PARISH BY PARISH - Meeting federal ozone standards; new sidewalks; synthetic drug bust; indecent behavior; photo-shopped flyer

Parish by Parish
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:38pm

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - Baton Rouge and surrounding cities and parishes are meeting federal ozone standards according to the DEQ. West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Iberville, and Ascension Parishes all meet federal guidelines. Local EBR leaders say the news is great for new businesses. They say the clean air can attract more new companies all across the area.

LIVINGSTON PARISH - A state grant of almost $600,000 is bringing more sidewalks to Walker. The project will connect three schools on Burgess Avenue. The grant money is coming from the state's Transportation Enhancement Program. $29,000 for the project will come from the city of walker.

OUACHITA PARISH - Louisiana State Police raided several stores to get synthetic drugs off the streets yesterday. It comes after undercover officers visited stores over the last month they believed were selling synthetic marijuana and illegal bath salts. More than a dozen stores were part of the sting, and several arrests were made. Police there say more arrests could come down the road.

LAFAYETTE PARISH - Police there have arrested a man that has been trying to solicit a young girl on the internet. 27 year-old Micah Sorbet is thought to have sent sexually explicit photos to a young girl's cell phone. Sorbet faces charges of solicitation, child porn, indecent behavior with juveniles, and marijuana possession. Lafayette police are still investigating. Meanwhile, Sorbet is in the Lafayette parish jail.

CADDO PARISH- A flyer is at the center of a firestorm between Senator Lydia Jackson and challenger Greg Tarver. The two are fighting for the senate seat in District 39. Jackson says the original photo taken has been altered by Tarver's campaign. Jackson says the photo-shopped picture is dishonest, but Tarver says his camp didn't do anything illegal. He says he doesn't know who sent out the flyers but will investigate.

Parish by Parish airs every weekday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC33.

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