Historic Flooding Brings President Obama to Baton Rouge

President Obama arrived in Baton Rouge Tuesday, just over one week after south Louisiana was overwhelmed with historic flooding.
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Zika Images Show 'Worst Brain Infections That Doctors Will Ever See'

A series of medical images published Tuesday offer the most complete picture, so far, of how the Zika virus can damage the brain of a fetus."The images show the worst brain infections that doctors will ever see," says Dr. Deborah Levine, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, who contributed to the study. "Zika is such a severe infection [in fetuses]. Most doctors will have never seen brains like this before."The images — published in the journal Radiology — are part of a special...
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President Barack Obama says the nation is "heartbroken" by the loss of life during recent flooding in Louisiana. 

Obama is speaking in East Baton Rouge Parish as he tours flood damage in Louisiana. 

Obama says people's lives have been upended by the flooding. He notes that families have lost homes and possessions while local businesses have suffered.

 The president says it's not just about property damage. He says it's also about "people's roots."

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

This morning the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a report of shots being fired inside of a West Monroe area gas station.  The shooting occurred at the Shell station located on LA-546 near I-20 at exit 108.

Upon arrival, the victim, Laquintina Qualls, age 24, of Rayville, La was found deceased.

Witnesses indicated the suspect fled by car onto I-20 and headed west.

The suspect, Isaac T. Gee, age 29 of Rayville, LA was apprehended a short time later in Lincoln Parish and was arrested.  

A few days ago while driving through the D'Arbonne Swamp north of West Monroe, I was treated with a stunning sight.  I caught a glimpse of a large animal ahead on the road shoulder, and my first impression was that it must be a hog.  As I got closer it became obvious that it was a bear - shiny black and beautiful in the early morning light.  He wheeled and ran down the road bank, across a shallow ditch, and into the D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge.  Until recent years this encounter would have been nigh on impossible.

  

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With many north Louisiana resident still reeling from the floods earlier this year, the local chapter of the American Red Cross is working twice as hard to not only continue to serve our area,  but also help  the southern parishes in the wake of the current disastrous flooding.

Although the current flood has affected roughly the same number of parishes, nearly 4 times the number of homes have been affected, says Executive Director Michelle Davison.

Federal prosecutors say a Delhi doctor has pleaded guilty to writing illegal prescriptions.

 U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release Thursday, said 64-year-old Dr. Dan J. LaFleur, entered the plea Tuesday before U. S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes to one count of distribution of Suboxone, a Schedule III medication used to treat opiate addiction.

 The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. 

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The Bayou Black Open Rodeo comes the Monroe for the 16th year on Saturday August 20 at 7 p.m. in Monroe Civic Center Arena. The day begins with a parade starting at Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo at 9 a.m, and ending at the Civic Center.

Also in conjunction with the event, the Monroe Convention Center hosts a Business Expo and a Health Fair, at which local businesses and healthcare providers will distribute information to the public.

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The ornate Virginia Hotel is a hidden treasure in downtown Monroe; disguised under layers of ceiling tiles and plaster. It is a true diamond in the rough.

Michael Echols, a Director of Business Development, for Vantage Health Plan says the hotel was built in the 1920's and was once an opulent grand hotel but now sits as a shell of its former self.

"We found beautiful plaster work and ornate molding behind this ceiling", Echols said.

Milk glass skylights that provided natural lighting were found and beautiful barreled plaster work was hidden in the lobby.

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Aug 17, 2016

John James Audubon's son, John Woodhouse Audubon, was a pretty good artist in his own right.  When the elder Audubon began showing signs of mental illness toward the end of his career, his son stepped in to complete their famous portfolio on American mammals.  The topic of the day is the younger Audubon's Plate No. 82 from the year 1845 and depicts a wolf standing on a sandbar in a Texas river, sniffing a bison horn surrounded by scattered mussel shells.  He labels it the "Red Texan Wolf."  The status of this animal is headline news today.

  

Southeastern Louisiana University has postponed the start of classes for the fall semester to Monday, Aug. 22, due to widespread flooding and its impact on students, faculty and staff.

Originally scheduled to start classes Wednesday, the university has also extended deadlines for financial aid, course selection and payment of fees. The extended fee payment deadline and final move-in date for campus housing is Friday. Students impacted by flooding should contact studentaccounts@southeastern.edu or universityhousing@southeastern.edu to request additional time.

Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to Louisiana flood relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people.

 Swift told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Louisiana residents graciously welcomed her when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her "1989 World Tour" in the state last year. 

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Suspect Apprehended in West Monroe Murder Case

This morning the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a report of shots being fired inside of a West Monroe area gas station. The shooting occurred at the Shell station located on LA-546 near I-20 at exit 108. Upon arrival, the victim, Laquintina Qualls, age 24, of Rayville, La was found deceased. Witnesses indicated the suspect fled by car onto I-20 and headed west. The suspect, Isaac T. Gee, age 29 of Rayville, LA was apprehended a short time later in Lincoln Parish and was...
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