At Least 70 Die In Train Derailment In Cameroon; Hundreds Injured

The death toll is rising at the site of a train derailment in Cameroon, with President Paul Biya saying the crash of the crowded car Friday killed more than 70 people and wounded 600 more. The train was packed with people because rains had washed out a frequently used road Thursday."My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the #CAMRAIL train derailment in #Eseka," Biya wrote on his Facebook page Saturday.The derailment occurred around midday Friday on the line that connects...
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On the Ballot: Constitutional Amendments, Part 1

“We have six constitutional amendments that voters statewide will be making their choice on,” and Public Affairs Research Council president Robert Travis Scott says it’s important to know what those amendments do before you enter the voting booth.
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The Wild Wild West fundraiser benefiting Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group is October 22. 


There will be great music from Josh Madden and the All Star Band, silent auction, food and music. All proceeds go toward funding additional improvement projects in the downtown West Monroe area.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Have you see those ads from the nice folks who want to buy your pension for cash? Who couldn’t use an extra six figures worth of money? But…how do you tell if that is a good deal?

Well, this would be a great time to be very, very careful. That guy who says he wants to buy your pension may be Mr. Potter knocking at your front door.

Louisiana Master Gardeners

Louisiana's Master Gardener Program is getting ready for the Annual Fall Bulb Sale. It will take place Saturday, October 22nd from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the West Monroe Farmer's Market.

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer service in almost all sixty-four parishes throughout Louisiana. Different garden demonstrations, butterfly gardens, and helpful gardening tips are some of the things that Master Gardeners provide. 

One in four teens have experiences bullying in middle or high school, and over 160,000 students do not want to go to school because of their fear of bullies.

October is bullying awareness month, and the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is raising awareness throughout the community by proclaiming "Bully Proof Day" on October 19. 

The Children's Coalition charges the community to wear orange to show support for victims of bullying. Local schools are showing their support by hosting a balloon release with encouraging messages tied to them.

The Innovation Enterprise at Louisiana Tech University is focused on turning ideas into reality. The Enterprise partners with businesses, entrepreneurs, and students to stimulate new economic activities in the region. Dave Norris, chief innovation officer at Louisiana Tech, explains the Enterprise as ," a hot bed of ideas and activities spread out through northeast Louisiana."

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ULM professor, Joe McGahan, and grad student Crystal Curry are working on a conference promoting "A More Cerebral and Compassionate Approach to Getting from Here to There".

This pilot study's goal is to encourage the community (and the world) to not just manually drive but to be intentional and deliberate. Safe Now is applying for a grant, and hoping to become a multi-year project. 

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Oct 17, 2016

Boys are impressionable creatures.  They hone in on pronouncements that combine adventure and danger.  Such was my experience many years ago when I was warned by elders to avoid at all costs an insect with the moniker "cow killer."  How could such a beast in our midst not be a call to action?  It was claimed that the sting was so terrible that it could dispatch a healthy cow.  I set out to catch one in a Mason jar.  


Update: Congratulations to Jay Bailey from Monroe who made a donation to the KEDM "Flash Drive" and won two tickets to see Bob Dylan and His Band in concert!

Friends of Black Bayou is hosting its 20th annual Fall Celebration on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

"Friends of Black Bayou's purpose is to support the mission of the refuge," says President Bob Eisenstadt. "We're an event planning and fundraising wing that's here to support the refuge however we can, whether through time or finances."


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Fingerpointing The Blame For Coastal Lawsuits

Five coastal parishes -- Cameron Parish, Jefferson Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Bernard Parish and Vermillion Parish -- are suing oil and gas companies for damages to coastal land.
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