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Security officer recognized for helping catch felon

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- A Pecanland Mall security guard was appreciated for her bravery and tactical skills on apprehending a criminal.Angel Cook was recognized as the south central region security officer of the year.On January 30. Cook helped police find convicted felon Terresz Robinson.Cook noticed Robinson in the mall and immediately started to keep a close eye on him while alerting police.She credits her colleagues for helping in the arrest.Terresz Robinson was found guilty of second ...

Legislature discuss payday loans Video included

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Legislators discussed a bill that would limit the amount of times an individual can take out loans from a payday lender within a years period.This after a bill that suggested interest rates be capped at 36% was shot down. Senator Ben Nevers of Bogalusa is the author of both bills.ULM economist Robert Eisenstadt says limiting the amount of loans taken out won't solve the problem of payday lending.Representative Erich Ponti of Baton Rouge opposes a bill that will limi...

Dean Hart Jr. granted bail

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Monroe businessman accused of taking his wife hostage resulting in a stand-off with police is granted bail.

Iconic KNOE letters on facade after storm damage

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The iconic KNOE letters are hanging back up on the studios after a December storm caused damage to the building.

La. shrimp season begins April 29th

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The shrimp season will soon be underway in portions of Louisiana. And to make it easier for fishermen the Department of Wildlife has created a map.

LSP participate in prescription drug take back initiative

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - LSP (in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration) will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

La. Lawmakers tackle children and guns and lingerie

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores.

Bridge on ULM campus closes to prepare for event

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The bridge on Northeast Drive on the ULM campus will be closed until Friday afternoon.the bridge closed Wednesday afternoon in order to prepare the area for the ninth annual Wine Over Water event, which begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24. ULM officials say since students are currently out for Spring Break until April 28th, they do not foresee any major traffic issues.

Suspect leads deputies on chase, police unit damaged

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MOREHOUSE PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A Morehouse Parish man is arrested after leading police on a chase, and a patrol unit is damaged after being rammed from behind.

Dean Hart, Jr. given bail

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A judge has given Dean Hart, Jr. the opportunity to post bail with conditions.Our reporter is in the courtroom, and we will update this story as it comes available.

EBT ban at certain stores continues to move through legislature

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of the House Health and Welfare Committee.

Louisiana to consider equal pay bill

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.

ULM faculty and students feature in academic summit

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -The University of Louisiana System Academic Summit was recently held at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Corrections officer arrested for sexual misconduct with inmate

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DELHI, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at approximately PM, Richland Parish Sheriff’s personnel received a complaint of sexual misconduct from an offender incarcerated at Richland Parish Detention Center.

Postal workers union protest Staples kiosks

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WASHINGTON (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees.

Heads of State to headline DeltaFest

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tickets are now available for DeltaFest 2014, featuring R&B group HEADS OF STATE, and hosted by Hip Hop Legend MC LYTE. A packed crowd will be at the Monroe Civic Center Arena on Friday, April 25! The doors open at 6:30 pm and Showtime is 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale at the Monroe Civic Center, all Ticket Master Outlets, and at www.ticketmaster.com.

ULM receives highest dental association award

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - University of Louisiana at Monroe alum Dr. Jeff Hooton of Monroe, was recently awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award, during the 134th House of Delegates of the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA), held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

Vieux Carre put up for auction

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Vieux Carre store and restaurant on North 18th street is closed down, and the entire moveable contents are up for auction.

Dean Hart, Jr. to face judge in bond hearing on Wednesday

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -It's been nearly four months since a stand off in Monroe lead to the arrest of Dean Hart, Jr.

Head-on crash kills Rayville man

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RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -On April 22, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on Whitehall Road south of Louisiana Highway 15.

Man sentenced for child sex crimes

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LUCEDALE, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A 41-year-old George County man has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison for sex crimes against two children.

Board approves tax credit for hospital buyer

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Natchez Aldermen have agreed to give a potential buyer of Natchez Regional Medical Center a tax credit to help pay the bankrupt hospital's debt.

Sentence changed after ruled too lenient

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Another judge will have to decide the fate of a Hammond woman sentenced in 2013 to one day in jail for manslaughter. An appeals court ruled that the sentence was illegally lenient.

Man accused on 100 counts of child porn

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LIVINGSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Police have booked a 47-year-old Livingston man with 100 counts of child pornography.

Brusley appoints interim police chief

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BRUSLY, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Brusly Town Council has unanimously appointed Richie Johnson, a colonel with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, to serve as interim police chief following the elected chief's guilty plea on a malfeasance charge.

Major crime down in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Baton Rouge Police Department reports a 15 percent decrease in violent crime in 2013 from 2012.

Little Rock Zoo hoping to add aquarium

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Little Rock leaders are considering a new master plan that would add an aquarium to the city's zoo.

Olympic style games coming to Twin Cities

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A summer sporting event is coming to the Twin Cities.

Search committee asks for clarity on authority

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A search committee charged with recommending a new general counsel for the Lafayette Parish School Board wants the full board to look at revising the policy that gave the committee the authority to recommend lawyers.

Inmate dies in Newton County jail

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DECATUR, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of an inmate at the Newton County jail.

