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Hungary Closes Budapest Train Station To Migrants Traveling To Western Europe

A flood of migrants, including refugees from Syria and Afghanistan, were stranded in Budapest after the Hungarian government closed down the city's main train terminal.Authorities had been allowing migrants to travel to Western Europe without checking passports, but on Tuesday, the station was closed and migrants began protesting.The BBC reports:"About 1,000 migrants congregated outside Keleti station, in the east of the city, as it was evacuated on Tuesday. It was closed briefly and public...
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In the mid-1970s I lived for a while on an old homestead in the shadow of Driskill Mountain, the highest elevation in Louisiana.  There the sole source of water for drinking, cooking, washing, and life in general was a small spring behind the dog-trot house.  For many people in the hill parishes, shallow hand-dug wells and springs provided water until subsidized community water systems, which relied on deep bored wells, were developed.  Dependable springs, in particular, were a treasured resource on any property.


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CenturyLink is cutting around 55 jobs from its Louisiana workforce as part of a companywide layoff plan.

Spokesperson Annemarie Sartor did not indicate what positions were part of the reduction.  The telecommunications company employs about 2,500 people at its headquarters in Ouachita Parish.

Earlier this month, CenturyLink announced a reduction of 1,000 jobs companywide.  They employ approximately 44,000 workers around the world.

The layoffs come following disappointing second quarter earnings that were reported in late July.

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School officials at West Monroe High School have banned the use of the Confederate flag by its student body.    

According to students, Principal Shelby Ainsworth announced that the flag could not be displayed or flown from vehicles on campus.  The practice has been a long-standing tradition during football season at the school, whose mascot is the Rebel.


The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe is one of the unique programs offered by the institution. The program was recently awarded with a top-40 ranking on’s list of the nation’s most affordable MFT degrees.

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Miss Louisiana 2015 April Nelson says she's ready for Atlantic City. The 23-year old native of Mandeville, Nelson has spent the past two months in Monroe preparing for all facets of competition at the Miss America Pageant. 

Nelson left for the competition early on the morning of August 28. 

Nelson spent time preparing for the interview portion of Miss America in "mock" interviews, including one comprised of ULM faculty and staff.

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Photographs of New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward line a wall in a local art gallery.  It’s the images Danita Bright captured of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.  


Surreal and devastating, one particular picture draws my attention.

“Oh my God, that’s the barge that broke in the levees,” she exclaims.


A huge, red barge blocks a road at the base of the wounded levee.  A leaning utility pole and crumpled home reveal the barge’s impact as it came to rest. 

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Area students are encouraged to pursue their education in a local workshop called "My Mind Is A Pearl."

The program was created by local educator Cleoria Dunn.  "These sessions host resource fairs and activities to build confidence in students," says Dunn.

She arrived at the idea from her own experience.  "I wanted my children to be successful, and I knew I had to lead by example.  I decided to quit my state job and go back to college and get my degree."

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September marks the return of the Brown Bag Concert Series hosted by the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce.

The concerts feature local musicians and bands in a lunchtime performance at the Pavilion on 7th Square in West Monroe.  "We have a couple of new groups and a couple familiar names this month," says Chamber President Courtney Hornsby.

On September 2, Early Ray and Josh are featured.  Other dates include: Sept. 9, Roses & Revolvers; Sept 16, String Theory; and Sept. 23 Bradley Bridges.  All concerts are from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Louisiana State Police Senior Trooper Steven Vincent died Monday morning after being shot in the head by a stranded driver. 54-year-old Kevin Daigle, of Lake Charles, has been charged with first-degree murder.

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The minimum wage for City of Monroe employees is going up. 


Mayor Jamie Mayo announced the increase Monday.  He says the three-step plan will bring minimum worker pay to $10 an hour by May of 2016.


"It needed to be step increases.  We wanted to make sure we could give raises, but also sustain them," said Mayo.


The administration began reviewing an increase plan in April. 



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'Overlooked And Forgotten' But Resolute, 10 Years After Hurricane Rita

Hurricane Rita came ashore just three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, killing seven people directly and over a hundred more in the evacuation and in the storm's aftermath.Ten years later, many residents of southwest Louisiana are feeling forgotten as the international media spotlight stays focused on New Orleans.
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