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Frozen Kingdom Delivers Heart-Warming Tale

Dec 17, 2014
LDB

A ballet based on the story by Hans Christian-Andersen is presented in Louisiana Delta Ballet's "The Frozen Kingdom".  A gala performance is Friday night at the Jack Howard Theatre in Monroe.  LDB member Jeanine Patton shares on the production and an exciting event the organization hosts in 2015.

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  The Legislature's chief economist says state officials need to look at Louisiana'slong list of tax breaks as spending programs that siphon dollars away from the budget.

Louisiana has $7 billion in various tax credits, rebates and deductions. Greg Albrecht said Monday that the programs take money away from the state treasury just like road projects, health care services and other items included in the state's annual budget.

Carols and Holiday Cheer with MSO

Dec 12, 2014
monroesymphonyorchestra.org

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra performs it's holiday "Sounds Of The Seasons" concert Sunday at the West Monroe Convention Center.  Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with pianist Julian Jones performing holiday favorites in the center's lobby.  MSO President of the Board of Governors Charles Jackson says this year's event features traditional and secular pieces, and the Monroe Symphony Chorus joining the celebration in a collection of sing-along carols with the audience. 

Grant Helps Pre-K Access To Local School Systems

Dec 11, 2014
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Louisiana is set to receive up to $32 million in federal grant money over four years to improve preschool access for low-income children across the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Louisiana is one of 18 states getting grants aimed at giving more educational opportunities for at-risk children. State Superintendent of Education John White says Louisiana is guaranteed $2.4 million for one year. The award can grow to $32 million over four years, if the state meets terms of the grant.

 

 

DHH Seeks Solution to High Rate of ADHD Meds

Dec 9, 2014
AP

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals held a symposium Tuesday looking at potential solutions to the growing number of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnoses and treatments.  DHH reports that Louisiana has the second highest  of ADHD prescriptions in the country.

O Christmas Tree at Biedenharn

Dec 9, 2014
Biedenharn Museum

The Biedenharn Museum is filled with holiday decorations.  Each year, the Monroe Garden Study League brings a unique look to the rooms that fill the site.  Biedenharn Executive Director Ralph Calhoun says this year's theme is "O Christmas Tree".  "The ladies with the league have wonderfully decorated 14 trees in the Fountain Room," Calhoun said.  "It's like you've never walked indoors."

The Music Man Marches Onto Strauss Stage

Dec 8, 2014
Strauss Theatre Center

There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman cons the townspeople into creating a boys' band.  Scott Zentner, in the role of Harold Hill, begins to question himself after getting to know Marian, the librarian, played by Claire Vangelisti.  Performances begin Thursday night, December 11th, at the Strauss Theatre Center in Monroe. 

A Mix of Art and Music for the Holidays

Dec 2, 2014
DAA

Eleven galleries welcome guests Thursday night for a holiday art crawl in downtown Monroe and West Monroe.  The evening features artist talks and live music at several venues as part of the celebration.  "It's a variety of holiday art, from paintings to sculpture, even jewelry" says Downtown Arts Alliance Communications Consultant Ann Bloxom Smith. 

ULM Art Sale

Nov 25, 2014
Jay Curtis

Seasonal items and gift ideas are showcased in the University of Louisiana at Monroe Alumni, Faculty, and Student Art Sale.  ULM Alum Sheila Floyd shares on the annual event.  The sale is December 1-5 in Bry Gallery at ULM.

China's Approach To Immigration

Nov 25, 2014
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Immigration and border security have proven to be global concerns.  Recently, University of Louisiana at Monroe professor Dr. Robert Hanser presented on the topics to the Chinese People's Armed Police Academy.  He notes the similarities of how both the U.S. and China approach the difficult issues.  The visit brought about collaborations between ULM's Criminal Justice program and the academy. 

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