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Disputes Between Edwards, GOP Lawmakers Loom Over Second Special Session

Louisiana state lawmakers are headed back to the Capitol for the second special legislative session of the year. They’re giving themselves 30 days to address Hurricane Laura recovery, the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, and the nearly-empty Unemployment Trust Fund.

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Nova Clarke, https://tinyurl.com/ycpoag5n / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

2020 Friends of Black Bayou Photo Contest

The Schepis Museum in Columbia, La is currently showing Meraki: Soul- Creativity- Love. This collection of work by a variety of artist crosses themes, styles and inspiration.

 

 

The art showcase features works by Mike Work, Diana Hutchinson, Wendy Boyette, Heather Boston, Lois Hebert, Karen Kinslow, and Garrett Prunty.

 

 

The works are on display through November.  There will also be an all day celebration reception October 17. 

Louisiana state lawmakers are headed back to the Capitol for the second special legislative session of the year. They’re giving themselves 30 days to address Hurricane Laura recovery, the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, and the nearly-empty Unemployment Trust Fund.

The people of New Orleans are once again free to purchase an alcoholic beverage from a local business and walk out the door with it.

Federal officials say a woodpecker declared endangered half a century ago has recovered enough to relax federal protections. An official with one environmental group calls it a tremendous success. But another says nothing he's seen so far justifies the change.

Brown Bag Concerts Return To Monroe

Sep 25, 2020
Downtown Monroe
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The Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series will be at noon on Wednesdays this October at Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe. The series is presented by The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.

Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Box lunches will be available for purchase.

The rain location is the 1st Baptist Church Community Room. Masks and social distancing will be required within the church.

October 7 – Denene Stringfellow 

October 14 – Mike McKenzie 

October 21 – Legal & ‘Lectric 

October 28 – Rod Payne and Karen Solomon 

Free COVID-19 testing is available Monday, Sept. 28-Friday, Oct. 2, at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Testing is available for ULM students, faculty, staff, and Louisiana residents ages 5 and up.  

 

The drive-through or walk-up self-administered swab testing is provided by the Louisiana Department of Health and Louisiana National Guard.  

 

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Today, the Louisiana Supreme Court announced that it has appointed retired Justice Edward Joseph Bleich as judge pro tempore of the Court of Appeal, Second Circuit, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Second Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Judge Felicia Toney Williams, effective October 1, 2020.

Retired Justice Bleich, who was unanimously approved by the Supreme Court, will serve October 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021 or until the vacancy is filled, whichever occurs sooner.

2020 Friends of Black Bayou Photo Contest

Sep 25, 2020
Nova Clarke, https://tinyurl.com/ycpoag5n / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Black Bayou are holding a photo contest.

This year’s contest is somewhat different from previous years’ contests, but the objectives are the same: to encourage protection of wildlife and conservation of natural resources through photographic skills and an appreciation of natural settings on the Refuge.

The news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death hit Michelle Erenberg as if it were a death in her own family.

School administrators were optimistic that a quick pivot to online learning could rescue the start of the school year in Southwest Louisiana, where Hurricane Laura hit late last month. Now, the region’s largest district has announced that virtual learning will be optional, citing a lack of internet access.

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