Louisiana News

Stories from our partner stations around the state, including WRKF in Baton Rouge, KEDM in Monroe and Red River Radio in Shreveport.

  

Doug Niolet was a seasoned Hurricane Hunter for the Air Force Reserve. So of course, when Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast ten years ago, he had no plans to evacuate.


The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe is one of the unique programs offered by the institution. The program was recently awarded with a top-40 ranking on BestCounselingDegrees.net’s list of the nation’s most affordable MFT degrees.

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, Melissa Thaxton has seen challenge and change. 

 

Miss Louisiana 2015 April Nelson says she's ready for Atlantic City. The 23-year old native of Mandeville, Nelson has spent the past two months in Monroe preparing for all facets of competition at the Miss America Pageant. 

Nelson left for the competition early on the morning of August 28. 

Nelson spent time preparing for the interview portion of Miss America in "mock" interviews, including one comprised of ULM faculty and staff.

  Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s award-winning documentarian Tika Laudun sat down to talk with WRKF’s Sue Lincoln about the making of “Katrina: 10 Years After”. The program premieres statewide on LPB and WYES August 29, 2015.


The call is out for volunteer painters for the West Monroe seawall project Saturday.

Emery Thibodeaux, one of the "One Mile Of Love" project organizers, says the wall featuring local student artwork is in the last stages of completion.  "We have about 18 or 20 panels to do.  We have all the drawings projected.  Hopefully, we'll cover a lot of ground and wrap up in a couple weeks."

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Activists from across the country have converged in New Orleans for a week of activism and organizing.

Hundreds of people from about 30 activist groups are gathering at Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park this week to draw attention to their belief that the city has not bounced back from the social and structural damage that resulted from Hurricane Katrina.

On this anniversary, shelter volunteers are remembering that intense time of coordinating care and services in Shreveport. These are the voices of some people who had a role at the Red Cross shelter at LSU Shreveport that housed more than 1,100 evacuees from New Orleans.

I took a break from working on a magazine story recently to peruse a packet just received from the American Association of Retired Persons. Yup, I relented and joined AARP. For $16 a year, I figure the discounts will more than pay the price.

States across the U-S have increasingly been turning to charter schools in an effort to bolster struggling public school systems. Two of the most recent states to adopt the controversial form of education are Mississippi and Alabama. As part of a Southern Education Desk series examining charter schools in the South, we turn to Mississippi Public Broadcasting‘s Paul Boger for a report on how those states are adopting to the alternative form of public education.


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