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Man Fatally Shot Near Downtown Jonesboro, No Arrests

Oct 11, 2017
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 Police in Jonesboro say a man was fatally shot in a street just east of the city's downtown.

 Police Cpl. Dave McDaniel says in a news release that the body of 28-year-old Dewayne Turner of Blytheville was found shortly before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

 McDaniel says Turner's body was found in the street by officers who were responding to reports of gunfire.

 No arrests have been announced and McDaniel says no suspects have been identified. 

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 A Mississippi hotel damaged by Hurricane Nate will reopen half its rooms Sunday.

 Margaritaville Resort Biloxi spokesman Cono Carana tells news outlets that the storm damaged elevators and escalators.

 Hotel officials estimate $7.5 million in damage.

 Carana says two elevators will be repaired, and the hotel will reopen 170 rooms. Its restaurants, rooftop water park and large entertainment center also will be open.

New Logo for Louisiana Seafood

Oct 11, 2017
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High school students from across the state will be designing the new Louisiana Seafood logo.  The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education to let students design the new logo.  Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says it’s a good way for students to use the creative skills they have learned…

Nungesser says he’s been urged by the public to spice up the logo to make people really want the seafood from this area…

Louisiana House Leaders Plan Closed-Door Financial Retreat

Oct 11, 2017
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Louisiana House lawmakers are planning a closed-door retreat to hash out ideas for closing a looming $1 billion-plus state budget gap.

 The meeting will be held Thursday at a Baton Rouge catering hall.

 Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris, head of the House GOP delegation, called the gathering an "educational, bipartisan retreat" aimed at getting the most up-to-date information about the state's finances and the options for filling the budget hole.

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Ten people will be arrested on hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of drinking, LSU officials said Wednesday. 

 One of the 10 suspects - Matthew Alexander Naquin, 19, of Boerne, Texas - also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death last month of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia, LSU said in a statement. 

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As a result of criminal justice reform measures passed in the last legislative session, 14-hundred inmates in Louisiana will be released early from prison in November. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said last week that some extremely dangerous criminals could be back on our streets. But Criminal Justice Reform Field Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center John Burkhardt says that isn’t true.

ULM College of Business and Social Sciences hosts symposium Oct. 9-12


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The University of Louisiana Monroe College of Business and Social Sciences hosts the 2017 Symposium during Homecoming Week, Monday-Thursday, Oct. 9-12.

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The Flood of 2016  which damaged the Plum Street Underpass called for emergency interim repairs. The dirt sides of the underpass began sliding down the hill.  Now the road has been given permanent repairs and will be reopened today Tuesday, October 10th.

The project cost $457,134 which was funded by both the City of Monroe Capital Infrastructure Street fund and FEMA reimbursement. The Road will be fully functional and cut down traffic congestion from train traffic in the area. 

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Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of an armed robbery happening at the Mac's Fresh Market in Lakeshore on Hwy 139. The suspect had a handgun and fled on foot, with an unknown amount of money.  

There is no further information or description on the suspect. Police are asking for help in finding the robber. Contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriffs Office at 318-329-1200 with information.

No one was injured and more information will be released as the investigation proceeds.  

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The Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s office is the selling vehicles seized in drug related crimes. 

The vehicles are being sold for low prices. Sheriff Mike Tubbs says the Parish is just trying to raise money for the Parish Narcotics Unit. The vehicles are sold without warranty and can be found online.