Jay Curtis

General Manager

Jay calls himself a "media producer" in a world of diversification. Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Production from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and worked in video, feature film and television production for over 10 years before joining KEDM full time.

He started at KEDM in 1993 as a student board operator, and worked in KEDM's Production and Promotion departments while working full time in television. In May of 2009, Jay became KEDM Program Director, and became KEDM General Manager in August of 2012.

He believes in the service that KEDM provides to the community, whether it's NPR News or featuring local music artists.

Jay also leads ULM's student-operated alternative rock station, 91X KXUL-FM.

Jay still regularly freelances in sports television production for ESPN, Cox Sports, and others. Jay and his family live in West Monroe.

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John Bel Edwards Administration

Governor John bel Edwards signed an order mandating masks in public spaces in Louisiana and closing all bars for on-premises consumption at least through July 24.

"Face coverings are easy, effective way to protect people from the spread of illness," says Edwards.

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The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana has partnered with the City of West Monroe and the City of Monroe to distibute food boxes in northeast Louisiana.

West Monroe: Wednesday April 29

Wednesday, April 29, food boxes will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or when supplies run out at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center at 501 Mane Street in West Monroe.

The food box distribution is open to all residents who live in the City of West Monroe or in West Ouachita Parish who have had loss of income due to COVID-19 or are in need of food.

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The Louisiana Department of Health recommends COVID-19 testing for any patients who are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, contact your primary care physician for guidance.

Testing is available at all federally qualified health centers (community clinics) listed here.

The Department of Health has compiled a list of testing sites:

City of West Monroe

More than 10 thousand people are still without power on Monday morning in northeast Louisiana following severe weather midday on Sunday.

As many people were attending online Easter services on Sunday morning, two apparent tornadoes crossed the region. The storm uprooted trees, downed power lines, and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses; however, only minor injuries have been reported.

At the Monroe airport, one hangar was destroyed with estimated damage of more than $20 million. All flights are cancelled as teams work to clear the runways of debris.

National Weather Service, Shreveport, LA

The National Weather Service in Shreveport indicates that northeast Louisiana is under moderate risk for damaging winds, large hail and significant tornadoes areawide.

A significant severe weather threat will exist across much of the Four State Region Sunday. A very volatile airmass will be in place which will be conducive for the development of severe thunderstorms. Large hail, destructive wind gusts and long track and significant tornadoes will be possible across at least the eastern half of the Four State Region the first half of Sunday

John Bel Edwards Administration

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced today the launch of a coordinated effort to recruit volunteers with medical backgrounds to help with the increased load on the state's healthcare system due to COVID-19.

Led by the University of Louisiana system of eight universities and LSU, the website COVID-19LAvolunteers.org is now recruiting students in healthcare fields, retirees, and active members of the medical community to sign up to volunteer.

The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

From a statement by St. Francis Medical Center:

John Bel Edwards Administration

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards took additional significant measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, further limiting the size of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only. These changes are effective statewide at midnight.

Operations may be able to resume on April 13, however, the situation will be reevaluated seven days prior. In Louisiana, there are 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two people have died.

Louisiana Tech University

In a letter to students, Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice announced the transition of classes to "all online or other alternative method of course delivery" beginning Monday, March 16.

University operations will continue and the campus remains open. Housing, dining and other services will continue to be provided.

Updated 8:32 p.m. 3/20/2020

The following businesses and entites have announced closures in northeast Louisiana: