Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-05 04:33:22 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
Vitter on Wednesday said the Calcasieu Ship Channel is an important resource to SWLA and the state, and it's in desperate need of some attention.
Vitter helped pass the Water Resources bill, which will help improve the dredging situation, something he said is vital to the area.
"In this dredging category, we have revenue from industry that goes into a so-called trust fund. The problem is in the best of years, only about half of that money is used for its intended dredging purposes. The other half is basically stolen and used for completely unrelated programs," Vitter said.
The Water Resources bill would fix that problem and make sure the money goes to the right place and for the right purpose.
Vitter said it's important to get the dredging dollars to make the ship channel the right depth so the port can sustain all of the activity.
The bill would increase dredging funds without increasing overall spending or contribute to the deficit, according to Vitter.
"On the budget front, of course, we need to make a lot of reforms and a lot of cuts to get spending and debt under control. That is $16 trillion, 100 percent of GDP every economist agrees that is an unsustainable path," he said.
Vitter hopes the new bill will help bring more economic development along SWLA's energy corridor by improving our state's resources.
Vitter said the Water Resources bill passed out of the committee last week and is expected to go to the floor in the coming months.