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Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson has passed away at the age of 90. Benson bought the Saints in 1985 after building a car dealership and real estate empire that started in San Antonio, and expanded to his hometown of New Orleans. When the team went up for sale in 1984, then governor Edwin Edwards says he had one priority: finding a buyer who would keep the team in town, and he found that man in Benson.


Edwards says that Benson kept his promise in keeping the team in New Orleans. Edwards says that the Saints have been "a great asset to the city and the state."


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Shreveport Senator John Milkovich’s legislation that would give teachers more freedom to decide how to handle bullies in public schools passed through the Senate Education Committee. The bill gives teachers a wide leniency to “take all steps deemed necessary” to stop bullying, including involving the police, and personally restraining offending students. Milkovich says it would cut down on the red tape involved in stopping bullies.


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Senator John Kennedy has co-sponsored the WOOFF act which stands for welfare of our furry friends act.  He’s aiming to curtail the death’s of animals on airlines like the one last Monday on a United flight.


Kennedy says, "There have been a number of pets, in particular dogs, who have died on United flights." Kennedy says that the airline made a woman place her dog in an overhead compartment. 


Kennedy says he expects to get some answers from the airline that was responsible for the dog’s death.


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March is Irish-American Heritage Month, and St. Patrick's Day is March 17. To celebrate, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual St. Paddy's Day Bicycle Parade & Festival from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kiroli Park.

The parade and festival celebrate the rich Irish heritage present in the Northeast Louisiana region. The event features live Irish music from Emerald Accent. There are costume contests for all ages, as well as pets and bikes. The bike parade rolls around noon.

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The public is invited to learn more about the VORTEX-SE project and the University of Louisiana Monroe's role in this cooperative effort with the NOAA — the National Oceanic and Administrative Administration —  at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 at the Monroe Regional Airport. The event will be in Avflight Hangar #3.

The Verification of the Origins of Tornadoes Experiment-Southeast, or VORTEX-SE, focuses on improving understanding of the unique characteristics of storms and tornadoes in the Southeast United States. /

The Easter Bunny is making it's annual stop in Monroe at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council are pleased to join the Department of Community Affairs and Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society to present Easter Eggstravaganza 2018.


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Born in Tallulah, Louisiana, Blues guitarist and songwriter, Blind Joe Reynolds recorded eight songs with Paramount Records and Victor Records.  Reynolds was given the nickname “Blind Joe” after losing both of his eyes from a shotgun blast following an altercation.

Although left blind, Reynolds remained outspoken and candid by often using his music as a tool to speak out against societal injustices.

Panola Pepper founder Bubber Brown was remembered in Washington, D.C. by Representative Ralph Abraham on Tuesday.  

Grady “Bubber” Brown passed away on February 10, 2018 in Lake Providence, LA. Born on March 8, 1934 he was the son of the late William Denis Brown, Jr and Martha Wyly Brown.

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Louisiana State Police say a 12-year-old shot and killed his seven-year-old brother in Lake Providence Monday. Trooper Michael Reichardt says the two youngsters were together when the shooting occurred. They are still investigating how the older juvenile got a hold of a weapon.


The seven-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Six children were at home at the time of the shooting while their mother was at work. Reichardt says it’s an active and on-going investigation. 

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Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is warning that lawmakers will not be able to cut their way to a balanced budget for next fiscal year. He testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee today and reiterated the governor’s call to wrap up the regular session in early May, so that a special session that addresses revenue can be called to tackle the fiscal cliff. Dardenne has a challenge for lawmakers who disagree.


Revenue issues can only be brought up in a special session this year.