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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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Income Inequality

Sep 19, 2018
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Income inequality – what is it really? And is it a problem?

Well, it depends on whom you ask.

Representing the “Yes, it’s a problem” camp is Christine Lagarde, a French politician who serves as the managing director of the International Monetary Fund. The IMF is a global lending organization (formed by 188 countries) that is best known for stepping in when troubled nations are having difficulty paying their bills. They offer loans for troubled economies, but also usually require strict budget cuts.

The number of Louisiana teens ages 13-17 up to date on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is on the rise, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published August 24, 2018, shows Louisiana with a rate of 52.9 percent, an increase of 11.1 percent over the 2016 rate of 41.8 percent. Louisiana’s rate is higher than the national average of 48.6 percent.

A Big Day On The Bayou

Sep 18, 2018
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The University of Louisiana Monroe campus is always changing. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine broke ground at ULM on an anticipated medical school.  Governor John Bel Edwards, VCOM's President and Provost Dixie Tooke-Rawlins and ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno were all smiles as the dirt was turned.  The building will have 100,000 square feet, four floors, and several specialized facilities. It will be located on the Bayou Desiard between the Laird Weems Center and the president's home, Bon Aire.

Upcoming Vote for Louisiana Amendment Two

Sep 18, 2018
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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."

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Downtown areas sometimes struggle without a strong business base. Bill Roark is a long time commercial real estate broker. He knows what it takes to attract business and devolopment in downtown areas. Roark thinks there must be a "Uniqueness" to hook  people into using downtown areas.  KEDM Policy and a Pint: A Rebirth on the River will tackle downtown redevelopment  with an expert panel that will answer audience questions.

VCOM

The site is located in Heritage Park between the Laird Weems Center and the president’s home, Bon Aire.

Special guest Gov. John Bel Edwards will participate in the groundbreaking with ULM and VCOM representatives, elected officials and area leaders. Afterward, a reception will be held at Bayou Pointe Student Event Center.

 The public is invited to the groundbreaking and the reception.

Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts is performing nostalgic tunes from the Saturday morning classic Schoolhouse Rock in the sequel to the live show, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Too! Performances are as follows:

  • Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 & 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 & 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m.

Tickets and more information about Schoolhouse Rock Live, Too! are available here.

Pied-billed Grebe

Sep 17, 2018
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The degree-toting ornithologists call her pied-billed grebe but in Louisiana she answers to “di-dipper,” or “hell-diver” on a bad day. For her the water’s surface is only an interim point in space and time. That she spends precious few moments there is an aggravation for birdwatchers and boys with BB guns, not to mention the serious predators be they finned, feathered or scaled. Departing the planner ecotone dividing atmosphere and liquid is more graceful if she chooses the denser of the two mediums. The downward dive is faster than the eye can appreciate the choreography.

 

Lincoln Parish Emergeny Alerts---Ammonia Pipeline leak in the vinicity of 2629 La. Hwy.

The evacuation took place in Ruston, La. on Sunday, September 17, 2018. It happened on Hwy. 822 near Hwy. 33 in Lincoln parish after an ammonia pipeline began to leak. The Lincoln Parish police department evacuated residents within the immediate area and asked residents withing one mile to shelter in place.

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State University says it will allow a rally in support of Second Amendment gun rights to be held on campus as long as no one brings a gun to the event.

The northeast Ohio school last month told recent graduate Kaitlin Bennett to stop advertising an open-carry rally because she lacked permission and was no longer a student.

Kent State officials on Friday approved a no-gun rally scheduled for Sept. 29 that's being sponsored by a conservative student organization called Liberty Hangout.

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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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