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Worth a second listen: KEDM Meet the Candidates: Local School Boards

KEDM met with the candidates for Ouachita Parish and Monroe City School Boards. The public forum was held at the Monroe Civic Center on October 9. It was hosted by the Monroe and West Monroe - West Ouachita Chambers of Commerce and KEDM Public Radio. It was moderated by KEDM News Director Cory Crowe and ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man who authorities say threatened to kill a member of Congress from Louisiana has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison.

U.S. Attorney David Joseph's office said in a Wednesday news release that 50-year-old Sohail Rana (SOH'hail RAH'-nah) was sentenced for a July 2017 threat called in to the Lafayette office of Rep. Clay Higgins.

Prosecutors said the call was made while Rana was in Colorado. The call was traced to his cellphone. The release said Rana, who is from Lafayette, threatened to "end Higgins' career and kill Higgins."

ATLANTA (AP) — With the midterm elections less than a month away, a strong majority of Americans are concerned the nation's voting systems might be vulnerable to hackers, according to a poll released Wednesday.

That is roughly unchanged from concerns about election security held by Americans just before the 2016 presidential election, but with a twist. Two years ago, it was Republicans who were more concerned about the integrity of the election. This year, it's Democrats.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Political donors aren't breaking out their checkbooks in Louisiana's secretary of state race.

Most contenders for the job in the Nov. 6 special election have limited dollars to get their messages out in the final weeks of a race that has drawn little interest from campaign contributors or voters, even though it's the only statewide competition on the ballot.

Hurricane Michael left path of destruction, isn't done yet

Oct 11, 2018

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The third-most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in recorded history left a wide path of destruction across Florida and Georgia, destroying homes and shopping centers and felling trees that killed at least two people. And it's not done yet. Hurricane Michael finally weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday, no longer a Category 4 monster packing 155 mph (250 kph) winds.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday drew his first Republican challenger in next year's governor's race, a deep-pocketed Baton Rouge businessman who said he's ready to spend millions of dollars challenging the Democratic incumbent.

Eddie Rispone filed state paperwork with the ethics administration office declaring his candidacy for the 2019 election.

"I am definitely running. This is it," Rispone said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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Grief is a strong and a difficult emotion.   When not handled in a healthy way, it can lead to physical and mental health issues.  With a supportive environment, most people find it easier to deal with grief associated with a traumatizing loss. 

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The St. Francis Foundation is selling tickets for the 2 Cars 2 Winners raffle until October 30, at 10:00 a.m. A 2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited and a 2018 Nissan Titan Pro 4X are being raffled off, and 100% of the proceeds from this raffle benefit St. Francis NICU, PICU and Pediatric Unit. 

More information about the 2 Cars 2 Winners raffle is available here.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a suspect shot by Lafayette police is in stable condition.

News outlets cite a state police release that says Lafayette police officers responded to "criminal activity" Tuesday night and encountered the suspect. The release does not say what lead to police shooting at the suspect, who was taken to a hospital.

A school teacher in Louisiana has been arrested and charged with having illegal sexual contact with a student.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Kim Minor has been charged with prohibited sexual contact between an educator and a student.

Minor is a social studies teacher and baseball coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna.

Capt. Russell Lloyd said the student is a girl. Lloyd would not provide other information Tuesday.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Trial began Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that accuses Louisiana prison officials of "grossly deficient" medical care policies that have caused death and suffering at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2015 on behalf of inmates represented by several advocacy groups. A trial expected to last as long as three weeks opened Tuesday.


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Department releases Spring 2019 Application for Teachers to take Tuition-free College Courses

The Louisiana Department of Education and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) today released the application for the BESE Tuition Program for Teachers, a competitive program that provides funding for selected teachers who enroll in courses at regionally accredited colleges or universities in Louisiana. Teachers selected to participate in this round will have their tuition for courses offered in Spring 2019 paid by the state. All teachers, particularly those who teach...

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