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Heat Advisory Continues Through 7 p.m.

Jul 26, 2017

A Heat Advisory will be in effect through 7 pm today across the Four State Region which will include Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest and South Central Arkansas, Northwest and North Central Louisiana and East and Northeast Texas.

The combination of hot afternoon temperatures in the middle to upper 90s and humid conditions will result in Heat Indices of 105-109 degrees.

Heat related illnesses will become possible for those involved in outdoor work and activities, especially when in direct sunlight.

Jose Edmundo Martinez-Ortiz, 24, of San Salvador, El Salvador, was sentenced Friday on one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien. 

 According to the April 17, 2017 guilty plea, Lake Charles police conducted a trafficstop on a vehicle containing illegal aliens on November 15, 2016. Martinez-Ortiz admittedto being in the United States illegally.

Upon further investigation, law enforcement agentsfound that the defendant had been found guilty of armed robbery in Maryland onSeptember 11, 2014 and had been removed from the United States in 2016.

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In Winnsboro seven-year old Brandon McFarland was found dead  in a neighbor's yard. His parents told police that he was playing with sister in the front yard , and when they went outside he was missing.  McFarland's parents and others from the neighborhood searched for the child until finding him in a neighbor's yard next to where they were visiting. Reports say that Brandon was playing with a ball when it went over a fence and when he went to go get the ball he hit a hot wire on the electric fence and was electrocuted.

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A plane crash in Union Parish has claimed the life of a 73-year-old man from Monroe. Sheriff Dusty Gates says David Lockard’s small, private plane crashed into Lake D’Arbonne Sunday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration is one site, trying to determine a cause for the crash.


With Medicaid one of the largest chunks of state budget spending, it’s no surprise some are honed in on curbing: “Fraud, waste, abuse in our Medicaid program.”

Everyone loves to garden when the weather is perfect, but the summer sets apart the hardcore pros from the novices. There is still plenty to do in the gardens in late July.

Tasks you can do for your vegetable garden in July include harvesting, planting, planning, and amending the soil for late fall and early winter vegetables.

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KEDM Public Radio would like to thank everyone that came out to the Craft Festiv-ale Beer Tasting at Tonore's Wine Cellar!

The craft beer tasting included 25 American Craft Beers not yet sold in the Monroe area. A few of the beer labels included Oskar Blues, Gnarley Barley Urban South Founders, and Brooklyn Brewing. A poll was even taken to see what were people favorite type of beer with Crispy & Clean coming out on top.

Sue Lincoln, from WRKF's Capitol Access, talks about the continuing battle between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Superintendent of Education John White.

The governor is not ruling out filing a lawsuit designed to remove White from his post.

Reporter Craig Unger from New Republic talks about the connection between Russia and President Donald Trump.

In the latest issue of the magazine, Unger reports Trump has had financial dealings with Russians for more than three decades.