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“This should not be a platform for political purposes,” Mayci Breaux’s uncle told Lafayette TV station KLFY last Friday.We agree, so today we are remembering and honoring two vibrant lives that were taken from us too soon.
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Local author and football coach DJ Davis discusses the use of football strategies and techniques to plan life goals.

 DJ Davis has dedicated his life to football. Football has inspired him so much that he has adapted playbook strategies to plan personal goals. In his book, Davis discusses that life is a lot like running plays in football.  Davis says that he never planned to write a book. The book was jotted down over the course of a spring break holiday.

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When hiring an employee, one question a business owner faces is what is the appropriate pay.  LSBDC's Barry Parker shares on a few things to keep in mind when deciding on a worker's salary.

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The operator of two public hospitals in north Louisiana says LSU's claims that it breached its contract are based on subjective complaints rather than anything measurable, and therefore are not valid.   

 

     Biomedical Research Foundation Chairman Steve Skrivanos made the statement in a letter sent Friday to Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander.  

 

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Many cities and towns want to maintain their historical character.  As communities grow, that ideal can be challenged.

In recent years, the city of Monroe has seen a push to re-energize its downtown district.  Like other municipalities, city officials seek to establish and blend historic sites with newer developments.  

"It's important to preserve that built-in environment," says Monroe Planning and Zoning Director Joanne Poret, a panelist in KEDM's Policy and a Pint on historic preservation on July 28.  "It not only keeps aesthetic appeal, but provides character."

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Neville High School alumni, students, and supporters were happy with the Monroe City School Board's decision to approve a $7.5 million renovation contract in their meeting Thursday night.

The unanimous 7-0 vote came after more than a month of debate over whether the board would approve the renovation or seek to close the school and build a new facility.  

"I expected exactly that outcome," said Neville senior William Wooten.  He felt the 84 year old building would be renovated, despite recent concerns over the aging school.  

The actions of two teachers who were in a Louisiana movie theater when a gunman opened fire Thursday night are being praised, as officials say the women's bravery and quick thinking saved the lives of unsuspecting patrons.

Two people were killed in the attack in Lafayette, La.; nine more were injured. After being cornered by police, the gunman, identified as John Russel Houser, 59, reportedly killed himself.

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A young girl has drowned in the Ouachita River off of a West Monroe park.

West Monroe Police Sgt. C.J. Beck says one girl drowned and another was rescued by a passing boater on Thursday evening along Lazarre Park.

Beck says four girls initially were in the water, and two made it to shore. The third girl was rescued by a passing boater, but the fourth girl went under the water.

Authorities, including a dive team, responded to recover the girl's body.

Police have not released the deceased girl's age or identity.

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A Lithuanian company is investing $265 million dollars into an unused ammonia plant in Grant Parish.

The plant is expected to create 85 new direct jobs and generate over 500 construction jobs.

State Representative Terry Brown says the plant will be located near Pollock.

"The mayor is excited and the police jury in the parish are upbeat and thrilled to death to hear about the news of this plant coming in from Lithuania," says Brown.

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Oil and gas jobs in Louisiana have dropped to the lowest level in almost 10 years, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Eric Smith, Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute, says these jobs are some of the best in the state.

"It's a disproportionate effect," says Smith. "When you lose a job offshore, it's like losing two or three jobs onshore in manufacturing."

Mining and logging jobs, where many oil and gas jobs are classified, fell by another 300 jobs last month, bringing the total number of jobs lost this year to 6,000. 

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The West Monroe Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 2nd Annual Member-to-Member Expo.

The West Monroe Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 2nd Annual Member-to-Member Expo. The expo is geared towards educating the public on what their local chamber does and meeting the members of the chamber. Local retail businesses and service providers will be participating in the expo. 

Chamber President Courtney Hornsby says the expo will be a great opportunity to encourage attendees to shop locally.  

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Make the most of your weed control

Weed control is a constant part of maintaining a landscape, particularly here during our long hot summer. That's something that will never go away. But you do need to make sure you're doing the right things to make sure your efforts produce the best results possible.
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