Cory Crowe

News and Public Affairs Director

Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.

His radio career started in the 1980’s as a rock disk jockey before being "bit" by the news bug. In 1991 Cory started as a student news intern at the new public radio station, 90.3 KEDM. Although he left radio to open his own music store and recording studio, he later returned to worked as a radio program director, sports director, news director and talk show host. He also worked with national radio talk shows in syndication and satellite distribution.

Cory also has experience in digital advertising sales management, as well as social media marketing, behavioral advertising and audience research.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/Television/Film Production from the University of Louisiana Monroe in 1995.

In his spare time he serves as the public address announcer at The University of Louisiana Monroe and works in the entertainment industry. He is a classically trained musician and enjoys Texas Blues.

Cory lives in Monroe with his wife Mary Pat.

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Pope Frances has appointed a new Bishop to preside over the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Bishop Michael Duca will be transferred from Shreveport, where he’s been for the last ten years. He’s replacing Bishop Robert Muench, who’s held the position since 2002. Duca says he didn’t see it coming, but he’s looking forward to serving the people of Baton Rouge.

"I was completely suprised by this appointment and while I am sad to leave the good people of the Diocese of Shreveport, I immediatley accepted the appointment without reservation", said Duca.

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The man who struck and killed a Sterlington police officer, David Elahi with his car in 2016 was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. 46-year-old Tracy Govan was found guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury in February. Govan’s Attorney, Louis Scott, says it’s a shocking sentence considering his client’s clean record and the fact that the crime was an accident.

"I think it was extremely excessive, and I've been trying to figure out what was it that caused the judge to impose a sentence of that nature", said Scott. 

The Monroe Farmers Market grand opening  is  Thursday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. 

The market has fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits.  The Monroe Farmer's Market is located at 1200 Washington Street, across from J.S. Clark Elementary, Monroe. 

The market is open 7am-noon Monday through Saturday. 

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Higher Education in Louisiana is about to get pushed off the fiscal cliff. The state will enact severe budget cuts to the T.O.P.S. program and university budgets unless there is a deal to raise more revenue or realocate funds to higher education. 

T.O.P.S. eligible students would only receive 70% funding for tuition. Students at the University of Louisiana Monroe could see a $1,736 out of pocket cost increase  per year to make up for the 30% cut in T.O.P.S.

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KEDM Policy and a Pint: A Blunt Look at Louisiana Marijuana Policy delved into the topic of cannabis in the bayou state. Our program was recorded at Iron Cactus in downtown Monroe on May 15. 

Our open public forum featured panel with members who support legalization and those against the new proposals. Our experts are from the fields of addiction recovery and counseling, pharmacology and pharmacy law, and the marijuana lobby.  We discussed medical pot, legalization, health issues, and more. 

Our panel for the discussion:

Monroe Police Officer Ayrian Williams died Monday night while trying to assist her fellow officers in south Monroe. The accident happened around 6:45 p.m. when her police car attempted to avoid a road hazard on S. 8th Street in Monroe.  Her vehicle left the roadway and impacted a large tree. Emergency medical personnel took the officer to St. Francis Hospital where she died due to her injuries. 

A Monroe Police officer died while responding to a radio dispatch call. The accident happened at 7 p.m. on Monday. The officer was killed after her police car left the roadway and struck a tree on S. 8th Street in Monroe.  

The name of the officer has not been released pending notification of the family. 

 

BATON ROUGE -- Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he signed the following bills into law from the 2018 Regular Legislative Session:

ACT 107 – SB 344 Authorizes the commissioner of administration to transfer certain state property in Webster Parish.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks able-bodied people should work to receive their food stamps. The new U.S. farm bill would rework the food stamp rules. It will require many recipients to work 20 hours a week or go to job classes  to help them become more employable. 

The issue of working for food has divided both the Republicans and Democrats.  Over 40 million people receive the food benefits.

Louisiana is one of the first states in the deep South to allow medicinal marijuana. Dr. Tommy Estis, a substance abuse counselor, thinks we may be moving too fast. 

Dr. Estis will join panelists from the University of Louisiana Monroe School of Pharmacy and Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana for a discussion about benefits and risks of marijuana. The discussion includes the laws and regulations that patients will have to follow. 

Policy and a Pint is Tuesday, May 15.  A "meet and greet" with the panel begins at 5:30 p.m. and the radio discussion will begin at 6 p.m. 

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