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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

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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.

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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.

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A renaissance is happening along the banks of the Ouachita River. Downtown Monroe and West Monroe are seeing a rejuvenation of business and development. On Tuesday, September 18, KEDM will hold an open public forum on downtown development and use.  The event will feature an expert panel to answer your questions about future plans and what is working in other areas. 

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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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University of Louisiana Monroe Director of Athletics Nick Floyd has announced his decision to step down from his position, effective Sept. 4, in order to focus on managing a physical health issue. Floyd will be assigned a position within the University administration through Dec. 31, 2018.
 
Scott McDonald, who became ULM's Chief Administrative Officer on July 16, will continue to have day-to-day oversight of the Athletics Department.
 

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The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana been chosen as one of the Top 200 nationwide finalists for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program. If the Food Bank makes the Top 40 most voted causes, it will use the $25,000 grant to expand Senior programs to provide over 200 more low income senior citizens with a monthly box of food. The Food Bank needs the support of the entire community to get the votes it will take to win!

Winn Parish – Yesterday evening, a crash involving two vehicles killed a man and a woman from Monroe, LA. Both were wearing a seat belt.

The final act of this year’s special session trilogy is less than a week away, with the administration and many legislators scrambling to find some extra cash for programs like TOPS, which is facing a 30 percent cut. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the Department of Health is one place the state should look if it wants to plug the budget gaps.

 

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