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Prepare Now for Spring Severe Weather

The spring season is the time for change and that includes weather. Northeast Louisiana experiences some of the most severe weather from March to June. Tornadoes, high winds, and flash floods all can happen in an instant, and it's best interest to be prepared. Prior to severe weather, the National Weather Service issues a watch a few hours before active weather; then, a warning is issued once signs of severe weather begin. Dr. Todd Murphy, an atmospheric science professor at the University of...

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Trump Warns In 'Art Of The Deal': 'Deliver The Goods' Or Lose In A 'Landslide'

The negotiator-in-chief couldn't seal the deal. President Trump, the former businessman who has never been shy about touting his negotiating skills, has for several weeks been involved in a high-profile negotiation and persuasion effort with members of his own party in an effort to pass the American Health Care Act. That effort failed. But this is how Trump sold himself. "All those politicians in Washington, and not one good negotiator," he bemoaned in August 2011. It was the day after then...

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 A sheriff's deputy in Louisiana is dead after being shot near a movie theater in Baton Rouge while on duty.

 

Local news outlets report that the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office deputy was rushed to the hospital after being shot late Saturday. Reports say he and another deputy were conducting an investigation when the shooting occurred.

 

A suspect was shot and injured and taken to a hospital.

 

Swamp Sleep

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Swamps sleep naked and are slow to awaken.  Long after green-up in the uplands, deep overflow swamps that sustain Louisiana bayous and rivers remain quiescent, prolonging winter dormancy until the threat of natural spring flooding has past.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham says the 9th Circuit Court  is overreaching. 

He says he stands with Donald Trump on the second try at an travel ban.

Abraham said, “I certainly think the judge is overreaching.”  

“Since 2014 there have been almost 600 cases of terrorism prosecuted in this country.”

President Trump’s second order would not be the first time a group of immigrants was singled out.

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Saturday, March 18th, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra is holding its Spring POP's Concert, Simply Sinatra. The concert will be held in the Monroe Civic Center Arena at 7 p.m.

Steve Lippia, a practical double for Sinatra's voice, will be the guest singer at this concert. Lippia will be singing classic Sinatra music, along with classical swing music. Still an orchestra concert, Lippia will be accompanied by the orchestra.

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Louisiana's seat belt usage is at a record rate.

 

According to a new study commissioned by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that the usage rate for drivers and front-seat passengers is at an all-time high of 87.8 percent. That's nearly a 2 percentage point increase over the previous year.

 

LHSC Executive Director Dr. Katara Williams is celebrating the record, but says the state will relentlessly pursue the ultimate goal of 100 percent usage.

 

Louisiana's debate over how to rework its criminal justice system is heading to state lawmakers.

 

A study group Thursday approved its package of recommendations for a sweeping rewrite of Louisiana's criminal sentencing laws and its approach to prisoner rehabilitation.

 

The effort aims to lessen Louisiana's highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate and provide more training and treatment to reduce inmates' chances of returning to prison after release.

 

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St. Patrick's Day, March 17th Enoch's Irish Pub and Cafe is hosting the 12th annual fundraiser for the St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy. 

Joann Crone of  St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy shares that the mission of the pharmacy is, " to provide prescription medication free of charge to those that have no other means of acquiring it." Since it opened in April 1999, the pharmacy has given away 20 million dollars worth of free medication.

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Saturday and Sunday, March 18th and 19th, Neville High School's Speech and Drama Department will be presenting The Crucible. The play will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Neville's auditorium.

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“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I’d like to welcome you aboard Retirement Airlines. We know you have a choice when you fly and we’d like to thank for choosing Retirement Air.

“The tower is telling us we’ve got some bumpy weather ahead of us….European debt down drafts are pretty strong still and we’ve got some pretty strong winds blowing out of the housing depression as well as some unemployment turbulence.

Get your tickets now for the swankiest party in town hosted by KEDM!

The Director’s Gala is Saturday, March 25 at 5 p.m. at the University of Louisiana Monroe, just before the Saturday performance of Pippin. Call 318-342-5556 for tickets or click here.

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Audit Alleges $22K Missing From West Ridge Middle School Student Activities Fund

A state audit examining a missing $22,000 in student activity funds from West Ridge Middle School in West Monroe has been turned over to law enforcement. Roger Harris with the Legislative Auditor’s Office says over $11,000 was collected from eighth graders between 2013 and 2014 for a trip to Disney World. He says there was one teacher in charge of collecting the money for the trip, Jodie Dean. “She says she didn’t take the missing funds, but the point is she was the one that had custody of...

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