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A house in Monroe is displaying Christmas lights that blink in rhythm with country music star Garth Brooks’ “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and other songs to show support for Louisiana State University’s football team.

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The City of West Monroe has been awarded more than $4 million in grant funds from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development as part of the Statewide Flood Control Program.

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The Sterlington Town Council discussed removing members from the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission in light of a dispute between town officials over a recent variance.

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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury plans to dip into its $7-million fund balance to cover a deficit of some $1.3 million during 2020 because the parish governing authority plans to buy new office space and hike police juror salaries.

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While the near-term possibility of a state constitutional convention in Louisiana may have died with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ reelection, there are other ways to tackle the issues convention supporters want to address.

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U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and U.S. Representatives Colin Allred (D-TX) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) recently introduced legislation with resources to pay for leave and cover the cost of day care, baby supplies and other expenses associated with a new child.

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Ouachita Parish School System has been made aware of a current scam affecting our area. The fraudulent organization is soliciting funds on behalf of West Monroe High School Baseball in return for advertising through banners and billboards at the baseball complex.

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The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs has awarded more than $376 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal law enforcement operations and reinforce public safety efforts in jurisdictions across the United States, according to U.S. Attorney David Joseph’…

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In 2017, Louisiana lawmakers enacted a series of criminal justice changes meant to conserve taxpayer dollars and help prisoners reintegrate into society. Meeting those goals requires cooperation between government and the private sector, officials and activists said Thursday.

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A Monroe judge is expected to rule soon on whether a Mangham contractor can obtain certain criminal investigative documents surrounding allegations that a Second Circuit Court of Appeal judge and his law clerk mishandled the contractor’s $20-million lawsuit against the state.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal recently reversed Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel “Danny” Ellender’s decision in February to stop a lawsuit against a local business financing company’s officers for wrongdoing, including allegations of fraud and forgery.

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The city of Monroe’s water system began its annual disinfection process, altering the type of disinfectant used in the water supply beginning on Dec. 2 and concluding on Jan. 24, 2020.

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Certified disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) now have free access to the city of Monroe’s electronic bidding portal for city construction projects.

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Cheniere Lake is not closed for duck hunting nor will the parish’s largest body of water be closed for other outdoor activities, a parish official says.

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At least two dozen municipalities in Louisiana either are in serious financial trouble or on the verge of trouble, according to the Legislative Auditor. In some cases, the reasons why are very specific and local.

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The Sterlington Town Council signed off on a 20-year variance, or exception to the town’s building ordinances, last week that allowed a local businessman to use metal siding in the construction of new shops.

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After a spate of complaints from Monroe residents about high water bills, Mayor Jamie Mayo’s administration claims that many customers may have seen their recent water bills increase because of heavier than normal water usage.

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Ouachita Parish police jurors say they have a handful of unanswered questions for the director and auditors at G.B. Cooley Services in light of the arrest of the organization’s financial director for embezzlement of some $400,000.

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Poverty Point World Heritage Site in West Carroll Parish is Northeast Louisiana’s global treasure. One of only 24 sites in the United States and 1,121 worldwide, it was approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2014.

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Fourth Judicial District Attorney Steve Tew wanted West Monroe police officer Dennis Wall to lose his job and serve probation for a felony offense, recent court documents show.

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A West Monroe woman, who was crossing LA Hwy 139, was killed last week after being struck by a vehicle. 

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In his first press conference after a bruising reelection campaign, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he looked forward to working with President Donald Trump, who stumped for his opponent, and the Republican-dominated legislature.

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The Ouachita Parish Public Library system is considering the elimination of late fees for books, CDs, DVDs and other materials obtained from the library’s collections, parish officials say.

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Former 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister launched a business in 2016 with a Youngsville man indicted last week on nine counts of wire fraud stemming from his involvement in a million dollar Ponzi scheme.

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Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo confirmed last week that he would seek re-election to the city’s top post after a North Monroe businessman announced his own plans to become a mayoral candidate.

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently approved legislation by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, chairman of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, to increase the royalties that Gulf states like Louisiana receive from offshore energy production.

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The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) announces that, in partnership with its member financial institutions, it has awarded $16.3 million in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grants to 34 projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas, which will result in the…

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Under former Mayor Vern Breland’s direction, the town of Sterlington spent $3.1 million on unlawful expenditures, flouted public bid law on projects as big as $2 million and falsified its applications to the state to incur bonded indebtedness.

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The trial for a West Monroe police officer accused of sharing a homemade sex video got underway earlier this week.

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The city of Monroe recorded a general fund surplus of some $155,000 for the fiscal year ending April 30, but the city was cited for four audit findings, including two findings for failing to follow guidelines on federal grants received by the city, according to an audit report released Monday.

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Progress on the rehabilitation of Stubbs Vinson Road has been on hold since May because of lapses in communication from Entergy over the removal of power lines, parish officials say.

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The Monroe City Council agreed last week to condemn the Martin Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at 1906 Adams St. and give the church’s officers 30 days to restore the historic building.

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U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy, and Jacky Rosen recently introduced legislation to prevent data mining of Americans’ personal health data stored on wearable personal devices, such as smartwatches.

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