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Governor Edwards and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain continue their listening tour with farmers today with stops in Ferriday and Slaughter. The tour started earlier this week as the two elected officials held meetings in Mooringsport and Bastrop to hear about concerns within the agriculture industry. Edwards says producers are worried that state budget cuts are impacting agriculture research at LSU and Southern.

 

Edwards says soybean farmers are also pushing for funding so the Red River can be dredged in northwest Louisiana to help with shipping costs.

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House Republicans have devised a list of proposed changes they want to see made to deals with the private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients.  

     The GOP lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over how to approach multibillion-dollar contracts that are state government's largest.  

     The governor is proposing 23-month, $15.4 billion extensions for the five managed-care companies. House Republicans on the joint legislative budget committee that must approve the extensions are pressing for adjustments.  

Princess Ayika

Worry spread around the campus of University of Louisiana Monroe as a high speed chase took place yesterday afternoon at around 1:30 pm. The chase began at Sterlington Road then continued on through campus to Desiard Street where the suspect was finally stopped. 

The chase started with the suspect allegedly stealing a vehicle and trying to escape when the Sterlington Police quickly responded to the on going crime.  

The name of the suspect has not been released as the case is still under investigation. 

An Excess Number of Crashes This Week

Nov 16, 2017
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As we’ve seen an excess number of wrecks this week, the state Department of Transportation reports there were 2,423 crashes on Interstate 10 between Exit 100 in Lafayette and the Baton Rouge Mississippi River Bridge from January 1st of 2014 to the end of 2016. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson.

Of those crashes, 19 were fatal and 20 people died. Wilson says the majority of these wrecks are a result of tailgating or distracted driving.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham says a new flood bill damage the economy of Louisiana.

"The average customer will see an 8% increase, in real money that will be an additional $80 to $100," said Abraham. 

Abraham believes that later today the Republican Tax Reform bill will pass. He says the new proposal will give middle class Americans a tax cut. Many Democrats in opposition say the  bill will give the wealthy and business a tax break and decrease the amount of money available for social programs. 

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In the third part of "The Wordsmiths" series, University of Louisiana Monroe freshman Graham Nunnelee analyzes how the differing meanings of words can cause different perceptions of reality.

Many Man Sentenced to 110 Months

Nov 15, 2017
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Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a man from Many was sentenced last week to 110 months in prison for possessing a shotgun that he also sold.  

Frank Manning Jr., 37, of Many, La., was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.  

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Firefighter Recruits Graduating

Nov 15, 2017
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The City of Monroe is pleased to announce our 12th Fire Academy Recruit Graduation. This class is called the Bravehearts. The graduation ceremony will take place 6 pm Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Monroe Public Safety Center, located at 1810 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Monroe, LA 71202. The guest speaker is retired Fire Chief Jimmie Bryant. 

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The Law of Diminishing Intent.

Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve probably experienced it.

I first ran across this idea when reading a piece by consultant Duncan MacPherson.

As he explains it, “In simple terms, the Law of Diminishing Intent states that, when it comes to finishing a task that seems absolutely crucial one moment, our motivation wanes at about the same rate as the task’s significance. This is largely due to the fact that the emotion associated with the action dwindles, causing the motivation required to finish the project to fade.”

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