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The Edwards administration has started the legal process to remove BRF as the operator of the state’s safety net hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a letter has been sent to Shreveport-based BRF that gives them 45 days to correct various problems.

Dardenne says the state has spoken with Ochsner Health System and the New Orleans based hospital company could help BRF run the hospitals or possibly replace BRF.

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I ran across an article some time back with the headline, “When a million isn’t enough: why bankers struggle.” The million wasn’t their savings – it was their annual income. And (fighting back sniffles here), it apparently isn’t enough.

“It’s really not that unusual to find Wall Street bankers who are close to declaring themselves bankrupt,” said Gary Goldstein, co-founder of U.S. search firm Whitney Partners. “Some people are really struggling.” And on and on the story went.

I know, I know…my heart is breaking too…

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Recently, the Louisiana Board of Regents gave the green light to the University of Louisiana Monroe for the development of the proposal of a physical therapy program through the university.

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In 2016 over 4,800 children spent time in foster care in Louisiana alone. Sara McBroom is fighting against this statistic with her new nonprofit organization, Suitcases for New Places. 

Workforce Development is something The University of Louisiana Monroe is always working to accomplish.  Roslynn Pogue, Director of the ULM Office of Career Connections, says our area is growing and there are shortages of employees in many areas.  

"Accounting, nursing and other medical fields are in high demand," says Pogue.  She says many employers are looking to ULM to ask about potential graduates. ULM Career Connections helps student with skills to land these lucrative jobs. 

An arrest has been made in connection with a break-in at a power company substation that resulted in a power outage in New Orleans in June.      

The New Orleans Advocate reports that 32-year-old Rickey Telsede was jailed Monday and faces charges including unauthorized entry into a critical infrastructure and theft of copper. 

      

Police believe Telsede cut through a chain link fence and stole copper wire at an Entergy substation near the Superdome early on June 29. 

      

Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma's vicious path of destruction across the peninsula.      

The fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remains largely a question mark. Communication and access were cut and authorities dangled only vague assessments of ruinous impact.

      

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the storm "devastating" after emerging from a Monday fly-over of the Keys.

      

A Louisiana woman accused of stealing nearly $73,000 worth of charitable bingo money has been arrested.      

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports 36-year-old Ashley Brignac was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft valued at $25,000 or more. The funds were stolen from the Gretna Historical Society, which preserves five historic buildings and artifacts in Gretna.

      

An investigation by the Louisiana Department of Revenue's Office of Charitable Gaming found that nearly $73,000 had not been deposited into the organization's checking account.

      

A sheriff's office in Louisiana has arrested a newly hired employee for allegedly trying to sneak drugs to an inmate accused of murder and robbery.      

News outlets report 22-year-old Tyler Materre was arrested Monday and charged with several offenses, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution.

      

Materre was hired by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in May and worked as a corrections-monitoring technician.

      

A woman has been fatally shot in a New Orleans parking lot.      

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the woman was shot Monday at 3:30 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex in New Orleans. The woman's identity has not been released.

      

Authorities say officers found the woman while responding to a call about a disturbance. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

      

New Orleans police spokesman Aaron Looney says detectives believe the woman was arguing with one or more people before being shot.

 

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