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Apr 17, 2017
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My boyhood in Louisiana was immersed in a culture where conservation ethic did not exist in the general populace. The notion was that wildlife was there for the taking, not unlike blackberries or mayhaws in the swamp. As a carryover of attitude about natural resources since Europeans arrived in North America, it was a lingering remnant of 19th century arrogance defined as Manifest Destiny. State of affairs was exacerbated by the legal system hobbled with weak statutes and one that did not take violations of natural resource laws, including fish and wildlife regulations, seriously anyway.

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Saturday April 15th, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo will be holding its Easter Eggstravaganza. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. that morning, and the Easter egg hunts start at 11:00 a.m.

The Easter Eggstravaganza is one of the zoo's biggest events of the year. Director of the zoo, Joe Clawson, shares that, "The event is to raise money, but it is also to share with the community what's been going on at the zoo. We're really proud of what the staff has accomplished."  

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Saturday April 29th, the Northeast American Red Cross will celebrate its 100th anniversary with its 20th annual Red Cross Bash. This event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Monroe Regional Airport Hangar 9.

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Thursday April 20th, the University of Louisiana Monroe Alumni Association holds its signature event, Wine Over Water. The main event will be held at the ULM Bridge from 7 to 10 p.m.

Wine Over Water is the largest fundraiser the ULM Alumni Association holds during the year. This event raises money for the Spirit of The Warhawk Scholarship. The Spirit of the Warhawk Scholarship helps reduce the costs of attending ULM for local students.

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Abortion rights advocates say an abortion clinic in northwestern Louisiana has closed, leaving three other such clinics in the state.

 

Owners of Bossier City Medical Suite could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The phone number at the facility was no longer in service and the website was down. State business records show the company's officers are the same Texas-based principals of Causeway Medical Suite, a suburban New Orleans facility that closed last year.

 

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Two sisters are fighting over Mom and Dad’s estate. Now, mind you, Mom and Dad are still alive and kicking.

One sister thinks Mom and Dad should give away most of their assets so they can qualify for Medicaid if one or both have to go to a nursing home. The other sister thinks that is a terrible idea and tantamount to bilking the government out of money.

So they come ask me what I think.

I think that when it comes to settling arguments between sisters, I usually try to speak out of both sides of my mouth, then duck.

 Authorities are trying to determine how a 17-month-old girl wound up in a road where she was struck and killed by a truck.

The girl was struck Monday afternoon in St. Tammany Parish, while the toddler was visiting her grandmother's home in the Slidell area.

St. Tammany Parish sheriff's Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau said investigators were not yet sure how the toddler wound up in the path of oncoming traffic.

After months of working through the federal bureaucracy, Louisiana has access to the $1.6 billion in federal aid earmarked by Congress for flood recovery.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, officially released the dollars to the state Monday. Louisiana can now start withdrawing dollars to pay for recovery projects approved by HUD.

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Financial problems are making upkeep difficult on the Ouachita –Black River system.

Tracy Hilburn, Operations Superintendent of the Tensas Basin Levee District says the system has $30,000,000 in outstanding work that could determine the amount of commercial river traffic that uses the Ouachita River.

Hilburn says if the river traffic doesn’t pick up the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could walk away from the project. 

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This Saturday, April 15th Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is combining Earth Day, Migratory Bird Day, and Tax Day into one Spring Celebration. The Celebration will be held from 10: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the refuge.

The celebration will include an egg hunt, the turning of the blue goose, a ribbon cutting, a paddle board demonstrations by H2GO, and many fun activities for kids. Dale Barry will be there as a special guest with his hawk, Delhi along with the Forestry Club from Louisiana Tech University.

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