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Cities across Louisiana have issued proclamations celebrating men’s health and fatherhood in June, helping educate men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, timely screenings, healthy lifestyles, and positive family relationships.

 

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has declared June Men's Health Month

 

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Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the legislature, my fellow Louisianans:

Good afternoon.

Today, I’m going to be brief.  The time for politics and partisanship is over.  The time for solutions is now.  No more excuses.  The citizens of this state have waited long enough.  They deserve results – now. 

I’m not going to bog you down with the numbers and figures that have been in front of us for more than two years. We don’t need to rehash the tale of how we got here – we all know that by now.

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MONROE, La.  United States Attorney David C. Joseph and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today that a prosecutor with the state Attorney General’s office would be designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in an effort to help reduce violent crime in the Monroe area.

The Monroe Farmers Market grand opening  is  Thursday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. 

The market has fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits.  The Monroe Farmer's Market is located at 1200 Washington Street, across from J.S. Clark Elementary, Monroe. 

The market is open 7am-noon Monday through Saturday. 

The final act of this year’s special session trilogy is less than a week away, with the administration and many legislators scrambling to find some extra cash for programs like TOPS, which is facing a 30 percent cut. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the Department of Health is one place the state should look if it wants to plug the budget gaps.

 

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Higher Education in Louisiana is about to get pushed off the fiscal cliff. The state will enact severe budget cuts to the T.O.P.S. program and university budgets unless there is a deal to raise more revenue or realocate funds to higher education. 

T.O.P.S. eligible students would only receive 70% funding for tuition. Students at the University of Louisiana Monroe could see a $1,736 out of pocket cost increase  per year to make up for the 30% cut in T.O.P.S.

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KEDM Policy and a Pint: A Blunt Look at Louisiana Marijuana Policy delved into the topic of cannabis in the bayou state. Our program was recorded at Iron Cactus in downtown Monroe on May 15. 

Our open public forum featured panel with members who support legalization and those against the new proposals. Our experts are from the fields of addiction recovery and counseling, pharmacology and pharmacy law, and the marijuana lobby.  We discussed medical pot, legalization, health issues, and more. 

Our panel for the discussion:

Monroe Police Officer Ayrian Williams died Monday night while trying to assist her fellow officers in south Monroe. The accident happened around 6:45 p.m. when her police car attempted to avoid a road hazard on S. 8th Street in Monroe.  Her vehicle left the roadway and impacted a large tree. Emergency medical personnel took the officer to St. Francis Hospital where she died due to her injuries. 

Louisiana is one of the first states in the deep South to allow medicinal marijuana. Dr. Tommy Estis, a substance abuse counselor, thinks we may be moving too fast. 

Dr. Estis will join panelists from the University of Louisiana Monroe School of Pharmacy and Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana for a discussion about benefits and risks of marijuana. The discussion includes the laws and regulations that patients will have to follow. 

Policy and a Pint is Tuesday, May 15.  A "meet and greet" with the panel begins at 5:30 p.m. and the radio discussion will begin at 6 p.m. 

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Medical marijuana is a hot topic throughout Louisiana. This legislative session multiple bill have been presented to help get medical cannabis into the hands of Louisiana citizens who may benefit. Right now the state policies are a bit confusing and federal law says marijuana is illegal. 

Tim Hitt is an advocate of changing the state and federal laws.  

We will discuss the issue at KEDM Policy and a Pint: A Blunt Look at Louisiana Marijuana Policy.  The event will feature panelist who will answer you questions about the benefits and drawbacks of  cannabis. 

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