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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 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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany, R-La., said the big issue facing Congress right now is the federal budget or lack thereof.
"You cannot operate without a budget," Boustany said. "Because of the inaction of the Senate and the White House, the President, we have not had a budget."
At his first town hall meeting since being sworn in for a new term, Boustany spoke about his recent actions in Washington that he said will help solve the budget problem and other problems facing the nation.
"We passed legislation yesterday that's going to force the Senate to pass a budget or else they don't get paid. So, that's a start," Boustany said.
Healthcare, Boustany said, also needs immediate attention from Congress.
"Healthcare costs are continuing to rise and that's also related to the budget as it relates to Medicare. That needs to be addressed," he said.
With a polarized country and an even more divided government, agreeing on legislation lately hasn't been in the favor of Congress. Still, Boustany used Thursday's town hall to reassure residents that he is working for action.
"I, as a member of Congress representing this area, owe it to folks here in South Louisiana to be constructive and to find solutions and that is my commitment," Boustany said.
Boustany was sure to highlight his commitment to working for seniors and keeping their best interests in mind.
"We have to do everything we can to fix those programs put them on a solid basis that preserves them, protects them ... not only for this current generation of seniors but for seniors in the future," said Boustany.
"I think he's going to help us out as far as health issues go with insurance and medicare," said Westlake resident, Donna Onxley. "I think his answers to that were very satisfying to me."