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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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Firefighter Recruits Graduating

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The City of Monroe is pleased to announce our 12th Fire Academy Recruit Graduation. This class is called the Bravehearts. The graduation ceremony will take place 6 pm Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Monroe Public Safety Center, located at 1810 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Monroe, LA 71202. The guest speaker is retired Fire Chief Jimmie Bryant. 

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The Law of Diminishing Intent.

Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve probably experienced it.

I first ran across this idea when reading a piece by consultant Duncan MacPherson.

As he explains it, “In simple terms, the Law of Diminishing Intent states that, when it comes to finishing a task that seems absolutely crucial one moment, our motivation wanes at about the same rate as the task’s significance. This is largely due to the fact that the emotion associated with the action dwindles, causing the motivation required to finish the project to fade.”

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Can we truly understand the definite meaning of a word?

How is it that we are able to understand other's intent when words can have a multitude of differing interpretations?

As an audience,  it’s a fact that we can never truly grasp the absolute intention regarding the meaning of written text.

Understanding our bias and common experiences can allow us to develop our own interpretations with reasonable accuracy. Often, we question the ideas within any written text of various authors in an attempt to understand, as well as possible, the author’s true intent.

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Why do different people see different shades of green?

What if someone perceived the color red like you perceived green?

Questions like these are explored by Ashish Dev in "The Wordsmiths,"  featured essays by Honors English Students at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

I see green, and you see green. We both call it green. However, there is no way to know for sure that you perceive green the same way I perceive green.

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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.

Governor Edwards and Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain will start a listening tour across several rural communities today.  The tour will allow members of the agricultural community an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss their concerns.  Strain says they want to know the challenges farmers face.

 

Strain says it’s important he and Governor Edwards get in front of the farmers throughout the Bayou State and address their concerns since they are a large part of our economy.

 

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Louisiana State University Athletics Director Joe Alleva says the elimination of tax break in the GOP tax reform bills could be disastrous for big-time collegiate athletics. LSU and many other schools require donations to purchase tickets to athletic events and Alleva is concerned those donations will go away, if fans can no longer claim 80-percent of the donation as a tax deduction.

Virendra Chhikara,Center Director of The Louisiana Small Business Development Center(LSBDC) at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, says the dream of owning a profitable business is possible even with competition from major online retailers.  

Chhikara says local businesses have advantages of relationships with  loyal lifelong customers that value personal service.

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According to a recent survey, Louisianans are researching butt implants more than any other plastic surgery procedure. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans Dr. Oren Tessler says having a bigger behind is the latest trend, especially with celebrities.

"Larger and fuller buttocks are getting more media attention, especially in the last few years. People want to emulate that and want to have that look for themselves," says Tessler.

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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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