The City of Monroe’s Planning and Urban Development Department will be closed for official business on Thursday, July 11th due to emergency air conditioning repairs at the building that houses it. That building, located at 3901 Jackson Street, is known as City Hall Annex South or CHAS.

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Forecasters expect a tropical weather system to develop into a storm that could push the already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to the tops of levees that protect New Orleans.

The low pressure area was over water, south of the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday and was expected to strengthen into a storm as it moved west through the Gulf's warm waters.

Forecasters say parts of Louisiana could see up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain by Monday, with heavier amounts possible in some spots.

Mississippi and Texas were also at risk of torrential rains.

Amusement Park Reminder Of Hurricane May Soon Come Down

Jul 9, 2019
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The Zydeco Scream roller coaster stands motionless, and so does the Big Easy Ferris Wheel. Scampering rabbits, slithering snakes and lurking alligators are the only visitors to the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans. Once it resounded with children's laughter and the shrieks of passengers on the thrill rides.

Now the only sound is the drone of the cicadas.

City of West Monroe to host Job Fair July 10

Jul 9, 2019

The City of West Monroe will host a job fair on Wednesday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall, located at 2305 N. 7th Street in West Monroe.

Applications and interviews will be conducted on site. There will be opportunities to meet with various representatives from City Departments to learn more about future career opportunities.

Attendees are asked to bring necessary identification, certifications and credentials.

For more information, contact the City's Human Resources Manager at (318) 396-2600.

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Family and friends of a man who was fatally shot at a New Orleans skate park have honored him by rolling his casket up a stunt ramp at that same park before laying him to rest.

WWL-TV reports David Magee's casket was rolled onto a ramp Saturday at Parisite Skatepark. A video of the tribute was posted by the Humidity Nola account on Instagram.

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An assistant professor at Louisiana State University's library school has received a $391,000 grant to find the best ways to preserve the digital archives of veterans and active-duty service members.

Edward Benoit III began his "Virtual Footlocker Project" after inheriting a footlocker of letters, photos, journals and other memorabilia from his father's career as an Air Force officer.

"I began thinking about what items would mark my time in service and of current military personnel," said Benoit, who is also a veteran.

Louisiana Governor Releases First TV Ad In Re-election Bid

Jul 8, 2019

The advertising blitz in the Louisiana governor's race began Monday, as Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards released his first statewide TV ad, touting his financial stewardship of the state.

Gov. Edwards' campaign described a sizable "seven-figure ad buy" that will have the 30-second spot in heavy rotation on television and websites. The campaign told The Associated Press that it intends to stay on TV through Election Day with the launch of the ad, which also draws a contrast with the deficit-riddled years of Edwards' Republican predecessor.

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 Restore Louisiana will begin issuing checks previously denied to homeowners affected by flooding in 2016.

News outlets report the program made the announcementFriday. The first wave of checks will be sent out Monday.

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 A former Louisiana State University student charged in the alcohol-related hazing death of a fraternity pledge wants his indictment thrown out because a computer glitch skewed the selection of the grand jury members.

The Advocate reports that 21-year-old Matthew Naquin's attorney made the request in a state court motion.

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 Louisiana will have a minimum marriage age of 16 starting in August, under a bill signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The hard-fought measure by Sen. Yvonne Dorsey Colomb, a Baton Rouge Democrat, was passed in the final hour of the legislative session earlier this month. Edwards signed the legislation without fanfare.