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A Big Day On The Bayou

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...

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What Is Our Downtown Uniqueness

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Income Inequality

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Louisiana Conference on Bullying and Teen Suicide is Thursday, September 13 at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln Parish Library Event Center in Ruston. The conference discusses different types of bullying, the causes behind teen suicide, and ways to help prevent the two from occurring.

Bullying is defined by three traits:

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Metropolitan Opera Tenor Soloist Arnold Rawls is performing Sunday, September 9 at 6 p.m. at The Assembly in West Monroe. Rawls is a native of West Monroe and is joined by the choirs of his alma maters, West Monroe High School Rebel Choir and University of Louisiana Monroe Concert Choir.

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Navigating teen drunk driving is a task that most parents are aware of, but not prepared to face. Michael Reichardt, public information officer for Louisiana State Police Troop F, says that it's best to talk out the issue instead of letting tempers flare. One DWI can follow a teen for an entire lifetime and affect their social life and academic career. 

On  the effects of alcohol on teen physiology

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man has been accused of shooting and wounding two others over a dice game in Louisiana.

News outlets cite court documents as saying 22-year-old Devonte Ennis was playing dice with two men at a home last month. The men told police Ennis lost money in the game and demanded it back at gunpoint. One man threw the money in Ennis' face and he started firing a handgun.

Both men were shot in the leg but one of them was also shot in the abdomen. Ennis was arrested after one of the men was able to identify him in a lineup of photos.

Aim For the Sweet Spot

Sep 5, 2018
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“What really makes for a good financial plan?”

“What all I should try to plan for?”

“What do most people do?”

I get these sorts of questions from individual who come to see me for the first time.

What do most people do? Nothing.

Or they wait, saying they’ll do “something” later. Waiting allows you to do nothing, but with dignity.

NOAA

Tropical Depression Gordon will shift north of the area today but decent rain chances will continue. Temperatures will be in the upper 80's with the threat for flash flooding remaining for upper portions of the ArkLaMiss Delta through the day today.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top banking regulator has joined colleagues in a dozen other states asking Congress to clear the way for banks to do business with the marijuana industry.

The Advocate reports that John Ducrest, commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions, was one of 13 state financial regulators signing a letter to congressional leaders in late August seeking "safe harbor" legislation for banks.

New Louisiana Film Trail website; state plans more

Sep 4, 2018
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's new film trail runs from New Orleans and Elvis Presley's "King Creole" to northwest Louisiana's "Bonnie and Clyde" museum, by way of the home for "Steel Magnolias."

"People love to take their pictures at a place where a movie was," said Doug Bourgeois, assistant secretary over tourism in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. People attending the Essence Festival in July even asked where to find the nonexistent Bourbon Street zip line, shown in the comedy "Girls Trip," he said Friday.

Wild Grapes

Sep 3, 2018
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Grapes are woody vines that climb with tendrils in search of sunlight. About twenty species of native grapes are found in the eastern United States in a variety of habitats. The well-known fruits of grapes have been consumed by humans for thousands of years in some form. The famous early naturalist William Bartram described Native Americans’ use of grapes near Mobile in 1773. He wrote, “The Indians gather great quantities of them, which they prepare for bunches in the sun and air, and store them up for provision.”

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Caleb Evans threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns and scored the game-winner late on the ground and FBS Louisiana-Monroe avoided an upset bid against FCS Southeastern Louisiana 34-31 Thursday night.

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Monroe Ranks as the Most Affordable Place to Live in Louisiana

The Cost of Living Index for the second quarter of 2018 ranks Monroe and Shreveport as the most affordable places to live in the state. The Monroe Metro cost of living is 88.1 percent of the national average. The Shreveport-Bossier City Metro cost of living is 89.1 percent of the national average, according to the report published by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

“Our region’s low cost of living means families and employers get more value for their dollar,”...

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