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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - These are some of the stories breaking this morning in the U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A budget impasse that will set off $85 billion in automatic spending cuts starting Friday is the biggest obstacle to better U.S. economic growth according to an AP survey of economists. Few say they're concerned about reduced consumer spending, expecting it to pick up later this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A stalled and contentious cabinet nomination could take a step toward resolution today. A deeply divided Senate is moving toward a vote on President Barack Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department. The Senate is slated to vote on proceeding with the Hagel selection after GOP lawmakers signaled an end to delaying tactics.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Many Kansas school districts have canceled classes today because of a winter storm that forecasters say could bring 8 to 24 inches of snow through the state. The storm has already dumped more than a foot of snow in areas of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and is blamed for at least two deaths. Amarillo, Texas picked up 19 inches.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More Americans fell behind on their auto loan payments in the last three months of 2012. That's according to credit reporting company TransUnion. It says the rate of U.S. auto-loan payments at least 60 days overdue climbed to 0.41 percent in the fourth quarter. That's up from 0.38 percent in the third quarter, but down from 0.46 percent from a year earlier.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Safety officials say deaths of teen drivers increased sharply in the first six months of last year, reversing a decade-long trend. A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association says deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers in traffic accidents in the first six months of 2012 were up 19 percent over the same period in the previous year.

 

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  • Teacher, his wife accused of abusing baby

    Teacher, his wife accused of abusing baby

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:24:06 GMT
    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe police have arrested a Carroll High School teacher and his wife after being accused of the repeated abuse of their 7-week old infant.
    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe police have arrested a Carroll High School teacher and his wife after being accused of the repeated abuse of their 7-week old infant.
  • Couple stranded in West Monroe after husband suffers a heart attack

    Couple stranded in West Monroe after husband suffers a heart attack

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:50:10 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It was supposed to be a fun stop in the Twin Cities, to see the Duck Commander headquarters. But for a Kentucky couple, their visit took a dramatic turn when one of them suffered a heart-attack shortly after leaving the warehouse. Now the couple is stuck in the West Monroe and needs the community's help to get back home. 
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It was supposed to be a fun stop in the Twin Cities, to see the Duck Commander headquarters. But for a Kentucky couple, their visit took a dramatic turn when one of them suffered a heart-attack shortly after leaving the warehouse. Now the couple is stuck in the West Monroe and needs the community's help to get back home. 
  • St. Francis Medical Center CEO announces retirement

    St. Francis Medical Center CEO announces retirement

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:48:36 GMT
    Monroe, La. (KNOE 8 News St. Francis Medical Center) - Thursday, St. Francis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Louis Bremer announced his retirement effective August 1, 2014.
    Monroe, La. (KNOE 8 News St. Francis Medical Center) - Thursday, St. Francis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Louis Bremer announced his retirement effective August 1, 2014.
  • Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office investigating possible child abduction

    Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office investigating possible child abduction

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:35:32 GMT
    BAWCOMVILLE, La. (KNOE8 News) - Ouachita Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating attempted child abduction in the Bawcomville area of West Monroe. Investigation revealed two young children were playing near Brown St. in Bawcomville earlier today.  
    BAWCOMVILLE, La. (KNOE8 News) - Ouachita Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating attempted child abduction in the Bawcomville area of West Monroe. Investigation revealed two young children were playing near Brown St. in Bawcomville earlier today.  
  • Man behind bars now accused of threatening family

    Man behind bars now accused of threatening family

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:57:12 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - Sheriff Dusty Gates says Steven Casey Morris, 29, wrote a threatening letter to his father and stepmother accusing them of snitching on him in connection with some prior arrests.
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - Sheriff Dusty Gates says Steven Casey Morris, 29, wrote a threatening letter to his father and stepmother accusing them of snitching on him in connection with some prior arrests.
  • Couple claiming gunmen in house arrested, Sheriff says house was empty

    Couple claiming gunmen in house arrested, Sheriff says house was empty

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:55:14 GMT
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - A Union Parish man armed with a .22-caliber rifle ran out of his house when a deputy arrived on a complaint that people with guns were located throughout the residence and yard.
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - A Union Parish man armed with a .22-caliber rifle ran out of his house when a deputy arrived on a complaint that people with guns were located throughout the residence and yard.
  • Man run over by own truck during road rage

    Man run over by own truck during road rage

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:12:27 GMT
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.
  • UPDATE: Suspect sketch released in attempted child abduction

    UPDATE: Suspect sketch released in attempted child abduction

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:38:23 GMT
    OUACHITA PARISH, la. (KNOE 8 News) - Ouachita Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an attempted child abduction in the Bawcomville area of West Monroe.
    OUACHITA PARISH, la. (KNOE 8 News) - Ouachita Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an attempted child abduction in the Bawcomville area of West Monroe.
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