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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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Governor John Bel Edwards announced that two-thousand new jobs will be created as DXC Technology will open a digital transformation center in January of 2018 in New Orleans. Edwards says this project has been in the works for over two years and is a great addition to the state.

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A new phone app called will tell people when the flu enters a neighborhood. Founder and CEO of Sickweather Graham Dodge says the app uses the public’s help to track when there’s an outbreak of various illnesses from the common cold to the flu.

"In addition to people reporting directly to us, we're able to collect these data in much larger numbers from sites like Twitter," says Dodge.

Dodge says the app can be valuable in helping determine why someone is feeling a little under the weather.

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U.S. Senator John Kennedy has written an op-ed piece to the Washington Examiner entitled “Please stop having children you aren’t willing to raise.”  In the piece, Kennedy implores parents that if they are drug users or if the child would be born to a fatherless house, to think twice about bringing lives into the world.

Kennedy says too many parents are failing their children these days in Louisiana. He says thousands of children are in the state’s foster care system and those who fail to find a good foster care home end up struggling in life.

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Black Friday is next week and retailers are gearing up for a busy shopping season. An October survey from Deloitte found that online holiday shopping is expected to beat in-store sales for the first time; however, Louisiana State University Marketing Professor Dan Rice says brick and mortar stores can be still very profitable and retailers will do what they can to get shoppers into their stores.

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Sometimes it cost slightly more to buy something locally than it does to order it through the internet. "There are other factors that should influence your purchasing decisions," says Courtney Hornsby, President of the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce. She say often paying just a little more helps keep local employees working and supports area families and businesses.  

Policy and a Pint: Small Business Value in a Dot Com World will discuss how the "Shop Local" movement is gaining ground in the era of large internet retailers. 

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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.

Help children gain a brighter future and give the joy of learning!

Your tax-deductible year-end gift to KEDM will give the gift of reading to over 1,700 local school children.

Nearly 71% of fourth graders in Louisiana are NOT reading at grade level, according to The Nation's Report Card, NEAP-2015 Mathematics & Reading Assessments.  That's an alarming statistic! 

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The Center for Children and Families is encouraging community members to volunteer to be a CASA for a child in the foster care program.   A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, advocates for a child in need by being a steady presence in the child's life.

Pedestrian Dies in Lincoln Parish Crash

Nov 13, 2017
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A man who was walking on Interstate 20 was killed Friday after being struck by a vehicle. 

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The Edwards administration disputes the claim by Attorney General Jeff Landry that the expansion of the Medicaid program has helped fuel the opioid crisis. The state health department says there are fewer pain killers on the streets in the last year and more individuals are seeking lifesaving substance abuse treatment.  L-D-H Chief of Staff Andrew Tuozzollo says legislation passed this year that limits first time prescriptions for opioids has been effective

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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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