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WRKF
6:32 am
Sat August 30, 2014

For Roses, It's Ugly Season

Rose bushes generally don't look their best this time of year.

Heat takes its toll.   

  

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Latest News
7:19 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Katrina Memorial Events Set To Mark Ninth Anniversary

Several events are planned in New Orleans to mark the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will join city leaders at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Katrina memorial in Charity Hospital Cemetery on Canal Street.

Friday marks nine years since the August 29th, 2005, storm hit. It's blamed for more than 1,800 deaths.

In New Orleans, federal levee failures unleashed catastrophic flooding, destruction and damage were widespread.

The city continues to recover.

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7:16 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Report Finds Economic Potential For Foreign Students In New Orleans

Tulane University expanding recruitment of foreign students.

A study released today by the Brookings Institution shows foreign students attending universities throughout the United States provide a key link to economic growth. The findings show New Orleans has an opportunity to expand its international trade.

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WRKF
5:07 am
Fri August 29, 2014

After Charity Hospital Privatization, Trouble for BR General was Expected

Baton Rouge General's Mid City campus.

The closure of Earl K. Long hospital last year with the privatization of Louisiana’s charity hospital system sent a wave of uninsured patients to Baton Rouge General.

Under the strain of their care, the hospital had decided to close its emergency room. But Baton Rouge General’s ER was rescued at the last-minute Wednesday.

Don Gregory, health policy advisor for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, explains whether that deserves a sigh of relief. 


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New Orleans Saints
12:19 am
Fri August 29, 2014

New Orleans Saints Close Out The 2014 Preseason With A Loss To The Baltimore Ravens

The New Orleans Saints wrapped up the preseason with a 22-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

This was only the second time the Saints had ever faced the Ravens in the preseason. On Aug. 26, 2005 the two teams played the last game in the Superdome before Hurricane Katrina.

As expected, most of the Saints’ stars sat — Drew Brees warmed up before the game and dressed out in full pads, but never made it off the sideline. The fourth preseason game is a chance to evaluate players before the final cuts to make the 53-man regular season roster. Coach Sean Payton:

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Red River Radio
9:06 am
Thu August 28, 2014

IBM, other tech firms search high and low for native Louisianan techies

A handful of tech firms in the process of hiring hundreds of high-tech workers held an interview event Wednesday in Shreveport.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:00 am

A handful of companies that are hiring hundreds of tech workers were handpicked to participate in a hiring event Wednesday at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Officials with Louisiana Economic Development’s workforce development program called FastStart put on a digital jobs interview event for companies like IBM, CGI and CenturyLink.

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Latest News
7:31 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Levee Board Lawsuit May Be Decided By Committee Selections

The future of the levee board lawsuit aimed at the oil and gas industry could be determined on Thursday.

The committee that nominates members for the south Louisiana flood control authority has two vacancies to fill.

The people it nominates could provide Governor Bobby Jindal with the votes he needs to kill a lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.

At today’s meeting, the nominating committee is expected to consider applicants to fill the expired term of Paul Kemp on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.

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Latest News
7:25 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Senior Apartments Open At Iberville

Aerial view of the former Texaco building on Canal Street, now home to a mixed-use development for seniors.
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The former Texaco building is now home to a mixed-use development for seniors.

Officials are gathering at the old Texaco building on Canal Street Thursday morning to mark its transformation from corporate to residential use. The 17-story tower is now a home for seniors on a low fixed incomes.

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WRKF
2:55 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

DHH Steps in to Save Baton Rouge General's ER

Baton Rouge General's mid-city emergency room at night.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 8:38 pm

The state Department of Health and Hospitals has found funds to allow Baton Rouge General Hospital to keep its emergency room open after an imminent threat of closure.

Several local media outlets reported Wednesday morning that the hospital administration had notified staff that the ER would close Nov. 1.

DHH preempted any official closure announcement with a last-minute deal, providing the hospital $18 million in state and federal money to care for the uninsured. Hospital President Mark Slyter called the deal a “hail Mary pass”.

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Red River Radio
9:16 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Researchers show off early work on 3-D printer-made implants

Louisiana Tech biomedical engineering doctoral student Karthik Patta shows a specimen for how a plastic filament could dispense antibiotics in the case of joint surgery. Jeffery Weisman holds a plastic implant in the background.

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 10:23 am

Researchers at LSU Health Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston are in the early stages of developing a new way to deliver antibiotics and other medicine via customized, implantable devices created using a 3-D printer. 

LSU Medical School student Jeffery Weisman is also pursuing his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech. He presented his research in collaboration with LSU Health Shreveport. It intensified over the past three months when he experimented with making plastic medical prototypes from a consumer-grade 3-D printer.

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