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Prepare Now for Spring Severe Weather

The spring season is the time for change and that includes weather. Northeast Louisiana experiences some of the most severe weather from March to June. Tornadoes, high winds, and flash floods all can happen in an instant, and it's best interest to be prepared. Prior to severe weather, the National Weather Service issues a watch a few hours before active weather; then, a warning is issued once signs of severe weather begin. Dr. Todd Murphy, an atmospheric science professor at the University of...

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Trump Warns In 'Art Of The Deal': 'Deliver The Goods' Or Lose In A 'Landslide'

The negotiator-in-chief couldn't seal the deal. President Trump, the former businessman who has never been shy about touting his negotiating skills, has for several weeks been involved in a high-profile negotiation and persuasion effort with members of his own party in an effort to pass the American Health Care Act. That effort failed. But this is how Trump sold himself. "All those politicians in Washington, and not one good negotiator," he bemoaned in August 2011. It was the day after then...

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Ouachita Green is always in the business of keeping Ouachita Parish clean. This weekend, in affiliation with Keep America Beautiful, they are promoting the Great American Clean Up. Saturday, March 18th, community members are invited to help clean up the community from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, March 14th, the University of Louisiana Monroe is continuing its Traveling Scholar Program with a presentation from Dr. Diana Bowen on the life of Gloria Anzaldua and the idea of geographic and psychological borderlands.  The community lecture will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Stubbs 100 and is free to the public.

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A law enforcement officer charged with murder in a 6-year-old boy's fatal shooting is heading to trial.

 

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for Derrick Stafford's trial in Marksville, the central Louisiana town where he and another deputy city marshal fired at a car during a November 2015 traffic stop.

 

The shooting killed first-grader Jeremy Mardis and critically wounded his father, Christopher Few. Video from a police officer's body camera showed Few had his hands raised inside his car while the deputies fired.

 

It can't be spoken in soft words for there is no other way to put it.  Whether you are for it or against it, the recent sea change in American politics has led to an all-out assault on this country's long-held environmental policies and laws.  Barring effective pushback, a future of drastic change seems certain for our biotic natural resources.

The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people. It would no longer require that Americans buy health insurance, for instance, and it would eliminate current subsidies, replacing them with a fixed refundable tax credit.

To help Americans understand where Congress stands on the debate over this legislation, NPR and Member stations around the country have compiled a database of Congressional members’ positions on the bill.

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U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (puh-LEET) says a former head of the Ponchatoula Housing Authority has admitted spending $27,000 in federal money on herself.

 

Polite's news release says 46-year-old Wanda Wells Cornish of Ponchatoula pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft of government funds.

 

He says she could get up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled June 29.

 

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If the purpose of a financial plan is to predict the future for you, I’d say save your money. You’ll do about as well with a monkey throwing darts at some charts.

But if you want to know what the real purpose of a financial plan is, look no further than what happened to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks and the New Orleans Saints football teams a few years ago.

If you aren’t a football fan, here’s a little background on both teams: each had a great season in 2011. And both teams brought most of their key player talent into the 2012 season.

An enforcement agent for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries who was shot in a January traffic stop is back home in Ouachita Parish, but multiple surgeries from returning to work. 

Tyler Wheeler is awaiting surgeries to reattach a portion of his skull and to repair jaw damage. He says until the skull surgery, someone must monitor him around the clock and he can't do most physical activities.

President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

The new order is similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries.

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By now you’ve probably figured out that something has changed.

A lot of us thought we would be a lot closer to being able to retire by now. But for many in their 50s and 60s, retirement isn’t exactly over the next hill.

In fact, there are a lot of people who will be waiting quite a while longer before they are able to retire.

But while you are waiting, consider the difference between waiting in line at Disney World or waiting in line at the drivers license bureau. Both involve waiting, but the sense of anticipation could not be more divergent.

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Audit Alleges $22K Missing From West Ridge Middle School Student Activities Fund

A state audit examining a missing $22,000 in student activity funds from West Ridge Middle School in West Monroe has been turned over to law enforcement. Roger Harris with the Legislative Auditor’s Office says over $11,000 was collected from eighth graders between 2013 and 2014 for a trip to Disney World. He says there was one teacher in charge of collecting the money for the trip, Jodie Dean. “She says she didn’t take the missing funds, but the point is she was the one that had custody of...

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