Senate and House Nearer, But Still Far Apart

Louisiana’s House and Senate worked through the weekend, drawing somewhat closer to resolving the budget shortfall, while philosophically they remain at odds. As New Orleans Senator Troy Carter put it last night, “At some point, it becomes just a shell game. I think the people of Louisiana deserve better than that.”

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4 Airlifted after Muddy Bottoms ATV Accidents

Emergency helicopters were sent to Muddy Bottom ATV Park in Sarepta after several accidents leaving one in critical condition, two in serious condition, and one in stable condition. According to the Webster Parish Sheriff Department, emergency helicopters were sent to the scene five times. There are no reports of alcohol being involved. Since opening in 2014, four fatal accidents have occured at the recreational facility.

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Friday, February 17th, Geneva Academy is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Wig and Stache Bash. This 1920's themed party will be held at the Vantage Banquet Hall in downtown Monroe from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Louisiana's lawmakers are returning to Baton Rouge on Monday for a special session aimed at rebalancing a deficit-riddled budget.

 

They'll have to decide how deeply they'll slash state spending to close the $304 million hole.

 

The main debate will involve whether lawmakers want to use a state savings account as a short-term fix or whether they'll make larger cuts with a goal of permanently shrinking the footprint of state government.

 

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 A Minden contractor says his family's company wants to become minority owner of the burn chamber at Camp Minden, and to add a rotary kiln that could burn explosives.

 

John Madden of Madden Contracting Co. told the Webster Parish Police Jury the company would pay for environmental oversight, with the parish hiring the contractor and getting results first.

 

Federal prosecutors say a Mississippi woman has been sentenced to two years and two months in prison for using stolen identities to file 100 false income tax returns in order to illegally receive refunds.

 

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release Friday, said 46-year-old Andrea W. White, of Jackson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James on one count each of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

 

She was also sentenced Monday to three years of supervised released and ordered to pay $195,296 in restitution.

 

President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration for two Louisiana parishes hit by Tuesday's tornado outbreak.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards requested individual assistance in Orleans, Ascension, Livingston, and St. James parishes. It also sought public assistance in those areas plus Jefferson Parish; and for statewide hazard mitigation assistance.

 

The Lake Oroville Dam spillway in California is in danger of collapsing. The emergency spillway is being over-topped and more than 200,000 people are being moved to higher ground.

Live video is switching between 3 cameras located on the dam.

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Who knew a clarinet could be glorious?

Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m., the Monroe Symphony Orchestra will be holding its Glorious Clarinet concert in the Brown Auditorium on campus at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

The concert includes four works of music with German and Italian influences. Before the concert, at 6:15 p.m., the Conductor's Chat features a panel discussion featuring Conductor Clay Couturiaux, Soloist Scot Humes, and Monroe Symphony Chorus Director Deborah Chandler.

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The enemies of America are working together according to U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham.  He thinks the challengers of the U.S. are sharing information on military programs and missile technology.  

"All these guys are in bed together," said Abraham.

Congressman Abraham believes the recent missile testing in Iran could be using information from a partnership with North Korea.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is hosting a screening of Run Carlos Run Thursday, February 9th, in collaboration with ULM Speech and Debate Forum's Traveling Scholar Series. The film, made by Carlos Ibarra, shows the journey of one man running across the United States.

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Strauss Theatre's opening night of French farce, Boeing Boeing, is Friday, February 10th. Boeing Boeing will run from February 10th to February 18th with afternoon and evening shows. 

Boeing Boeing, set in the 1960's, is the story of a French bachelor, Bernard, who is engaged to three different stewardesses, none of whom know about the other. After a visit from an old school mate, Bernard's life finds itself becoming complicated. Stories and lies tangle when all three stewardesses end up in town at the same time. 

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