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Monroe Police Chief Dr. Quentin Holmes has announced his retirement, effective July 30. Holmes said he wants to work in education and criminal justice reform, and explained that he wants to teach at the university level. Holmes said during his tenure many goals were met, including equipment upgrades for police officers, better training and pay increases for the police department. 

Heat Advisory Extended: Now Hotter And Longer

Jul 19, 2017
NWS - Shreveport

UPDATED: Advisory extended:

Very hot and humid conditions will continue Thursday 
and Friday, with afternoon temperatures climbing into the mid 
and upper 90s each day. When combined with the humidity, heat 
indices will range from 105 to 109 degrees. 

Heat indices of 105 degrees or higher can be expected
Thursday and Friday afternoons. Only limited cooling is expected
tonight and Thursday night as temperatures fall into the mid 
70s.

Heat related illnesses may be possible for those 

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Monroe is getting a little closer to allowing ride sharing. At Tuesday night's council meeting held to discuss the possibility of obtaining Uber and Lyft a crowd came out for support. The council decided to proceed with the process, not everyone in attendance was happy about the news of Uber and Lyft. Local taxi companies think it will slow their business and could be dangerous to them.

The restaurant on-demand platform Waitr debuts in the city of Monroe July 13. The app lets customers order food and have it delivered for a small fee. The Waitr app has proven to be wildly popular in cities across the Gulf States, including multiple locations throughout Louisiana.

 

Elio Motors To Appear Before Motor Vehicle Commission

Jul 10, 2017
Elio Motors

Elio Motors is scheduled to appear before the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission this morning. The company which that plans to build 3-wheel vehicles in Shreveport was summoned earlier this year to answer questions about possible state violations, but failed to appear.

The commission believes that Elio’s pre-purchase program may be breaking laws against car companies selling directly to consumers.

Elio has yet to start production at the old GM plant in Shreveport.

North Louisiana Economic Partnership

A $1.5 million dollar grant will help connect CenturyLink and IBM in Monroe. 

The federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the City of Monroe with a grant that’s anticipated to stimulate $20 million in economic development.

Nick Floyd Named ULM Athletic Director

Jul 7, 2017

University of Louisiana Monroe President Nick J. Bruno announced Thursday the appointment of Nick Floyd of East Carolina University as ULM Athletic Director.

Since 2001, Floyd has been in athletics administration at ECU in Greenville, N.C. In 2004 he was named executive associate director of athletics.

“Nick has 33 years in collegiate athletics management,” said Bruno. “He brings the knowledge and experience to lead the ULM program to a new level of excellence.”

Suspect In Homicide May Be At Large In Lincoln Parish

Jul 6, 2017
Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Department

Release - Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Department

During the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, July 6, 2017, deputies with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department recovered a stolen 2001 Ford Taurus, gold in color that was earlier involved in a homicide in Jackson, MS. This vehicle, which was owned by the victim of the homicide, was recovered in the area of US 80 at Peachland Trailer Park. 

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Three medical centers in north Louisiana will benefit from nearly $5.1 million in combined grants awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Morehouse Community Medical Centers, Inc., in Bastrop has received $1,025,840.

Primary Health Services Center in Monroe has received $2,318,475.

Winn Community Health Center in Winnfield has received $1,713,013.

Congressman Ralph Abraham says the grants will help the medical centers continue to provide health services to patients who use their facilities.

ULM, Miss. College Plan Dual JD/MPA Program

Jun 30, 2017

The University of Louisiana at Monroe and Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., have entered into an agreement that would provide an opportunity for students to attend both institutions concurrently in pursuit of both a Juris Doctorate (JD) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Students would apply separately to each institution, and receive the MPA from ULM and the JD from MC.

As part of the arrangement, students could apply up to six semester hours from the MPA toward their JD degree, and up to 12 hours from their JD toward their MPA degree.

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