Sara Macneil, The Shreveport Times

Sara Macneil

The Shreveport Times

Shreveport, LA, United States

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Recent articles by Sara:

Is Shreveport or Jackson the official birthplace of Southern Soul?

The clash has escalated to the point of City Councils of both cities ceremoniously proclaiming Southern Soul their invention. → Read More

City raked in more than $189,000 in 2018 tax penalties; Council calls for investigation

An external auditor reported the city incurred substantial tax penalties for late filing last year. → Read More

Eight weird things that are against the law in Shreveport

A list of some of Shreveport's most bizarre city ordinances. → Read More

Shreveport lawmakers consider censoring people's statements at open meetings

Council members consider restricting the public from talking about issues not on the schedule at meetings → Read More

City wasted millions on water and sewer pipes, councilmen say

The city may have wasted millions of dollars of unnecessary lining of new pipes on a federally-mandated water and sewer project, according to council members. → Read More

Cedar Grove a banking desert, vulnerable to predatory lending

The building that used to be a Chase bank in Cedar Grove has been vacant for about two years and future owners are restricted from offering any type of financial service. A law that passed in 1977, the Community Reinvestment Act, encourages financial institutions to help meet credit needs in all parts of the communities they serve, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Caddo… → Read More

Texas Avenue lined with stories of black history in Shreveport

Historian shares black history of downtown Shreveport with tour group. → Read More

Shreveport could require surveillance cameras in liquor stores

A city councilman is introducing a law Tuesday that would require surveillance cameras at registers, entrances and exits of liquor stores. → Read More

Shreveport deadlocked in water and sewer lawsuit, city asks permission to issue refunds

In a rabbit hole of litigation, the city has asked the court to allow it to issue refunds to commercial sewer customers. → Read More

Shreveport increases fees for EMS services, firework stands and handicap parking violations

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to increase fees for emergency medical services, firework stand applications and handicap violations. There was not much discussion on the ordinances that increased fees at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Increased fees were overshadowed by an ordinance that repealed the ban on sagging pants at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The ordinance that… → Read More

Black market for food trucks in Shreveport

Only seven out of more than 30 food trucks operating in Shreveport are licensed → Read More

Sagging pants law abolished in Shreveport

A law that allowed the police department to disproportionately target black men was abolished → Read More

Shreveport group seeks to grow movement against gun violence

Shreveport Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense gathered Saturday at the Church of the Holy Cross downtown for a local Wear Orange event. → Read More

Cross Bayou needs decontamination before development

The grand vision for Cross Bayou can't be realized on top of land found to be contaminated by various hazardous substances at least four years ago. → Read More

Does the Fair Share program help minority and women-owned businesses in Shreveport?

Shreveport's Fair Share program aims to create opportunities and level the playing field for disadvantaged small businesses, but some say it doesn't work. → Read More

Funding cuts for Shreveport crossing guards

City Council votes 6-1 to decrease the Shreveport Police Department's spending budget for crossing guard salaries. → Read More

Are food truck regulations burdensome in Shreveport?

Vendors and officials talk food truck rules in Shreveport. → Read More

Meeting to create city plan fizzles, consultant releases timeline

A member of the mayor's transition team is pushing to create a free, independent report for the city based on an original plan that people haven't entirely been compensated for. → Read More

Perkins' transition team past due on payment to Shreveport Convention Center

Mayor Adrian Perkins’ transition team has been paying off a $47,000 bill to the Convention Center that was over 90 days past due as of March 31. → Read More

Back on the agenda: mayor’s proposal to pay team with riverfront development fund

The City Council blocked the mayor from using city money to pay for transition team, but the proposal is back in front of the council. → Read More