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    Confusion Remains Surrounding Sex Offender Photos Law Video included

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    Confusion, mis-information or no information continue to be a theme for Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton's law on posting sex offender photos in schools where *kids* can see them. At the end of last school year KTBS spot checked 4 local schools. 1 in Bossier and 3 in Caddo, most were not in compliance with the law.  More>>

    Inefficiencies found in Caddo Parish School District Audit

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    The Caddo Parish School District has faced major financial stresses in past years. From teacher cuts, budget deficits, to fear of school closures - the district has struggled to stay afloat. So one would think there's lean budget - with no waste in the system.  More>>

    Living on the taxpayer's dime: 3 Investigates state official perks Video included

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    The Superintendent of Louisiana State Police, Colonel Mike Edmonson, has been thrust into a different limelight recently, after a new law gave him a pension boost given to almost no one else. And now we're learning of another perk he enjoys.  More>>

    Documents obtained by KTBS indicate compliance issues not a problem until University Health takeover of LSU Video included

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    The most controversial allegation by University Health hinted at in official documents is the "dual system of care for insured versus uninsured."  More>>

    KTBS 3 Investigation finds low levels of chlorine in Shreveport's public pools Video included

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    National data from the CDC reveals one in eight pool inspections found serious violations that threatened public health and safety and resulted in immediate closure. Pretty gross, right?  More>>

    Overton Brooks' Patient's appointment cancellation causes concern Video included

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    We've been told by many veterans that they receive quality care at the V.A. hospital in Shreveport. But for some getting an appointment to see their caregivers is the challenge. According to our V.A., they do not have a problem getting patients seen quickly - and the numbers they report echo that conclusion. We’ve uncovered concerns, however, over how their numbers look so good - while patients are still waiting to be seen.“Certainly from my viewpoint here, as a veteran, as a physician, the c... More>>

    Overton Brooks Patient says V.A. is lying about access to care Video included

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    So far we've brought you a whistle blower employee, and then, after two weeks of waiting, you heard the official V.A. response. But it's said that there are three sides to every story.“We're not challenged for access at Overton Brooks, we can provide same day access, that's why we're encouraging same day access, that's why we're encouraging veterans to enroll into our system.” Those are the words from Interim Director at Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center, Toby Mathew, during the news confere... More>>

    Shreveport V.A. Whistleblower: "This behavior is built into the foundation."

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    Ever since allegations that veterans died waiting for care came out of phoenix, we've all been asking, why, and how could an organization aimed at helping our servicemen and women foster an atmosphere where this has gone on for so long?  More>>

    Whistleblower claims secret list at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport

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    Although problems with VA wait times and scheduling practices have been discussed by Government audits for over a decade,this issue really came to light after whistleblowers in Phoenix, Arizona, started talking to CNN about secret wait lists and veterans who died waiting for care. More>>

    WATCH NOW - Entire media briefing on care at Shreveport's Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center Video included

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    No secret wait list of mental health patients needing treatment exists at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, the new interim director said Thursday. More>>

    Shreveport Fire Chief Mulford under indictment in Station 8 scandal Video included

    Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford indicted for malfeasance in office. Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford indicted for malfeasance in office.
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    The heat is on Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford, now under indictment in connection with the scandal at Fire Station 8. He was booked this afternoon into the Caddo Correctional Center on a secret indictment warrant charging five counts of malfeasance in office. It's a story 3 Investigates has been following since the beginning, breaking today's new developments. More>>

    Shreveport's Bad Roads..Part. 2

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    Some roads in Shreveport, like Jordan, have famously been torn up and redone over and over. Water and sewer issues that couldn't be addressed quickly, made repairs to the surface not last very long.So what Shreveport roads are at the top of the list right now to get repaired this summer? More>>

    Shreveport's Bad Roads

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    Potholes and bad roads we certainly have more than our fair share in this part of the country.

    These dastardly dents in the roadway can do a number on your car.
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    Whistleblower opens up about manipulated numbers at the Shreveport V.A. Hospital Video included

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    “I don't trust any numbers that come out of the V.A. Just for the simple reason I've seen the manipulation of so many numbers and so many measures,” says Shea Wilkes, a current employee, and licensed clinical social worker, at Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center. There have been a lot of numbers coming out of the V.A. in recent weeks. More>>

    Are your child's school lunches safe?

