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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 Twelve inmates are facing murder charges after a man who was jailed on a probation violation was beaten to death last month.

 

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the inmates were charged Tuesday in connection with the Jan. 30 killing of 40-year-old Tommy Smith inside the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite City.

 

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A Mississippi man who was told he was simply fat has had a 130-pound tumor removed during an operation in Bakersfield.

 

Roger Logan of Gulfport had the surgery on Jan. 31. He's staying at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital for another week or so.

 

His surgeon says the tumor probably began as an ingrown hair on his abdomen that became infected. It grew so large that when he sat it reached the floor. He spent most of his time in an armchair in a room.

 

The owner of a house where 133 cats were found is accused of animal cruelty and running a meth lab.

 

Lafourche Parish sheriff's spokesman Brendan Matherne says 60-year-old Sandy Chauvin was arrested last week on five counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and the drug charge.

 

The Daily Comet reports that a news release Friday said Chauvin was released Wednesday on $40,000 bond.

 

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I find that the farther away an event is, the more willing people are to accept risk now in hopes of dealing with it later. But when later comes…

Why else would a 45 year old man keep telling himself, “I’ll do some retirement planning…when the kids are out of school.”

The same is true for many a 60 year old who says, “I plan to self-insure for long-term care,” when they may know very little about the risk they are now so blithely accepting.

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed three tornadoes that have touched down in southern Louisiana. 

Danielle Manning, a meteorologist with the weather service, says one touched down in the eastern part of New Orleans, another touched down near the town of Donaldsonville and another in the town of Killian. 

She said they have heard reports of injuries but nothing that has been confirmed yet. Local media showed images of some severely damaged buildings in eastern New Orleans with downed power lines strewn across the road.

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Police have made an arrest in a hit and run accident that occurred on Arkansas Road in West Monroe on Sunday. Police were searching for a S-type Jaguar  involved in the incident.

A vehicle matching the description was located  by police at 123 Lakeside Drive in West Monroe, with damage to the hood and windshield. Police contacted 46 year-old  Ashley Davis Owens of West Monroe. Police reports say Owens admitted to driving the vehicle and hitting something but says she did not know what she hit. 

When people toss things out, many items can still be recycled or reused. Josh Tolleson at Goodwill Industries explains how Goodwill reuses and recycles items that are unwanted.  

KEDM Policy and a Pint will be held Tuesday, Feburary 7th, at 5:30 PM at Doe's Eat Place, 300 Washington Street in Monroe.

The public is invited to our open forum to discuss recycling and reducing waste. 

The Monroe Police Department  is seeking information in a shooting incident that occurred on Monday, February 6 in Monroe.  

The shooting happened on Mississippi Street on Monroe's Southside.  

One person was airlifted to Shreveport with an injury to the leg, 

MPD is still looking for the shooter.

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Join 90.3 KEDM on Tuesday, February 14 at 6 p.m. for the broadcast of the public forum on reducing waste and recycling.

KEDM's Policy and a Pint: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle featured panelists from the Twin Cities answering questions on local environmental and quality of life issues. The discussion was recorded at Doe's Eat Place in Monroe on February 7.

Stuart Hodnett of Ouachita Green  discussed the options available to local residents for staying "green." 

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Authorities say five juveniles broke into Tiger Stadium at Louisiana State University, the latest in a series of break-ins at the facility.

 

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard tells The Advocate that the boys were cited for unauthorized entry into a place of business and released after the Saturday afternoon incident. No damage was reported.

 

Authorities said the football field's turf was damaged by people who got into the stadium during the overnight hours in January 2017.

 

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