Alexandria airport receiving $17.9 million grant

Alexandria airport receiving $17.9 million grant The money comes as part of the airport's involvement in the Airport Improvement Program's Military Airport Program. Check out this story on thetowntalk.com: 2017 Central Louisiana Reagan Rally held by the Rapides Republican Parish Executive Committee Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 at Country Inn & Suites in Pineville.

Legislature opens special session, begins fight over Rainy Day Fund

Louisiana lawmakers officially began a special session dedicated to closing a $304 million midyear budget shortfall late monday, with Gov. John Bel Edwards pitching his plan and challenging Republicans who have opposed his agenda to come up with a better one. Edwards proposes using $119 million of the state's Rainy Day Fund, cutting $60 million from the state budget and using "budget adjustments" to close the rest of the gap.