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  • Some Monroe residents dropped flood insurance, now regret it

    April 3, 2016 9:04 PM

    MONROE - Some Monroe homeowners dropped flood insurance when they got the choice, and are now regretting it. Frenchman's Bend Homeowners Association President Jonathan Oglesbee says some homeowners in the area got notices from their mortgage company saying they were no longer required to buy flood insurance. That happened after... more »
  • Disaster Recovery Centers open in Monroe and Slidell

    March 21, 2016 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two disaster recovery centers will be open Monday, Mar. 21 in Monroe and Slidell to help Louisiana residents recovering from flooding. The centers are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The centers are closed on Easter... more »
  • Georgia deputies bring drivers to tears with $100 bills, not tickets

    December 19, 2015 7:56 PM

    FORSYTH - Sheriff's deputies in a central Georgia county have been surprising motorists, some of whom expect a ticket. Instead, they've gotten $100 bills. The Telegraph reports that Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick gave officers 54 $100 bills to hand out randomly over three days during the past week.... more »
  • LSU Shreveport hospital manager trying to get suit dismissed

    November 4, 2015 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The operator of the LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe is trying to maintain its hold on the facilities, asking a judge to throw out a university lawsuit seeking to have it removed. A two-day court hearing in Baton Rouge began Wednesday over a request from... more »
  • Hearing on control of LSU hospitals to be held next month

    October 21, 2015 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It will be next month before it's determined who will control University Health hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe. A hearing in state court in Baton Rouge had been scheduled for this week but was moved to Nov. 4-5. The News-Star reports it's the first hearing... more »
  • 2 dead in shooting at Monroe bail bond office

    September 30, 2015 11:24 AM

    MONROE - Police say a Monroe bail bondsman and his employee were shot and killed in their office. Detective Reggie Brown says the bodies of Ivan Webb and Catrina Wallace were found Tuesday morning in the main room of Coach's Bail Bonds. Brown told The Associated Press on Wednesday that... more »
  • LSU seeking to oust operator of Shreveport, Monroe hospitals

    September 24, 2015 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is seeking to end its deal with the private operator of its Shreveport and Monroe hospitals. The university system sent formal notice Thursday to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana that it considers the hospital manager in breach of its contract. It gave the... more »
  • Hospital manager offers rebuttal to LSU mismanagement claims

    July 31, 2015 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The manager of LSU's Shreveport and Monroe hospitals, accused by university leaders of not fulfilling its contract terms, says it has sought to bring in an outside mediator to work out the disputes. But the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, known as BRF, says LSU has refused... more »
  • LSU outlines grievances about hospitals' management

    July 14, 2015 11:05 AM

    MONROE - In a 10-page breach notice, LSU outlines three primary claims of why it believes Biomedical Research Foundation has failed to live up to its contract responsibilities as the operator of public hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe. The three primary claims from LSU against the foundation include: failure to... more »
  • Hospital operator says LSU will declare contract breached

    July 10, 2015 3:49 PM

    MONROE - The operator of hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe says LSU intends to push out the group. Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana Chairman Steve Skrivanos told the News-Star Friday after a meeting with LSU administrators that the university intends to declare that the foundation has breached its contract.... more »
  • Downsville man sentenced to over 28 years for child porn

    June 15, 2015 6:24 PM

    MONROE - Federal prosecutors say a man from Downsville in north Louisiana has been sentenced to more than 28 years in prison for producing child pornography. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced on Monday that Michael S. Golden, 53, was sentenced to 342 months in prison by U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Woman lying in middle of road with beer arrested in Monroe

    June 12, 2015 12:48 PM

    MONROE - A woman who authorities say was laying in the middle of the street with a beer can laying next to her was arrested Thursday. According to a report by TheNewsStar , Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested Evelyn Spence, 71, of West Monroe for lying in the middle... more »
  • Soldiers coming home

    April 24, 2015 4:41 AM

    MONROE- A weekend welcome-home event is set in Monroe for members of the Louisiana National Guard's 528th Engineer Battalion. More than 150 soldiers are returning to friends and family after deploying to Kuwait for construction and engineering projects in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Some of the soldiers went to... more »
  • Gay student refuses to go to prom due to school rule

