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ULM Hosts 2018 Kickoff with Doug Pederson

ULM hosts its season-ticket sale campaign and fundraiser event "2018 Kickoff with Doug Pederson," Saturday, April 21 in Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The all-day event serves as a fundraiser for Warhawk Football and features Super-Bowl Champion coach and ULM alum Doug Pederson as the key speaker at dinner that evening. Pederson is the head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. In his second year of coaching, he led the championship team to the Super Bowl and won. The former Warhawk was a a three-year...

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Local Farms Get High Tech Help from ULM Drone Program

The drone program of the University of Louisiana Monroe is working with local farmers to improve crop yields and conserve time. Associate Professor of Geosciences Dr. Sean Chenoweth and Associate Professor of Aviation Dr. Paul Karlowitz established this program three years ago to not only help local farmers but also to make potential clients aware of the uses of drones in their businesses. Chenoweth is using the information gathered by the numerous drone flights for long-term research. He’s...

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5 Richwood Correctional Officers Indicted For Assault, Obstruction Of Justice

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Five former corrections officers at the Richwood Correctional Center have been indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to physically assault five inmates. They are also being indicted for their roles in covering up their actions.

Roderick Douglas, Christopher Loring, Demario Shaffer, Quintail Credit, and David Parker, were charged in a seven-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Monroe, Louisiana, on March 29, 2018.  The indictment was unsealed and made public Thursday upon initial court appearances of the defendants.

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The House narrowly passed a budget that would fund TOPS at 80% and maintain higher ed funding, but would implement deep cuts in healthcare funding, potentially ending public-private partnership hospitals that care for the poor. House Appropriations Chairman Republican Cameron Henry says the state cannot afford to maintain its current healthcare spending.

 

Henry says, "The growth at which Medicaid is expanding is a rate we cannot attain. This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue; this is a math issue."

 

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A seven year old policy barring inmates from talking to the media about their cases has been lifted by the Louisiana Department of Corrections after a challenge from the ACLU. ACLU Staff Attorney Bruce Hamilton says the gag order was a gross violation of inmates civil rights.

 

Hamilton says, "The fact that the policy would allow prison officials to deny interview requests is a severe infringement of constitutional rights."

 

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A ceremony is being held today for a Korean War Veteran from Ferriday whose remains are being returned home after 68 years. 19-year-old Sergeant Lester Walker was deployed to Korea with an anti-air craft weapons battalion. Congressman Ralph Abraham says he was lost during the first months of the war.

 

Abraham says that Walker was a part of "one of the first infantry units ordered to Korea." Abraham says that Walker was declared "M.I.A." after being taken prisoner after a battle. 

 

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Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen. Investigator Mark Griever of the Ashley County Sheriff's Office says two tractors were stolen from the farm in Hamburg, Griever says Pippen owns the livestock farm with his brother. 

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Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are currently investigating the death of a 3 month old infant.  Deputies responded to the Ouachita Fire Dept. Station on Blankston Road at approx. 11:30 pm.  Wednesday evening. 

 

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Within the past year, up to 80% of high school seniors have admitted to using cannabis. Dr. Jay Piland, addictionologist at Pecan Haven Adolescent Addiction and Treatment Center, discusses how parents can begin talking about substance use with their children. 

Piland says substance use can be a progressive disorder; therefore, parents should take an active approach and intervene as early as possible throughout their child's development process. 

On substances commonly used by adolescents

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Hamfest 2018 is April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center. Hamfest is hosted by the Northeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club to celebrate amateur or "ham" radio.

"Hamfest is a convention of radio enthusiasts that combines a trade show, flea market, and various other activities of interest to amateur radio operators," says Scott Dickson of the Northeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club. The festival includes forums on several topics related to ham radio, as well as raffle prizes and license testing.

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Two arrests have been made in connection with school threats in Madison Parish. Two 17 year olds were arrested Wednesday by the Madison Parish Sheriff's Department.

 

Ronald Jones,17 was arrested for terrorizing and disrupting the operation of Madison Parish High School. He allegedly made a threat to shoot up the school. His bond is set at $125,000.

 

Feds: Gulf States Manage Red Snapper Anglers For 2 Years

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The federal government says states on the Gulf of Mexico can run their own seasons in both state and federal waters for anglers going after red snapper, a popular catch that's still recovering from nearly disastrous overfishing.

A Commerce Department news release Tuesday says Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas all received two-year experimental permits to manage the seasons and to test data collection.The department says each state will set its own private recreational season this year and next, closing each season when its quota is reached.

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KEDM Wins Best Newscast In Louisiana & Mississippi

KEDM Public Radio was the winner of 6 awards at the 2018 Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors News Excellence Awards. The event honors the best in professional journalism in Mississippi and Louisiana. 90.3 KEDM Public Radio's News Director Cory Crowe received the prestigious Best Newscast award for Louisiana and Mississippi. Contest judges said, "A great example of what radio news should be, the narration is authoritative and nicely paced." Crowe also won the Best Long Feature...

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