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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal reinstated a Monroe man’s commercial driver’s license last week after finding that a local judge erred by disqualifying the man’s commercial driving privileges on the basis of a sheriff deputy’s contradictory testimony.

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Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo chastised local businessman Friday Ellis last week, claiming the mayoral candidate lied in his campaign announcement about his previous work for the city of Monroe.

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Four newly elected senators from Northeastern Louisiana gained assignments last week to a combined 10 committees in the state Senate, including the Senate’s “money committees” where decisions are made about how to spend taxpayer dollars.

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Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Hwy 80 near Calhoun Middle School before 4 p.m. on Jan. 16.  This crash claimed the life of a West Monroe teenager and a Choudrant man.

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Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating two deaths that occurred Saturday, involving an infant and an adult, at a residence on Wallace Dean Road in West Monroe.

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The National Right to Life Committee and Louisiana Right to Life recently filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Louisiana’s Act 620 “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,” which requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges with a local hospital.

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The six members of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury, including three new members, took the oath of office Monday night and accepted their new responsibilities on parish committees and local boards of directors.

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Monroe businessman Douglas Harvey was elected to represent District 1 on the Monroe City Council after not drawing any opposition during qualifying last week.

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The Monroe City Council voted earlier this week to spend nearly $500,000 on a new facility where the city’s transit system buses could be washed.

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In special inaugural ceremonies in the Louisiana State Senate Chamber, members of the 2020-2024 State Senate took the oath of office and were officially seated as State Senators. Among the 39 members are 20 new State Senators, including nine who are beginning their first term in the Louisian…

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University of Louisiana-Monroe President Nick Bruno informed university employees and supporters on Tuesday he planned to retire no later than June 30, after serving nine years in the university’s top post.

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CASA of Northeast Louisiana is holding a new volunteer training class beginning January 30 in Ouachita Parish to ready volunteers to serve local children currently in need of an advocate.

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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury accepted a some $1.7 million bid this week from a West Monroe contractor to build a new fire station on Whites Ferry Road in West Monroe.

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Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky III recently withdrew his motion to recuse ad hoc Judge Jerome “Jerry” Barbera from presiding over his ongoing lawsuit against local judges and a law clerk.

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Through a partnership with RIP Medical Debt, First West and the attendees of the recent Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration will help eradicate $3.5 million in medical debt in Ouachita Parish.

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BATON ROUGE — If Anadarko Petroleum Corp. allowed certain employees to over-bill on environmental remediation projects, could the company or its stock prices have benefited from knocking off millions of dollars in false remediation costs?

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Katie Corkern is a mother of three sons in Amite. One of her sons is Connor, 13, who has a birth defect in his brain. For most of his life, he has experienced between 50 to 200 seizures each day.

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After nearly three years, a local non-profit dedicated to improving conditions for homeless animals has raised some $1.1 million to build a new facility for the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter.

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Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office recently filed Louisiana’s legal brief in defense of Act 620, the state’s admitting privileges law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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A West Monroe businessman seeking to liquidate assets and erase his debt now faces a motion for contempt and sanctions in federal bankruptcy court in the wake of state court lawsuits and federal authorities investigating his two home health agencies.

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Mayor Jamie Mayo says his administration’s focus during the new year would be on an initiative called “Operation Ceasefire” but neither the mayor nor the police department could provide specifics on what the initiative might entail.

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The LSU AgCenter will host a forestry forum Jan. 17 at the West Monroe Convention Center during the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council Ag Expo.

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A new report by the nonpartisan think tank The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) says that Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act is like “Medicare for All Lite,” which has created nothing but “disastrous results.”

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A series of English as a Second Language (ESL) class will be held at the West Monroe Community Center, beginning on Jan. 6, 2020.

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A Mangham contractor who claims a former Second Circuit Court of Appeal judge and his law clerk mishandled his $20-million lawsuit against the state continues to defend his subpoena for criminal investigative documents that could shed light on the controversy.

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Kema Dawson, executive director of the Ouachita Multi-Purpose Community Action Program, announced last week her plans to become a candidate for the Monroe City Council’s District 5 office.

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A former deputy marshal at the Monroe City Marshal’s office says Marshal Wince Highshaw Jr. sexually harassed her and treated her unfairly because of her sex.

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The number of homes built in western Ouachita Parish has exceeded the totals in other areas of the parish each year since 2012, but money for west side road projects remains sparse.

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A Start woman lost her life in a vehicle crash in Richland Parish last week.

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Deputy Shane Harvey, a 14-year veteran of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 after a lengthy illness.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration and State Treasurer John Schroder are in a dispute over whether state government can spend money that belongs to people who haven’t claimed it yet.

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A Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate who attempted suicide at Angola last week by setting himself on fire died Christmas Eve in a Baton Rouge hospital.

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Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana says it plans to close its Monroe retail store and donation center, located at 3158 Louisville Avenue, at month’s end.

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