    April 4, 2015 5:28 PM

    MONROE - A gay student in Louisiana says she is going to skip her prom because the school principal won't let her wear a tuxedo. Claudettia Love is a senior and one of the top students at Carroll High in Monroe. She says she was planning on going to the... more »
  • IBM to create 400 jobs in Monroe

    February 16, 2015 3:09 PM

    MONROE - IBM will create 400 new jobs in Monroe during the next 10 years. Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state also will provide $4.5 million in higher education funding at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University to create more computer science graduates... more »
  • Monroe plans chlorine burn against killer amoeba

    October 29, 2014 3:16 AM

    MONROE - The city of Monroe will be adding extra chlorine to its water next month as part of statewide precautions against an amoeba that has killed three people in Louisiana. The free chlorine burn will start around Nov. 12 and last about 60 days. It's a precaution against Naegleria... more »
  • NWS confirms tornado hit Ouachita Parish

    October 15, 2014 1:11 PM

    MONROE - A meteorologist with the National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck Ouachita Parish during Monday's storm that downed trees and power lines and heavily damaged Monroe's Garden District. Bill Parker of the weather service's Shreveport office Wednesday confirmed the tornado touched down in the parish's... more »
  • Storms blamed for 2 deaths sweep across the South

    October 14, 2014 10:30 AM

    ATLANTA - A severe storm system is roughing up much of the South for a second day. It knocked out power to tens of thousands and snarled morning commutes. The storm system claimed two lives yesterday after spinning off tornadoes in Arkansas and Missouri. And it sent heavy thunderstorms across... more »
  • Monroe man killed in attempted robbery

    September 29, 2014 7:40 AM

    MONROE - Police say a 29-year-old Monroe man was shot and killed during an attempted robbery. Three men in a vehicle had been approached by three armed men who demanded valuables from them early Sunday morning. When they refused, police say Marcus Montgomery, one of the people in the vehicle,... more »
  • Monroe man killed in 3 vehicle crash

    September 29, 2014 6:06 AM

    MONROE - Authorities are investigating a three vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 139 in Ouachita Parish that claimed the life of a Monroe man. Senior Trooper Michael Reichardt says 59-year-old Mark Dent was southbound on Highway 139 Sunday afternoon when his car struck the rear of another car that a... more »
  • LSU board to discuss dispute with hospital manager

    September 11, 2014 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An ongoing financial disagreement between LSU and the manager of its Shreveport and Monroe hospitals will be talked about by the university system's governing board. LSU claims it's owed more than $25 million for services rendered from the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, known as BRF.... more »
  • Democrats pledge strong push in 5th District race

    September 10, 2014 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Democratic Party says it will have a strong get-out-the vote effort for the lone Democrat running for the congressional seat representing northeast Louisiana. The party announced Tuesday that its governing body voted to endorse Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo in the 5th District race. State Democratic Party... more »
  • Hospital manager says it paid LSU $7M in dispute

    August 22, 2014 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The research foundation running the LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe says it has paid the university system $7 million, after LSU sent a collection letter demanding $25 million. The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, or BRF, said Friday it placed another nearly $11 million into... more »
  • LSU sends collection letter to hospital manager

    August 21, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU has sent a collection letter to the nonprofit foundation running the university's hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport, saying it owes the LSU System more than $25 million. The money is for physician, transition and other services related to the privatization that should have been paid by... more »
  • Louisiana companies gain, lose on Fortune 500 list

    June 4, 2014 12:49 PM

    MONROE- The Fortune 500 company based here, one of only two in Louisiana, dropped in the rankings when the 2014 list was released. CenturyLink fell from 150th to 158th. Its revenue was in the ball park of $18 billion. But, New Orleans' Entergy Corp. grew in the rankings.... more »
  • Homeless man hospitalized after Monroe shooting

    April 27, 2014 11:55 AM

    MONROE - Monroe police are searching for a suspect in the shooting of a homeless man. Police responded to a call early Saturday and found 31-year-old Casey R. Williams lying unresponsive on the ground with a single gunshot wound to the neck. Williams was taken to a local hospital and... more »
  • 'Kissing Congressman' at home, not in D.C.

