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KEDM Launches "Give the Joy of Learning" Campaign for 13 Local Schools

KEDM Public Radio began the 2017 “Give the Joy of Learning” campaign with a book drive at Lexington Elementary School. Students, parents and the community can bring new or “like new” books to Lexington or the United Way by December 8. The books will be distributed in December to students in schools in the City of Monroe as well as Ouachita, Lincoln and Union parishes as part of the year-end “Give the Joy of Learning” fundraising campaign for KEDM. Nearly 71% of fourth graders in Louisiana are...

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House Approves GOP Tax Overhaul, With Senate Outlook Uncertain

The House has narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul, clearing the first major hurdle in Republican attempts to cut taxes and rewrite the tax code. The vote was almost along party lines, with no Democrats voting in support of the bill and some GOP defections over provisions in the measure that would eliminate important tax deductions taken by constituents in some high tax states. "It has been 31 years since we last did this, and it is finally time that we get the general interest of...

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A University of Louisiana Monroe student has been arrested by the ULM Police Department in connection with allegations of raping a fellow student. Samuel Alan Hudgens, an 18 year old student from Pollock, was arrested after a female ULM student went to authorities.

Judge Narrows Challenges To Some Louisiana Abortion Laws

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A federal judge has cut one Louisiana abortion law from a suit filed by an abortion clinic and its doctors, and has narrowed challenges to four other laws.

Attorney Zoe Levine of the Center for Reproductive Rights says the law no longer in the suit forbids transferring or accepting any part of an aborted fetus for money, including reimbursement of storage and handling fees.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is trying a third time to persuade lawmakers to approve contract extensions for Louisiana's Medicaid managed-care companies, which coordinate health services for 1.5 million people. 

The joint legislative budget committee debates the deals again Friday. 

GOP lawmakers have questioned whether the health department is doing enough to monitor and squeeze savings out of deals estimated to cost $15.4 billion over 23 months. 

2 Dead, 2 Injured In Denham Springs House Fire

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The state fire marshal's office is investigating a fire that left a man and his granddaughter dead and two other family members injured.

Investigators responded about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a fire in Denham Springs. Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke billowing from a window. Firefighters entered the house and found the bodies of 57-year-old Jesse Lowrance and his 6-year-old granddaughter, Kenley Lowrance. Their bodies were sent to the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office for autopsies.

Commercial Fishery For Gray Triggerfish To Close Saturday

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The commercial fishery for gray triggerfish in Louisiana waters will close Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and remain closed until Jan. 1.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet made the decision following notification by NOAA Fisheries that the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close for the commercial harvest of gray triggerfish during the same timeframe.

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Unemployment fell for the sixth straight month in Louisiana, but payrolls moved in the wrong direction in October.

The jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in October from 5.1 percent in September, as more people entered the labor force and more found jobs. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent a year ago.

About 100,000 Louisianans were jobless, down more than 5,000 from September.

Louisiana's unemployment rate doesn't rank among the 10 worst states for the first time in years. October's U.S. rate fell to 4.1 percent from September's 4.2 percent.

Man Arrested for a Murder in 2014

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Baton Rouge Police have arrested a man in the 2014 killing of West St. John High School coach Juan Joseph. Sgt. Don Coppola says they had originally booked another man for the murder, but those charges were later dropped after the DA’s office said the shooter was misidentified. Coppola says now Jamarcus Goodman is charged with second degree murder.

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler is expecting a voter turnout of 13 percent statewide for Saturday’s election which features the race for state treasurer and the New Orleans mayoral runoff between LaToya Cantrell and Denise Charbonnet. Schedler says if it wasn’t for this race, it would be a slow day at the polls.

Voter turnout for the October statewide election was 14-percent. Schedler says he initially thought that turnout for the November election would be even lower but early voting turnout was better than expected

New Orleans Mayoral Race Tomorrow

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The election for the New Orleans mayoral race is tomorrow and polls show Democratic councilwoman LaToya Cantrell beating fellow Democrat and former judge Desiree Charbonnet by a landslide. Political Analyst Clancy Dubos says Charbonnet has raised nearly twice as much money as her opponent but Cantrell has spent her money more wisely.

Dubos says Cantrell’s campaign was very much rooted in social media. He says Charbonnet began the race as the frontrunner but recent attacks weakened her considerably.

Louisiana Cultural Shopping Trail

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The state is launching a Louisiana Cultural Shopping Trail to provide visitors an opportunity to discover unique retail stores as they travel through the Bayou State. Chairman of the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission Steve Windham says L-A-shopping-trail-dot-com will highlight great antique or boutique shops, along with stores that feature hand-crafted goods.

Windham says the Louisiana Cultural Shopping Trail gives specialized businesses off the beaten path a chance to showcase the state’s vibrant culture to visitors who are traveling our highways.

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Monroe Annual Christmas Tree Lighting This Weekend

The public is invited to come celebrate the annual lighting ceremony of Monroe's Christmas tree this Saturday, November 18. The ceremony will be at the Monroe Civic Center Plaza starting at 6 p.m. Cookies and hot drinks will be provided to the public and also Santa Claus will be riding through after the lighting of the tree and he will be giving away candy to kids. There will be live music performed by J.S. Clark Elementary Choir. Monroe City Mayor Jamie Mayo is expected to be in attendance....

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