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Pete Adams, Executive Director of Louisiana District Attorneys Association, called into KEDM Thursday to discuss the upcoming vote on Louisiana Amendment 2. 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.

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

Sep 18, 2018
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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."

Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts is performing nostalgic tunes from the Saturday morning classic Schoolhouse Rock in the sequel to the live show, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Too! Performances are as follows:

  • Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 & 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 & 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m.

Tickets and more information about Schoolhouse Rock Live, Too! are available here.

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The Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum is celebrating 20 years of family-friendly fun Saturday, September 22 from 10-5 p.m. The party features fun activities for kids and a concert for the family.

More information about the Children's Museum is available here.

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Louisiana Conference on Bullying and Teen Suicide is Thursday, September 13 at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln Parish Library Event Center in Ruston. The conference discusses different types of bullying, the causes behind teen suicide, and ways to help prevent the two from occurring.

Bullying is defined by three traits:

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Metropolitan Opera Tenor Soloist Arnold Rawls is performing Sunday, September 9 at 6 p.m. at The Assembly in West Monroe. Rawls is a native of West Monroe and is joined by the choirs of his alma maters, West Monroe High School Rebel Choir and University of Louisiana Monroe Concert Choir.

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The Division of Continuing Education at the University of Louisiana Monroe works to provide life-long learning opportunities. "Continuing Education gives ULM the opportunity to reach out and work with the community on courses to 'continue education,'" says Ida Gaines, the coordinator of non-credit programs. In addition to youth summer camps and activities, Continuing Education offers classes during the school year, starting in September.

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Masur Museum of Art is showing work chosen in the 55th Annual Juried Competition until October 13. The exhibit includes contemporary artwork from across the nation.