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I-49 & Economic Recovery in Central La. (1989)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-10-06

Duration: 00:09:49

Subjects: Interstate 49 | Transportation | Economy


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Jones, Betty Interviewee
  • Lucky, Robbie Interviewee
  • Sutton, Curlen Interviewee
  • Sampite, Joe Interviewee
  • Randolph, Ned Interviewee
  • Stroud, John Interviewee
  • Barmore, Roy Interviewee


This segment from the October 6, 1989, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen Nachman’s report on the hopes for the economic recovery in central Louisiana, including Natchitoches and Alexandria, following the completion of Interstate 49. Nachman reports that officials hope that the passage of the constitutional amendment creating a highway and transportation trust fund on the October 7th ballot will fund more highway expansion projects in the region. She interviews: Betty Jones of the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce; Robbie Lucky, Natchitoches store owner; Curlen Sutton, businessman; Natchitoches Mayor Joe Sampite; Alexandria Mayor Ned Randolph; John Stroud of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; and Roy Barmore of the Alexandria Port Authority. Host: Robert Collins