Louisiana News

NPR Story
7:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Gary Borders: Proud to wave my 'word nerd' flag

I am a word nerd. Etymology fascinates me. I try not to use 50-cent words when a dime’s worth will do, but sometimes I can’t resist tossing in a word that might not be used in everyday conversation. I have learned the hard way to double-check anytime I venture into territory commonly occupied by the likes of George Will.

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NPR Story
7:03 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Governor Searches the Couch Cushions to Pay State's Bills

It has not been a terrific few weeks for state finances.

Oil revenues dropped. And then a $180 million hole appeared in the state budget.

Melinda Deslattes, AP reporter on the state budget beat, explains how Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to close the gap.


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NPR Story
9:42 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Making salty water potable is complex, but Many, La., firm is trying to solve it

Water Desalination Report editor Tom Pankratz is eager to learn what competitors will come up with in the Desal Prize.

A worldwide competition to invent an affordable water desalination system that would support a farm family in the developing world is down to eight semifinalists, including the company Suns River of Many, Louisiana. 

The editor of the weekly Water Desalination Report, Tom Pankratz, says the key question in the Desal Prize created by the U.S. Agency for International Development is whether it will spark innovation.

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NPR Story
5:37 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Packing Districts with Minorty Voters Could Do More Harm Than Good

Congressman Cedric Richmond marching in the Southern University homecoming parade in October.

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 7:39 am

On Nov. 4, Democratic incumbent Congressman Cedric Richmond won by a landslide. He got nearly 70 percent of the vote in District 2 -- Louisiana's only majority black district.

Dr. William Arp, a political scientist at Southern University, had predicted that when Ann Marie Awad spoke with him before the election.

Arp calls District 2, which encompasses most of New Orleans and north Baton Rouge, a "packed" district -- packed with minority voters. And when Awad visited Arp again he said, that's a bad thing.


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Red River Radio
9:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Many, La., engineer in running for USAID's Desal Prize

Hill Kemp, 74, began tinkering with solar still technology in his backyard seven years ago.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:31 pm

A company started by a retired engineer from Many, Louisiana, Suns River Technology, is one of eight research groups in the world nominated for the Desal Prize, announced this month.

Hill Kemp, 74, uses solar still technology to purify brackish groundwater and make it safe for drinking.

This competition was set up by USAID, in partnership with the governments of Sweden and The Netherlands. The teams must produce enough water for a farm family in the Jordanian desert.

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NPR Story
7:45 am
Tue November 25, 2014

History Matters: Thanksgiving was in order after harrowing voyage on a small ship

Families sit down together Thursday and enjoy a lavish meal giving thanks for the many blessings of the past year. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why this all-American holiday may not be so rooted in patriotism.

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WRKF
6:12 am
Tue November 25, 2014

One-On-One: Sen. Landrieu Talks Keystone, Obamacare, and What's Next

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 8:19 am

Ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff, we’ve invited each of the candidates for Congress in the 6th District and for Senate for an interview. 

Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu was on the campaign trail — literally — driving from Shreveport to Baton Rouge — when WRKF’s Amy Jeffries reached her to talk about some of the big issues in the Senate race, starting with Obamacare.

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WRKF
3:55 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Mouth Guard Records When Players' Heads Rattle

An i1 Biometrics concussion-detecting mouth guard in its charging cradle.

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:36 am

To keep a better eye on head injuries in the past, the LSU football team has had concussion detectors installed in players’ helmets. This season, LSU became the first team in the NCAA to try high-tech mouth guards to measure hits.


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NPR Story
9:20 am
Mon November 24, 2014

High school in Longview produces radio shows for East Texas

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:36 am

High school students in Longview are making air.

Pine Tree High School students are producing a weekly, hour-long radio program that’s been broadcast since September on several radio stations in East Texas. The project is called Bluebeard Radio. They pair music from a specific era with student essays that delve into events from that time period, according to Pine Tree High School audio visual instructor Allen Morris.

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WRKF
6:36 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Bundle Up Your Buds

Despite the relative mildness of Louisiana winters overall, severe freezes do occur, and they can be devastating to tropical plants growing in our landscapes.

All it takes is one night of temperatures in the low 20s or teens to severely damage or kill many of our tropicals.

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