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Gov. John Bel Edwards filed a lawsuit in state court earlier this week defending his COVID-19 public health emergency proclamation after a group of Republican members of the state House of Representatives signed a petition challenging the proclamation.

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The Monroe City Council approved Victor “Vic” Zordan’s appointment as chief of police Tuesday night on a 4-1 vote at its regular meeting.

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West Monroe police officer Brittany LeJeune takes a phone call to the police department, speaking through a headset while facing four computer screens stacked like a wall above her.

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A group of elected officials accused of conspiring to conceal illegal activities at the local courthouse should not be allowed to review questions before their testimony is taken during discovery in a lawsuit.

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Nearly 26,000 voters in Ouachita Parish participated in early voting for the Nov. 3 presidential election and congressional primary election, state records show.

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The state Legislature ended a fall session, their third of the year, a few days ahead of schedule last week by approving legislation appropriating money for construction projects, hurricane relief and the unemployment trust fund.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff’s investigators are currently investigating a shooting reported on Oct. 21 around 1 a.m. in the 100 block of Jennifer Lane in Monroe.

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Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash on Interstate 20, east of the Rayville Exit, on Oct. 24 that claimed the life of a child and an additional passenger, who were not restrained.

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Monroe police arrested a Monroe man on suspicion of simple burglary last week after authorities received a complaint about an attempt to steal a television.

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Monroe police arrested a Monroe man on suspicion of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute last week after authorities received a complaint the suspect was selling the drug on Adams Street.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a Monroe woman on suspicion of criminal trespass last week after authorities received a trespassing complaint.

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The Ouachita Parish School Board secured a historically low interest rate of 2.48 percent on the sale of $21 million in bonded indebtedness to begin facility construction projects in eastern Ouachita.

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Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky III amended his lawsuit against Fourth Judicial District Court officials last week to expand the allegations to include “illegal case fixing.”

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Louisiana legislators continue to try and shield businesses and workers from tax increases set to kick in because of a low unemployment fund balance, though there is some disagreement about how to proceed.

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Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash on Interstate 20 near milepost 182 in Madison Parish on Oct. 12 that claimed the life of a man from Fort Worth, Texas.

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Louisiana taxpayers will save some $43.2 million in interest from refinancing the state’s general obligation bonds, state Treasurer John Schroder announced earlier this month.

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Louisiana State Police detectives are conducting a joint investigation after a Mangham Police Officer was shot during a traffic stop on Oct. 17. 

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State Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell's campaign for re-election to a fourth term on the utility regulatory agency faces a challenge from Ouachita Parish Police Jury President Shane Smiley on Nov. 3.

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A 27-year law enforcement veteran with ties to the area has been appointed the city of Monroe’s next chief of police.  

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards last week said Louisiana would remain in Phase 3 of the White House-approved restrictions meant to control the spread of COVID-19 until Nov. 6.

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A local judge altered a court ruling in 2015 after the Fourth Judicial District Court’s administrator sent a previously confidential note warning the judge’s proposed ruling could tarnish the court, at a time when the pair were being sued for allegedly conspiring to conceal illegal activity …

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Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis says he will not pursue plans to build a new $100-million arena to replace Monroe Civic Center.

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Early voting for the Nov. 3 presidential general election and congressional primary election begins Friday and will continue until Oct. 27, except on Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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The city of West Monroe is pursuing grant funding to rehabilitate two streets near Ike Hamilton Expo Center and a replace an aging sewer lift station that often floods during heavy rain storms.

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The North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) recently announced the addition of six new investors and increased investments from three existing investors.

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Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Milton Moore III, of Monroe, took the oath of office as chief judge of the appeal court last week.

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Voters from Ouachita and Morehouse parishes will entertain two candidates on Nov. 3 to serve as judge for the Division E seat at the Fourth Judicial District Court: West Monroe attorney Walt Caldwell IV and Monroe City Attorney Angie Sturdivant.

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In the Nov. 3 election, Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Sharon Marchman will face a one challenge to her re-election bid from Monroe attorney Tommy Hayes IV.

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