Russia, France Agree To Cooperate In The Fight Against ISIS

In the last leg of his diplomatic tour to win support for a coordinated effort against ISIS, French President Francois Hollande on Thursday secured a pledge of cooperation from Russian President Vladimir Putin.NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports for our Newscast unit:"With both countries still reeling from ISIS-claimed attacks that killed hundreds of their citizens, Hollande traveled to Russia to ask President Vladimir Putin to focus his offensive against ISIS, and not other opposition groups to...
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ULM Hosts Annual Art Sale

Art faculty, alumni and students of the University of Louisiana at Monroe present an annual art sale next week. Sheila Floyd, a graduate of the ULM Art program, says the annual event brings a showcase of unique, original work. "There are paintings, sculpture, prints, and pottery from a number of current and retired staff, as well as alumni and students," she said. The sale draws a number of ULM graduates that have begun their own business, or have continued to create art since their time at...
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Thank you, O Lord, in this bountiful season for the five senses to relish your world.  Thank you for the succulent smells of the fruits of the earth in the kitchens of our mothers and wives.  Thank you for the odor of rich delta dirt on a warm, foggy, winter morning.  Thank you for the smell of wood smoke; especially that tinted with lightered pine.  

Edwards Wins Louisiana Governor's Race

Nov 22, 2015
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State Rep. John Bel Edwards defeated U.S. Senator David Vitter Saturday night to become Louisiana's next governor.

Edwards, a state representative from Amite, received 56 percent of the vote in the runoff election.  He becomes the first Democrat to win a statewide office since 2008.

Edwards maintained his lead following the October 24th primary, where he topped the field of candidates with 40 percent of the vote going into the November 21 runoff.  

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Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, abruptly resigned Friday. Woodley, who took the job in January 2013, said she will leave her post at the end of 2015 but serve in transitional capacity through March 15.

Gerald Hebert, chairman of system's Board of Supervisors, thanked Woodley for her service. "We would also like to acknowledge her tireless efforts in guiding our system through the challenges of a very difficult budget climate for higher education," Hebert said. 

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Brooks Hull, formerly the vice president of Institutional Advancement at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, has officially assumed leadership of Louisiana Tech University’s Division of University Advancement as its new vice president.

“This is not my time.”

With those words, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has ended his quest for the White House, a campaign that began with a rally in Kenner on June 24th.

“My name is Bobby Jindal,” he declared then, to cheers from the crowd. “I am governor of the great state of Louisiana, and I am running for President of the greatest country in the world—the United States of America!”

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We know our listeners are dedicated to serving the community in different ways year-round. Whether it be through area churches or various non-profit organizations, many of the KEDM listeners enjoy giving back to the local community. 

The holiday season is upon us, and we know it is sometimes hard to continue these acts of service  with the hustle and bustle of this special season. However, the holidays seem to bring a sense of community like no other time of year. 

Surviving The Holidays Through Grief And Loss

Nov 17, 2015
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The holidays hold many memories.  In light of losing a loved one, the season can bring depression or overwhelming emotion in remembering such loss.

Griefshare, a local support group, hosts a video presentation and discussion on Saturday, November 21st at 6 p.m., at Forsythe Avenue Church of Christ.  Griefshare member Carol Ogle says the session is welcome to anyone who has lost a loved one.  "Grief doesn't necessarily go away after a year or two, and the holidays have a tendency to make the situation worse," she said.

School Closures For Tuesday, November 17

Nov 17, 2015

The following parishes will close early due to anticipated inclement weather this afternoon:

12 p.m.  -  Franklin

12:30 p.m.  -  Caldwell

1 p.m.  -  Ouachita 

                  Monroe City


How Black Friday Began

Nov 16, 2015
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A rush to holiday bargains began decades ago in the U.S.  The original idea evolved over the years, and continues to seek ways to drum up more sales with every change.  Louisiana Small Business Development Center's Barry Parker provides a look at the historical past and promotion of the extraordinary sales event.

Wilderness Store

Nov 16, 2015

Less than three months after Union Parish was carved from Ouachita as a new political entity, William McKay died there intestate leaving a grieving widow and two-year old daughter.  In 1839, Union Parish was essentially wilderness and sparsely populated, the surge of immigration by settlers from eastern states just over the horizon.  McKay owned a store on the Ouachita River, either at what could later be called Alabama Landing or farther south at Ouachita City, or maybe even at the mouth of Bayou de l'Outre.  In these roadless times goods moved efficiently only by water. 


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Gardere Comes Together to Remember the Dead

The neighborhood of Gardere has had a reputation in the past for being an area of high crime and violence. But a few are trying to unite the area by drawing attention to victims of violence through the celebration of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
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