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Ouachita Parish Protected by Mosquito Trucks and Airplanes

It's summertime and the buzz of mosquitoes fills the air. Sometimes Louisiana residents celebrate that glorious buzzing sound of a mosquito truck. Shannon Rider of Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement explained spraying is all surveillance driven. “It’s based on the data we receive each week through our traps and what those tell us.” Ryder says, “The spraying can be based on the mosquito counts or disease.” Ouachita parish is broken into 30 zones. A mosquito trap is placed into each zone and...
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Fearing Zika, FDA Asks 2 Florida Counties To Halt Blood Donations

There's been a looming fear that mosquitoes would start spreading the Zika virus in the U.S. Now that possibility seems increasingly real.On Thursday, senior officials at the Food and Drug Administration said they have asked blood donation centers in two Florida counties, Miami-Dade and Broward, to stop collecting blood for the time being.The move came after investigators ruled out travel as the cause of four cases of Zika virus in those counties. Florida health officials announced the cases...
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It's summertime and the buzz of mosquitoes fills the air. Sometimes Louisiana residents celebrate that glorious buzzing sound of a mosquito truck.  

Shannon Rider of Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement explained spraying is all surveillance driven.  “It’s based on the data we receive each week through our traps and what those tell us.” Ryder says, “The spraying can be based on the mosquito counts or disease.”

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Federal authorities want to suspend blood donations in Florida counties investigating four mysterious cases of Zika infection that may be the first spread by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on its website asks blood centers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to immediately stop collecting blood until each unit of blood can be screened for the virus.

Florida health officials have said the infections may not be linked to travel outside the U.S., but they haven't confirmed how the virus spread.

Poverty Point World Heritage Site

While Stonehenge and the pyramids were being built, equally impressive structures were being constructed here in northeast Louisiana near the community of modern day Poverty Point.

On Saturday, July 23, the Poverty Point World Heritage Site hosts a ranger-guided morning hike through these ancient structures. The hour-long hike begins at 9:30 a.m. and passes through the outer ridges and the two oldest mounds of the site.

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reported five new cases of Zika virus in Louisiana. If the virus shows up in northeast Louisiana it could be spread locally by mosquitoes. I had the chance to spend the afternoon with Shannon Rider, the Director of Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement.  We are going to spend the day checking mosquito traps and doing some sleuthing in West Monroe.

Rider takes me into the mosquito lab to for a quick mosquito education.

Budget or Bust

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You’re selling your house and downsizing…or, upsizing. Either way, you’ve found the newest home of your dreams. Except that it will require a bit of…updating as they say.

As you wander through the new house, you’re making lists of carpets, cabinets and carports that will have to undergo some renovation.

Unless you’ve got more money than the Republican presidential nominee, you’d better do some serious planning before one thread of that ugly shag carpet gets ripped up.

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Former State Representative Rick Gallot has been named the new President of Grambling State University.  

Gallot was approved today by the Louisiana System Board.  The finalist were Gallot, a Ruston attorney, and the President of Tuskegee University Gilbert Rochon.

Grambling State University has been leaderless since the June resignation of former President Willie Larkin. There have been three leaders in the last two years at the school. Gallot becomes the tenth president of the university.

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Shannon Rider is hard at work. She is going door to door in a West Monroe neighborhood looking for dangerous diseases in people’s flowerpots, buckets and birdbaths. She and her team at Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement are serving as a sentinel against an unseen danger.

Join us at the 90.3 KEDM Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 18! We'll look back at the year's accomplishments and look forward to what KEDM can do in Fiscal Year 2017 to improve the quality of life in northeast Louisiana.

Food service and reception begin 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at 12 noon at the University of Louisiana Monroe Library Conference Center.

Tickets:

$25 per person
$200 sponsor table for 4
$400 sponsor table for 8

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  Every year about 8,000 students spend their summers marching in drum corps. They compete against other bands at competitions throughout the hot days of summer. The Louisiana Stars are no exception. The Corps is based in Lafayette, Louisiana and will tour the United States this summer. They are a member of Drum Corps International.

Louisiana State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Kentwood Police Department officer. Trooper Dustin Dwight says the officer shot a woman during an incident Tuesday night on Louisiana Highway 38. Dwight says the woman suffered non-life threating injuries.

He says circumstances leading to the shooting are under investigation and have not been released.

Kentwood is located in Tangipahoa Parish on Interstate 55 just south of the Mississippi state line.

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Arson At The UpStairs Lounge.Tripod New Orleans @300 revisits the UpStairs Lounge Fire in the wake of last month’s Orlando Pulse Night Club shooting.In 1973, Clayton Delery-Edwards was living just outside New Orleans in Metairie, going to high school and- as he puts it - wrestling with "the G question."“You know by that point I figured out what it was, and I still wasn't sure how it was done, but I knew what it was.”Clayton’s talking about being gay.“I was fifteen years old, I had been gay...
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