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A search warrant has now been served on the Monroe City School Board related to the allegations accusing a former teacher at Neville high school of providing drugs to students in an exchange for sex.

Christian Amos, 25, of Monroe, was arrested on March 1st for 6 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and six counts of drug possession with intent to distribute to a schedule I drug.

HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENT:   The Texas House dug into bills this week  that measure student performance.    The House Public Education  Committee weighed a number of bills including one filed by Lufkin Republican Trent Ashby  --  House Bill 1776 – would eliminate the US  history exam as a high school graduation requirement  AND replace it with the same civics test that is given to people who apply for US citizenship.

Burl Cain may be gone as Angola’s warden, but he’s far from forgotten, as the Legislative Audit Advisory Council looked into allegations of wrongdoing.


Even before the March and August floods hit Louisiana, the state faced a shortage of affordable rental housing. That shortage grew as homes flooded and became uninhabitable. On Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced an initiative to help fill that need. Wallis Watkins reports.

David Bowie: Ten For David

Mar 21, 2017

Airs Friday, March 24, 2017, at 10 p.m. Paul Ingles and NPR Music's Ann Powers host a survey of the music of British musician David Bowie, who died January 10, 2016 of cancer at 69. Read the full description.

Airs Friday, March 24, 2017, at 9 p.m. 2017 is the fiftieth Anniversary of the debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience at Monterey Pop. In honor of these events, we bring you "The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Monterey: American Landing." A one hour documentary that traces Jimi's early days as a guitarist on the Chitlin' Circuit, through his time in New York's Greenwich Village, his discovery by the Animals' Chas Chandler, his journey to England, and triumphant return to America at Monterey Pop.

A state audit examining a missing $22,000 in student activity funds from West Ridge Middle School in West Monroe has been turned over to law enforcement. Roger Harris with the Legislative Auditor’s Office says over $11,000 was collected from eighth graders between 2013 and 2014 for a trip to Disney World. He says there was one teacher in charge of collecting the money for the trip, Jodie Dean.

Texas lawmakers met Monday at the Capitol to consider changes to Child Protective Services which is a top priority this legislative session. A federal judge ruled the state agency violates children’s  constitutional rights.  A  new bill, HB 1549, is aimed at improving prevention and early intervention for vulnerable children.  It would call on the agency to implement a  new evidence-based program that would determine the frequency of in-home visits with families based on their history of abuse or other risk factors.

Airs Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week Commentator Dr. Gary Joiner looks back to 1937 Texas and the New London School Explosion. 

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.
 

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