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West Monroe aldermen took another step Tuesday night toward ensuring a black candidate is elected to the Board of Aldermen in future elections.

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The Sterlington Town Council earlier this week approved a handful of policies guarding how Sterlington spends money as part of an effort to satisfy the state’s criteria for releasing the town from financial oversight.

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With the assistance of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Monroe police apprehended six inmates at Swanson Correctional Center who had escaped the Office of Juvenile Justice facility.

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West Monroe police arrested a West Monroe man on suspicion of third-degree rape last week after receiving a report of a disturbance on Suquaknatchah Street.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested an El Paso, Texas man for possession of crack cocaine last week after authorities stopped the suspect's vehicle for a traffic violation.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards recently encouraged the operators of Louisiana restaurants, bars, catering companies and other food-related establishments to register for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s new Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

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Former Monroe Police Cpl. Reggie Brown says the chairman of Monroe’s civil service board should have no say in whether the former officer gets his job back because of the chairman’s supposedly racist and politically motivated views and social media posts.

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Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky filed a motion earlier this week to disqualify the Second Circuit Court of Appeal from presiding over his challenge of a protective order that blocks him from questioning judges he’s suing without prior notice of the questions.

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Sterlington Town Councilman Trey Vocker resigned last week, claiming Mayor Caesar Velasquez endangered the town’s future as one of the people involved in decisions that landed the former mayor in a criminal probe and the town in millions of dollars in debt.

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The Sterlington Town Council awarded a certificate of bravery to a Sterlington youth for saving his neighbor’s life last week.

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A group representing governmental entities in northeastern Louisiana are preparing a plan for developing a coalition that could sign off on what flood prevention projects receive a portion of $5 million in funding.

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North 18th Street, from Washington Street to Louisville Avenue, in Monroe will remain closed until Monday, May 10 as an area contractor completes road repairs on that portion of the roadway.

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The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi recently celebrated more than 5,000 candidates for graduation in the Class of 2021 during the university’s 168th Commencement exercises April 29 - May 2.

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Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash on April 29 on LA Hwy 135 just south of LA Hwy 132 that claimed the life of 41-year-old Sedrick Allen of Monroe.    

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Writer’s Note: Several weeks ago, many around the world focused their attention on the death and funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and consort to the Queen. Jim and I sat quietly through the entire service, marveling at Britain’s earnest — and, for the most part, successful — attem…

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The state Senate Education Committee agreed last week to call for bigger raises for teachers and school support personnel than the state education board’s recommended spending plan includes.

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BATON ROUGE — Legislation that would ban transgender girls from playing on a female sports team passed without a single objection in the Senate Education Committee last week.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a West Monroe man for domestic abuse battery last week after authorities learned of a domestic disturbance on Sandal Street in West Monroe.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Monroe man for driving while his driver's license was suspended last week after authorities observed the suspect driving his vehicle in reverse on a public road.

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BATON ROUGE—A state House of Representatives committee advanced legislation last week to extend the time to prepare and verify absentee ballots prior to election day. 

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Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a Monroe man on several charges including possession of synthetic marijuana with intent to distribute last week after authorities stopped the suspect's vehicle for failing to stop at a traffic signal's red light.

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Wyoming, Texas and eight other states filed a lawsuit this week against President Joe Biden and his administration for an executive order addressing climate change that the states allege will lead to massive regulatory overreach.

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Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a West Monroe woman for simple criminal damage to property last week after authorities received complaints about broken windows from a house on Evergreen Street in West Monroe.

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The Senate Finance Committee declined to approve legislation this week that would dedicate a portion of a temporary state sales tax to the construction of roads and bridges in local infrastructure districts.

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Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky III says he may expand his lawsuit against several Fourth Judicial District Court officials to show how the defendants and possibly other judges tried to influence a special appointed judge and tampered with witnesses.

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