    April 9, 2014 3:51 PM

    MONROE- The man some have dubbed the "Kissing Congressman" won't ask the feds to investigate how surveillance video of him, kissing a woman who wasn't his wife, was able to be leaked to the news media and posted on the Internet. The video surfaced Monday, and quickly went viral.... more »
  • Louisiana-Monroe beats Louisiana-Lafayette, 31-28

    November 30, 2013 10:46 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Kolton Browning threw two touchdown passes and Louisiana-Monroe held on to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 31-28 Saturday night. Browning hit Rashon Ceaser with a 16-yard touchdown pass, then connected with Ajalen Holley for a two-point conversion to give Louisiana-Monroe (6-6, 4-3 Sun Belt Conference) a 28-21 lead. Justin Maton kicked... more »
  • Man shoots into car with child inside

    November 9, 2013 2:04 PM

    MONROE - A man is charged with attempted second degree murder after a shooting in a Monroe McDonald's on Friday night. Police say Michael J. Williams, 21, fired eight shots at a vehicle with a woman and child in it after a disagreement over money. After the incident Williams... more »
  • Ouachita Parish football player killed in crash

    November 3, 2013 12:38 PM

    MONROE - A high school football played was killed in a car accident in Ouachita Parish. State Police say the accident occurred Saturday afternoon near Monroe. Police say Howard Coleman, 63, was driving west on a Louisiana Highway and crossed the center line and hit Dillon Neal, 17, who... more »
  • Name game: fight for "Louisiana"

    October 25, 2013 10:41 PM

    LAFAYETTE- The state university here is standing behind its brand after it was called into question for how it is used. People are taking issue to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette dropping 'Lafayette' on some references and using Louisiana or UL. Some believe that insinuates it is branding... more »
  • Two former Monroe councilmen sentenced

    September 26, 2013 12:16 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Former Monroe City Councilmen Arthur Gilmore and Robert "Red" Stevens have been sentenced in federal court today. They were convicted more than two years ago of racketeering charges for accepting bribes. Gilmore was sentenced to 24 months in prison while Stevens was given 20 months. Both were... more »
  • Woman booked with multiple child desertion charges

    September 24, 2013 8:50 AM

    MONROE- A 29-year-old Monroe woman faces seven counts each of child desertion and cruelty to juveniles. The News-Star reports Latasha D. Harris was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Police say Harris left seven of her children - aged 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 - unattended in... more »
  • Woman arrested after cinder block used in beating

    September 18, 2013 11:54 AM

    MONROE - A 49-year-old Monroe woman has been arrested after allegedly using a cinder block to batter a victim. Pamela Tugler was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center Tuesday night on charges of aggravated battery and disturbing the peace. An affidavit says she hit the victim many times in the... more »
  • Smoking ban in Monroe bars proposed

    September 11, 2013 9:14 AM

    MONROE- The Monroe City Council in two weeks will consider a 100 percent smoke-free ordinance. The News-Star reports the proposal was introduction at Tuesday's meeting. The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living requested the cities of Monroe and West Monroe and the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to consider the ordinance. If... more »
  • West Monroe woman arrested in shooting death of husband

    September 6, 2013 11:34 AM

    WEST MONROE - A West Monroe woman has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of her husband. The News-Star reports that Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested 54-year-old Suzanne Black after her husband, 53-year-old Charles C. Black, was shot once in the back with... more »
  • Hospital privatization plan approved

    September 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal Administration can move forward with the privatization of LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe after getting approval from the Civil Service Commission today. It was the final step needed for an October 1 date for an outsourcing contract. It also allows LSU to... more »
  • Monroe lawmaker says he's running for 5th District

    August 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Republican state lawmaker from Monroe says he will run in the October special election for a congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. Rep. Jay Morris says he thinks Gov. Bobby Jindal and Congressman Rodney Alexander tried to orchestrate Alexander's resignation to benefit GOP state Sen.... more »
  • Alexander announced as new state VA secretary

