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Dave McNamara

Dave McNamara has more than 30 years of experience in broadcasting. Before starting a production company in Phoenix, AZ in 2006, Dave worked as a reporter at a local television in New Orleans for 16 years. His feature stories, investigative reports and live coverage of breaking news have earned numerous awards at the local, regional and national level.

Dave has been a go-to reporter for live coverage of Gulf Coast hurricanes from Andrew in 1992 through Katrina in 2005. He covered the standoff in Waco, the bombing in Oklahoma City, the 2000 Presidential Election controversy in Florida, and the meeting of American Catholic Cardinals at the Vatican.

Beyond the hard news, Dave has developed series of feature stories that spotlighted the unique places, people and history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Years before Hurricane Katrina, Dave was reporting on the disappearing wetlands of coastal Louisiana and the increasing vulnerability of New Orleans to a catastrophic hurricane.

In 2003, Dave produced an hour-long documentary on the Mississippi River, introducing local television viewers to the history, people and places that are part of the great river from its headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The River Story earned both a national Telly Award and a regional Emmy. Other reports and features were awarded regional and national Murrows and a Peabody.

Dave owns and manages Bayou Digital Media LLC, a Baton Rouge video production company. You can reach Dave by e-mailing him at heartoflouisiana@fox8live.com.
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    Monday, July 16 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-07-16 16:02:39 GMT
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    Limited rain chances todayLimited rain chances today

    We are off to a hot start today with the temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. Those temperatures will continue to rise today and should reach the mid 90s. So, it will be a hot day. Especially with the heat indices. The heat index values should reach around 105 degrees. Make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. There should not be much, if any, rain to cool those temperatures down today. It will take time for the temperatures to cool down with no rain. 

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    We are off to a hot start today with the temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. Those temperatures will continue to rise today and should reach the mid 90s. So, it will be a hot day. Especially with the heat indices. The heat index values should reach around 105 degrees. Make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. There should not be much, if any, rain to cool those temperatures down today. It will take time for the temperatures to cool down with no rain. 

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  • Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: July 15, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: July 15, 2018

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:23 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:23:11 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Keliyn Terel Thomas, 27, Lake Charles: Domestic Abuse Battery. Bonded. Dylan Joseph Williams, 21, Sulphur: Indecent behavior with juveniles. Christopher L Edwards, 26, Lake Charles: Possession of synthetic marijuana, criminal trespass, theft less than $1000. Frances Rashad Leger, 26, Lake Charles: Violations of protective orders. Kayla McKenzie Jones, 26, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Arnold Huerta, 28, Humble, TX: Simple battery, obscenity. Bond: $3,500. Alana Beth Ducote, 29...More >>
    Keliyn Terel Thomas, 27, Lake Charles: Domestic Abuse Battery. Bonded. Dylan Joseph Williams, 21, Sulphur: Indecent behavior with juveniles. Christopher L Edwards, 26, Lake Charles: Possession of synthetic marijuana, criminal trespass, theft less than $1000. Frances Rashad Leger, 26, Lake Charles: Violations of protective orders. Kayla McKenzie Jones, 26, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Arnold Huerta, 28, Humble, TX: Simple battery, obscenity. Bond: $3,500. Alana Beth Ducote, 29...More >>
  • LEAP test results for Southwest Louisiana

    LEAP test results for Southwest Louisiana

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:16 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:16:25 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Statewide 2017-2018 LEAP test scores are in, showing an overall improvement from last year's scores. The number of students in the state who scored mastery and above for any subject increased from 33% in 2017 to 34% in 2018. This improvement was reflected in most Southwest Louisiana parishes, with four out of six parishes improving on their scores. Allen Parish: 2 percent decrease in students performing mastery or better on the LEAP test since 2017 Beauregard Parish: 2 percent in...

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    Statewide 2017-2018 LEAP test scores are in, showing an overall improvement from last year's scores. The number of students in the state who scored mastery and above for any subject increased from 33% in 2017 to 34% in 2018. This improvement was reflected in most Southwest Louisiana parishes, with four out of six parishes improving on their scores. Allen Parish: 2 percent decrease in students performing mastery or better on the LEAP test since 2017 Beauregard Parish: 2 percent in...

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