Louisiana

Response Team Returns

Sep 20, 2018

Regional Response Team 8 returns after being deployed to South Carolina to aid in Hurricane Florence search and rescue efforts.

"At approximately 3:15 this afternoon, our firefighters returned home safely. I want to thank everyone who has prayed for them during their deployment to the South Carolina coastal area. I should mention that this multi-agency response team is always ready to respond to a disaster no matter the location," Chief Terry Williams. 

Former LSU Football Player Brought Up On New Charges

Sep 20, 2018

Drake Davis, who has since been removed from the team, is facing allegations of possessing child pornography.

This comes just days after he was accused of domestic battery. The pornographic video was found on a cell phone and allegedly shows a 5-year-old and a 10-year-old.

He has been held since his arrest on Sunday on charges related to allegations of domestic violence against his former girlfriend. Davis has dropped out of Louisiana State University. 

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The number of Louisiana teens ages 13-17 up to date on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is on the rise, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published August 24, 2018, shows Louisiana with a rate of 52.9 percent, an increase of 11.1 percent over the 2016 rate of 41.8 percent. Louisiana’s rate is higher than the national average of 48.6 percent.

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."

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Downtown areas sometimes struggle without a strong business base. Bill Roark is a long time commercial real estate broker. He knows what it takes to attract business and devolopment in downtown areas. Roark thinks there must be a "Uniqueness" to hook  people into using downtown areas.  KEDM Policy and a Pint: A Rebirth on the River will tackle downtown redevelopment  with an expert panel that will answer audience questions.

VCOM

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will host a groundbreaking ceremony today for the anticipated Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), to be located on the ULM campus. The site is located in Heritage Park between the Laird Weems Center and the president’s home, Bon Aire.

Special guest Gov. John Bel Edwards will participate in the groundbreaking with ULM and VCOM representatives, elected officials and area leaders. Afterward, a reception will be held at Bayou Pointe Student Event Center.

 The public is invited to the groundbreaking and the reception.

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A former military police officer says damage from a chlorine bomb he investigated scarred his lungs so badly he cannot find work. He's going to tell a judge about it when the former soldier who set off the weapon is sentenced this month.

Joshua Farbro was the lead investigator when unscheduled explosions went off in a training area outside Fort Polk on April 12, 2017.

MIAMI (AP) — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe's. And many other hardware and building supply outlets.

Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms such as Hurricane Florence all year. Much like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supplies are pre-positioned and trucks loaded and ready to go with everything from batteries to gas cans to tarps to chainsaws.

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