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Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter
Rice waits to be harvested by the combine in the background on a field on the Michael Fruge farm near Eunice.

Weather deals blow to Louisiana rice harvest

CROWLEY — Farmers probably would like to forget the 2019 rice crop, which has been plagued by low yields.
Bad weather from the start of the growing season through harvest is being blamed.
“Growing conditions have been less than ideal,” said LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell. “We didn’t have good conditions at any one point.”
Harrell estimated yields are off by 15% to 20% from the average harvest.
Yields range from the mid-20 barrel to the mid 60-barrel range, but much of it is between 35 and 43 barrels. “Most of it is below 45,” he said.

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Tyler Domingue has been missing since May of 2014.

Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators recover body believed to be Tyler Domingue

On Aug. 27, investigators with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered a body believed to be that of a woman reported missing in St. Landry Parish in May 2014.
The body, preliminarily identified as that of Tyler Domingue, was recovered from Coulee Kinney after Sheriff’s detectives and the District Attorney’s Office developed information into her last known location.

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Terrance Felix

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Tavian Felix

Man wanted for 2nd-Degree murder in Shreveport arrested in Abbeville

A man wanted in connection to a murder in north Louisiana has been arrested in Abbeville.
​On Aug. 26, detectives with the Abbeville Police Department received information that a person wanted out of Shreveport was seen in Abbeville.
A N.C.I.C. check on that person confirmed that the subject, now identified as Terrance Felix, A.K.A. “Zap,” had a warrant for 2nd-Degree Murder out for his arrest stemming from a homicide which occurred in Shreveport. Detectives contacted the U.S. Marshal’s service, which confirmed that they were actively looking for Felix.

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Dustin Benoit

Man Arrested After Shooting Police Officer in Rayne

RAYNE – Shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 27, Louisiana State Police was requested by the Rayne Police Department to investigate a shooting incident resulting in the injury of one of their officers.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 in the 800 block of N. Polk Ave., and resulted in the arrest of 31-year-old Dustin L. Benoit of Rayne.



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