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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury voted to spend $110,000 earlier this week, retaining two different lobbying firms to petition state and federal authorities for public infrastructure projects.

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Strategic Biofuels, the leader in developing negative carbon footprint renewable fuels plants, and the Port of Columbia in Caldwell Parish have jointly announced that the Port has received a $15 million infrastructure improvement grant.

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The La. Legislative Black Caucus recently elected its Executive Board Officers for 2022. Representative Vincent J. Pierre of Lafayette was elected as Chairman of the Caucus on Jan. 19.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff’s investigators arrested a Monroe man on suspicion of negligent homicide on Saturday after authorities began investigating a pedestrian hit-and-run incident that occurred on Jan. 19.

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Qualifying for the March 26 election, including elections for West Monroe mayor and the city’s Board of Aldermen, is ongoing and ends Friday, Jan. 28.

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The Monroe City Council voted unanimously to reject a zoning change earlier this week that would have cleared the way for a new multi-family residence on Hickory Street after hearing a string of residents protest the development.

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BATON ROUGE — With the state flush with cash, Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled a proposed budget Monday that includes more than $1.1 billion in infrastructure spending and investments in education at all levels.

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Ouachita Parish Schools officials say they are investigating a West Monroe High School student for her remarks in a video in which she used a racial epithet to describe a particular area of West Monroe.

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Louisiana lawmakers are planning a three-week February special session to redraw the state’s major political district maps, a once-a-decade effort to account for population changes as reflected in the latest U.S. Census data.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid out tens of millions of dollars to Louisiana residents to cover the cost of funeral expenses tied to COVID-19.

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State Fire Marshal (SFM) deputies continue investigating the circumstances surrounding a house fire in Columbia that claimed the life of a male resident.

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Ouachita Parish Metro Narcotics Unit agents arrested a Monroe man on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute earlier this month after agents conducted surveillance of a residence where the suspect was staying.

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Monroe police arrested a Monroe woman on a host of charges including disturbing the peace earlier this month after authorities received a complaint about a drunk woman from the Booker T Community Senior Citizen Village.

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BATON ROUGE—New research from LSU and the University of Florida suggests that more shark attacks occur during fuller phases of the moon. While the exact cause remains unclear, the researchers found that more shark attacks than average occur during periods of higher lunar illumination and few…

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West Monroe police arrested a West Monroe man on suspicion of domestic abuse battery and criminal trespass last week after authorities received a complaint of a battery outside a store on Bridge Street.

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Monroe police arrested a Monroe woman on suspicion of home invasion and simple criminal damage to property earlier this month after authorities received a complaint from an apartment on Peach Street.

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Ouachita Green, Keep West Monroe Beautiful and the City of West Monroe will host a Community Cleanup Up this Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. in the neighborhoods surrounding West Monroe High School.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a Monroe man on suspicion of disturbing the peace last week after authorities received a complaint of a man cursing and screaming at neighbors from the street.

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The Morehouse Parish School Board revised its policy last week, allowing shorter quarantine isolation periods and relaxing the use of masks for students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to it.

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Two rival gangs from southern Monroe confronted one another at the Neville High School gymnasium during a basketball game last week where some 200 people were present, authorities say.

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Louisiana State Police say they are investigating Trooper Michael Reichardt’s involvement in events that led to the arrest of a clinic owner as well as a cardiologist in Monroe on some 100 drug charges.

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Three students suing the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Monroe asked a federal judge earlier this month to find the medical school in contempt for allegedly harassing them.

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Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis was among 24 regional leaders who participated in Delta Regional Authority (DRA)’s Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy.

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The Morehouse Parish Police Jury voted last week to give $500 to certain parish employees each quarter thanks to an infusion of federal funding meant to curtail negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ouachita Parish Metro Narcotics Unit agents arrested a West Monroe man on several charges including aggravated assault of a peace officer earlier this month after authorities conducted the arrest of someone else in the same building as the suspect.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a Monroe man on suspicion of firearm theft last week after authorities received a complaint that a man's firearm went missing after he left it on a coffee table.

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Monroe police arrested a Monroe man for aggravated assault and simple burglary last week after authorities received a complaint about a disturbance at an apartment complex on Auburn Avenue.

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Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Larry Jefferson acquitted a Mesquite, Texas man accused of second-degree murder last week, claiming the video surveillance footage was insufficient to identify the man as the shooter.

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The city of West Monroe recently learned the state would award a $1.8-million grant through the Water Sector Program to improve sewer infrastructure inside the city.

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Darren Dewayne Cooper, 33, of Tallulah, was sentenced on Jan. 7 by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty to 100 months (8 years, 4 months) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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