    August 7, 2013 1:13 PM

    MONROE - A day after he announced he was through with Congress, U.S. Rep Rodney Alexander has been announced as the new head of the state's veterans affairs office. The governor's office said Alexander would resign from his position on Sept. 26 and start his new job, which has... more »
  • La. Congressman tired of Washington 'gridlock,' won't run again

    August 6, 2013 4:34 PM

    MONROE- Louisiana will lose its most senior member of the U.S. House since Rodney Alexander (R) announced he will not seek re-election today. Alexander represents the 5th Congressional District, which covers part of the Florida Parishes and mostly north east and central Louisiana. The lines of his district were... more »
  • Ex-LSU hospitals' employees can re-apply Aug. 5

    July 28, 2013 7:19 PM

    SHREVEPORT - More than 2,300 employees at LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe can start applying for jobs with the hospitals' new operator starting August 5. Biomedical Research Foundation Hospital Holding Co. will take over management of the former public hospitals October 1. That nonprofit, a subsidiary of Biomedical Research... more »
  • LSU to vote on practice organization

    July 25, 2013 10:22 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A nonprofit corporation will represent LSU School of Medicine doctors who see patients at former LSU public hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe. LSU System supervisors Friday will vote on creating a faculty practice organization for LSU Health Shreveport. Sally Croom, an LSU Health Shreveport spokeswoman, says the proposal... more »
  • Miss Louisiana contestants arrive in Monroe

    June 24, 2013 8:58 AM

    MONROE- Thirty-six women from across the state have arrived in Monroe to compete for the title of Miss Louisiana. The News-Star reports the contestants moved into their rooms Sunday at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Bayou Suites, which will be their home until one is crowned Miss Louisiana 2013... more »
  • Busy Monroe bridge to close for eight weeks

    May 29, 2013 11:33 AM

    MONROE - Many Ouachita Parish motorists are facing a major change. Beginning Saturday, the Lea Joyner Bridge on Monroe's heavily traveled Louisville Avenue will close for eight weeks. The bridge will be closed for two separate four-week periods for critical repairs. The News-Star reports that it will be the first... more »
  • Deputies: Dad in bar left 6-year-old in car

    April 1, 2013 10:34 AM

    MONROE - A 35-year-old Monroe man has been booked with child desertion after deputies say he allegedly left a 6-year-old child in vehicle while he was in a bar. Ouachita Parish deputies say Labarraon Shecoby Spivey was at the Suga Shack, when an officer arrived to investigate a call about... more »
  • Worker arrested in theft from charity

    March 29, 2013 9:08 AM

    MONROE- Monroe police have arrested a 32-year-old woman after she allegedly misused credit cards issued to the local Salvation Army to accumulate more than $30,000 in charges. The News-Star reports police arrested Dana Hill, of West Monroe, Wednesday on a charge of felony theft. Salvation Army spokesman Mark Jones said... more »
  • Man accused of burning child with heater

    March 19, 2013 8:37 AM

    WEST MONROE- Deputies say a 22 year-old West Monroe man was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center after being arrested on several charges, including burning his 3-year-old child with a space heater. Authorities tell The News-Star Vincent Tyler Froust allegedly threw a woman on a bed and choked her while their... more »
  • Monroe plane crash kills 4

    January 25, 2013 6:20 AM

    MONROE- Four people died when a plane crash in the woods behind Ouachita Correctional Center. The News-Star reports investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will be on the scene Friday to begin collecting evidence and witness testimony for their initial investigation. NTSB spokesman Terry Williams says a Beechcraft Bonanza... more »
  • Man accused of setting mother's house on fire

    January 15, 2013 9:04 AM

    MONROE - Authorities say 38-year-old Dominique Ellis, of Monroe, was arrested Sunday on an aggravated arson charge after allegedly setting his mother's house on fire with people inside. According to an arrest affidavit, the victim told Ellis to leave her home on Saturday after Ellis told her he wanted to... more »
  • Open house held for Sandy Hook students

    January 2, 2013 1:19 PM

    MONROE, Conn.- The children who escaped last month's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have been welcomed with their parents at a school in a neighboring town that was overhauled specially for them. And their new school is being renamed for their old one. Newtown Schools Superintendent... more »

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