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9:08 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Southern Arkansas University physicist to study space radiation on human cells

Physicist Abdel Bachri, right, recruited three SAU students to help with research. From left, are Darryl Webb, Ricardo Romo, Cullen Shaffer and Bachri.

A physicist at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia has received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of space radiation on human cells.

Associate professor of physics Abdel Bachri will team up with scientists from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Division of Radiation Health in Little Rock on the $265,000 grant. Bachri says they want to examine what space radiation does to human DNA.

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3:01 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Vote or No Vote: The $3.5-Million Question

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 2:34 pm

The House Appropriations Committee has begun the process of combing through the governor’s budget proposal, and got some rather unpleasant news from Secretary of State Tom Schedler.

“I have no money for elections past the fall statewide elections,” Schedler said of the allocations in the 2016 budget plan. “And the most affected election would be the presidential preference primary in the spring. I have no funding for it.”

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9:28 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Northwestern State inks partnership with Natchitoches museum, state museum system

Northwestern State president Jim Henderson, Jennae Biddiscombe, director, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum; Mark Tullos Jr., Louisiana State Museum director; and Tom Whitehead, NSU special projects administrator meet to sign a cooperative endeavor agreement.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches has formed a partnership with its university neighbor, Northwestern State, and the Louisiana State Museum System.

The cooperative endeavor agreement between two state agencies will pave the way for collaborations in areas like marketing, programming and educational efforts, according to Doug Ireland, chairman of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and NSU’s assistant athletic director.

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3:01 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Plan to Cash Out Tobacco Settlement Advances

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 9:30 am

The Jindal administration’s plan to sell off the remaining 40 percent of Louisiana’s tax settlement went before the board that oversees the tobacco dollars Tuesday. The administration wants to complete the sale by June 30, the end of the current fiscal year. They’re hoping the money will be available to help with balancing the 2016 budget, which has an anticipated $1.6-billion shortfall.

“You never make a financial decision this important when you’re under this kind of financial pressure,” state Treasurer John Kennedy objected to board members.

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9:09 am
Tue March 17, 2015

South Texas nun runs fracking tours of Eagle Ford Shale

Sister Elizabeth leads fracking tours through the Eagle Ford Shale, a region her ancestors helped settle in the 1800s.

A 78-year-old nun gives fracking tours to people who want a firsthand glimpse of the drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale development of South Texas.

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is the practice of extracting oil trapped in shale rock. It’s producing large quantities of oil in South Texas in the Eagle Ford Shale. That’s one reason why the price of oil has dropped. But there are questions about the environmental cost of fracking.

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8:57 am
Tue March 17, 2015

LSU AgCenter: State's forestry industry is healthy and growing

More than 150 timber landowners are participating in Tuesday’s Central Louisiana Forestry Forum. LSU AgCenter forestry extension agent Robbie Hutchins organized the meeting. He says the state’s timber industry has fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, due in large part to an emerging market for woody biomass.

“Forestry has bounced back and is now stronger than ever. That’s a great plus for Louisiana. But the big thing for us as forest landowners is the opportunity for alternate markets, nontraditional markets to market our resource,” Hutchins said.

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7:50 am
Tue March 17, 2015

History Matters: New London School Explosion changed natural gas detection forever

The New London School Explosion of March 18, 1937, killed hundreds in the East Texas town.

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 11:12 am

Commentator Gary Joiner recalls the New London School Explosion in New London, Texas, 78 years ago this week.

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3:01 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Ain’t No Sunshine: Deliberative Process

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:05 am

This is “Sunshine Week”, with media organizations and civic groups across the nation working to educate the public on governmental access.

Here in Louisiana, the House Appropriations Committee starts working through the proposed budget this morning, yet the budget bill, HB 1, didn’t appear on the legislative website till 4 p.m. yesterday. Meanwhile, the Associated Press asked state agencies for public records regarding worst-case scenarios for the $1.6-billion budget shortfall. AP was told no.

One reason? “Deliberative process.”

“That ‘deliberative process’, which applies only to the governor and only to his office, has been widely used by all the other state agencies,” says The Advocate’s Capitol Bureau chief, Mark Ballard.

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1:21 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:12 pm

Airs Tuesday, March 17, at 6 p.m. Once again Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will take questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for this show please send them towbeckett@lsus.edu. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us Tuesday, March 17, at 6 p.m. for Bird Calls and call in a 800-552-8502 with your questions.

   

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9:04 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Shreveport summit to bring together employers and educators to talk jobs

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White will address a workforce summit in Shreveport Tuesday with details on the Jump Start Career Diploma Program for high school students.

Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education John White will headline a workforce summit Tuesday, March 17, in Shreveport. The North Louisiana Economic Partnership or NLEP is putting on its first conference that will bring together educators and employers to discuss employment growth in health care, information technology and manufacturing. NLEP senior vice president Angie White says high school students aren’t aware of all their options that will lead to gainful careers, especially in blue-collar work.

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