LFF, LLC & SAF honor Ag Placement winner

Congratulations to Kerington Bass of West Ouachita High School who was awarded the State Star in Ag Placement at this year's Stars Over Louisiana Luncheon at the annual FFA convention. The award was sponsored by the Louisiana Forestry Foundation, Louisiana Logging Council and Louisiana Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Kerington, center, will be a freshman at Louisiana Tech University in the fall. She is pictured with Louisiana Forestry Association Executive Director Buck Vandersteen, from left, and agricultural teachers Malea Martin, Wes Sebren and Derick Shields.

Bill would change texting-and-driving fines

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers are backing efforts to limit the sale of popular vaping pens to minors, tightening hazing laws on campuses, and expanding the state’s current texting while driving laws. A Senate committee approved these bills and sent them to the Senate floor where legislators will cast their vote this week. A bill by Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, would expand the existing ban of cellphone usage while driving in school zones to all roads. The proposal would also decrease the fines associated with texting while driving from $500 to $100 for a first violation and from $1,000 to $300 for a second violation. A third violation would then incur fines of up to $300. The proposal al

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