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Masur Variety Show Set For September 16

Aug 15, 2017

Variety, like the name implies, is like a variety show. It is an inter-generational cultural experience that takes place five times a year. Every edition features a new line-up each time. Admission and activities are free. Generally Variety would be held at the Masur Museum, however the September 16 Variety will be held at the Monroe Regional Airport. Short term parking stubs will be validated between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm!

THE LINE-UP:

Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Mexican citizen pleaded guilty Monday to reentering the United States illegally after being arrested for trying to obtain a Louisiana Identification Card in Morgan City.

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One of America's favorite seasons is steadily approaching, and will be here in a couple of weeks. Football season is a time of year where fans from all over come together to root for their favorite teams and root against their most hated rival.

Today, First Lady Donna Edwards is launching a new initiative to connect foster parents with the support systems they need in their communities. This statewide campaign will link government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations, businesses and community members to create a united network of support for Louisiana’s foster care system.

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The public is invited to tour the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI when it is docked at the Central Louisiana Regional Port in Alexandria, Louisiana, from 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 16. 

The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission (MRC), which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Red River as part of the commission's annual low-water inspection trip. 

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The controversy over how the pumps operated in the city of New Orleans during the weekend flooding event is not over. The city council called a meeting just before Sewerage & Water Board Executive Director Cedric Grant announced his retirement saying he’d learned his staff hadn’t been honest about the event. The board’s Superintendent, Joe Becker, said that the system is not designed to handle that much rain in a short period of time.

 

On August 3, 2017, a federal grand jury in San Francisco returned a superseding indictment charging Marcus Etienne, a.k.a. Hitler, Elizabeth Gobert, Craig Marshall, and Mario Robinson, with racketeering, murder, and conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The indictment was unsealed today.  

 Some New Orleans officials say they're not satisfied with the city's response to weekend flooding, after heavy rainfall overwhelmed the city's pump stations

. Local news media report Council President Jason Williams says the council will meet Tuesday to seek answers about the pumping system. Some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches (20 and 25 centimeters) of rain over a few hours Saturday. City officials said that was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board's 24 pump stations to cope with even though all were operating.

Authorities in Louisiana say a man suspected of dealing drugs tried to flee undercover detectives, ramming an unmarked sheriff's vehicle and then jumping into a canal.

Once he was in the water, he stopped resisting and started yelling for help, saying he can't swim. A detective jumped into the canal and brought him to shore.

News outlets report detectives found suspected crack cocaine, more than $2,000 in cash and two pistols in the wrecked car of 31-year-old Kyle Anderson. A woman in his car was injured and hospitalized.

Lafayette, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a man living in Oregon was sentenced Thursday to 300 months in prison for sexually assaulting and torturing a woman who he had a child with and who engaged in prostitution.

 

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