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A high speed chase southbound on Jackson Street led to a car crash at University Health Conway in Monroe.

Officials chased 29 year old Martis Smith after he almost hit an officer who was off duty. The officer tried to stop Smith but he continued on.

Authorities chased Smith until his car drove off road, after losing control, crashing into an empty car at the University Health Conway in Monroe.

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On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the ULM Foundation, ULM Athletic Foundation, and ULM Alumni Association announced that the SOAR Campaign had reached its 70% threshold.

The goal was announced at a celebration in Scott Plaza featuring faculty, students, and staff with ULM’s Sound of Today and Cheerleaders

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John Stringer, Executive Director of The Tenses Basin Levee District says the Ouachita - Black River System is facing challenges. He says the river systems lack of full funding places the Ouachita River in peril and says the underfunded river system could be abandoned under a worst case scenario.

Stringer says, “It can happen and you know if it does happen, I’ve always said it will be a catastrophe for our region.”

An enforcement agent for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries who was shot in a January traffic stop is back home in Ouachita Parish, but multiple surgeries from returning to work. 

Tyler Wheeler is awaiting surgeries to reattach a portion of his skull and to repair jaw damage. He says until the skull surgery, someone must monitor him around the clock and he can't do most physical activities.

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The Ouachita River may be in trouble due to lack of commercial use.  The ”Low Use” designation  means funds could be scarce for dredging and locks and dams.  The funding relies on a formula  of lock usage and tonnage.

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks the formula for funding should be based on other factors.

Abraham thinks more commercial river traffic is a great thing.  He thinks the Ouachita River has a bigger impact than commercial traffic alone.

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Thursday, February 23rd Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge's forester, Chris Foster, will be giving a talk on local invasive species. The talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Bayou education center.

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Saturday, February 25th is the opening of the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts's latest production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This musical performance follows the story of the biblical character Joseph and his 11 brothers. 

The commonly known story of Joseph from Genesis, often referred to as the 'coat of many colors' story, follows Joseph's life after his brothers sell him into slavery.

"It's the story of redemption for the brothers, and shows how Joseph deals with this hardship in his life," says Walter Allen, SYAA executive director.

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A doomsday situation could be just around the corner for North Louisiana and South Arkansas.  The Ouachita River could be defunded by the Corp of Engineers because of a lack of barge traffic.

Terry Baugh of the Ouachita Port says, “We are one pen swipe from disaster.”

The Krewe of Janus Parade will roll through the streets of the Twin Cities this weekend. The parade starts at 6:00 pm in West Monroe and then crosses into Monroe via the Lee Joyner Bridge. 

The theme for this years parade is Around the World with Janus. 

The Grand Marshal of the parade is Dillon Day. Day is a tackle for the Denver Broncos and played football at West Monroe High School.

The Krewe of Janus was established in 1984. It was organized by the Twin Cities’ Jaycees and became an independent organization in 1989.

Louisville Avenue is now open following a train derailment on Thursday afternoon.

A train derailed at Louisville Avenue near Hixon BMW.  The event happened around 2:30 p.m Thursday.

Emergency agencies reported that five cars of propane have derailed. There is no report of leakage.

Louisville Avenue is now open.

According to Monroe officials, no injuries occurred and it took several hours to get the train cars back on the track. 

Police evacuated nearby residences and businesses within one block of the train as a precautionary measure.

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