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BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers agreed Tuesday on a $34 billion state budget that provides hundreds of millions for businesses hurt by the COVID-19 shutdown but freezes $60 million in pay raises for state employees and cuts funding for colleges that also are struggling financially.

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The West Ouachita Senior Center has received a Disaster Relief Grant from The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation to aid in its Senior Adult and Community Supportive Services.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the abortion facility June Medical Services in June Medical Services v. Russo, striking down a Monroe lawmaker’s law that required abortion service providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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Nearly 6,900 people have participated in early voting for the July 11 municipal primary and presidential preference primary elections as of Tuesday, the parish registrar said.

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The share of Louisiana residents who say they have some or a lot of trust in the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was 77.1 percent, according to a new study by Northwestern and three other universities.

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Donnie VandeVen says he never expected his livelihood would be threatened when he exercised his First Amendment rights by designing a 1,500-foot long crop formation in the shape of the campaign slogan, “Trump 2020.”

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Fifth District Congressman Ralph Abraham announced earlier this week the award of a $4.8 million federal grant to the City of Monroe from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

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University of Louisiana Monroe President Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D., and First Lady Linda, left those titles behind earlier this week as they ended an almost 10-year chapter of their lives and began a new one in retirement.

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OUACHITA PARISH Sheriff Jay Russell was sworn in by Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Sharon Marchman on Wednesday, June 14, to begin his third term in office. “As we begin our new term, I would like to thank the Deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and ded…

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A Monroe man accused of second-degree murder, attempted murder and faces two drug dealing charges was arrested earlier this month for two more drug offenses while out on bond for the murder charges.

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Some 3,000 people in Ouachita Parish have already participated in early voting for the July 11 municipal primary and presidential preference primary elections, state election results show.

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Louisiana State Police troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 2 east of Mer Rouge on June 21 that claimed the life of 28-year-old Trapper Munn of Oak Grove.

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Courtney Hammons, of Choudrant, was crowned Miss Louisiana 2020 on Tuesday after the Miss Louisiana organization agreed to postpone its 2020 competition in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Early voting for the July 11 municipal primary election begins Saturday, featuring races in Monroe mayor and Monroe City Council as well as the election of five members to the Richwood Board of Aldermen.

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A group of protesters carrying Black Lives Matter signs at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse Monday aimed their outrage at the Ouachita Parish Police Jury’s top officials for refusing to renounce their so-called racist behavior.

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BATON ROUGE — A proposal to establish a group to study law enforcement in Louisiana in response to national incidents of police brutality sparked a racially charged debate last week among House committee members.

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In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision in the June Medical Services v. Russo case centered on the 2014 Louisiana Unsafe Abortion Protection Act.

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With its most recent report, released in April 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating System has recognized Glenwood Home Health Services with a 5-star rating in both quality and patient satisfaction. According to the data, the West Monroe home…

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BATON ROUGE--Two LSU professors released surveys Monday showing that Louisiana residents have conflicted feelings about the reopening of the state and the risks of various activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The city of Monroe recently escaped a federal consent decree issued to the city in 2004 because of sewer overflows and other issues, city officials announced this week.

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The West Monroe Board of Aldermen signed off an application earlier this week requesting federal relief to cover expenditures stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak.

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BATON ROUGE — The state Senate approved several bills to improve Louisiana’s criminal justice system earlier this week, including a bill by a Monroe legislator to make probation less costly for both the state and offenders.

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The Ouachita Parish Police Jury introduced an ordinance earlier this week that would allow electronic video bingo in unincorporated parts of the parish.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport recently reversed a 40-year sentence imposed by Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Wendell Manning on a Bastrop man convicted of kidnapping, aggravated burglary and armed robbery.

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Monroe insurance producer Mickey Glen Bennett was recently ordered by the state to cease and desist for continuing to transact insurance-related business after having his Louisiana insurance license revoked for failing to remit payments to an insurance company on behalf of an insured.

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Louisiana will advance to Phase Two of President Donald Trump’s Opening Up America Again plan, greatly relaxing the social distancing restrictions established more than two months ago to stem the spread of COVID-19.

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The Fourth Judicial District’s Drug and Alcohol Court celebrated its partnership with the Louisiana Delta Community College in a ceremony last week commemorating each entity’s efforts to educate participants in the local drug court program.

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The Louisiana Senate unanimously confirmed the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (BESE) appointment of Dr. Cade Brumley as the State Superintendent of Education.

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