'Doomsday' Budget Debuts Today

Gov. John Bel Edwards presents the executive budget for the upcoming fiscal year to lawmakers this morning. " The budget proposal will be in balance," Edwards states. "It will be premised upon give-or-take a billion dollars less next year than this year. And those cuts are horrific."

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'Criminal Cabal'? FBI Fears Political Attacks May Imperil Work Of Field Agents

It has been called a "criminal cabal" rife with corruption. It's been said that its leaders need to be taken out in "handcuffs." And its reputation, one high-placed official has charged, is "in tatters." The FBI has come under criticism before, but the ongoing barrage of allegations has left its current and former officials shaken. It also has fueled concerns that the bureau's reputation with the public could begin to crumble. "We're very concerned about the credibility of the FBI because we...

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The Downtown River Jam Series announced their upcoming Mardi Gras Block Party scheduled for Saturday, February 3. The party will take place at multiple bars in downtown Monroe, La.

 

A 31-year-old postal carrier has pleaded guilty to taking mail containing prescription drugs. 

U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook, in a news release Thursday, said Bryan C. Massey, of Oak Ridge, entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes to one count of theft of mail matter. 

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Learn more about local agriculture at the 2018 AgExpo January 19-20 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center!

2018's AgExpo will host a wide array of educational seminars and trade show booths for people of all ages. There are over 150 booths in the main area of the expo, featuring local honey, wine, and other agriculture products for farmers of all kinds. "We really cover a large group of people, from the home gardener to people who are commercial farmers," says Jeff Landry of Landry Vineyards and the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council.

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Help a child in the foster care system by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate! CASA of Northeast Louisana is looking for volunteers for the new year. Training begins Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 at the Center for Children & Families.

The chief of a Louisiana fire department was investigating a traffic accident when he was struck and killed by a car on an icy highway.

State police say in a news release that winter weather was a factor in the Wednesday morning accident that killed 48-year-old Russell Achord.

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Action requested due to demand potentially exceeding available generation  A note from Entergy: Our power reliability coordinator, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, is requesting Entergy customers voluntarily reduce their electricity usage on Thursday, Jan. 18, between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. MISO is making this unusual request because use of electricity could exceed available generation, due to higher than expected demand for power and unexpected power generator outages within the MISO southern territory.

Louisiana Declares State of Emergency

Jan 17, 2018
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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an Emergency Declaration due to the freezing precipitation and low temperatures throughout Louisiana. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP), Dept. of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and other state agencies have been activated in response to this emergency. 

Ouachita Council on Aging

We often say that a home is where the heart is.  As we age, the definition of “home” often changes.  A “home” may take on a more confining meaning such as, a nursing home. 

Most elderly individuals would prefer to “age in place.”  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “aging in place” as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” 

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Icy roads and below freezing temperatures will force closures for a second day throughout northeast Louisiana.

School closures include:

NWS Shreveport / NOAA

Extreme cold will move into our area tonight. The projected low in Monroe will be 14F.

High winds will drop wind chill values to 5F overnight. Take extra precautions when outside. Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. 

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Governor Looks Toward Regular Session

The looming fiscal cliff has dominated talks between lawmakers and the administration, but there is a regular (non-fiscal) legislative session starting in less than two months. What’s on the governor’s agenda for that?

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