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    For a parent, there's nothing more important than their child's health and well-being.  You expect school to be a safe place. More>>

    Debunking day care in Louisiana: what's behind state regulations and ratings Video included

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    "When I pulled up I saw the ambulance and police, it was, I just can't describe the feeling. And when I got out of my car, all I hear was just screaming and hollering, screaming."  More>>

    Ark-la-tex resident scammed by Home Warranty Company Video included

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    Buying and selling a home are no small tasks.  And unfortunately, there are scammers out there looking to cash in on the often complicated process. More>>

    Drug prices vary by store; be your own advocate Video included

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    "It's like somebody is literally arbitrarily going well let's charge $600 for this, let's charge $200 for this, like there is no rhyme or reason." More>>

    911 call for help turns tragic Video included

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    On October 15th, 2013, first responders were called to Americana Drive in Shreveport, the home of 58-year-old John Shepherd, for a man in medical distress. More>>

    2015 LA Governor's race expected to be one of the most expensive in state history Video included

    (source: AP Graphics bank) (source: AP Graphics bank)
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    The race for the next governor of Louisiana is on. After much speculation, Senator David Vitter officially announced his candidacy.  More>>

    Mall St. Vincent owners not holding up their end of the bargain Video included

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    As the holiday shopping season kicks in, Mall St. Vincent shoppers will see a 1% sales tax added to their purchases to pay for mall renovations. More>>

    CPSD's transportation department looks at changing cost of field trips

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    The wheels on the bus might go round and round, but the cost to keep the Caddo Parish School Buses rolling goes up and up. More>>

    UPDATE: 3 Investigates: Emergency shelters built in Louisiana & Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina

    LA has built only one shelter since Hurricane Katrina, the 'mega shelter' in Alexandria. LA has built only one shelter since Hurricane Katrina, the 'mega shelter' in Alexandria.
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    Hurricane Katrina was a rude awakening for gulf states in terms of emergency preparedeness.  More>>

    Will Mall St. Vincent Hire Locally to Help Renovate the Mall?

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    Mall St Vincent is getting some upgrades and tax payers are footing much of the bill.  More>>

    Bossier Parish couple pleads not guilty to charges of inciting prostitution involving their underage relatives

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    It's hard to imagine that such a crime could happen on a quiet street like Country Forest Lane in Elm Grove, LA.  More>>

    3 Investigates: SPD's new property room

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    A year and a half later, there are still questions about the evidence missing from the Shreveport Police Department. 14,000 hydrocodone pills are simply unaccounted for. Edward Clark and Robert Henry- More>>

    3 Investigates: The money to fight salvinia Video included

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    Salvinia—a problem that several lakes in Louisiana have and Wildlife and Fisheries tries to fight, especially Lake Bistineau. The department has found methods to maintain the aquatic plant but so far nothing to get rid of it. More>>

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    • Oil tanker near Texas leaves after legal dispute

      Oil tanker near Texas leaves after legal dispute

      Thursday, August 28 2014 6:14 AM EDT2014-08-28 10:14:22 GMT
      A tanker carrying crude oil from Kurdistan has left its position near Texas during an ongoing legal dispute with Iraq over its potentially $100 million cargo.
      A tanker carrying crude oil from Kurdistan has left its position near Texas during an ongoing legal dispute with Iraq over its potentially $100 million cargo.
    • Judge denies restraining order in immigration case

      Judge denies restraining order in immigration case

      Thursday, August 28 2014 6:12 AM EDT2014-08-28 10:12:54 GMT
      A federal judge in Texas has denied a conservative activist's request for an emergency stay of a federal program that transports to other states immigrants who entered the country illegally in South Texas.
      A federal judge in Texas has denied a conservative activist's request for an emergency stay of a federal program that transports to other states immigrants who entered the country illegally in South Texas.
    • Judge hears request to block new La. abortion law

      Judge hears request to block new La. abortion law

      Thursday, August 28 2014 5:59 AM EDT2014-08-28 09:59:13 GMT
      An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to halt enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its request for a permanent block is in court.
      An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to halt enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its request for a permanent block is in court.
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    • Bossier Parish officials grapple with growth, plan new north-south corridor

      Bossier Parish officials grapple with growth, plan new north-south corridor

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:25:45 GMT
      (Photo source: Erin Buchanan/KTBS 3 News)(Photo source: Erin Buchanan/KTBS 3 News)
      Keeping up with growth in Bossier Parish has been a long and winding road. After many twists and turns, officials are now on the straight-away for a major artery through the parish.
      Keeping up with growth in Bossier Parish has been a long and winding road. After many twists and turns, officials are now on the straight-away for a major artery through the parish.
    • Confusion Remains Surrounding Sex Offender Photos Law

      Confusion Remains Surrounding Sex Offender Photos Law

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:30:10 GMT
      Confusion, mis-information or no information continue to be a theme for Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton's law on posting sex offender photos in schools where *kids* can see them. At the end of last school year KTBS spot checked 4 local schools. 1 in Bossier and 3 in Caddo, most were not in compliance with the law. 
      Confusion, mis-information or no information continue to be a theme for Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton's law on posting sex offender photos in schools where *kids* can see them. At the end of last school year KTBS spot checked 4 local schools. 1 in Bossier and 3 in Caddo, most were not in compliance with the law. 
    • Latest guidelines for well woman exams

