Friday, May 24 2013 8:09 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:09:02 GMT
Biomedical Research Foundation has decided to move forward with a plan to operate and manage LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and other cities in Louisiana. More >>
Biomedical Research Foundation has decided to move forward with a plan to operate and manage LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana.More >>
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A new public service announcement created by the Downtown Development Authority/Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation discourages citizens from giving money to panhandlers.
Men and women holding signs asking for money can be seen on street corners across the city, but Section 50-166 of the City of Shreveport Code of Ordinances states that holding a sign requesting money is illegal. The law forbidding panhandling states that a person cannot use the spoken, written or printed word on public or private property to beg for money. They also cannot follow you if you say "no" or verbally threaten or insult you when you refuse to give them any money.
According to the DDA, many panhandlers may not know that their actions are illegal, and many well-meaning people continue to donate money to them, which encourages further panhandling. Social service agencies discourage giving money to panhandlers because it can sustain a person's ability to remain on the streets, which may include a drug or alcohol addiction or ongoing mental illness.
The DDA/DSDC has joined with HOPE for the Homeless and local law enforcement officials to develop a public service announcement reminding citizens that giving money to panhandlers is often counterproductive.
Local agencies recommend instead giving to programs that provide long-term assistance to the poor and the homeless. A list of such programs along with the DDA/DSDC public service announcement can be found here.
Police say you can report panhandlers by calling 673-2583 and then pressing 3. Describe the location and the clothing the panhandler is wearing. Callers can remain anonymous.
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:40:11 GMT
(CNN) – Nearly 115,000 federal workers will get a four-day weekend, but it's not reason to celebrate. The employees have to take furlough days thanks to the forced spending cuts that kicked in March 1. TheMore >>
Nearly 115,000 federal workers will get a four-day weekend, but it's not reason to celebrate.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:54:54 GMT
(POOL/CNN) – George Zimmerman's attorneys have released new evidence taken from Trayvon Martin's cell phone. His attorneys said the data paints a different picture of the 17-year-old Martin than what hisMore >>
George Zimmerman's attorneys have released new evidence taken from Trayvon Martin's cell phone.More >>