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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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New Group To Train Female Democrats

Nov 8, 2017
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Emerge Louisiana is a new group that will train female Democrats on how to run a successful campaign for political office. Executive Director Melanie Oubre says any interested females can apply for the training program through November 18th and 20 to 25 women will be selected. She says Emerge Louisiana’s program will take place one weekend each month for the next six months starting in January.


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says the group will soon honor 10 cows that were killed in a crash on I-20 in near Rayville, Louisiana. The cows died when a 18-wheeler trailer overturned while transporting the animals. Additional cows were injured and others were rounded up and transported to a sale barn in Delhi.

PETA is planning to place a billboard near the site of the animals' deaths. It will show a cow's face next to the words "I'm Me, Not Meat. See the Individual. Go Vegan." 

Cold Front Moves Across Louisiana

Nov 8, 2017
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Recent record breaking heat in some areas of the state will give way today to much cooler temperatures as a cold front moves in.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says expect a gray dreary day.

After the front moves through, Keim says to expect much colder air descending on Louisiana.

Keim says the cold front should provide Louisiana with a fall like weekend, especially for those attending the LSU-Arkansas game which kicks off at 11am.

Keim says even though Louisiana hasn’t seen temperatures in the 90s, the recent humid weather is not normally seen in early November.

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Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy has introduced the Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act, aimed at preventing terrorists from using vehicles to attack Americans.  Cassidy says as technology improves, newer vehicles can become weapons in the hands of terrorists…

Cassidy says driverless vehicles are basically computers on wheels that can be controlled remotely and hacked as easily as computerized bank accounts.  He says this bill would give Congress information law enforcement needs to help expand their role to more technical issues…

Why Save Money?

Nov 8, 2017
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Why save money anyway?

I meet folks all the time who say “I’m never going to retire. My philosophy is to live for today and not save a bunch of money for a day I may never reach.”

When someone tells me that, I’m always tempted to respond - why stop there?

If you can simply will your way to work as long as you live, why not just will yourself to not get sick or die?

Not so simple, is it?

     A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office news release says 28-year-old Krystle Landor called 911 Sunday to report that her ex-boyfriend, 36-year-old John Malveaux, was a passenger in a pickup truck and had followed her to her home. News outlets report that Landor had a protective order against him.  

     Moments later, dispatchers received a call from someone else at the scene who reported the woman had been shot.  


Louisiana education officials say performance scores for the state's public schools have remained steady for the third year in a row - with 20 percent earning an "A" in the state grading system.  

     Twenty-seven percent of schools earned a "B" and another 27 percent a "C" in the latest breakdown; 18 percent got a "D" and 8 percent an "F." 

     The state released scores and letter grades for individual schools and school districts on Tuesday. It also launched a new online reporting system to help families examine individual schools - the Louisiana School Finder . 

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Reactions are coming in the aftermath of the largest church mass shooting in Texas history this past weekend near San Antonio which killed 26.  Seven years ago, former Shreveport area State Representative Henry Burns authored a bill which allows guns in places of worship, with church leadership approval.  Burns says the law specifies that all in the congregation are aware if someone is carrying a weapon.


Low Participation In Voting

Nov 7, 2017
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The first two days of early voting for the November 18 election shows numbers remain dismal with just under 26-thousand voters participating.  Secretary of State Tom Schedler says even though they are getting the word out to encourage voters, not many took the advice.


Schedler blames the turbulence in Washington D.C. as the main driving force behind voter apathy.  He says voters are just sick and tired of a system that seems dysfunctional.


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The Energy Information Administration says October gasoline consumption was the highest in month-to-month numbers since 2006, which is why there has been a slight increase in prices at the pump.  Triple A fuel analyst Don Redman believes the warm fall has led to more people driving increasing demand for gasoline.


The big holiday driving season is coming and one thing drivers want to know is if gas prices will come down.  Redman has a prediction.



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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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