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1:24 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

A Warm Welcome For Students From Around The Globe

Eric Liew, with wife LInda, and ULM President Dr. Nick Bruno cut ribbon to new center
J. Curtis KEDM

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 2:30 pm

The University of Louisiana at Monroe and surrounding community opened the doors to its new International Student Center Tuesday.

The center was funded by a donation from ULM alum Eric Liew.  Liew, a CEO for a medical supply company, says the house provides many conveniences for students when they first arrive at the university.  "A large kitchen to prepare their favorite foods, TV viewing areas, bedrooms, laundry area, all convenient," says Liew.

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7:50 am
Tue March 31, 2015

History Matters: Camp Ford in Tyler is a wayside attraction

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us to Camp Ford, Civil War landmark in Tyler, Texas. It was largest Confederate-operated prisoner of war camp west of the Mississippi River. 

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3:01 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Killing the Goose: Higher Ed Cuts Hamper Innovation

PAR president Robert Travis Scott

“You have to remember what you may be losing in the higher education system as you go into deeper cuts,” warns Public Affairs Research Council president Robert Travis Scott.

Scott addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, focusing on PAR’s new report, “Innovation in Louisiana”, which analyzes state support for university research programs. Those programs bring in grant money up front, and licensing revenue from patents for years afterwards. Scott notes that continued state budget cuts to higher education are impacting the amounts and numbers of research grants Louisiana’s universities are able to access.

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2:35 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Legislators Urged To Support Higher Ed

Area legislators and city officials listen to appeals for support higher ed funding.

Legislators, city officials, and business leaders spoke to University of Louisiana at Monroe students, faculty, and community members about proposed cuts to the state's public colleges and universities.  The forum was hosted by the ULM Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and Student Government Association.

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1:22 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Sex Ed in the Community, If Not Schools

Chasity Williams watches as a student practices proper condom usage on Feb. 28, 2015 at HAART.

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 3:56 pm

As state law restricts sexual education curriculum, and who can teach it in schools, community organizations are taking up the task.

Earlier this year, an HIV advocacy group in Baton Rouge launched a program called Fantastic Young Individuals. On March 31, the second session of FYI begins, with students learning the basics of reproductive health.

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9:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Leesville man aims to improve veterans' mental health one service dog at a time

This image is part of a slideshow and profile story on Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training, featured in the Small Business Revolution campaign.

A Minnesota firm that works with millions of small businesses is celebrating its centennial year by putting the spotlight on 100 mom-and-pop companies that do good. Deluxe Corp. calls it the Small Business Revolution.

Several Louisiana firms are part of the campaign, including Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training founded by Phillip Ruddock. He trained 31 service dogs last year for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

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3:01 am
Mon March 30, 2015

“Crystal Ball”: Health Care Funding Future Unclear

“Is your hospital next?” asked a sign prominently displayed during a February 11 rally on the state Capitol steps, protesting the planned closure of Baton Rouge General’s Mid-City Emergency Room. With that ER shutting down tomorrow—an unintended consequence of privatizing Louisiana’s charity hospital system—it’s a question that continues to trouble Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith.

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7:11 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Shade: A Gardener's Friend Not Foe

March and April are still good times to purchase shade-loving plants for your landscape.

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 12:55 pm

Gardeners often gripe about how difficult it is to grow plants in shady areas. The trouble mostly occurs when sun-loving plants are planted in the shade. Gardening in the shade can be and should be just as enjoyable as successful as gardening in sunnier areas.  


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12:33 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:51 am

Aired Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling and Lois Robinson, Executive Director of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra about Broadway Nights: Heroes, Monsters, & Madmen featuring guest soloist Craig Schulman, Conducted by Kermit Poling. The concert takes place Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. For more information go online to Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-227-8863.

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12:16 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

The Art of The Broadway Song

Clark

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 11:11 am

What makes a Broadway song memorable?  Why is a song placed at a particular moment in a musical?  Questions like these are explored in a new book from Dr. Mark Clark, Associate Professor of Music and Acting at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. 

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