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Edwards: Far from being back to normal as massive Tiger Island Fire continues to burn despite recent rainfall – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Emily Burleigh – 2023-08-29 18:36:46

SUMMARY: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards gave an update on the Tiger Island Fire, which has burned over 31,000 acres and is only 50 percent contained. Despite recent rainfall, the conditions are still not back to normal. The state has seen about 600 fires this month, burning a total of 60,000 acres. The upcoming weather conditions in September are expected to worsen the fire situation, with drier air, high winds, and above-average temperatures. The debris left from Hurricanes Laura and Delta is fueling the fires. The firefighting efforts have been robust, but residents are urged to abide by the burn ban.

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BREAKING: Southland suspends 8 for brawl – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2024-02-21 17:15:38

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Oakdale nurse arrested for sex charges – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Doris Maricle – 2024-02-21 16:13:47

SUMMARY: A former nurse, John Richard, 57, from Sunset, was arrested on sexual battery, second-degree rape, and malfeasance in office charges, following accusations of sexually assaulting two male patients at Oakdale Community Hospital. Oakdale Police Chief Chad Doyle confirmed the incidents occurred on June 22 and June 26. Richard's employment duration at the hospital is unknown. An arrest warrant was issued on June 26, but the arrest occurred later, with Richard being held at Allen Parish Jail without bond. The investigation continues, and information can be forwarded to Lt. Kevin Johnson at 318-335-0290.

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Visit Lake Charles launches Resident Sentiment Survey to gauge community perceptions of tourism  – American Press

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www.americanpress.com Staff – 2024-02-21 14:33:25

SUMMARY: Visit Lake Charles has initiated a Resident Sentiment Survey to understand local perceptions of tourism's impact in Southwest Louisiana. From February 20 to March 5, 2024, residents can express their views on tourism development, economic and environmental implications, and overall quality of life. The feedback will guide Visit Lake Charles in ensuring tourism aligns with community values. President/CEO Kyle Edmiston emphasizes the importance of community insights in shaping tourism strategies. Participants in the survey, accessible at bit.ly/3T2qQtf, have the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

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