Louisiana

Red Mass Celebrated For Louisiana Judges

Oct 8, 2019

Louisiana judges, dressed in their robes, gathered at St. Louis Cathedral in JacksonSquare this morning for the 67th annual Red Mass ceremony, traditionally held the first Monday

in October. Judges, lawyers and officials of all faiths were invited to attend the Mass which isoffered for guidance in the administration of justice in the year ahead. 

Fort Polk officials said in a statement that the Army chopper crashed early Thursday morning in the Fort Polk training area. 

Base officials say there were the four crew members on board. Their names weren't being released until relatives are notified.

 The fort said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

 No further details were immediately released.

 About 8,000 soldiers are stationed at Fort Polk, its website states. The base is in central Louisiana, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Baton Rouge. 

The race for Ouachita Parish Police Jurt District B will be between Jimmy Tyson and Jack Clampit.

Ouachita Parish residents had a chance to meet local candidates at the 90.3 KEDM Public Radio Candidate Forums. KEDM, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce and the University of Louisiana at Monroe Student Government Association hosted three Candidate Forums in September. 

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The race for Ouachita Parish Police Jurt District F will be between Donnie Bright, Roland W. Edwards, Lonnie Hudson, Verbon R. Muhammad, Sr., Sonja Smith-Schaffer, and Clifford "Cliff" Thomas.

Ouachita Parish residents had a chance to meet local candidates at the 90.3 KEDM Public Radio Candidate Forums. KEDM, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce and the University of Louisiana at Monroe Student Government Association hosted three Candidate Forums in September. 

Louisiana Ranks #2 In Rate Of Women Murdered By Men

Sep 18, 2019
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Louisiana ranked second in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 2.64 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study 

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Senate candidates visited the University of Louisiana Monroe on Thursday night for the first of three KEDM political forums.  Jim Fannin, Jay Morris, and Matt Parker spoke with forum moderator Cory Crowe.

The forums are an opportunity for residents, business and community leaders to learn more about the candidates. Forums are broadcast live on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio, KEDM.org and Facebook Live; and archived at KEDM.org. 

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 Louisiana residents can visit The National WWII Museum for half price during September.

In a news release, the museum says this is the fifth consecutive year that they have cut prices for Louisiana residents.

The discount also applies to rides on the museum's restored PT-305 boat as well as tours.

Residents have to show a valid Louisiana driver's license in order to get the discount. The discount is only available for walk-up purchases. It does apply to group sales.

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A United States Department of Justice release says a Monroe doctor is among a group who have agreed to pay a total of $1.1 million to resolve allegations that they have received illegal kickbacks. 

Dr. Gregory Sampognaro of Monroe, Dr. Warren Strickland and Dr. Isabella Strickland of Huntsville, Alabama, and Cardiology P.C. of Birmingham, Alabama are all included in the allegations according to the release.

Sampognaro was accused of receiving kickbacks from a Seattle-area testing company for referring people for genetic testing.

This allegedly happened between 2012 and 2013. The doctors were alleged to have accepted payments from a now-defunct testing company called Natural Molecular Testing Corporation. The Department of Justice says that the scheme was allgedly in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Civil False Claims Act.

The Dept. of Justice says the claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only and there has been no determination of liability.

Dr. Sampognaro responded to the release on Wednesday:

"I have had the privilege of serving patients in our community for more than 20 years. Recently, local news media outlets have released an article regarding me without once reaching out to me for a statement. I want to set the record straight.

 

"To be clear: This was purely a civil issue and the fact that I settled is not an admission of wrongdoing. I chose to settle because it was far less expensive than the cost of my legal team fighting it in federal court. The actual amount of money my practice received from Natural Molecular Testing Corporation (NMTC) was far less than the settlement amount.

 

"I want you, my community, to have the facts and full story. In 2012, My practice became involved with Natural Molecular Testing Corporation (NMTC) because it was providing a cutting edge genetic testing service, with similar testing now considered the standard of care in many patient situations. At the time we were most interested in Plavix metabolism with my patients’ best interest in mind.

 

"Also of interest to us was NMTC’s offer to become part of a national research registry that promised to provide profiles of my patients and practice against national experience. NMTC paid modest fees for the practice’s overhead cost for inputting data into the registry. This was a national registry and many physicians across the country were involved and compensated in the same fashion, including other physicians in our community.

 

"At no time was my practice involved in billing for the genetic testing to Medicare nor did the practice ever receive any such funds from Medicare in this matter, and the settlement with the government was many multiples of the amount of money paid to the practice by NMTC. I fully cooperated with the government’s investigation of NMTC.

 

"Although I fully disagreed with the government’s position, they ultimately offered a settlement that was substantially below my projected costs of taking my litigation against the government. I decided to put this matter behind me so I could focus on providing the best care to my patients, as I have done over the past 20 years.

 

"I would like to thank everyone for their support, thoughts and prayers."

Greg Sampognaro, MD

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A chemical manufacturing plant in Louisiana leaked gaseous hydrochloric acid, causing a visible haze and leading to a brief highway shutdown.

News outlets report the leak found Wednesday at Westlake Chemical in Geismar led state environmental officials to worry about a possible acid cloud. A state Department of Environmental Quality report says Westlake officials say they don't believe such a cloud formed.

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Ouachita Parish residents had a chance to meet local candidates at the 90.3 KEDM Public Radio Candidate Forums. KEDM, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce and the University of Louisiana at Monroe Student Government Association hosted three Candidate Forums in September. 

The Louisiana Senate Candidate Forum took place Thursday, September 5 at 6 p.m. for Senate Districts 32, 33, and 35 at “The Terrace” 7th Floor Conference Center at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Library.

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