Ahead Of The Holiday Season, Toys R Us Files For Bankruptcy Protection

The retail landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, and Toys R Us has been trying to maintain its foothold in the industry amid a heavy debt load and the rise of online shopping. Late Monday, the largest U.S. toy chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Richmond, Va. The move had been expected. Toys R Us plans to use $3 billion in bankruptcy financing to buy merchandise from vendors and fund operations. The new financing is subject to court approval. As the holiday...

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Listen Tuesday at 6 p.m. as KEDM Policy And A Pint Discusses Workforce Development

90.3 KEDM's Policy and a Pint: Workforce Development will be aired on September 19 at 6 p.m. on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio. The radio broadcast will feature a discussion on how schools, colleges, and universities in the area are training their students for prospected occupations. Area business leaders joined our discussions and we learned more about their needs. The public forum was held Tuesday, September 12 at Monterrey Grill, 3610 Desiard Street in Monroe. The panelist for the discussion were:...

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'Person Of Interest' In Baton Rouge Homicides Released From Jail

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Next up for CA Studio is Sixteen Wounded, a play following the lives of two young men in Holland, one a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust, the other a man from Palestine.  The play will be performed at Lea's of LeCompte in Monroe Saturday, September 16th and 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 17th and 24th, at 4:00 p.m.

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Saturday September 16th, the Masur Museum of Art is hosting its Variety event at the Monroe Regional Airport from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Variety is true to its name combining art, education, and entertainment for this event.

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Hundreds of cancer patients and survivors around the country were in Washington D.C. on September 12, to urge Congress to help with the fight against cancer. Louisiana Lead Ambassador with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Amber Stevens says they will ask lawmakers to increase federal funding for cancer research.

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The Edwards administration has started the legal process to remove BRF as the operator of the state’s safety net hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a letter has been sent to Shreveport-based BRF that gives them 45 days to correct various problems.

Dardenne says the state has spoken with Ochsner Health System and the New Orleans based hospital company could help BRF run the hospitals or possibly replace BRF.

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I ran across an article some time back with the headline, “When a million isn’t enough: why bankers struggle.” The million wasn’t their savings – it was their annual income. And (fighting back sniffles here), it apparently isn’t enough.

“It’s really not that unusual to find Wall Street bankers who are close to declaring themselves bankrupt,” said Gary Goldstein, co-founder of U.S. search firm Whitney Partners. “Some people are really struggling.” And on and on the story went.

I know, I know…my heart is breaking too…

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Recently, the Louisiana Board of Regents gave the green light to the University of Louisiana Monroe for the development of the proposal of a physical therapy program through the university.

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In 2016 over 4,800 children spent time in foster care in Louisiana alone. Sara McBroom is fighting against this statistic with her new nonprofit organization, Suitcases for New Places. 

Workforce Development is something The University of Louisiana Monroe is always working to accomplish.  Roslynn Pogue, Director of the ULM Office of Career Connections, says our area is growing and there are shortages of employees in many areas.  

"Accounting, nursing and other medical fields are in high demand," says Pogue.  She says many employers are looking to ULM to ask about potential graduates. ULM Career Connections helps student with skills to land these lucrative jobs. 

An arrest has been made in connection with a break-in at a power company substation that resulted in a power outage in New Orleans in June.      

The New Orleans Advocate reports that 32-year-old Rickey Telsede was jailed Monday and faces charges including unauthorized entry into a critical infrastructure and theft of copper. 

      

Police believe Telsede cut through a chain link fence and stole copper wire at an Entergy substation near the Superdome early on June 29. 

      

Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma's vicious path of destruction across the peninsula.      

The fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remains largely a question mark. Communication and access were cut and authorities dangled only vague assessments of ruinous impact.

      

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the storm "devastating" after emerging from a Monday fly-over of the Keys.

      

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Former Mayoral Candidate Tazed at Walmart

After climbing a display case at Walmart, on Lamy Lane in Monroe, Tremane Gordon, Former Monroe Mayoral candidate, began rapping and dancing. On lookers were disturbed and called the police. Officers tried to verbally subdue Gordon by asking him to get on the ground and surrender several times. Gordon Responded to this by pouring a beer he was drinking on the ground. Police deployed a tazer at him then arrested him. Lieutenant Glenn Kramel, of the Monroe police Department, said the officers...

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