'Doomsday' Budget Debuts Today

Gov. John Bel Edwards presents the executive budget for the upcoming fiscal year to lawmakers this morning. " The budget proposal will be in balance," Edwards states. "It will be premised upon give-or-take a billion dollars less next year than this year. And those cuts are horrific."

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'Criminal Cabal'? FBI Fears Political Attacks May Imperil Work Of Field Agents

It has been called a "criminal cabal" rife with corruption. It's been said that its leaders need to be taken out in "handcuffs." And its reputation, one high-placed official has charged, is "in tatters." The FBI has come under criticism before, but the ongoing barrage of allegations has left its current and former officials shaken. It also has fueled concerns that the bureau's reputation with the public could begin to crumble. "We're very concerned about the credibility of the FBI because we...

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Environmental groups have sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a bid to block construction of a 162-mile-long crude oil pipeline across south Louisiana, including the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin river swamp. 

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday claims the Corps violated the Clean Water Act and other laws when it approved a permit for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project in December. 

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners plans to build the pipeline from Lake Charles to St. James Parish. The same company built the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. 

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Some members of Louisiana Delta Community College and the University of Louisiana at Monroe will be taking the day on, not off, on January 15, 2018. In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort.

 

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The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), through a program partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), has announced a $188,625 investment to provide a new fuel farm for the Tensas Parish Airport. DRA is investing $170,000 in the project, with the remainder coming from the parish police jury.

NOAA / NWS Shreveport

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CST THIS
MORNING...

* WHAT... light to moderate rainfall has been slow transitioning
to a freezing rain or snow or sleet mix, as temperatures
continue to drop to subfreezing temperatures. Although areas
that experiencing above freezing temperatures may be
experiencing rainfall, as temperatures continue to fall
throughout the morning, it will have the chance to transition
to a wintry mix. Some areas such as southwest Arkansas could see
ice accumulations of around 0.01 inches.

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Come see young artists shine at the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition Saturday, January 13th in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall.

The Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Competition is hosted by the Monroe Symphony League as a fundraiser for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, as well as a chance to seek out local young talent from the surrounding area. The competition has been running for nearly 40 years.

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The "Dreamers" are here. It is estimated 800,000 young alien residents are living in the United States. The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs passed under President Obama had given a temporary reprieve to deportation for children and young adults who were brought to the country illegally by their parents.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the program will end in March. 

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks the Congress will address the issue in the coming weeks but doesn't want DACA tied to a compromise on the U.S. - Mexican border wall. 

It's OK to Be a Mentor

Jan 10, 2018

January is National Mentoring Month. Corporal Larry Wilson of the Monroe Police Department shares information about the OK Program in the Monroe, Louisiana area.

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The 2018 Martin Luther King "Day of Service" takes place on Monday, January 15. University of Louisiana Monroe and Louisiana Delta Community College will honor the 2018 MLK Day of Service by donating items to the Desiard St. Shelter.

Community members are encouraged to “Take a Day On” this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in the National MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will deliver packaged goods to the Desiard St. Shelter and Renewal Center Monday, January 15.

Monroe Police Department

The City of Monroe has announced the establishment of a memorial fund on behalf of the family of Monroe Police Officer Chris Beaudion. He was killed in a single-vehicle car crash early Sunday morning while on duty. Those wishing to make contributions  to the Chris Beaudion Memorial Fund can do so by contacting any Iberia bank location. Beaudion's funeral will be held in his hometown of Natchitoches this Saturday.  

 

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NELA Master Gardeners will present "Living in Louisiana Landscapes", their 8th Annual Master Gardening Spring Seminar, Saturday, January 20th at the West Monroe Convention Center. Registration is available online or at the door for $20.

The seminar's keynote speaker is Dan Gill of the LSU Ag Center, who you can hear every morning at 6:49 a.m. in his segment "Get It Growing." He will be hosting the panel "Creating Colorful Flowerbeds in Louisiana Landscapes." Guests will have the opportunity to ask Dan questions at the seminar.

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Governor Looks Toward Regular Session

The looming fiscal cliff has dominated talks between lawmakers and the administration, but there is a regular (non-fiscal) legislative session starting in less than two months. What’s on the governor’s agenda for that?

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