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U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Steve Daines (R-MT) and Tina Smith (D-MN) recently introduced legislation to require private health insurance plans to cover treatments or vaccines for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, with no cost sharing.

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The state Department of Health issued new healthcare facility guidelines last week postponing all medical and surgical procedures unless the procedures are to treat an "emergency medical condition" as defined by the notice.

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Some people are concerned that pets can catch or spread the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. To this point, research has shown no evidence that pets can spread the disease to other animals or to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection and other human and animal hea…

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The public is urged to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or to the NCDF e-mail address disaster@leo.gov.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a homeless man from Eros on several charges including theft of a motor vehicle last week after authorities received a complaint about a stolen all-terrain vehicle, or ATV.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport recently upheld a 25-year sentence for a man convicted of robbing a woman at gunpoint when she tried to withdraw funds from an automated teller machine in West Monroe in 2014.

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Monroe Fire Chief Terry Williams says his department will no longer answer emergency medical services, or EMS, calls during the COVID-19 outbreak because of the risk of exposure to his first responders.

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The state’s restrictions on business operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak have chomped away at the sales of many local restaurants, though some restaurants have tried to salvage their businesses with delivery or curbside pick-up.

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Local businesses that have not already shuttered say they still have bills piling up and employees to pay in spite of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ recent restrictions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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In defense of a budget not accounting for a potential decline in sales tax collections in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Mayor Jamie Mayo chided Monroe City Councilman Doug Harvey for asking questions during a public meeting Tuesday night.

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Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe recently transformed an isolated patient care floor into a dedicated care unit to treat people with symptoms of COVID-19 or people confirmed to have the disease.

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In response to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive order issued on Sunday, the city of West Monroe has closed City Hall to the public while assuring residents that the city’s offices and programs will continue to operate.

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Out of concern for the health and safety of Ouachita Parish Public Library patrons and staff, all branches will close temporarily to the public at the end of regular business hours on Thursday, March 19 until April 13.

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With the everchanging situations in our healthcare environment and governmental mandates, locally to nationwide, Mulhearn Funeral Home is closely monitoring developments and adjusting our professional services to accommodate the safety of the families we serve, the public and our staff members.

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The University of Louisiana-Monroe presidential search committee agreed last week to seek applications for the position of ULM president as the first step toward naming Nick Bruno’s successor by May 18.

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A group of Swartz residents say their back yards are falling into a parish canal because of erosion, though Ouachita Parish officials say little to nothing can be done about the matter.

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The Town of Sterlington Mayor’s Court and the Town Prosecuting Attorney will hold a one-month Warrant and Ticket Amnesty Program for persons with outstanding warrants and tickets. \ 

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport recently reversed a ruling by Monroe City Court Judge Jefferson “Jeff” Joyce after the judge awarded $3,500 to a Monroe woman who sued her ex-husband for extreme mental and emotional abuse.

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200314-N-EJ940-1041 ARABIAN SEA (March 14, 2020) Chief Logistics Specialist Chad Bechhold, from East Grand Forks, Minnesota, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Sarah Caldwell, from West Monroe, Louisiana, look at power drawings, in the Maintenance Support Center of the aircraft carrier…

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