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Saturday, March 25th, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation is holding its  Delta Spring Ramble. Registration for the Ramble will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Poverty Point, and the event begins at 10:00 a.m.

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Louisiana has launched a statewide effort to find property owners and landlords who can provide rental housing to some of the thousands still displaced by massive flooding last year.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards described the kickoff of the Louisiana Housing Heroes Initiative on Tuesday as incredibly important to the state's recovery.

 

More than 45,000 flood victims are still living with relatives since the flooding, according to state estimates. Another 373 people are living in hotels.

 

Louisiana's state senators may derail plans by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to eliminate a program that provides mental health services to thousands of children.

 

The Edwards administration intends to shutter the program on April 1, to save more than $2 million this year. The program elimination is part of the Louisiana Department of Health's response to cuts levied by lawmakers in last month's special session to close a deficit.

 

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Viet Anh Vo is a U.S. citizen who's lived in Louisiana since he was an infant, but he says in court papers he's unable to get a marriage license under a 2015 state law that, he argues, discriminates against the foreign-born.

 

A federal judge in New Orleans will hear the case Wednesday.

 

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A search warrant has now been served on the Monroe City School Board related to the allegations accusing a former teacher at Neville high school of providing drugs to students in an exchange for sex.

Christian Amos, 25, of Monroe, was arrested on March 1st for 6 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and six counts of drug possession with intent to distribute to a schedule I drug.

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The best time to fire someone is before you hire them. And sometimes the best loan for you is the one you don’t take out.

I’ve had people come to me loaded down with poor past decisions, currently reflected in a crummy credit rating. Then, while treading water in a sea of maxed out credit cards, they find it… their dream home! It would be perfect for the kids, perfect for the neighbors, perfect for work and..well…it's perfect!

A state audit examining a missing $22,000 in student activity funds from West Ridge Middle School in West Monroe has been turned over to law enforcement. Roger Harris with the Legislative Auditor’s Office says over $11,000 was collected from eighth graders between 2013 and 2014 for a trip to Disney World. He says there was one teacher in charge of collecting the money for the trip, Jodie Dean.

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John Stringer, Executive Director of The Tenses Basin Levee District says the Ouachita - Black River System is facing challenges. He says the river systems lack of full funding places the Ouachita River in peril and says the underfunded river system could be abandoned under a worst case scenario.

Stringer says, “It can happen and you know if it does happen, I’ve always said it will be a catastrophe for our region.”

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Wednesday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Northeast Louisiana Children's Coalition  will be hosting 'A Day of Education for Educators and Professionals'. This event will be held in the Kitty Degree School of Nursing's auditorium, and will focus on the STI, suicide, and sex trafficking statistics of the area and how being youth friendly can allow students to open up.

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Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering seven free boating education courses around the state this week.

 

The effort is part of a national Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign.

 

Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984, who operates a motorboat over 10 horsepower. The wildlife and fisheries department says its safe boating education program, started in 2003, has certified more than 99,000 boaters.

 

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