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NPR Story
1:09 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Announcing The Bubba Fund

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 10:13 am

There's a multitude of mutual funds in today's market. Given the day, Certified Financial Planner Byron Moore asserts there's one promising fund that could cut through clutter.


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NPR Story
12:22 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Health Matters: Alcoholism

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 2:33 pm

Aired Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. Around 88,000 people in the U.S. die from alcohol related causes annually. In 2012, 17 million adults reportedly had an alcohol use problem, with 1.4 million receiving treatment at a specialized facility. This week on Health Matters, Dr. Paul Wilson, Internal Medicine Specialist, and Bill Rose, Executive Director of CADA, were our guests. A special guest joined them to share their experience with alcoholism from the viewpoint of a family member.  Your calls were taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.


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NPR Story
9:41 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Race Across USA runners pass through area on 3,100-mile odyssey

Purdue University assistant professor Bryce Carlson is learning how resilient his body really is, midway through a grueling cross-country run.

A group of runners is making tracks across South Arkansas today on a 3,100-mile journey to better understand human physical endurance and to raise awareness about the dangers of childhood obesity.

Purdue University anthropologist Bryce Carlson is one of seven still pounding the pavement and running a marathon distance a day. They set out from Springhill, La., Wednesday and will end today’s run just south of Magnolia, Ark. They’re progressing eastward across Arkansas and will stop in El Dorado tomorrow.

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NPR Story
9:27 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Sights of Spring at Art Crawl

A piece from Caroline Youngblood's exhibit presented Thursday at MAD Gallery

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 8:46 am

Beautiful, bright colors and warm scenes are displayed through seven galleries participating in a downtown gallery crawl Thursday night. 

Downtown Arts Alliance Communications Consultant Ann Bloxom Smith says special events include a poetry reading from Ferrell Mercer and an exhibit showcasing the Poverty Point World Heritage site.  "The collection of photography of the site  by Jenny Ellerbe is amazing," says Smith.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Playing Hard Ball Over Hard Time

Prisoners from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:31 am

The House Appropriations committee combed through the Department of Corrections budget Tuesday, and testimony confirmed what many criminal justice reform advocates have long said: this state has the nation’s highest per capita incarceration rate.

Marrero Rep. Patrick Connick pitched the big question.

“The inmates, in 27 years, have increased 110 percent. And the population of Louisiana has increased 9 percent over the same period. How do you explain that?” Connick asked Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc.

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KEDM
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 Wed April 1, 2015 1:08 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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WRKF
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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KEDM
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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WRKF
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 Wed April 15, 2015 4:00 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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