Monday, May 20 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:05:55 GMT
Authorities are urging motorists to avoid I-10 West and East bound at mile marker 25 due to a tanker truck on fire. Fire crews are still working to extinguish flames on an 18-wheel oil tanker. LouisianaMore >>
Louisiana State Police investigated an oil tanker tractor fire on I-10 westbound near mile marker 25 on Sunday afternoon which caused major traffic delays.More >>
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The Sunrise Facebook friend of the day for Monday, May 20 is Greg Lyon from Welsh. If you'd like the chance to be our next Facebook friend of the day, just like the Sunrise Facebook page and leave usMore >>
The Sunrise Facebook friend of the day for Monday, May 20 is Greg Lyon from Welsh.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:05:04 GMT
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:55:58 GMT
An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:17:04 GMT
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said he intends to run for re-election to his post next year, despite many rumors that claim he would opt-out to prepare for a presidential campaign in 2012.
"I'm absolutely running for re-election," said Jindal, who made the comment after stopping by Chennault International Airport to visit with KPLC.
The governor is in the middle of an annual tour across the state, visiting every parish, touting his administration's jobs record and the importance of preparing Louisiana's children for the future.
Jindal has gotten used to the 2012 speculation, which has followed him ever since he was elected in 2007. For most of his term, Jindal has enjoyed high approval ratings, which recently climbed higher, thanks in large part to the public's positive perception of him following the BP Oil Spill.
"You know there's been a lot of speculation. Will I run for another office? Will I go to Washington D.C.?," said Jindal. "I'm interested in helping lead our state."
ON THE ECONOMY
The governor said his main focus is creating a better economic environment for the state.
Jindal has lead the state's fight against the federal moratorium since it was enacted after the oil spill.
"The federal government has taken a lot of action that's hurt our economy," said Jindal. "For example, this moratorium that could cost Louisiana as much as 20,000 jobs. They've also done things like cap and trade…you add all that up and the federal government has adopted many policies that are hurting our economy."
A lot of challenges await Jindal in the next year. Obviously the moratorium is a top concern. But before the governor runs for re-election next year, he'll have to get through another budget shortfall for 2011-12, the so-called "cliff year," when deeper cuts are expected for the state.
The governor's new budget chief recently asked state agencies to plan for possible cuts of up to 35 percent.
Jindal vows not to raise taxes, but acknowledges the task will be challenging.
ON MSU VS. LSU
On a lighter note, KPLC asked Gov. Jindal about the upcoming McNeese-LSU football game.
The governor refused to offer a score prediction but said, "For many years we got away from playing these games inside the state.
I think it's going to be a great game. I'll leave it to the coaches or the sports forecasters to predict the outcome and the score.
It's always great when you have two Louisiana schools playing."