Louisiana News

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Aired Thursday, July 16, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Janice Gatlin, program director for the The Multicultural Center of the South Joining about this year’s “A Taste Of Culture” – and “A Passage To India,” which will take place this Saturday, July 18, at 6 pm at Diamond Jack’s Casino. Full details can be found online at The Multicultural Center of the South or call 318-424-1380.

Making A Splash! The Return of Zoobilation

Jul 16, 2015

A summer tradition returns to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

August 1 marks the return of Zoobilation​.  After a nearly ten year hiatus, a group of community volunteers have partnered with the Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society to revive the celebration.

"There just so much time and energy to bring an event like this together," Clint Downing, an event coordinator.  "We want to bring this back for the community and the new residents that have moved here due to work," he said.

It's a tough talk.  At some point, parents and children will need to address estate planning.  Certified Financial Planner Byron Moore offers some consultation in understanding why the discussion has to take place.

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The Caddo Parish School District has launched an in-house teacher certification program to address a teacher shortage. It’s one of two districts in the state to create a year-long program that will credential select district employees.

Caddo Schools chief academic officer Keith Burton says he must retain about 3,500 teachers serving the district’s 41,000 students. The new Caddo Teacher Academy is training 12 new ones.

Louisiana’s share of the $18.7 billion BP settlement is of intense interest to the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. But director Chip Kline told the board Wednesday that most details are remain under wraps.

“Some of us are still under a confidentiality agreement as this thing plays out, so there’s only so much that we can discuss,” Kline explained, by way of apologizing for not being more forthcoming.

CPRA staffer Alyson Graugnard was able to give a timeline of the next steps, now than an agreement-in-principle has been reached.

Aired Wednesday, July 15, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Laura Nugent, director/choreographer; Adam Philley, Music Director/Conductor; and Jennifer Warren (Roxie Hart). They joined to talk about Shreveport Little Theater's production of Chicago. For more information contact online Shreveport Little Theater or call them at 318-424-4439.

Sleep studies raise awareness of sleep apnea and other health concerns.

Sleep apnea currently affects about 18 million people. The disorder can be found in young children and the elderly.  Melissa Bynes-Brooks describes sleep apnea as an obstruction of the upper airway while one sleeps. 

University of Louisiana System President Dr. Sandra Woodley and board members crunched a multitude of numbers in developing a tuition increase plan for the system's nine universities.

"We looked at several key factors when deciding who could go up and by how much," said Woodley.  The tuition hike was authorized by the GRAD Act, a measure passed in 2010 that allows more autonomy in colleges and universities when reaching performance goals and boosting graduation rates.  

More than 1,200 children will receive a free back-to-school checkup in July through a health fair put on by Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier.

Elementary through high school students will get a blood pressure check, immunization check, body mass index or BMI calculation, dental and vision screenings. Yolanda Green, a registered nurse with Christus School-Based Health, says in its sixth year the event gets bigger every time.