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When it comes to saving the planet the last thing people think about doing is cutting trees. To better help Cheniere Lake prosper trimming trees is the only way that sees fit. Don Plunk Jr. the Chairman for the Cheniere Lake Advisory Board says, “It’s a plan that would pay for itself, a timber company has signed to cut many of the trees which would prevent leaves from piling up in the water and damaging the lake’s ecosystem.” The trees that are cut would be sold and the money would be used to pay the timber company.

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Monroe is getting a little closer to allowing ride sharing. At Tuesday night's council meeting held to discuss the possibility of obtaining Uber and Lyft a crowd came out for support. The council decided to proceed with the process, not everyone in attendance was happy about the news of Uber and Lyft. Local taxi companies think it will slow their business and could be dangerous to them.

Elio Motors To Appear Before Motor Vehicle Commission

Jul 10, 2017
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Elio Motors is scheduled to appear before the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission this morning. The company which that plans to build 3-wheel vehicles in Shreveport was summoned earlier this year to answer questions about possible state violations, but failed to appear.

The commission believes that Elio’s pre-purchase program may be breaking laws against car companies selling directly to consumers.

Elio has yet to start production at the old GM plant in Shreveport.

Good Hope Middle School student Tanner Bentz will be Louisiana’s flag bearer at the 2017 State Games of America.

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  A Louisiana state lawmaker says she's dropping out of the state treasurer's race because she's been diagnosed with breast cancer.Rep. Julie Stokes, a Jefferson Parish Republican, announced her decision and her diagnosis Thursday with a statement posted to her campaign website.Stokes says she'll have at least five months of chemotherapy treatment.

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  A lawsuit accuses Black Lives Matter and five of the movement's leaders of inciting violence that led to a gunman's deadly ambush of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge last summer. DeRay Mckesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders are named as defendants in the suit filed Friday on behalf of one of the officers wounded in the July 17 attack by a black military veteran, who killed three other officers before he was shot dead. The suit doesn't name the officer, but its description of the plaintiff matches East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Tullier.  The attorneys

Nick Floyd Named ULM Athletic Director

Jul 7, 2017

University of Louisiana Monroe President Nick J. Bruno announced Thursday the appointment of Nick Floyd of East Carolina University as ULM Athletic Director.

Since 2001, Floyd has been in athletics administration at ECU in Greenville, N.C. In 2004 he was named executive associate director of athletics.

“Nick has 33 years in collegiate athletics management,” said Bruno. “He brings the knowledge and experience to lead the ULM program to a new level of excellence.”

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Three medical centers in north Louisiana will benefit from nearly $5.1 million in combined grants awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Morehouse Community Medical Centers, Inc., in Bastrop has received $1,025,840.

Primary Health Services Center in Monroe has received $2,318,475.

Winn Community Health Center in Winnfield has received $1,713,013.

Congressman Ralph Abraham says the grants will help the medical centers continue to provide health services to patients who use their facilities.

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Authorities in Louisiana arrested three people after a woman tried to claim a suitcase filled with marijuana in an airport's lost and found section. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports deputies found about 10 pounds of marijuana in the suitcase at Louis Armstrong International Airport on June 29. The next day 38-year-old Safiya Zina attempted to claim the suitcase.  Zina told the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies she was paid $1,000 to take the bag from California to New Orleans and exchange it for money.

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The Monroe City School Board has declined to renew the charter of Excellence Academy. Excellence lost the vote 4 to 1, and  1 member recused.  The school was seeking a 5th year. The board followed a recommendation from an outside expert who evaluated the school. The executive director of Excellence Rosevelt Wright says the school will continue to fight in court.

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