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Here is the daily updated data from the Louisiana Department of Health. These numbers are updated at 12 noon each day.

KEDM To Air WM Brown Bag Virtual Concerts

May 13, 2020
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90.3 KEDM Public Radio will air the West Monroe Brown Bag Concert Series on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. The concert series is happening in a virtual space due to COVID-19. It happens virtually on Facebook on Wednesday and audio selections will be rebroadcast on KEDM.

Dr. Edwin Litolff Named ULM Interim President

May 12, 2020
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The University of Louisiana System board named Dr. Edwin Litolff interim president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  The meeting was streamed live on the UL System YouTube Channel on Tuesday morning. 



The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System is meeting Tuesday, May 12, at 10 a.m. to name an interim president for the University of Louisiana Monroe.


President Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D., retires June 30.


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Today, the City of West Monroe announced it has been named a Main Street Community. Ray Schreiber, Director of the Louisiana Main Street Program explains the development program.

West Monroe becomes the first city to go through the Lagniappe Community process leading to Main Street designation, and the first community to receive designation from Louisiana Main Street since 2014.


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Merchants in West Monroe have been crippled by COVID-19 shutdowns.  Adrienne LaFrance Wells and Kristopher Kelly join us to chat about the "Virtual Sidewalk Sale" taking place Friday, May 1 and May 8.

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Senator Bill Cassidy is pushing for a 500 billion dollar relief package in Congress aimed at aiding local and state governments who are facing coronavirus related fiscal cliffs.

Lafayette is expecting to lose 35 percent of its expected revenue for the year, and Monroe and New Orleans are facing one million and 150 million dollar deficits respectively. 

The City of Crowley is expecting a 1.3-1.6 million dollar shortfall and announced the layoffs of 15 employees and reduction of hours for remaining city employees via a four-day workweek.

Louisiana Department of Health Update

Apr 8, 2020
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The Louisiana Department of Health has extended its Emergency Order to align with the Governor’s Executive Order that has been extended to April 30. The LDH extension applies to all previously issued LDH Notices and Orders and shall remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, but may be further extended by subsequent order of the State Health Officer. Click here to see the order.

In response to statewide school closures to curb the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Louisiana Department of Education today released