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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A tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico has many Louisianans worried. Invest 93L has a 80% chance of growing into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 5 days and an 80% chance in the next 48 hours.  The storm would be named Cindy if it develops.

Bayoustateweather.com meteorologist Don Wheeler says we need to keep an eye on this system.

“Should the storm continue on its present track it will be off the Louisiana coast Wednesday morning.”

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A Louisiana Congressman has been shot this morning in the Washington D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.  Congressman Steve Scalise was shot while at baseball practice for the annual Congressional Charity Baseball Game.  At least 5 others were shot including 2 police officers.

Scalise is the 3rd rankinghouse member and had a security detail with him. The gunman is in custody.

Scalise was playing 2nd base when he was shot. He is currently in stable condition. 

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Congressman Ralph Abraham says he is waiting to hear potential evidence former FBI Director James Comey may have on his discussions with President Donald Trump.

 "He (Trump) probably did indeed tell Comey that he wished he would let the Flynn thing go," says Abraham.

Rep. Abraham says he believes this was just a conversation between two men and doesn't rise to the level of obstruction.  Abraham says if Comey had something of substance before today then he was legally responsible to report it.  

 Complete coverage of the Comey testimony is available at KEDM.org 

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Congressman Ralph Abraham said the replacement of Obamacare will help most citizens.  

"There are 5 layers of protection under the new health care bill, " said Abraham.  

He expects taxes will be lower from more competition between insurance companies.  Refundable tax credits for people who don't meet certain income levels will help with premiums.  There is also a provision to freeze the insurance rates of customers with pre-existing issues as longs as they have had continuous coverage for the last 63 days.   

Abraham said, "Nobody can be denied coverage ."  

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KEDM2 Ideas  will be simulcasting programming from the main channel  for a few days during some infrastructure upgrades.   The all news and information channel will return as soon as possible. 

Thanks you for your patience during this transition. 

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A huge converting and logistics facility will be built in Ouachita Parish near Ouachita High School and the now vacant Guide Plant. The facility will house Graphic Packaging’s Carton Folding Plant and DHL’s Logistics and Distribution Operation.  The 1.27 million square foot facility will be bigger than the Louisiana Superdome.

DHL will construct the building and the adjoining distribution center. The total construction investment for the new Monroe facility will be over $84 million.

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A discussion is underway between The University of Louisiana Monroe and an unnamed non-profit medical school to locate a campus in Monroe. ULM and the partner signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding between the two institutions on April 25.  

Dr. Nick Bruno, President of ULM says "A lot of work still has to be put into this project." 

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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.

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