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Using a contractor selection process without advertising public bids, West Monroe chose Lincoln Builders of Ruston last week to build an indoor sports complex costing more than $18 million, city officials say.

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The Morehouse Parish Police Jury zipped through an agenda of routine household matters last week, including an application for state funding to support recreational spaces.

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Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin met with Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday and asked the governor to reschedule the Oct. 9 election for Nov. 13 and the Nove. 13 election for Dec. 11.

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West Monroe City Marshal William Guyton’s office realized a general fund surplus of some $8,000 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year as well as one finding for spending training and equipment funds on operations, a recent audit shows.

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A state appeal court recently shot down part of Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky III’s appeal in an ongoing lawsuit against Fourth Judicial District Court officials accused of conspiring to conceal illegal activity at the court.

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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury may reconsider reappointing West Monroe businessman Mike Mulhearn to the Hospital Service District No. 1’s board of commissioners after the board requested Mulhearn’s reappointment Tuesday.

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A Caddo Parish bank sued the town of Sterlington earlier this year claiming the town owed some $1.8 million it borrowed to finance the launch of a water treatment system that never materialized.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards recently announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.

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State Attorney General Jeff Landry recently began an investigation relating to the deaths of four nursing home residents transferred to a Waterbury Companies Inc’s warehouse in Independence for Hurricane Ida.

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Wendi Tostenson D.P.A.  has been selected and has accepted to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Education and Student Services at Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC).

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The U. S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against the city of West Monroe to ensure a black candidate could be elected to the Board of Aldermen next spring could put the current aldermen at odds with one another if they each seek re-election.

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Several people supporting a recall of Richwood Mayor Gerald Brown Sr. cited former Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo serving as the town’s consultant among their concerns about Richwood’s future.

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Several Richwood citizens and officials say they supported the petition to recall Mayor Gerald Brown Sr. because of dissatisfaction with his job performance, not as a coordinated effort to restore a former mayor.

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Members of Hospital Service District No. 1’s board of commissioners say they are disappointed or baffled by Ouachita Parish Police Juror Scotty Robinson’s motion to deny renewing a commissioner’s term on board.

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The Board of Directors of the Living Well Foundation recently announced it had awarded $274,000 in grants to 17 non-profit agencies, including parish hospitals and educators, inside Ouachita Parish and surrounding parishes.

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The East Ouachita Recreation District, which also operates the Ouachita Sportsplex, posted a surplus of some $258,000 in its general fund for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2020 and recorded one finding, a recent audit shows.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport recently ruled that a Downsville man convicted of six counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer with a firearm could not serve 20 years at hard labor on the charges because they were non-crimes.

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GoFundMe began as a place to support social and similar causes, but now families battling diabetes are using the fundraising platform as a last-ditch attempt to cover the skyrocketing price of their life-saving drugs and supplies.

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The West Carroll Parish Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) requested assistance from Louisiana State Police with a hostage situation on Chickasaw Loop, just north of Oak Grove on Aug. 16 around 8 p.m.

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Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 34 near Salem Road on Aug. 16 around 5 p.m. that claimed the life of 52-year-old Jimmy Howell.

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The Louisiana State Bond Commission voted last week to delay nearly $28 million in repairs to the Caesars Superdome over the New Orleans Saints’ ticket refund policy and COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky III recently asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in Gretna to overturn a judge’s decision to bar the businessman from alleging illegal case fixing in Ouachita Parish.

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Three students suing the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Monroe say the medical school violated a federal judge’s restraining order by continuing to discriminate against them for choosing to forgo getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Monroe Police Chief Vic Zordan recently signaled his department’s commitment to house dispatchers alongside dispatchers from other law enforcement agencies if the Ouachita Parish Police Jury decides to expand the Ouachita Parish 911 Communications Center’s facility.

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Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 139, just north of US Hwy 80 on Aug. 19 after 5:15 p.m. that claimed the life of 30-year-old Ronald Lofton Jr. of Monroe.    

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The members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) have chosen Kyle Ardoin, Louisiana Secretary of State, to lead the organization as president.

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A federal judge issued a restraining order against the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Monroe on Tuesday, forbidding the medical school from doing anything that might harm three students who want to study there without receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

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The population of Ouachita Parish grew less than five percent since 2010, adding some 6,600 residents in the last 10 years and resulting in a slight shift to the area’s demographics.

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The state disciplinary agency tasked with investigating judges says Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Sharon Marchman violated the judiciary’s ethics code through several acts including endorsing then-President Donald Trump in a judicial race three years ago.

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The city of Monroe has been awarded $916,412 in grant dollars from the Transportation Alternatives Program for continuation of the Jackson Street corridor enhancement project.

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The city of West Monroe Fire Department will be conducting hydrant flow tests on the nearly 800 fire hydrants throughout the city beginning Aug. 16 through Sept. 8.

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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury voted earlier this week to ask a local video bingo machine operator to appear at its next meeting to explain why it is delinquent on taxes owed from net wins on the machines.

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Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley recently unveiled a plan to address learning losses attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and the windfall of federal funding that’s ensued.

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U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) recently asked Deputy Associate Administrator for Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration Resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) David Maurstad to answer outstanding questions on Risk Rating 2.0 (RR 2.0).