      Latest guidelines for well woman exams

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-08-26 19:42:02 GMT
      For women, getting your well woman exam can mean the difference between life and death. Doctors save thousands of lives each year by early cancer detection.
      For women, getting your well woman exam can mean the difference between life and death. Doctors save thousands of lives each year by early cancer detection.
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    • Retail gasoline prices drop 2 cents across Texas

      Retail gasoline prices drop 2 cents across Texas

      Thursday, August 28 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:46:02 GMT
       Retail gasoline prices across the state continue to drop as millions of Texans prepare to hit the road for the long Labor Day weekend.
       Retail gasoline prices across the state continue to drop as millions of Texans prepare to hit the road for the long Labor Day weekend.

    • Oil tanker near Texas leaves after legal dispute

      Oil tanker near Texas leaves after legal dispute

      Thursday, August 28 2014 6:14 AM EDT2014-08-28 10:14:22 GMT
      A tanker carrying crude oil from Kurdistan has left its position near Texas during an ongoing legal dispute with Iraq over its potentially $100 million cargo.
      A tanker carrying crude oil from Kurdistan has left its position near Texas during an ongoing legal dispute with Iraq over its potentially $100 million cargo.
    • Judge denies restraining order in immigration case

      Judge denies restraining order in immigration case

      Thursday, August 28 2014 6:12 AM EDT2014-08-28 10:12:54 GMT
      A federal judge in Texas has denied a conservative activist's request for an emergency stay of a federal program that transports to other states immigrants who entered the country illegally in South Texas.
      A federal judge in Texas has denied a conservative activist's request for an emergency stay of a federal program that transports to other states immigrants who entered the country illegally in South Texas.
    • Texarkana NewsMore>>

    • Retail gasoline prices drop 2 cents across Texas

      Retail gasoline prices drop 2 cents across Texas

      Thursday, August 28 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:46:02 GMT
       Retail gasoline prices across the state continue to drop as millions of Texans prepare to hit the road for the long Labor Day weekend.
       Retail gasoline prices across the state continue to drop as millions of Texans prepare to hit the road for the long Labor Day weekend.

    • CCCUA gets its professor back

      CCCUA gets its professor back

      Thursday, August 28 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:21:26 GMT
      Cossatot Community College professor Molly Sirigiri, 33, was denied re-entry into the states on her return from a church mission trip to help out with an ophanage in Guatemala.
      Cossatot Community College professor Molly Sirigiri, 33, was denied re-entry into the states on her return from a church mission trip to help out with an ophanage in Guatemala.
    • Stolen minivan, 5 small children, suspect found

      Stolen minivan, 5 small children, suspect found

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:15:17 GMT
       A police search has found a daycare center minivan containing five young children and a suspect after the vehicle was reported stolen.
       A police search has found a daycare center minivan containing five young children and a suspect after the vehicle was reported stolen.

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    • UPDATE: Judge allows SPD to transfer detective to patrol

      UPDATE: Judge allows SPD to transfer detective to patrol

      Thursday, August 28 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:57:23 GMT
      Chief Willie Shaw (source: SPD website)Chief Willie Shaw (source: SPD website)
      Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw took the stand Thursday to answer allegations of corruption and retaliation made by SPD Detective Rod Demery.
      Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw took the stand Thursday to answer allegations of corruption and retaliation made by SPD Detective Rod Demery.
    • Shreveport students register to vote

      Shreveport students register to vote

      Thursday, August 28 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:48:35 GMT
      The November election isn't going ignored by one group of Centenary College students.The Kappa Sigma Fraternity held "Geaux Vote" to register their fellow students in time for the fall election. 
      The November election isn't going ignored by one group of Centenary College students.The Kappa Sigma Fraternity held "Geaux Vote" to register their fellow students in time for the fall election. 
    • School Resource Officer tip leads to drug bust in Mansfield

      School Resource Officer tip leads to drug bust in Mansfield

      Thursday, August 28 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:42:58 GMT
      (source: DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office)(source: DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office)
      A school resource with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office contacted detectives working with the Narcotics Division in reference to smelling what he believed to be a marijuana odor coming form the backpacks of two juveniles who lived at a residence in the 5000 block of Highway 191 in Mansfield. 
      A school resource with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office contacted detectives working with the Narcotics Division in reference to smelling what he believed to be a marijuana odor coming form the backpacks of two juveniles who lived at a residence in the 5000 block of Highway 191 in Mansfield. 
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