Ahead Of The Holiday Season, Toys R Us Files For Bankruptcy Protection

The retail landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, and Toys R Us has been trying to maintain its foothold in the industry amid a heavy debt load and the rise of online shopping. Late Monday, the largest U.S. toy chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Richmond, Va. The move had been expected. Toys R Us plans to use $3 billion in bankruptcy financing to buy merchandise from vendors and fund operations. The new financing is subject to court approval. As the holiday...

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Listen Tuesday at 6 p.m. as KEDM Policy And A Pint Discusses Workforce Development

90.3 KEDM's Policy and a Pint: Workforce Development will be aired on September 19 at 6 p.m. on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio. The radio broadcast will feature a discussion on how schools, colleges, and universities in the area are training their students for prospected occupations. Area business leaders joined our discussions and we learned more about their needs. The public forum was held Tuesday, September 12 at Monterrey Grill, 3610 Desiard Street in Monroe. The panelist for the discussion were:...

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'Person Of Interest' In Baton Rouge Homicides Released From Jail

A Louisiana woman accused of stealing nearly $73,000 worth of charitable bingo money has been arrested.      

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports 36-year-old Ashley Brignac was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft valued at $25,000 or more. The funds were stolen from the Gretna Historical Society, which preserves five historic buildings and artifacts in Gretna.


An investigation by the Louisiana Department of Revenue's Office of Charitable Gaming found that nearly $73,000 had not been deposited into the organization's checking account.


A sheriff's office in Louisiana has arrested a newly hired employee for allegedly trying to sneak drugs to an inmate accused of murder and robbery.      

News outlets report 22-year-old Tyler Materre was arrested Monday and charged with several offenses, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution.


Materre was hired by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in May and worked as a corrections-monitoring technician.


A woman has been fatally shot in a New Orleans parking lot.      

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the woman was shot Monday at 3:30 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex in New Orleans. The woman's identity has not been released.


Authorities say officers found the woman while responding to a call about a disturbance. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.


New Orleans police spokesman Aaron Looney says detectives believe the woman was arguing with one or more people before being shot.



If you have plans on traveling through Atlanta out of Monroe Regional Airport then you might have problems the next few days. 

"Due to the weather, all the flights are cancelled throughout today," said Airport Director Ron Phillips. Flights to Atlanta are cancelled until further notice. It all depends on how fast Irma moves through Georgia.

Irma, now a Tropical Storm, is expected to bring a lot of rain and windy conditions to the Atlanta area today and overnight tonight. 

Three Arrested in OPSO Homicide Investigation

Sep 11, 2017
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Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested three suspects, ages 13, 14 & 15, in connection with the homicide of Hunter Adams reported August 21, 2017.  The identity of the suspects is being withheld as they are all juveniles.  All three have been booked in Green Oaks Detention Center on 1 ct. of 2nd Degree Murder each.  The investigation is continuing. 

No further information is available at this time.

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Here she is: Miss North Dakota has been crowned Miss America 2018.

 She bested a field of 51 competitors from each state and the District of Columbia during the weeklong event's finale Sunday night in Atlantic City.


Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, former Miss Arkansas, placed the crown on her teary-eyed successor's head as the new Miss America accepted applause and cheers from the audience and judges.


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BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has agreed to extend by one year the eligible reimbursement period for the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program.

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BATON ROUGE  Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.

Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board
The Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board serves to defend the public health, safety and welfare by protecting the people of the State of Louisiana against unnecessary deaths and morbidity due to trauma and time-sensitive illness.

Forsythe Chauvin Levee Repairs Underway

Sep 11, 2017
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The City of Monroe has started the drawdown of the water level of the retention pond which is known as Lake Deborah, in the River Oaks area.  This is necessary to allow contractor access to repair several areas of the Forsythe Chauvin levee which was damaged during the historic March 2016 flood.  The $318,188 project will consist of replacing the slide gate, repairing slides on the levee with material dug from the lake, and making the lake deeper in certain areas.  

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards today highlighted the efforts of technology leader CSRA to quickly establish a call center in Bossier City, Louisiana, that will assist the federal government’s response to Hurricane Harvey.



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Former Mayoral Candidate Tazed at Walmart

After climbing a display case at Walmart, on Lamy Lane in Monroe, Tremane Gordon, Former Monroe Mayoral candidate, began rapping and dancing. On lookers were disturbed and called the police. Officers tried to verbally subdue Gordon by asking him to get on the ground and surrender several times. Gordon Responded to this by pouring a beer he was drinking on the ground. Police deployed a tazer at him then arrested him. Lieutenant Glenn Kramel, of the Monroe police Department, said the officers...

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