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Ronnie Edwards looked as though she could have been on her way to church Monday — dressed to the nines with a red and black dress, red shoes, and matching red lipstick. She lugged a heavy tote bag filled with inspirational books and scriptures.

She sat down on a recliner and nurses prepared to draw blood for testing. Unfazed, Edwards comfortably props up her feet as though ready for a pedicure.

The reality is far different.

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Festival expected to draw 400,000 revelers
Saturday, 19 April 2014 16:46

LAFAYETTE — Hundreds of thousands of festival-goers will once again descend on downtown Lafayette this week to enjoy music and art from all over the world at the 28th annual Festival International de Louisiane.

The five-day music and arts celebration begins Wednesday and doesn’t stop until Sunday night.

This year’s music lineup features more than 400 musicians in 68 different acts, including The Funky Meters, Tinariwen, Radio Radio, Bombino, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and Zachary Richard.

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CADDO-BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Saturday, the Shreveport - Bossier community is honoring a little girl by doing what she would have wanted: helping others.

In July of 2009 an Ark-La-Tex girl lost her life in a bus accident. 12-year old Maggie Lee Henson was among a group of people from First Baptist Church in Shreveport headed for camp. Even on the day she died, Maggie along with 22 other children from First Baptist Church were headed to help others in need.

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Jazz Fest tickets on sale Monday
Saturday, 19 April 2014 16:30
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -

Tickets to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be available starting Monday at the Superdome's box office.

The box office is located at the Superdome's Gate A on the ground level and is open for extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. It will close at 6 p.m. April 28; 7 p.m.

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LAFAYETTE To get an idea of what a nuisance the water weed hydrilla can be, consider its name is derived from Hydra, the mythological nine-headed creature that grew back two heads for every one that was cut off.

The monster invaded Lake Henderson in St. Martin Parish years ago — choking the popular waterway, crowding out native plants, fouling boat propellers.

Parish officials believe they now have a plan that, while not killing it off, can at least tame it.

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LAFAYETTE — Hundreds of thousands of festival-goers will once again descend on downtown Lafayette this week to enjoy music and art from all over the world at the 28th annual Festival International de Louisiane.

The five-day music and arts celebration begins Wednesday and doesn’t stop until Sunday night.

This year’s music lineup features more than 400 musicians in 68 different acts, including The Funky Meters, Tinariwen, Radio Radio, Bombino, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and Zachary Richard.

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EMS: One killed in afternoon shooting
Saturday, 19 April 2014 15:30
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Baton Rouge Police are on the scene of a deadly shooting this afternoon.

The incident happened around 1:30pm on Polk Street near Tennessee Street.

EMS confirms one person was killed and a second victim was taken to the hospital before they arrived on scene.

Count on 9News to bring you updates on WAFB.com and on our 6:00 and 10:00 newscasts.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Fire investigators believe arson is the cause of a restaurant fire that happened overnight. The fire took place at the Wings and Things restaurant on Plank Road, just before 12:30 am Saturday morning.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a rear wall of the restaurant on fire. The fire extended into the kitchen area before firefighters were able to put it out. The rest of the store had light smoke damage.

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Walt Handelsman: Fading Openness
Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:32

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