Stories to watch in 2019 in the ArkLaTex

Stories to watch in 2019 in the ArkLaTex

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Another year is upon us, which means another year of coverage you can count on at KSLA News 12.

While it’s hard to predict what 2019 will bring, there are some stories we expect to be following.

Politics

Newly-elected Mayor Adrian Perkins is promising that Shreveport will have plenty to look forward to in 2019. He’ll look to carry out election promises of upgraded tech infrastructure, city-wide high speed internet, increased police presence in neighborhoods and more this year.

Mayor Perkins says he plans to ask Chief Alan Crump to resign when he comes off medical leave. It’s possible Substitute Police Chief Ben Raymond or another candidate will be named permanent Chief sometime in the new year.

Louisiana residents will head to the polls yet again in 2019. The big race to watch is for Governor. Gov. John Bel Edwards is running for re-election. Other state legislative positions will also be up for grabs this year.

Schools

The Caddo School Board will vote later this month whether they want to move forward with a millage renewal on the May ballot that would fund things like air conditioning, transportation and safety upgrades if approved by voters.

Bossier Parish is set to open another new school this year. The new Benton High School has been under construction since August 2017. It’s set to open in the summer in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The Bossier School Board will also head to court this year after deciding to fight the federal lawsuit against the district regarding prayer and religious activity in schools. Right now, the case is set to go to court in April of this year.

Economic Development

Will this finally be the year that Elio Motors begins production of its signature 3-wheeled car at the former GM Facility? In a May 2018 press conference in Shreveport, Paul Elio claimed that production would be underway by mid-fall of 2019. However, he also said he still needed $376 million dollars before beginning production. Production of the cars has been delayed for years.

Downtown living options are growing in Shreveport. Work on apartments like The Standard and the Goode-Cage building should be done this year.

Shreveport Common Park in downtown should be ready for residents to enjoy by the summer after a groundbreaking late last year.

Courts

There will be plenty happening in the courts in 2019, including the trial of Grover Cannon. Cannon is accused of killing former Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley. His trial begins in January 2019.

A trial date is pending for Caddo Commissioner Lynn Cawthorne and his sister Belena Turner. Both are accused of stealing a half million dollars from a program designed to help children through a federal summer food program.

R&B rapper Mystikal is also expected in court again. The rapper faces charges of rape and kidnapping that stem back to an alleged incident that happened in 2016 at a downtown Shreveport casino.

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