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The Louisiana Tech Theatre Department is presenting the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear April 24-29 at the Stone Theater in Ruston. 

The play is set in modern-day Washington D.C. and features many opportunities for audience interaction. King Lear's three daughters are campaigning for control of the best third of the nation throughout the audience. The candidates pass out business cards with QR codes The audience can scan the codes on their phone and see the voting process in real-time on a screen.

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The drone program of the University of Louisiana Monroe is working with local farmers to improve crop yields and conserve time.

Associate Professor of Geosciences Dr. Sean Chenoweth and Associate Professor of Aviation Dr. Paul Karlowitz established this program three years ago to not only help local farmers but also to make potential clients aware of the uses of drones in their businesses.  

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ULM hosts its season-ticket sale campaign and fundraiser event "2018 Kickoff with Doug Pederson," Saturday, April 21 in Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The all-day event serves as a fundraiser for Warhawk Football and features Super-Bowl Champion coach and ULM alum Doug Pederson as the key speaker at dinner that evening.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government, which provides an opportunity for Louisiana’s college and university students to experience policy making in action through participation in the state’s governing process.

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Brett Favre is stepping up to be the voice of a distracted driving campaign in Louisiana. The Hall of Fame Quarterback will be featured in a new PSA speaking out against dangerous behavior behind the wheel that was responsible for the deaths of more than 700 Louisianans in 2016. Favre is using his NFL experience to make an impact.

 

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The state House approves legislation that supporters say will help the Cajun Navy and other volunteer groups have a greater impact during a disaster. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges says her family was helped by volunteers after the 2016 flood. She says the legislation gives the Cajun Navy access to state equipment and training.

 

But New Iberia Representative Terry Landry, the former head of State Police, is skeptical about bringing volunteers into a disaster situation.

 

Officials at a small municipal airport in central Arkansas are battling an unlikely foe - coyotes that keep chewing on part of the taxiway.

 The damage at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport is expected to cost $6,000 to fix. Engineer Blake Roberson tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the coyotes have a fondness for chewing on the silicone-based joints on a concrete ramp and taxiway.

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The State Fire Marshal has arrested a volunteer firefighter in Richland Parish in connection with a mobile home fire that injured his medically disabled wife. Kenneth Fulford was booked into parish prison on multiple offenses. 

 

Fulford was additionally charged with Aggravated Cruelty to animals.

 

Fulford is also a Richland Parish volunteer fire-fighter himself. Rodrigue says it’s unfortunate one of their own was charged, but that’s the way it is.

 

More charges maybe pending.

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Governor John Bel Edwards is working to find ways to equip every school with a school resource officer. He says the vast majority of schools already have them but not all. Edwards made the comments during his monthly radio show, “ask the governor.”

 

The governor adds each officer should have uniformed training.

 

He says he’s saddened by the situation today’s schools are in.

 

A task force has been assembled to study the issue.

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Governor John Bel Edwards says the proposed budget that was approved by the House is a non-starter, and if it reaches his desk, he’s not signing it. The budget maintains higher ed, and funds TOPS at 80 percent, but includes steep cuts to healthcare that could shutter public-private hospitals that care for the poor. Edwards says it’s a budget unworthy of the people of Louisiana

 

Edwards says, "The types of cuts that I just described to you do not happen in the state of Louisiana.The state is better than this. They deserve better than this."

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