Layoffs a stark reminder that Central Louisiana is not recession-proof

The long arm of the recession may not have delivered the same blow locally that it did to other communities around the nation, but it hasn't skipped over the area, either.

Just in the past few weeks, news has come that Central Louisiana could lose hundreds of jobs because of forces at play outside the area, including reductions in government jobs, the layoffs affecting all 300 employees at StarTek Inc.'s call center in Alexandria and the likely relocation of mail-processing operations from Alexandria to Shreveport. 

Roundabout Project Nearly Complete

Weather has delayed the opening of a traffic roundabout in England Airpark, but the work is almost finished.

"We're real close to the end," said Jon Grafton, executive director of the England Authority. "We've been delayed a little bit because of this cold weather, but we're getting close. We're not too far off, we just need a little warmer weather to get some of the striping and some other work done."<--break->

Next Step Legislation, Following Hearing on Civilian BRAC Commission - April 6, 2011

Following a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday intended to assess whether a BRAC-like process could help the federal government eliminate thousands of excess properties and save taxpayers billions of dollars, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), chairman of the panel, said he would move ahead with plans to introduce legislation authorizing the government to establish a civilian BRAC commission.

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