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update 11:45 a.m. Monday, June 8

We're making progress! $14,000 is the new total toward our goal of $40,000! Make it happen with your gift now!

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It's the end of the fiscal year, and you can help KEDM finish strong!! 

LDWF Agent Shot During Traffic Stop

May 22, 2015

Updated 10 a.m. Friday:  Sgt. Scott Bullitt, will be transferred to University Health Shreveport.  LDWF officials say Bullitt, who does not have movement in his legs, will be examined by a neurosurgeon.  Doctors have not been able to remove the bullet lodged near his spine.

Original story:

A Wildlife and Fisheries agent is in serious condition after bring shot in the back during a traffic stop Thursday.

Red, White, and Blue 5k At Chennault Museum

May 20, 2015

The 3rd annual Run for the Red, White, and Blue Memorial Day weekend event is Saturday at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum.

The 5k run is accompanied by a 1k fun walk, plus children's activities and free tours of the museum on race day.  Event c0-coordinator David Worthington says the celebration comes as the musuem has recently added a new feature.  "The Chennault Room is open.  It is a beautiful addition, in keeping with the exhibits housed at the museum. 

Flooding Hits Grambling Campus

May 18, 2015
Alan Blakeney

Heavy rains and thunderstorms caused some flooding at Grambling State University Monday.  GSU Media Relations spokesperson Suzanne Douglas says fast-rising waters crept into some halls on campus.  "They have issued the closing of several buildings on campus because of flooding, mainly Woodson Hall," she said.Several low-lying areas could not keep up with the heavy downpour from this morning’s storms.  She says emergency vehicles were brought in to pump water from those buildings taking on floodwater.  "The university is very cautionary.

Ruston Farmer's Market Celebrates 8th Season

May 13, 2015

The Ruston Farmer's Market marks the opening of it's eighth season Saturday.

The market welcomes growers from Lincoln Parish and across the region in providing fresh produce.  "We'll have fresh-to-Louisiana produce, local honey, fresh cut flowers, baked goods, and a number of regional goods," says market spokesperson Jean McWeeney.

Special children's activities are planned for opening day and North Central Louisiana Arts Council provides local art. 

Group Protests Officer's Reinstatement

May 13, 2015
B. Lenox

About 40 people gathered in front of the Monroe Public Safety Center to protest the reinstatement of a Monroe police officer Tuesday. 




In March, Officer Doug Lambert was terminated from the police department after posting comments following the Ferguson, Missouri case involving Michael Brown. Lambert was reinstated by the Monroe Civil Service Board and put on a 90-day suspension without pay, and required to take sensitivity training.



Library Set To Launch 'SummerFest'

May 12, 2015
courtesy OPPL

The Ouachita Parish Public Library kicks off summer reading programs this Saturday during "SummerFest".

"We've brought back a single event to make everyone aware of the summer reading programs for kids and adults," says Lakeisha Bosworth, youth services coordinator for the library system.  The book selected for River Reads, an adult reading program, will be announced.  The summer reading challenge for kids is also highlighted during SummerFest.  

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and Police Chief Quentin Holmes discussed a planned protest at the city's Public Safety Center.  Their comments came during a news conference Monday morning.

The rally, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, is in response to the Civil Service Board's reinstatement of Monroe Police Officer Doug Lambert. Lambert was initially fired from the department for posting comments on Facebook concerning riots following the Ferguson, Missouri verdict in the case of Michael Brown.

  Lest you think French influence on our state is restricted to the southern half, consider the sinuous streams of northeast Louisiana.  They flow through our geography with Franco-laden labels both pure and bastardized - and with good reason.  Frenchmen were the first to establish a lasting presence.  They were not Acadians.They plied every major stream in northeast Louisiana.  They put their names on nearly all of them.

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The city of Monroe is mowing vacant lots that have grass taller than 12 inches.

Don Hopkins, sanitation superintendent, says thousands of vacant lots in the city have overgrown grass.

Hopkins says overgrown grass can cause serious problems with snakes and mosquitoes.

He says property owner are charged $75 dollars an acre.

Hopkins says the city puts a notification in the newspaper each Wednesday to notify landowners which areas of the city will be mowed the coming week.

He says the city is hoping to raise the rate of cutting to $150 an acre.