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 end enjoys Texas Blues.

Cory lives in Monroe with his wife Mary Pat.

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Financial problems are making upkeep difficult on the Ouachita –Black River system.

Tracy Hilburn, Operations Superintendent of the Tensas Basin Levee District says the system has $30,000,000 in outstanding work that could determine the amount of commercial river traffic that uses the Ouachita River.

Hilburn says if the river traffic doesn’t pick up the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could walk away from the project. 

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It has been one year since floods hit Louisiana and Governor John Bel Edwards was in Washington this week asking for more money for flood assistance. $1.6 billion dollars has been approved for Louisiana but Washington hasn’t released that money to Louisiana for distribution.

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks the process is taking too long.

“Everybody is frustrated on both the state and federal level that the money has not yet got into anybody’s hands.”

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The Ouachita River system is in a perilous situation. The lack of commercial barge traffic on the river may mean reduced federal funds for dredging and repairs to locks and dams. This lack of upkeep has forced some shippers off the river and if total commercial tonnage doesn’t pick up the river could return to a natural state.

Randy Denmon of Ouachita River Valley Association (ORVA) will be a panelist at KEDM’s Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry. We will discuss the dangers of a declining river system.

A bus transporting prisoners housed in River Bend Correctional Center was involved in an accident near Manchac, Louisiana. The accident occurred on Interstate 55 as the Orleans Parish inmates were being transported from Lake Providence to New Orleans. The crash closed I-55 and inmates were treated at the accident site. 

East Carroll Parish Sheriff Wydette Williams said East Carroll's correctional center houses a small number of Orleans Parish prisoners. Sheriff Williams said that the 16 inmates and 2 officers were unhurt in the incident.

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90.3 KEDM Public Radio hosts Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry-The Decline of a River System on Tuesday April 11 at 6 p.m. Topics to be discussed include river health, drinking water, economic impact, agricultural impact, industry and recreational use of the Ouachita River.

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The following schools are closed on Monday:

 Morehouse Parish Schools

 Prairie View Academy

 LaSalle Parish Schools

 Franklin Parish Schools

Storm Prediction Center / NWS Shreveport

Severe weather is expected to make its way through Northeast Louisiana today.

Meteorologists are predicting that the line of thunderstorms will arrive mid-afternoon with a possibility of high winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes.

For more weather updates, please visit our Facebook and Twitter.

 

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John Stringer, Executive Director of The Tenses Basin Levee District says the Ouachita - Black River System is facing challenges. He says the river systems lack of full funding places the Ouachita River in peril and says the underfunded river system could be abandoned under a worst case scenario.

Stringer says, “It can happen and you know if it does happen, I’ve always said it will be a catastrophe for our region.”

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Congressman Ralph Abraham says the 9th Circuit Court  is overreaching. 

He says he stands with Donald Trump on the second try at an travel ban.

Abraham said, “I certainly think the judge is overreaching.”  

“Since 2014 there have been almost 600 cases of terrorism prosecuted in this country.”

President Trump’s second order would not be the first time a group of immigrants was singled out.

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A former teacher is accused of improper conduct with several high school students. 

Christian J. Amos, age 25 of Monroe was arrested after an investigation by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Special Investigation Unit.  He is being held on numerous drug charges, prohibited sexual conduct between a educator and student, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Amos was formerly the choir teacher at Neville High School in Monroe. He resigned from the school in January.

He is being held in Ouachita Correctional Center on $90.000 bond.

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