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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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Leoniods and Leave No Trace

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In this last segment of "The Wordsmiths" series, University of Louisiana Monroe freshman Darius Washington shares how connotative meanings of words vary from person to person due to the experiences that one associates with a word.

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Subaru's Leave No Trace Traveling Trainings have made their way to Louisiana to help promote outdoor ethics and safe interactions with wildlife. The trainers, Amanda Jameson and Junaid Dawad, will be at the Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge on Friday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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There is a new North Louisiana Crime Lab operating in Shreveport, serving 29 north Louisiana parishes. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says the state of the art 86-thousand-square foot North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center should help them solve D-N-A cases much faster.

 

The planning started over 12 years ago with construction beginning in 2013 at a cost of 26-million-dollars. Prator says the new lab will also partner with the LSU Medical School in Shreveport.

 

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Governor Edwards and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain continue their listening tour with farmers today with stops in Ferriday and Slaughter. The tour started earlier this week as the two elected officials held meetings in Mooringsport and Bastrop to hear about concerns within the agriculture industry. Edwards says producers are worried that state budget cuts are impacting agriculture research at LSU and Southern.

 

Edwards says soybean farmers are also pushing for funding so the Red River can be dredged in northwest Louisiana to help with shipping costs.

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House Republicans have devised a list of proposed changes they want to see made to deals with the private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients.  

     The GOP lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over how to approach multibillion-dollar contracts that are state government's largest.  

     The governor is proposing 23-month, $15.4 billion extensions for the five managed-care companies. House Republicans on the joint legislative budget committee that must approve the extensions are pressing for adjustments.  

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Worry spread around the campus of University of Louisiana Monroe as a high speed chase took place yesterday afternoon at around 1:30 pm. The chase began at Sterlington Road then continued on through campus to Desiard Street where the suspect was finally stopped. 

The chase started with the suspect allegedly stealing a vehicle and trying to escape when the Sterlington Police quickly responded to the on going crime.  

The name of the suspect has not been released as the case is still under investigation. 

An Excess Number of Crashes This Week

Nov 16, 2017
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As we’ve seen an excess number of wrecks this week, the state Department of Transportation reports there were 2,423 crashes on Interstate 10 between Exit 100 in Lafayette and the Baton Rouge Mississippi River Bridge from January 1st of 2014 to the end of 2016. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson.

Of those crashes, 19 were fatal and 20 people died. Wilson says the majority of these wrecks are a result of tailgating or distracted driving.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham says a new flood bill damage the economy of Louisiana.

"The average customer will see an 8% increase, in real money that will be an additional $80 to $100," said Abraham. 

Abraham believes that later today the Republican Tax Reform bill will pass. He says the new proposal will give middle class Americans a tax cut. Many Democrats in opposition say the  bill will give the wealthy and business a tax break and decrease the amount of money available for social programs. 

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In the third part of "The Wordsmiths" series, University of Louisiana Monroe freshman Graham Nunnelee analyzes how the differing meanings of words can cause different perceptions of reality.

Many Man Sentenced to 110 Months

Nov 15, 2017
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Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a man from Many was sentenced last week to 110 months in prison for possessing a shotgun that he also sold.  

Frank Manning Jr., 37, of Many, La., was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.  

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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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North Louisiana to Receive New Forensic Science Center

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