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Gov. Edwards' To Visit Monroe

Sep 24, 2018

LA Govenor John Bel Edwards will visit North Louisiana today to offically annouce the partnership concerns between LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner Health System regarding the operation of two hospitals and the medical school in North Louisiana. He will hold a ceremony to begin the transfer of the Univeristy health hospitals in Monroe to Shreveport to Ochsner Heath System. This takeover begins on October 1, 2018.

Details are as followed:

10:30 a.m. LSU and Ochsner Partnership Agreement - Shreveport (Open Press)

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The airports in Ruston and West Carroll Parish will benefit from more than $300,000 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ruston Regional Airport will receive about $250,000 for the first phase of a runway extension project. The airport’s goal is to extend the runway to 6,000 feet to help it better meet the operational needs of the planes who use the airport.

NHC

Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 200 PM EDT Tue Sep 11 2018 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Florence, located over the west-central Atlantic Ocean, on Hurricane Helene, located over the eastern Atlantic, and on Tropical Storm Isaac, located several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

Gov. John Bel Edwards does not agree with Attorney G. Jeff Landry’s deliverate attempt to eliminate health care benefits for people with high risk health conditions.  Edwards said Landry did not have a plan in place to ensure insurance companies don't deny coverage for the 849,000 people in Louisiana who could lose health care because they have a pre-existing condition.

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Louisiana's Supreme Court has thrown out a New Orleans ordinance limiting street art sales to two parts of the French Quarter, saying it violates the right to free speech. The 5-2 ruling came in the case of Lawrence Clark, who was ticketed for showing art for sale in the broad median of a street on the edge of the French Quarter. He and public defender Laura Bixby challenged the ordinance rather than pay the $500 fine.

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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.

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.

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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.

With only a few doctors signing up to dispense medical marijuana, Louisiana regulators are considering whether to change rules limiting how many cannabis patients each doctor can treat before the product becomes available later this year.

Louisiana's State Board of Medical Examiners established a limit of 100 medical marijuana patients per physician in 2016, with doctors allowed to seek waivers for more. Vincent Culotta, the board's executive director, said that cap could be boosted higher at the panel's September meeting amid concerns the current limit is too low.

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