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Attorney says man did not commit suicide while in police custody

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New Iberia, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's a local story making national news. Monroe-based attorney Carol Powell Lexing is representing the family of Victor White III, who died while in custody of the New Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office on March 3. 

Monroe City Students Eat Free

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MONROE, La (KNOE 8 NEWS) - Kids are in line, and morale is up now that Monroe City Schools offer free breakfast and lunch to all of their students.

Police search Alleged Bombmaker's Home, Finds Illegal Assault Rifles, Explosive Materials

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JONESVILLE, La (KNOE 8 News) - A rural area of Catahoula Parish, north of Jonesville was the focus of police attention today. Search warrants were issued for the home of Bill Womack, who allegedly blew up a pipe-bomb in his ex-wife's car yesterday.

MPD begins looking for new officers with fitness test Video included

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- After a very busy morning of push ups,sit ups, and a mile and a half run.The MPD applicants who passed the physical fitness test.

Sterlington Elementary bursting at the seams

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STERLINGTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's no surprise Sterlington is growing at a fast pace; more moms and dads are taking jobs at companies like Centurylink. This means more kids are attending Sterlington's public schools.

All DWI/Safety checkpoint Officers

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Monroe,La(KNOE 8News & Monroe Police Debt)- Below are the following checkpoint hours and dates for the month of September 2014.

Labor Day Holiday Closures

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Monroe,La(KNOE & Monroe City Hall)- Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council announce the following will be closed in observance of the September 1, 2014, Labor Day Holiday.

Marrero woman arrested for child sex trafficking

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(MARRERO, La.)— A Marrero woman has been arrested on charges related to the trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.


13th Anniversary of September 11th Memorial Observance

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Monroe, La (KNOE8 News & Monroe City Hall)- Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council invite the media and public to join the Monroe Fire and Police Departments, and other agencies and elected officials at 8:15 am Thursday, September 11th to honor the 13th anniversary of the 2,752 people who died in the September 11, 2001.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shares water safety tips for Labor Day weekend

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Mississippi (KNOE 8News U.S. Army Corp)- If you'll be spending this Labor Day weekend on or around the water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges you to remember these safety tips.

CenturyLink opens second data center in Toronto market

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MONROE, La. – CenturyLink, Inc. today announced the grand opening of its new data center in the greater Toronto area. Designed to serve growing demand for access to secure colocation, managed hosting and cloud services, the data center is CenturyLink's second in the Toronto region and fourth in Canada.

AgCenter brings technology to local residents

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FRANKLINTON, La. – The four-year Connect My Louisiana broadband Internet initiative of the LSU AgCenter is providing touchscreen computers, 3-D printers and other high-tech equipment to local offices for public use.

NASA camp at Louisiana Tech provides students with hands-on STEM experiences

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RUSTON, La. – Educators and counselors from NASA Stennis Space Center recently conducted a three-day “train-the-trainer” Astro Camp, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), at Louisiana Tech University's SciTEC Center.

BET suspends producer after Blue Ivy joke

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NEW YORK (AP) - BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, "106 Park."

Baton Rouge General Mid-City to close ER

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge General will close its Mid-City hospital's emergency room Nov. 1.

Old Houma school to become apartments

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HOUMA, La. (AP) - After months of uncertainty about the future of the former Houma Elementary School, a plan is in place to turn the property into an apartment complex.

Son of Jackson County sheriff's official arrested

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OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - The son of the head of investigations for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has been arrested.

Judge denies motion in child porn conviction

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - A Natchitoches Central High School student hospitalized after a fight with a fellow student has died from his injuries.

ExxonMobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 crude oil spill from its "North Line" pipeline near Torbert in Pointe Coupee Parish. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government's claim. The federal complaint alleged that ExxonMobil discharged at least 117,000 gallons of crude oil wh...

Manslaughter plea in 2012 New Orleans death

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The District Attorney's office in New Orleans says a 19-year-old has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a 2012 death.

Today's Highlights in History:

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

FBI official used 'poor judgment' in suit

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department inspector general has criticized a former top FBI agent in Milwaukee for showing "extremely poor judgment" in response to a discrimination lawsuit against the agency.

Freed Journalist Speaks

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(CNN)- "I'm overwhelmed by emotion." That's the sentiment from Peter Theo Curtis, the journalist recently released from captivity in Syria. He made a brief appearance Wednesday morning, telling reporters he had no idea so much effort was being put into his release. He didn't share anything about his two years in captivity, but promised to speak more after spending some time with his family. We'll look at the efforts to get him home, and what that means for others being held overseas.

Bourbon St. shooting suspect pleads not guilty

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Bourbon Street shooting suspect has pleaded not guilty on two charges related to the June 29 gunfight in the French Quarter that fatally wounded one person and injured nine others.

Jindal sues feds over Common Core

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

Natchez city clerk now appointed position

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The Natchez Board of Aldermen has voted to amend the city's charter to make the city clerk's position appointed rather than elected.

Police: Arkansas man arrested in Magnolia shooting

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MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) - Police have arrested a man who they say is responsible for the murder of a Southern Arkansas University football player and another man. Authorities on Tuesday charged 20-year-old Byron Dunn of Magnolia with a terroristic act.

2 plead guilty in Vicksburg man's slaying

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Two Vicksburg men have pleaded guilty to their involvement in the 2013 fatal shooting of a Vicksburg High School student.

Ouachita to move forward with free meal proposal

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MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish School Board will seek state approval for free meals for all students in at least 15 of its schools through the Louisiana Department of Education. The board voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with the application for the U.S.

Student dies following fight with another teen

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - A Natchitoches Central High School student hospitalized after a fight with a fellow student has died from his injuries.

PETA files complaints against Hammond turtle farm

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed six complaints against a Hammond turtle and alligator farm.

Judge OKs bail for boxer Jermain Taylor

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MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) - A judge has set bail at $25,000 for boxer Jermain Taylor after the former middleweight champion was jailed overnight in Little Rock in connection with a shooting that wounded his cousin.

Spiders force Suzuki to recall midsize cars

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DETROIT (AP) - Spiders have forced Suzuki to recall more than 19,000 midsize cars.

Baker mayor refuses to pay audit fee

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BAKER, La. (AP) - Baker Mayor Harold Rideau has vowed he will not sign a contract with Postlethwaite Netterville to audit the city's books for the 2014-15 fiscal year for a maximum fee of $62,500, even though the city council authorized him to do so.

Lafayette toddler wanders on to busy street

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette police say the roommate of a child's caregiver is accused of negligent actions that left a 2-year-old free to walk out of the house and on to a traffic-heavy street.

Arkansas prosecutor says officer withheld evidence

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MAYFLOWER, Ark. (AP) - A Mayflower police officer has been fired after a prosecutor said he intentionally withheld evidence in a tornado relief profiteering case.

Summit Electric starts Gonzales construction

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GONZALES, La. (AP) - Summit Electric Supply has begun construction on a new facility in Gonzales.

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