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Sessions Over, Political Fallout Just Beginning

When the second special session ended late Thursday night, the Louisiana Republican Party immediately sent out a press release declaring “victory”, and calling Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards “defeated”.Of course, that’s not how he sees it.“I don’t believe that we have failed,” the Governor said. “I would question some of their motives, rather than my leadership.”
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As the Miss Louisiana pageant approaches on Saturday June 25, The 2015 winner, April Nelson prepares to pass the crown to the this year's winner. 

The contest is part of the Miss America Program, in which Nelson placed third runner up. She says that the Miss America program is not only the largest scholarship program for young women in the world, but also fosters the spirit of volunteering and service. 

Dr. Sandra Lunte

With summer in full swing, many parents are trying to keep education a priority for their children during these months before school returns.

The University of Louisiana Monroe's School Visual and Performing Arts hosts several camps designed to encourage students to continue their pursuit of art as well as academics. With many camps focusing on STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Director of VAPA Derle Long says there is a great need to emphasize the importance of arts education as well.

Louisiana sChapter Alzheimer's Association

With over 5 million cases, Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Despite this sobering statistic, many people don't know a lot of definitive information about the disease, or are afraid to get tested. The Louisiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is working to change this fact. Representatives travel across the Twin Cities this month to spread information in honor of Alzheimer's Awareness month.

One of the most pressing issues in Ouachita Parish is the state of health of citizens who live here and the many social, economic, and racial divides that hinder improvement.

The Louisiana Public Health Institute hosts a Health Equity Summit June 23 from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m., and June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon .

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What a week!  Together, we met the goal of $10,000!!! 

It wouldn't have been possible without you -- thank you for coming out to see us around Monroe, and for your efforts giving online and calling the station.

KEDM's "Be the One" Campaign was a success thanks to you, and we can celebrate and continue to bring you the programs you love on KEDM. Lagniappe, Morning Edition, All Things Considered and more have a home on KEDM because of you. 

Such a terrific campaign would not have been possible without the truly gracious location sponsors:

Michelle Tripp / Strauss Theatre Center

Departing from the typical murder mystery style so common in dinner theater, The Strauss Theater presents the lively comic tale The Flop Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The play is based on the classic story of The Odd Couple, and follows the four poker buddies Murray, Roy, Vinnie, and Speed away from the famous duo. The story involves a friendly game of poker that keeps getting interrupted with hilarious results.

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Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by journalist Christopher McDougall is the 2016 River Reads selection by the Ouachita Parish Public Library.

Born To Run tells the story of McDougall's quest to find the source of his foot pain. The trail eventually leads him to Mexico's rugged and remote Copper Canyons, where the legendary running tribe called the Tarahumara call home.

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens

The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens hosts a truly unique event June 17 and 18. 

The Living Fountain presentation is a live performance art piece returning to the Biedenharn after nearly seven years. The event is part of the welcome home ceremony for the museum's own ELsong Maiden Fountain which has been under restoration since being damaged in the 2014 tornado.

"It's really a neat program," says Museum Director Ralph Calhoun, "It's beautiful. It's moving; it's the kind of thing you watch and you just get goose bumps."

The Masur Museum of Art welcomes its newest artist-in-residence, Beili Liu, on Tuesday June 14, and hosts a reception for the 53rd Annual Juried Competition on Saturday June 25. Summer art camps are also in full swing.

"Every two years or so we choose an artist that doesn't have anything to do with Louisiana. We bring them in to experience Monroe, our culture, and our community, and create artwork that relates to their experiences while here," says Executive Director Evelyn Stewart.

Whirligig Beetles

Jun 13, 2016

A boyhood on the edge of a Louisiana swamp is fraught with danger, some real but most imagined.  An example of the latter occurred when as adolescents my neighborhood gang would gather at the White's Ferry Bridge to swim on hot, summer days.  The event began as we jumped from the high bridge into Bayou D'Arbonne below.  The older boys always warned us of an instant death that would befall us should we be so unfortunate as to do a belly-buster from that height.


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A Family Rallies Around Their Brother As He Leaves Prison Yet Again

In nearly every state, prison populations have exploded -- in large part, because of drug laws and the people, like Manny Hills, who are arrested and incarcerated for those laws.Over the last 25 years, Manny, an addict, has been convicted several times for drug possession and other petty crimes. His story is pretty typical of the people who fill up our nation's prisons.A Family Rallies Around Their Addicted Brother As He Leaves Prison, Again
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Congratulations to winners Sue and Tom Nicholson of Monroe!