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Sunday, February 26th the Red Carpet Rendezvous will be taking place at the West Monroe Convention Center from 7 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This gala-style fundraiser is coinciding with the airing of the 89th annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award show. 

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The Ouachita River may be in trouble due to lack of commercial use.  The ”Low Use” designation  means funds could be scarce for dredging and locks and dams.  The funding relies on a formula  of lock usage and tonnage.

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks the formula for funding should be based on other factors.

Abraham thinks more commercial river traffic is a great thing.  He thinks the Ouachita River has a bigger impact than commercial traffic alone.

A Union Parish man has been arrested after police say they found meth and hydrocodone at a residence.

Edwin. T. Whitlock of Bernice was taken into custody after a call from Child Protective Services.

He was booked into the Union Parish jail on charges of drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and distribution of methamphetamine. 

Jonathan Williamson, 43, of Harrisonburg was involved in an incident on Monday that left his girlfriend dead.

Police say Williamson flagged them down and said he accidentally shot 44 year old Shelly Mixon with a 22 rifle. Mixon was taken by ambulance to Alexandria where she later died.

Williamson was arrested and booked for attempted manslaughter. More charges may be coming.    

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Thursday, February 23rd Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge's forester, Chris Foster, will be giving a talk on local invasive species. The talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Bayou education center.

The floods that inundated Louisiana in August also damaged rice harvested as seed for this year's planting. 

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says he's temporarily relaxed certification requirements to ensure farmers can buy enough for a chance at a good crop. 

Department seed programs director Lester Cannon says farmers will have to buy more of some lots to make up for the problem, but sellers will drop the price to make up for it. 

A government official says the Trump administration will revoke guidelines that say transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity. 

The decision would be a reversal of an Obama-era directive issued in May. It required public schools to grant bathroom access even if student records differ or others are uncomfortable. The White House says President Donald Trump believes the issue is for the states to decide without federal involvement. 

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With time running short, Louisiana's lawmakers have moved the pieces of a budget-rebalancing deal into place.

 

But final passage of the plan to close a $304 million deficit remained far from certain. 

The special legislative session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to eliminate the gap must end Wednesday.

 

The broad outlines of a negotiated deal between the House, Senate and governor were reached Monday by legislative leaders. But Republican House leaders acknowledged Tuesday they don't necessarily yet have the votes to pass it.

 

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Thinking about buying a bigger house?

Well, you never just buy a bigger house.

You also buy a bigger light bill, heating bill, water bill, insurance bill, decorating bill, remodeling bill, lawn care bill. And if you happen to move into that nice upscale neighborhood, you might also tack on to all the rest a larger set of expenses for a more upscale lifestyle (food, travel, entertainment).

None of this is necessarily good or bad. It’s just reality.

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Saturday, February 25th is the opening of the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts's latest production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This musical performance follows the story of the biblical character Joseph and his 11 brothers. 

The commonly known story of Joseph from Genesis, often referred to as the 'coat of many colors' story, follows Joseph's life after his brothers sell him into slavery.

"It's the story of redemption for the brothers, and shows how Joseph deals with this hardship in his life," says Walter Allen, SYAA executive director.

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