Alena Noakes, KALB News Channel 5

Alena Noakes

KALB News Channel 5

Alexandria, LA, United States

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Past articles by Alena:

Future of broadband in Grant Parish being laid in Georgetown

The first fiber laid in Grant Parish using GUMBO grant funds will be in Georgetown. → Read More

RPSB passes substitute motion to controversial ‘Better Facilities’ strategic plan

The Rapides Parish School Board has passed a substitute motion relating to the “Better Facilities” strategic plan during its March 7 meeting. → Read More

Four Rapides Parish schools would be closed under new plan set for Tuesday vote

The final item on the March 7 regular meeting agenda, if passed, would close Phoenix Magnet, Rapides Academy, Alma Redwine and Horseshoe Drive Elementary. → Read More

‘Star Wars’ star fends off dinosaurs in Kisatchie National Forest-based film

A familiar landscape in Central Louisiana left devastated by Category 4 Hurricane Laura is given new life in the upcoming film ‘65′ thanks to Sony Pictures. → Read More

Cenla resident running for Louisiana governor

Daniel “Danny” Cole, a Pentecostal pastor, became the first Democrat to become a contender for the governor’s seat. → Read More

$45M insurance incentive legislation heads to governor’s desk

Lawmakers passed two bills on the appropriation of $45M to the Insure Louisiana Incentive Fund, sending the legislation to Gov. John Bel Edward’s desk. → Read More

Winter system ‘causing havoc’ throughout airline industry

A winter system hitting Northeast Texas froze over the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, creating a backlog in cases over the last few days and leading to thousands of cancelations. → Read More

OJJ to request more funds for repairs at Bunkie youth detention facility

At the February Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, the Office of Juvenile Justice is expected to request additional funding for repairs at the Acadiana Center for Youth. → Read More

Planting Seeds: Multi-million dollar investment to reforest Kisatchie National Forest underway

On Jan. 20, the first saplings of a new Kisatchie National Forest were nestled in the soil of Vernon Parish, an effort to reforest the area after Category 4 Hurricane Laura. → Read More

Few and far between: RPL received 5 formal book complaints in 8 years

A records request revealed only five formal complaints and requests for reconsideration have been filed against books at the Rapides Parish Library since 2015, the most recent being a children's alphabet book with LGBTQ+ themes. → Read More

Four Cenla areas re-classified as rural based on 2020 U.S. Census

A change in rules for the 2020 U.S. Census has resulted in the re-classification of 27 Louisiana areas formerly classified as urban. → Read More

First bills filed for 2023 legislative session

The 2023 legislative session convenes on April 10 and must adjourn by June 8. → Read More

RADE informant files civil lawsuit against RPSO, rapist

The confidential informant raped by Antonio Jones, 48, of Alexandria, during a Rapides Area Drug Enforcement operation on Jan. 13, 2021, filed a civil lawsuit Thursday. → Read More

‘Take care of us’: Colfax residents plea for EPA action over Clean Harbors permit renewal

The EPA toured the Town of Colfax and heard first-hand experiences of residents in the area who vividly detailed the impacts of Clean Harbors Colfax’s operation ahead of the company's permit renewal. → Read More

‘Rapides Parish FREADom Fighters’ oppose proposed library policy change

A local group took their protest of the change to the Rapides Parish Library's collection development policy further than December's board meeting, circulating a petition that has quickly garnered support. → Read More

New year brings new laws to Louisiana

A new year means several new laws are now going into effect. → Read More

Arctic blast causing delays, long waits at AEX ahead of holidays

Every airport around the nation is expected to feel the effects of the arctic blast, even at AEX, leading to flight delays, cancelations, diversions and just a massive headache overall. → Read More

Fort Polk Master Sergeant files suit against Biden Administration over denial of religious exemption for Army vaccine mandate

The Pelican Center for Justice filed suit against the Biden Administration in the Western District of Louisiana on behalf of Master Sergeant Robert W. Galey, Jr., who was denied a religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the United States Army. → Read More

Amendment surrounding books on ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’ up for Rapides Parish Library

The proposal is set to be addressed at Rapides Parish Library Board's meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 13. → Read More

Alexandria attorney defended now-convicted Oath Keepers’ founder

The Nov. 29 conviction of Oath Keepers' Stewart Rhodes and co-defendant Kelly Meggs for their role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, has a local connection, as Alexandria attorney, Ed Tarpley, defended Rhodes in the case. → Read More