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Raise your hand if you’ve learned something new while listening to 90.3 KEDM. Maybe you’ve heard one of our reporters unpacking some big complicated idea or maybe it was just something you didn’t know before. OK, now keep your hand raised if you’ve gained a clearer picture of the world and your community thanks to the news coverage and programs here on KEDM. The latest breaking story from overseas or something happening right here at home. Wow, that’s a lot of hands! Now, raise your hand if...

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Properly Used Car Seats Diminish Risk of Death In Car-Related Accidents

Car seats diminish the risk of car-related deaths by 71%. Cynthia Cage, child car safety expert at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana says in order to ensure that the risk of death is diminished, children must be in a car seat that accomodates their height and weight regardless of age. On selecting the right car seat and transitioning from car seats to booster seats Car seats should be selected based on your child’s age, height, and weight. The rule of thumb is that a baby needs...

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Hospice Volunteers Make a Difference

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Pete Adams, Executive Director of Louisiana District Attorneys Association, called into KEDM Thursday to discuss the upcoming vote on Louisiana Amendment 2. On November 6th, an amendment to the Louisiana constitution will be on the ballot to change this law. If passed, Louisiana would go from needing ten jurors approval to convict to all twelve.

Groundbreaking season for LDCC

Sep 20, 2018

Monroe-Louisiana Delta Community College is breaking ground on its Tallulah Campus. The main building will be getting an expansion. Currently, the main building stands at 30,727 sq. ft. The new addition will ad 6,767 sq ft, totaling out at 37,494 sq ft. The cost of the new addition is $2.5 million from the state plus $465,031 is the local match. 

Response Team Returns

Sep 20, 2018

Regional Response Team 8 returns after being deployed to South Carolina to aid in Hurricane Florence search and rescue efforts.

"At approximately 3:15 this afternoon, our firefighters returned home safely. I want to thank everyone who has prayed for them during their deployment to the South Carolina coastal area. I should mention that this multi-agency response team is always ready to respond to a disaster no matter the location," Chief Terry Williams. 

Former LSU Football Player Brought Up On New Charges

Sep 20, 2018

Drake Davis, who has since been removed from the team, is facing allegations of possessing child pornography.

This comes just days after he was accused of domestic battery. The pornographic video was found on a cell phone and allegedly shows a 5-year-old and a 10-year-old.

He has been held since his arrest on Sunday on charges related to allegations of domestic violence against his former girlfriend. Davis has dropped out of Louisiana State University. 

Bats infest LaSalle Parish school

Sep 20, 2018

Furry flying mammals have caused the closure of an area school. An infestation of bats has caused the closure of Lasalle Parish Elementary School. The Louisiana Department of Health closed the Olla school on Monday.

LDH says the shutdown is because bats carry rabies and the bat guano can harbor disease. Bats have to be handled carefully. They are a protected species, it is illegal to kill them.

The school will reopen as soon as the bats are removed and the droppings are cleaned up. If the process takes too long, classes will be moved. 

2nd Annual Fido 5k and 1 Mile Dog Walk

Sep 20, 2018
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The Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe will host the 2nd Annual Fido 5k and 1 Mile Dog Walk in Kiroli Park later this fall. If you would like to register, you may do so after September 28th at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fido-5k-1-mile-dog-walk-2-tickets-44235660050. The walk will take place on November 17th at 8 AM. Dogs should be on leashes and preferably up to date with shots. 

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A diagnosis of terminal illness is traumatic; especially in cases when a patient is given only a few months to live.  Hospice care provides needed help to patients and their families to address end-of-life care. 

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Car seats diminish the risk of car-related deaths by 71%. Cynthia Cage, child car safety expert at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana says in order to ensure that the risk of death is diminished, children must be in a car seat that accomodates their height and weight regardless of age. 

On selecting the right car seat and transitioning from car seats to booster seats

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Upcoming Vote for Louisiana Amendment Two

Ed Tarpley, former district attorney of Grant Parish, is working to tear down a Jim Crow-era law regarding unanimous juries. On November 6th, an amendment to the Louisiana constitution will be on the ballot to change this law. If passed, Louisiana would go from needing ten jurors approval to convict to all twelve. Tarpley notes the importance of unanimous juries by referencing its past and a quote from John Adams, "it is the unanimity of the jury that preserves the rights of humankind." As...

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