than half of the questions may come from the PARCC consortium, or any other federally funded consortium of states. Additionally, this legislation prohibits the use of questions based on intellectual property developed by a consortium of states predominantly funded by organizations primarily dedicated to political advocacy.
SB 43 also requires that any rule proposed by BESE to adopt, amend, suspend or repeal state content standards for public education must be submitted to the legislative education committees for review.
Governor Jindal said, “Over the past year, we’ve worked closely with parents throughout the state and listened closely to teachers who have expressed deep concern and frustration with Common Core’s one-size-fits-all approach in our classrooms. This legislation ensures education standards and curriculum will be returned to local control. We are pleased with this compromise but the next big step is to elect leaders in Louisiana who are committed to getting rid of Common Core. Additionally, we are still moving forward and continuing to fight Common Core in our federal lawsuit.”

HB 373 by Representative Brett Geymann:

This bill sets up specific guidelines to begin implementing state content standards for public school students that will be subject to legislative and executive approval.

This bill specifies the process for adopting state content standards in math and English language arts requires an extensive review and development process to begin no later than July 1, 2015. The meetings are subject to open meetings law with minutes to be submitted to members of the legislature. The bill further requires that the new standards be posted online no later than February 21, 2016, and that BESE adopt the standards no later than March 4, 2016. BESE must also promulgate the standards through the Administrative Procedures Act prior to implementation.

The bill also provides that if the governor suspends or vetoes, pursuant to statute, the rules promulgated by the board for the standards, the board shall undertake a review of the standards and make any necessary revisions and shall commence (without delay) the process for the promulgation of rules for the revised standards.

HB 542 by Representative John Schroder:

This bill enacts a new sub-section under the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) for Louisiana’s statewide assessments in current law for assessments administered during the 2015-16 school year. The bill requires the Louisiana Department of Education to enter into a one-year contract, in accordance with state procurement code, for grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments. The bill specifies the composition of the assessments by limiting the amount of questions from the PARCC consortium, or from any other federally funded consortium of states. The bill also prohibits the use of questions based on intellectual property developed by a consortium of states predominantly funded by organizations primarily dedicated to political advocacy.

The bill grants the commissioner of administration and the state’s chief procurement officer with oversight of the contracting and Request For Proposals (RFP) process to ensure compliance with Louisiana Procurement Code.

SB 43 by Senator Conrad Appel:

This bill enacts a new rulemaking statute under the authority of BESE to require BESE to adopt rules in accordance with the APA for any program, statement, guideline, or requirement for conduct or action prescribed by the board, the state superintendent of education, and the department of education.

Sb 43 also enacts new law under the chapter related to legislative review of the rule-making authority and adoption of rules by agencies to allow for the review of rules relative to state content standards for elementary and secondary education. The bill requires that any rule proposed by BESE to adopt, amend, suspend or repeal state content standards for public education be submitted to the legislative education committees for review. The bill requires that the rule shall be considered “in globo” and cannot be separated in any determination of acceptability or unacceptability. Similarly, the bill enacts  new sections of law under the legislature’s and governor’s authority to suspend and veto rules and regulations by allowing for the suspension or veto of a rule adopted by BESE relative to state content standards. The bill limits this authority to suspending or vetoing the rule in its entirety.

The Jindal administration worked closely with parents, teachers, school leaders and legislators to pass legislation that targeted Common Core while ensuring that the state provides high-quality Louisiana standards.

These new pieces of legislation will build on Governor Jindal’s ongoing efforts to fight Common Core:
• Filed lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Department of Education;
• Joined legislators in their lawsuit to require the LDE and BESE to follow the law and comply with the Louisiana Administrative Procedures Act procedures;
• Issued an Executive Order protecting freedom of speech and the rights of teachers after school administrators quieted them for speaking out against Common Core;
• Issued an Executive order allowing parents to exercise their choice to opt their children out of the PARCC exam and urging BESE to protect school districts from consequences by authorizing alternate assessments.

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Popular annual events including live music festivals, craft beer celebrations and a 5K run invite locals and visitors to celebrate Fourth of July in Shreveport-Bossier

As the Independence Day holiday approaches, several of Shreveport-Bossier’s most anticipated annual events prepare to welcome locals and visitors.

Among the events planned for Saturday, July 4, 2015 are live music, craft beer celebrations, a 5K run and more. For more information on any of these events, or to see a complete calendar of upcoming events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.sbfunguide.com.

The KTBS-3 Independence Day Festival will be held, 2-10 p.m., in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. This free, family-friendly event will include the annual Brookshire’s Steak Cook-Off at 3:15 p.m., live music beginning at 4 p.m., a fireworks show at 10 p.m., and more. Live music headliners include Dylan Scott, Joe Diffie and Colt Ford. Festival Plaza is located at 101 Crockett Street in downtown Shreveport. For more information, visit www.ktbs.com.

The 31st annual Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K will begin at 8 a.m. at Mall St. Vincent in Shreveport. One of Shreveport-Bossier’s largest annual 5K runs, the Firecracker 5K features a beautiful course which winds through Shreveport’s historic South Highlands neighborhood. Pre-race entertainment and a post-race party will include patriotic live music, free food and drinks for runners, and more than $2,000 in cash prizes for top finishers. To register or learn more, visit www.sportspectrumusa.com.

Two craft breweries located in Shreveport-Bossier will host Independence Day events for ages 21 and up. Flying Heart Brewing, a craft brewery and tasting room located at 700 Barksdale Boulevard in Bossier City, will host the brewery’s inaugural Red, White and Brew Independence Day Celebration, 4-10 p.m. Red, White and Brew will include live music by The Katalyst and food from Clark’s Catering.

Great Raft Brewing, a craft brewery and tasting room located at 1251 Dalzell Street in Shreveport, will host Independents Day 2015, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Independents Day will feature live music from Seratones, Hydrogen Child, Hwy Lions and The Good News, as well as all-you-can-eat barbecue from Bohemian Pork, food trucks, brewery tours and games.

“We wanted to not only celebrate the independence of our country, but also highlight the creativity and hardworking entrepreneurs and artists in Shreveport,” said Lindsay Nations, Great Raft Brewing co-founder and vice president. “There is so much home-grown talent in Shreveport, and this event is a fun way to support our fellow business owners and introduce them to new customers.”

For more information on planning a visit to Shreveport-Bossier, including downloadable brochures, hotel information and more, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org or call 1-800-551-8682.

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The Bossier Sheriff-Police Financial Crimes Task Force and Bossier Crime Stoppers are asking the public for help with identifying five people wanted for passing multiple counterfeit bills at several local businesses earlier this month.

The five individuals – three men and two women – where all caught on security cameras at the businesses where the bogus bills were passed and were pointed out by employees at those businesses. Detectives are now trying to find out who they are and where to find them.

Anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these subjects is urged to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at 318-424-4100. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward should their information lead to an arrest.