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Missing Korean War Soldier To Be Buried In Downsville

Funeral services are this weekend for a Louisiana soldier declared missing during the Korean War, whose remains were recovered last year. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says 19-year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class Lester R. Walker, of Ferriday, will be buried in Downsville following graveside services Saturday at Ruggs Bluff Cemetery. Walker was a member of Battery B, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division on Sept. 3, 1950. He was declared missing in...

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15-Week Abortion Ban Advances Out Of Senate Committee

A Senate committee passed a bill Tuesday that would make Louisiana among the toughest places in the nation to get an abortion.

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According to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, every 98 seconds an American citizen is sexually assaulted in some way or form. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the University of Louisiana Femhawks and the Wellspring of Wellspring Alliance of Northeast Louisiana collaborated and hosted their third annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” march, Thursday, April 12.

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The largest free outdoor festival in Louisiana, the 47th Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is expected to draw up to 300-thousand people this weekend. There will be food, music and rides for everyone to enjoy. Spokesperson Donald Lanier says the carnival style rides they have this year are grown up.

 

Lanier says, "Our ride guide has brought in four new rides this year. They're more for teenage kids, more of a thrill ride."

 

Lanier says since there is no cover charge, it has led to a very successful outdoor festival year after year.

 

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The northern half of the state is under a slight to enhanced risk of severe weather today and the risk for severe storms shifts to southeast Louisiana for tomorrow. State Climatologist Barry Keim says there’s a good chance we’ll see a few tornado warnings today.

 

Keim says, "It's a pretty strong funnel system. There's a lot of instability and a lot of convective activity."

 

Keim says a strong cold front that will once again bring us chilly air for the weekend will begin firing off storms this weekend.

 

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The proposed Federal Farm bill contains work requirements for able-bodied 18 to 59-year-olds who receive SNAP benefits. A beneficiary would have to work or  enrolled in a work training program at least 20 hours a week. Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham says the requirement will filter out persons who choose to take advantage of the welfare system.

 

Abraham says, "If they want to be recipients of the SNAP program, they're going to have to get in the game and do what we ask them to do."

 

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Strauss Little Theatre of Monroe is presenting "Sister Act: The Musical" April 19-28. The musical is about self-discovery and finding community in unlikely places.

"Sister Act: The Musical" tells the story of aspiring singer Deloris Van Cartier and how her life changes after she witnesses her crime-boss boyfriend Curtis murder one of his associates. Van Cartier runs to the police, who place her in hiding at a convent. Although at first she feels lost, she finds her place in the convent choir leading worship.

NWS Shreveport

Severe weather is expected to move into the area on Friday. The system will bring up to 4" of rainfall and produce flash flooding. The strong storm could also produce hail, damaging winds and dangerous tornadoes. The greatest risk will be Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

Take time now to clean drains and ditches to prevent flooding. Prepare now by getting a flashlight and battery powered radio and keep it tuned to 90.3 KEDM for alerts. Discuss your storm plan with your family. 

City of Monroe

The City of Monroe, Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and Zoological Society showed off a new train engine today at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. A train fundraiser has been ongoing to purchase a train, rebuild tracks and the train station. 

The Monroe - West Monroe Convention and visitors bureau today presented a $150,000 grant to help with the cost on the engine and coaches. 

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Quota International is hosting Waffles & Chicken Saturday, April 21 from 8-10 a.m. at Slim Chickens in West Monroe. The event is a fundraiser for Quota International, who recycles the funds raised back into the community.

Tickets for Waffles & Chicken are available at 318-372-9698. More information about Quota International is available here.

KEDM Wins Best Newscast In Louisiana & Mississippi

Apr 11, 2018
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KEDM Public Radio was the winner of 6 awards at the 2018 Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors News Excellence Awards. The event honors the best in professional journalism in Mississippi and Louisiana.

90.3 KEDM Public Radio's News Director Cory Crowe received the prestigious Best Newscast award for Louisiana and Mississippi. Contest judges said, "A great example of what radio news should be, the narration is authoritative and nicely paced."

Monroe Teen Illegally Held For Months On Burglary Charge

Apr 11, 2018
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A lawsuit claims Louisiana authorities have illegally detained a teenage boy for nearly a year after his burglary arrest.

The suit filed Tuesday by attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center seeks the 15-year-old boy's immediate release from a Monroe juvenile detention center. They say the boy, who was 13 when arrested, should have received a hearing 11 months ago to determine if he can be safely released.

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TOPS Program Fully Funded In Next Year's Budget, At Least For Now

With $350 million more to spend in next year’s budget, The House Appropriations committee voted Monday to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program.

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