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Prepare Now for Spring Severe Weather

The spring season is the time for change and that includes weather. Northeast Louisiana experiences some of the most severe weather from March to June. Tornadoes, high winds, and flash floods all can happen in an instant, and it's best interest to be prepared. Prior to severe weather, the National Weather Service issues a watch a few hours before active weather; then, a warning is issued once signs of severe weather begin. Dr. Todd Murphy, an atmospheric science professor at the University of...

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Trump Warns In 'Art Of The Deal': 'Deliver The Goods' Or Lose In A 'Landslide'

The negotiator-in-chief couldn't seal the deal. President Trump, the former businessman who has never been shy about touting his negotiating skills, has for several weeks been involved in a high-profile negotiation and persuasion effort with members of his own party in an effort to pass the American Health Care Act. That effort failed. But this is how Trump sold himself. "All those politicians in Washington, and not one good negotiator," he bemoaned in August 2011. It was the day after then...

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Ferriday’s Police chief is in hot water again after Mayor Sherrie Jacobs suspended the chief again.

This is the 3rd time in three months that Chief Arthur Lewis has been suspended. The mayor says the chief was suspended for not following orders.

This suspension happened just 1 day after Lewis returned from his 30 day February suspension. Lewis said he has broken no laws and at an Aldermen meeting the council voted unanimously against firing the chief.

A consultant has been brought in to run the department.

 

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a bill allowing companies to sue anyone who shares secretly made videotape aimed at harming a business owner. The bill was set up to target animal rights activists but opponents say it goes too far and could threaten nearly all whistleblowers.

 

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Arkansas' governor says he supports efforts to exempt college sporting events and the state's medical school from a new law greatly expanding where concealed handguns are allowed.

 

The Republican governor said in a statement Thursday that he supports the changes approved by the Senate to the concealed handguns law he signed into law a day earlier. The new law allows people with a concealed handgun to carry at colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol if they undergo up to eight hours of active shooter training.

 

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Arkansas lawmakers have given final legislative approval and sent to the governor a bill limiting where medical marijuana patients can smoke the drug.

 

The state Senate voted 31-1 Thursday for the bill to prohibit smoking medical marijuana anywhere tobacco smoke is banned. It also bans anyone under 21 from smoking medical marijuana, bans smoking the drug around anyone under the age of 14 or knowingly smoking the drug in the presence of a pregnant woman. It would also ban smoking medical pot in motor vehicles, aircraft or motorized watercraft.

 

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The U.S. Coast Guard says four men have been rescued from a disabled boat in Drum Bay.

 

The Coast Guard said in a statement that they were notified of the emergency late Wednesday night. After losing communications with the boat, the Coast Guard launched a helicopter crew from New Orleans to help the four men.

 

Authorities said a rescue swimmer was dropped into the water, and the four men were hoisted to the aircraft and then taken to get medical treatment early Thursday morning.

 

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A federal appeals court in New Orleans will be asked to reconsider its ruling allowing student-led prayer at school board meetings.

 

On Monday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that such prayers don't run afoul of the prohibition against government-established religion.

 

The American Humanist Association, a plaintiff in the case, disagreed. An attorney with the group said Wednesday a request for a hearing by the full 15-member court will be filed in the next two weeks.

 

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The Biedenharn Museum and Garden's will be holding its 27th annual Garden Symposium and Plant Sale the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. Friday, the 21st, will hold the symposium followed by the plant sale on the 22nd.

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The spring season is the time for change and that includes weather.

Northeast Louisiana experiences some of the most severe weather from March to June. Tornadoes, high winds, and flash floods all can happen in an instant, and it's best interest to be prepared.

Prior to severe weather, the National Weather Service issues a watch a few hours before active weather; then, a warning is issued once signs of severe weather begin.

A high speed chase southbound on Jackson Street led to a car crash at University Health Conway in Monroe.

Officials chased 29 year old Martis Smith after he almost hit an officer who was off duty. The officer tried to stop Smith but he continued on.

Authorities chased Smith until his car drove off road, after losing control, crashing into an empty car at the University Health Conway in Monroe.

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On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the ULM Foundation, ULM Athletic Foundation, and ULM Alumni Association announced that the SOAR Campaign had reached its 70% threshold.

The goal was announced at a celebration in Scott Plaza featuring faculty, students, and staff with ULM’s Sound of Today and Cheerleaders

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Audit Alleges $22K Missing From West Ridge Middle School Student Activities Fund

A state audit examining a missing $22,000 in student activity funds from West Ridge Middle School in West Monroe has been turned over to law enforcement. Roger Harris with the Legislative Auditor’s Office says over $11,000 was collected from eighth graders between 2013 and 2014 for a trip to Disney World. He says there was one teacher in charge of collecting the money for the trip, Jodie Dean. “She says she didn’t take the missing funds, but the point is she was the one that had custody of...

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