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Caldwell taking big insurance company to court

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - In an unprecedented move Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is suing one of the largest insurance companies in the state. On Tuesday, he announced he's taking State Farm to court. State Farm covers 33-percent of Louisiana drivers and Caldwell says it's been deceiving its customers and it's the auto body shop owners who say they are being forced to put savings before safety. 

Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter has record numbers of stray and unwanted animals Video included

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WEST MONROE, La. ( KNOE 8 News) - No one wants to think of an animal shelter as the last stop for a stray or unwanted dog or cat, but the sad reality is there are too many animals needing forever homes and too few people not wanting to take them in. 

Louisiana Purchase Zoo making strides to regain accreditation while other projects are put on hold Video included

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- The splash pad at the Louisiana Purchase Zoo should be flowing with water, but the money had to flow elsewhere.

La. Job Connection now open to job seekers

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BATON ROUGE, La. — (LouisianaJobConnection.com) launched its innovative matching system for job seekers Monday, helping them connect to hundreds of employers who are offering thousands of jobs in Louisiana.

Attorney general files suit against State Farm Auto Insurance

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News La. AG) - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has filed a lawsuit against State Farm Insurance alleging the nationwide insurer has engaged in a pattern of unfair and fraudulent business practices.

Mayo and Landrieu first in line to qualify Wednesday morning

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BATON ROUGE, La. - (KNOE 8 News) - Qualifying begins for the November Congressional Primary on Wednesday, August 20th and runs through Friday, August 22nd.

Eric T. Hendrix was arrested on Extortion

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Bastrop, La. (KNOE & Morehouse Parish Sheriff Department)- Eric T. Hendrix was arrested after a complainant came to Morehouse Parish Sheriff Dept.

Governor Jindal and Graphic Packaging International announce $41.5 million capital investment paper mill

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Baton Rouge, LA (KNOE & State of Louisiana Office)- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and Graphic Packaging International Inc. announced a $41.5 million investment in the company's paper mill in West Monroe to upgrade production machinery.

Ouachita Parish approves property taxes for 2014

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MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will keep the same property millage rates as last year for all taxes levied except for one.

Dozens seek release of video in Wal-Mart shooting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A crowd of about 100 people gathered at the Ohio attorney general's office to call for the release of store security video in the fatal police shooting of a man at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart.

MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league's new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the conference.

Lee Co. approves $1.5 million E911 payment

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TOPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Lee County Board of Supervisors has approved a $1.5 million payment on the $7.5 million countywide emergency communications upgrade, a system receiving rave reviews from users.

Kansas City Police officer controversy in the Michael Brown Shooting

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A Kansas city police department officer faces an internal review after venting on social media about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

McDonald's to sell packaged coffee nationally

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NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's plans to start selling its packaged coffee at supermarkets nationally by early next year, a move intended to help raise the profile of the coffee sold at its U.S. restaurants.

Chicago fans cheer on Jackie Robinson West

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Chicago, IL (CNN)- Chicago has been cheering on 'Jackie Robinson West' baseball team in the little league world series.

US actress cites roots for husband burial in Oslo

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A spokeswoman for the funeral service agency in the Norwegian capital says the wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as a reason for burying her late husband in Oslo.

GameStop CEO treated for cancerous brain tumor

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NEW YORK (AP) - GameStop Corp. says its CEO Paul Raines had surgery last week to remove a cancerous brain tumor.

Designer sues Barnes & Noble over backpack profits

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NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York fashion student is claiming in a federal lawsuit that she designed a backpack for Barnes Noble and hasn't made any money off the top-selling bag.

Jogger Rescues 2 Children From Brookline Reservoir

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Brookline, MA (CBS) – Two children were rescued from the Brookline Reservoir on Monday afternoon.

Defense grills plant manager in salmonella trial

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ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A defense attorney grilled a key prosecution witness in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak.

DA taking NY police chokehold death to grand jury

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NEW YORK (AP) - A New York prosecutor says he's asking a grand jury to consider charges in the death of a man placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer.

Ex-governor's sister says money was not a problem

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's sister says she had plenty of money to support a struggling real estate venture that has been an issue in her brother's public corruption trial.

Recaro recalls over 39,000 child safety seats

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DETROIT (AP) - Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash.

Man charged in incident where police shot truck

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TCHULA, Miss. (AP) - Police officials have remained mum about an officer-involved shooting more than a week ago in Tchula that landed a civilian in jail.

Northwestern State has 9 president finalists

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana system says consultants have recommended nine candidates for president of Northwestern State University.

Pascagoula residents press pollution concerns

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Residents of a Pascagoula neighborhood near one of Mississippi's most heavily industrialized areas want Jackson County officials to help them get relief from industrial pollution concerns.

Texarkana hotel group to pay $915K

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TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - A settlement has been reached between a Texarkana hotel owner and the contractors who built the city's new convention center and hotel.

13,000 evacuation calls in California wildfire

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MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - An out-of-control wildfire is growing near Yosemite National Park in Central California.

Second Ala. victim identified in Miss. crash

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ESCATAWPA, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say the second person who died Saturday night in a head-on collision on Mississippi 63 near Escatawpa has been identified as 54-year-old Michael Gaffney, of Mobile, Alabama.

Remains of Malaysian MH17 victims to be flown home

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's defense minister says the remains of at least 16 people killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine last month will be returned to Malaysia this week.

Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in Florida say a 7-year-old boy is in critical condition after his grandmother mistook him for an intruder and shot him.

Brita recalling children's water bottles

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children's water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard.

Today's Highlight in History:

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On August 19, A.D. 14, Caesar Augustus, Rome's first emperor, died at age 76 after a reign lasting four decades; he was succeeded by his stepson Tiberius.

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