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Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham faced off in gubernatorial debate for the first time last week since the Republican congressman announced his bid for the Democratic governor's job.

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The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased 0.1 points to 101.8 in March, a historically strong level and an indication that small businesses continue to power the economy after being briefly shaken by January’s government shutdown.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies have identified two people who died in high water last weekend when heavy rainfall led to flash flooding and flooded roadways.

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Ouachita Parish Police Jury President Shane Smiley signed paperwork earlier this week declaring a state of emergency in light of recent flooding and forecasts of more heavy rainfall.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport recently affirmed a 50-year sentence for a man who beat and choked a Monroe woman in September 2015 and was later convicted for attempted second-degree murder.

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A group of business owners in the town of Sterlington vented their frustrations last week about town officials’ plans for a two-percent sales tax on businesses and the possibility of the town’s sewer rates doubling.

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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury appointed Anna Reed, of Monroe, earlier this week to serve as the police juror for the parish’s District F in light of former Police Juror Pat Moore’s recent election to the state House of Representatives.

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West Monroe Fire Department’s lead investigator says a lightning bolt struck Boley Elementary School in West Monroe on Saturday and led to the catastrophic fire that burned the 68-year-old facility.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe announced today, Tuesday, April 2, that it would provide healthcare screenings and education events to citizens in Union, Morehouse, Richland, East Carroll, West Carroll, Tensas, Madison and Bienville parishes for the next three years thanks to a $96,679 gr…

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A new American Cancer Society initiative is aiming to bring businesses and their customers together in the common goal of fighting cancer. Together vs. Cancer convenes companies across the country to make it easier for customers to donate while they’re shopping and doing business every day.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport recently ruled that a lawsuit against St. Francis Medical Center and University Health Conway was appropriately dismissed, because the plaintiff did not file the suit in time.

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Leaders Against Litter, Keep Ouachita Parish Beautiful, Keep Monroe Beautiful and Keep West Monroe Beautiful, all affiliates of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, have announced they will host the kickoff to the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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All nine judges at the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport recently recused from presiding over an appeal in a Monroe businessman’s ongoing racketeering lawsuit, including two judges who previously signed an order to liquidate the businessman’s company.

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BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards struck an optimistic tone in his State of the State address on Monday at the Capitol to open the state Legislature’s regular legislative session, though one other candidate for governor challenged the governor’s optimism.

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The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a phone scam that is circulating among parish residents.

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The number of reported juvenile trafficking victims rose by 20 percent in 2018, while the number of adult victims decreased by 17 percent, according to data submitted to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for its 2019 report on human trafficking.

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The West Monroe Police Department will conduct multiple Sobriety and Occupant Protection Checkpoints in April.

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Monroe Police Cpl. Ben Baw contends he was retaliated against by a former candidate for police chief with ties to Mayor Jamie Mayo because of decisions Baw made as a member of the city’s civil service board.

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The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) and St. Francis Medical Center hosted a “Wall of Heroes” recognition ceremony earlier this week, honoring the departed whose organs provided life for others.

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CenturyLink, one of only two Fortune 500 companies based in Louisiana, committed earlier this week to keep its corporate headquarters in Monroe through 2025.

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In celebration of National Emergency Medical Service week, May 19-24, Steward Health Care System will host its first “EMS Stewards of the Community” Awards Ceremony on May 21 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.

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Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo signed paperwork earlier this week for the acquisition of the finale piece of right-of-way property needed to begin relocation of utilities and construction of the Kansas Lane Connector project.

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West Monroe High School teacher Ryan Reid plans to announce his candidacy for the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 15 on Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at the Bob Allen Dojo located at 2911 Cypress Street in West Monroe.

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Greater Ouachita Water Co. recently secured approval from the Public Service Commission to raise water and sewer rates so the utility company can pay off some $30 million in debt and make some $32 million in capital improvements.

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A recent audit of Greater Ouachita Water Co.’s finances for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2018 showed two of the utility company’s officials were paid a salary along with payments to their law firm or accounting business.

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Since Jan. 1, State Fire Marshal Chief Butch Browning’s office has recorded 16 fatal fires resulting in a total of 17 deaths.

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