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Tropical Depression Cindy Brings More Rain to NELA

Tropical Depression Cindy continues to bring rain and some wind to northeast Louisiana. The remnants of the storm should move out of the area by the end of the weekend. Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service. FINAL BULLETIN ON CINDY -- 10 a.m. Thursday ...CINDY WEAKENS BUT HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE... SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION -----------------------------------------------
ABOUT 165 MI...265 KM NW OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED...

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So you want to start a family soon.

Both of you work now, but you’re considering the possibility of Mom being able to stay home once the family starts. Interestingly enough, the research is showing that more and more Millennials are making this choice - even more so than their parents did.

Even if this isn’t the choice all of your friends are making, let’s say this is what YOU really want to do. Can you do it?

Answer: Well one thing’s for sure – you can’t … and be like your friends.

WMWO Chamber Announces Small Business Award Winners

May 9, 2017
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The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its Fourth Annual Small Business Awards.

Award winners were announced at a Small Business Awards breakfast held May 4 at the West Monroe Convention Center. The awards program was held in celebration of National Small Business Week, celebrated around the country May 1-5, 2017. This year's Small Business Awards were presented by Glenwood Regional Medical Center. Awards were presented in six different categories.

Bayou Topogeny

May 8, 2017
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There is little doubt that most indigenous cultures perceived their connectivity to and place on the landscape very differently than modern society.

The relationship was knowledgeable to the point of intimacy with the geography of their lives. Such wisdom was and in many cases remains critical for survival. Knowing and labeling the places where fish concentrated, where the enemy lurked, where refuge could be found in the time of flood was essential.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham said the replacement of Obamacare will help most citizens.  

"There are 5 layers of protection under the new health care bill, " said Abraham.  

He expects taxes will be lower from more competition between insurance companies.  Refundable tax credits for people who don't meet certain income levels will help with premiums.  There is also a provision to freeze the insurance rates of customers with pre-existing issues as longs as they have had continuous coverage for the last 63 days.   

Abraham said, "Nobody can be denied coverage ."  

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The Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana is holding its annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, May 13. The Festival will be held on Bayou Desiard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dragon Boat Festival is the biggest fundraiser the Children's Coalition holds throughout the year. This year over twenty boats in the bayou are participating in the race. The opening ceremony for the race is at 11 a.m., and the race begins at 12 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come early for the Community Health Fair that begins at 9 a.m. with a free fun run.

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What’s the best way to start saving money?

Start saving money.

The most important step to saving money is to start. The second most important step is to keep going. The third most important step is to not rob the bank.

The late great John Savage used to draw two circles side by side. Inside the circle on the left, he would write “spend / save.” In the circle on the right, he would write “save / spend.”

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KEDM is hosted its first Coffee Conversations at CC's Coffee House in Monroe on Friday, May 5th from 6 to 9 a.m. It was a  chance to see and meet KEDM staff and personalities, and hear interviews with local newsmakers. 

Masur Museum  Executive Director Evie Stewart and Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Ben Hickey joined Jay for a discussion about recent fire damage to the permanent collection at the Masur, the ramifications of the damage, and the plans for recovery and restoration.  

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KEDM2 Ideas  will be simulcasting programming from the main channel  for a few days during some infrastructure upgrades.   The all news and information channel will return as soon as possible. 

Thanks you for your patience during this transition. 

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Sunday, May 7th, the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council is holding its twentieth annual Blend of the Bayou fundraiser. This event will be held at the home of Dr. Walter and Sue Sartor at 2110 Island Drive from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Saturday May 6th, the University of Louisiana Monroe's School of Humanities is holding its Festival of World Languages. This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building's Ballroom.

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Coast Prepares For Tropical Storm Cindy

Cities and parishes across the coast are bracing for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Cindy and urging citizens to stay safe The National Hurricane Center says heavy rainfall and flooding are the biggest threats posed by this storm system. Cindy could drop anywhere from three to 12 inches over the next few days, with the heaviest rainfall expected Wednesday and Thursday. Areas areas along coast could see up to three feet of flooding. In New Orleans Tuesday morning, mayor Mitch...

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