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Morehouse Parish Arson Suspect Arrested

Aug 14, 2018
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State agriculture commissioner Mike Strain announces the arrest of a suspected serial arsonist in Morehouse Parish. Strain alleges between July 20th and August 3rd, 55-year-old Philbert Bowers of Bastrop intentionally set several wildlife fires near the Arkansas state line.  The fires burned nearly 28 acres and fire officials suspect they were set on July 22. 

Strain says Bowers was arrested on 4 counts of arson by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry and  3 counts of arson by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office. 

 

 

Bob Merlis / The New Orleans Advocate

Mable John, “Motown’s first singing lady” is a Bastrop, Louisiana native. The eldest of 10 children, she became the first female signed by Berry Gordy to Motown’s Tamla Records.

When she was just a baby, her family moved from Log Cabin, Louisiana to Cullendale, Arkansas where her father worked at a paper mill.

NWS Shreveport

Severe weather is expected to move into the area on Friday. The system will bring up to 4" of rainfall and produce flash flooding. The strong storm could also produce hail, damaging winds and dangerous tornadoes. The greatest risk will be Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

Take time now to clean drains and ditches to prevent flooding. Prepare now by getting a flashlight and battery powered radio and keep it tuned to 90.3 KEDM for alerts. Discuss your storm plan with your family. 

NWS Shreveport / NOAA

Extreme cold will move into our area tonight. The projected low in Monroe will be 14F.

High winds will drop wind chill values to 5F overnight. Take extra precautions when outside. Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. 

Winter Weather Update

Jan 15, 2018
NWS Shreveport / NOAA

Update 10:43 a.m. Wednesday, January 17

A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for much of the KEDM listening area for Wednesday night.

Freezing temperatures will continue across much of the region today, then plummeting shortly after sunset tonight back into the teens and possibly upper single digits in some outlying and more rural areas. * TIMING...9 PM tonight through 9 AM Thursday. * IMPACT...Take precautions to cover exposed pipes and bring pets indoors as well as protect any sensitive outdoor plants.

Update 5:14 p.m. Tuesday, January 16

NWS Shreveport / NOAA

Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting winter weather will move into the region Monday night and into Tuesday morning. An Arctic cold front will bring extreme cold after sunset on Monday. Rain will transition to sleet and snow. 1/2 to 2" of snow are possible with 2-3" in northwest Louisiana and southwest Arkansas. 

Travel could become difficult because of slushy roadways and bridges.  Temps won't get back above freezing until Wednesday afternoon. The system will produce temperatures low as 15 degrees.

A Bastrop farmer was sentenced to 108 months in prison for creating shell farms so he could receive more than $5.4 million in subsidy payments to which he was not entitled.

 

Ted Jackson / nola.com

Governor Edwards and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain continue their listening tour with farmers today with stops in Ferriday and Slaughter. The tour started earlier this week as the two elected officials held meetings in Mooringsport and Bastrop to hear about concerns within the agriculture industry. Edwards says producers are worried that state budget cuts are impacting agriculture research at LSU and Southern.

 

Edwards says soybean farmers are also pushing for funding so the Red River can be dredged in northwest Louisiana to help with shipping costs.

NELA Medical Clinics Receive Grants From HHS

Jul 6, 2017
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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.

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