Voters to decide on Lafayette airport tax

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council approved putting a temporary sales tax on the ballot later this year that, if passed by voters, would help fund a bigger, modern terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.

Voters in 1 Union Parish ward to vote on liquor issues

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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Union Parish voters in Ward 3 will go to the polls on May 3 to vote on a number of liquor law reforms that could permit alcohol in the last remaining dry ward in the parish.

Dubach man arrested for turkey hunting violations

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - State wildlife and fisheries agents cited a Dubach man for alleged turkey hunting and trespassing charges in Union Parish.

ULM named in suit related to a 2013 rape Video included

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 MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - ULM leaders are now set to defend a civil lawsuit, as the university was named along with a convicted rapist.

Ouachita Parish School Board votes to honor Don Shows Video included

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 NEWS)- The Ouachita Parish School Board approved placing the name of West Monroe legendary football coach Don Shows on the field house and a street that runs through the campus.

Pogue thanks supporters and Grambling for the past five years Video included

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News)-Spring Convocation at Grambling State University began with the concert choir singing and ended with GSU President, Frank Pogue saying goodbye and thanks to his supporters of the last five years.

Senate rejects lessened marijuana penalties

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Senators have refused to reduce Louisiana's criminal penalties for marijuana possession, siding with the state's district attorneys and sheriffs who opposed the proposal.

Two teens indicted on murder

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JONESVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Catahoula Parish grand jury has indicted two 17-year–olds for second degree murder. 

Bicyclist injured in bicycling accident

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -A man is in the hospital after being hit by a car on Renwick Street and Highway 165 in Monroe.

Zoning issues on Louisville Avenue, changes to come Video included

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Major updates were made to Monroe Zoning Ordinance last fall, and though that may not mean much to some, but to business owners on Louisville Avenue it's their livelihood.  

Woman cleared in sister's death

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JONESVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Catahoula Parish grand jury found one Jonesville woman acted in self-defense when she shot and killed her sister in November of 2013. 

City leaders discuss auditor managerial notes Video included

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Mayor Jamie Mayo was joined by other city leaders in a press briefing, on the agenda the managerial issues noted in last year's report by the state auditor's office.

Jindal stops in Ruston

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  RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Governor Bobby Jindal made a stop in Ruston for a ribbon cutting.

First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 12 increased from the previous week's total.

'Captain America' holds onto top box office spot

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has been the top draw at theaters for three consecutive weeks, vanquishing would-be foes including the new thriller starring Johnny Depp.

La. House wants mental health info before abortion

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has agreed to require women seeking an abortion in the state to receive a pamphlet that describes possible psychological effects of the procedure.

La. Lawmakers debate shelving Common Core

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators questioned the costs and implications of a push by some lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal to shelve Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards.

Jet stowaways survive with hibernation-like state

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(KNOE 8 News) - AP - To survive the 5 1/2-hour flight, the body of a 16-year-old boy who stowed away from Northern California to Hawaii entered a hibernation-like state.

Would-be burglar dies in oven vent

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MARRERO, La. (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead in the ventilation system of a suburban New Orleans business over the weekend had suffocated.

Mississippi looks to step up reading instruction

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State officials say they plan to use a boost in state appropriations to increase the number of literacy coaches they hire and expand training for teachers.

Furniture chain effort "fuels" new place to fill up

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Ivan Smith Furniture was the first furniture chain in the country to convert it’s fleet to CNG.Compressed Natural Gas costs up to $2.00 less per gallon than gasoline or diesel

Hamburg man shoots and kills neighbor

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HAMBURG, Ar. (KNOE 8 News) - Ashley County authorities have arrested a Hamburg man after he shot and killed his neighbor on Easter Sunday.

Despite optimism, obstacles remain for health care

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The federal health care overhaul is providing coverage for millions of Americans, but it has only chipped away at one of its core goals: to sharply reduce the number of people without insurance.

As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - As the wars wind down and Pentagon budgets shrink, thousands of young officers are being told they have to leave.

Shooting reported at federal courthouse

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Utah says a shooting has left at least one person injured at a federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City.

Marathon men's winner has names of victims on bib

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BOSTON (AP) - The winner of the Boston Marathon men's race had the names of last year's victims written in marker on the corners of his race bib.

Ruptured gas line leads to evacuations near LSU

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News & CBS) _ The Baton Rouge Fire Department says a construction crew hit a gas line near LSU, causing the natural gas line to rupture beneath the roadway Monday morning.

Boy Scouts ban church from hosting troop over gay leader

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SEATTLE (AP) - The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult to continue leading a troop.

Monroe audit reveals missing funds

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A private CPA firm reports that five days of parking receipts from the Monroe Regional Airport were reported missing through a "misappropriation" by an employee.

El Dorado teenager killed in ATV wreck

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EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) - An 18-year-old El Dorado woman has died in a wreck involving an all-terrain vehicle.

Man killed while working under car

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A man is crushed and killed when the jack holding up the car he was working on slipped.

Gas prices continue to climb

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Average retail gasoline prices in Louisiana have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.47/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,436 gas outlets in Louisiana.

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