On Monday, Landrieu sent a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh to express her support of buying 8,250 acres of land that the Army has sought to purchase. The senator says a deal with the land's owners could be reached within the next 30 to 45 days.
Landrieu said the "new land is equally important to Fort Polk's mission and the local communities."
Fort Polk has positioned itself as an important training installation for troops bound for war overseas.
On the grow… The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce which has announced 115 new members joined the organization as a result of a two-and-a-half-day Chamber Membership Community Awareness Campaign. That brings the current total membership to 900…
The Chamber is also planning an event Saturday to spotlight local businesses as a source for your Christmas shopping… Small Business Saturday is a national movement dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. The Chamber is urging folks in central Louisiana to fuel the local economy by shopping at one of the many small local retailers this Saturday.
In Tuesday sports… LSU has begun preparation for Friday’s game with #3 Arkansas at Tiger Stadium… LSU’s dominating defense will face an Arkansas offense averaging more than 30 points and 400 yards per game…
And a change for the Saints schedule… their Dec. 4 contest against the Lions will move to prime time and replace the Colts-Patriots at NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” game. Part of the NFL’s flex schedule that allows for better matchups as the season moves on.
With Thanksgiving only a few days away and Christmas and New Year's about a month away, state highway officials are urging area residents to use caution while traveling during the holidays.
Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director Lt. Col. John LeBlanc says many families are expected to enjoy the four-day break from work or school during the Thanksgiving holiday.
11 people were killed and 651 were injured in crashes over last year's Thanksgiving holiday in Louisiana.
LeBlanc says more than 80 percent of drivers killed on Louisiana roads last year died as a result of crashes that involved alcohol, aggressive driving or lack of seat belt use.
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