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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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Zimbabwe's Mugabe Ousted By Own Party, Refuses To Step Down

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET Zimbabwe's governing ZANU-PF party voted Sunday to remove President Robert Mugabe and appoint ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace him. The move marked a major turn in nearly four decades of the 93-year-old's sometimes brutal and tyrannical rule . But in an address broadcast on state television Sunday night, which some observers had predicted Mugabe would use to announce his resignation, a defiant Mugabe clung to power, saying he will oversee a congress...

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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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University system presidents met at the governor’s mansion Thursday afternoon to discuss steps to eliminate hazing and alcohol abuse among sanctioned groups on campus. LSU System President F King Alexander says it’s not their intention to get rid of Greek organizations, because they do a lot of good work in the community

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Tomorrow is the last day to early vote for the November 18th election and early voting locations are closed today in observance of Veteran’s Day. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says in the last days of early voting, the number of residents who cast a ballot exceeded his original expectation of around 10-percent.

Schedler says this is still an alarming low voter turnout. He says about 69-percent of voters in the Bayou State cast a ballot last year in the presidential election, higher than the national average.

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The Wellspring Alliance of NELA and the NELA Food Bank are teaming up to take a new approach on raising awareness about homelessness. Friday, January 19, the Wellspring will be hosting Cardboard Box City from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day at First United Methodist Church Monroe.

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Lt. Brennan Matherne of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said 49-year-old Sandra Brooks filed reports in June claiming that her boyfriend, 57-year-old Carl Johnson Sr, was hitting her. The couple were living together at the time.

After Brooke sent audio evidence of the altercations it was found that the audio recordings actually implicated Brooke and not Johnson.

Lt. Matherne says Brooks is also charged with defamation because she filed a report with Johnson’s employer, the NFL and also contacted a media outlet with these allegations.

The University of Louisiana Monroe will premiere "Dinosauria," a short documentary film focusing on Tyrannosaurus rex and the importance of geological history, on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Hanna Hall 337. 

Produced by a local production company Vintage Reel Productions, the 20-minute documentary features up-to-date scientific information and brought-to-life retro effects aiming to educate and entertain children and adults alike. 

Teenager Accused Of Shooting His Friend With Stolen Gun

Nov 8, 2017
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Authorities say a 14-year-old boy who's accused of shooting his 15-year-old friend with a stolen gun has been arrested.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre told Nola.com/The Times-Picayune the boy was shot once in the chest Monday and taken to a hospital, where he's listed in stable condition.

Tregre says the 14-year-old told authorities he and his friend had been "goofing off" prior to the shooting. Authorities say the 15-year-old shocked him with a stun gun and the younger teen responded by shooting him.

3 Injured In New Orleans Hotel Fire

Nov 8, 2017
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New Orleans fire officials say three people have been injured in a hotel fire.

Fire department spokesman Edwin Holmes told news outlets that firefighters responded to a blaze at the Tirc Hotel on Monday around 11:50 p.m. When they arrived, they saw heavy smoke billowing from the second-floor windows of the two-story, 30-room hotel.

Firefighters conducted a door-to-door search and found one man in the building. Holmes says he was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns.

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Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education John White released the annual school performance scores for the 2016-2017 year. White says the scores have remained steady for the third consecutive year. He says Louisiana fourth graders are showing the most improvement in reading and math.

Follow link for scores:   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13r4XY9EX5_tK5krUrjMFfFITNAPv9ufldI_JFVkfjQc/edit#gid=0

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The subject of Cybersecurity surrounding voting procedures and the ballot box are of upmost importance to the Secretary of State’s Office.  Tom Schedler says some information he was to present this week before a congressional subcommittee would have showed the scope of information they are tasked with protecting.

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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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