Louisiana News

Red River Radio
9:40 am
Tue May 5, 2015

I-69 subject of public meetings in Bossier City, Homer and Stonewall

A series of public meetings get underway Wednesday to bring residents of northwest Louisiana up to speed on the status of the interstate 69 project.

The more than 2,600-mile interstate will cut through eight states from Port Huron, Michigan, to Laredo, Texas, gateways to Canada and Mexico. I-69 will clip the corner of Louisiana accounting for 90 miles, according Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker. He is president of I-69 Mid-continent Highway Coalition Inc. and has worked to advance I-69 for more than 20 years.

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KEDM
9:10 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Nepalese Students at ULM Wrapping Up Donation Drive

International Student Center at ULM

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 11:15 am

Nepalese students attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe conclude a donation drive for relief efforts in their homeland this Wednesday.

"The group has collected about $4,000 thus far," says Sami Owens, International Student Services and Program Director at ULM.  She says donations can still be made at the International Student Office in the ULM Library through Wednesday morning.  

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KEDM
8:12 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Environmental Scanning

A practice known as environmental scanning can help an owner protect a business.  LSBDC's Barry Parker explains how tracking and monitoring enable owners to prepare for market changes.


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NPR Story
7:47 am
Tue May 5, 2015

History Matters: What happened to Chalk Level Plantation?

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:28 am

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner traces the ownership of a valuable tract of land next to the Red River -- from cotton fields to sprawling military air base.

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WRKF
3:03 am
Tue May 5, 2015

For Medicaid Expansion, It’s SSDD (Same Subject, Different Decision)

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley

“This is not, and should not be a partisan issue, Rep. John Bel Edwards said last Thursday.

When it comes to Medicaid expansion, want to bet? The same concept with the same arguments supporting it was heard from a different author in a different committee Monday, and got a very different reception.

Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley’s resolution sailed through House Appropriations yesterday, while Democratic Rep. John Bel Edwards’ resolution failed to pass out of House Health and Welfare last Thursday.

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NPR Story
1:23 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Love Complicates The Plan in Strauss' "Promises, Promises"

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:11 am

A junior executive has a plan to win favor and climb the corporate ladder.  But, all doesn't go as planned in Promises, Promises.  

The Strauss Theatre Center opens the Neil Simon musical on May 8th.  "It's a delightful show, set in New York, and shows the main character, C.C. Baxter trying to do what he thinks he  needs to do to be successful," says director Robin Stephens.

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NPR Story
1:12 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Take 2 for Increasing Access to Anti-Overdose Drug

Last year, State Representative Helena Moreno authored a bill allowing police and firefighters to carry Naloxone -- or Narcan -- a drug that can reverse heroin overdose. But it wasn’t enough to curb heroin deaths. This year, Representative Moreno is trying again to get Narcan into the hands of more people.

 

Right now, first responders are the only ones who can legally carry Narcan.  But some law enforcement officers have been reluctant to do that. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office doesn’t carry the drug. And some won’t call 911 for fear of being arrested for drug possession or distribution.

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NPR Story
9:13 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Spring Street Museum set to reopen with new displays telling Shreveport's history

Spring Street Museum director Marty Loschen helps assemble new installations in a museum that tells Shreveport's history.

Carpentry work is wrapping up on the Spring Street Museum’s new installations and handcrafted display cases that will showcase items that tell the history of Shreveport’s early days. A grand reopening is set for Tuesday.

A $200,000 renovation began last fall, according to Charlotte Walter of the Shreveport Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

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WRKF
3:03 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Lobbyist: The Art of Persuasion

Lobbyists are an integral part of the legislative process. But what do they actually do – besides stand around in the hallways and talk?

“We, as individuals, represent trade associations, companies, individual public groups. We’re their voice and their ears to keep them advised on their legislative issues.”

So says Randy Haynie, considered the “dean” of Louisiana lobbyists. A fixture at the Capitol since 1980, his clients include pharmaceutical companies, banks, Blueprint Louisiana, and the New Orleans Saints. He’s effective; credited with getting his client, Harrah’s, the land-based casino deal in New Orleans in the late 1990s.

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NPR Story
7:47 am
Sat May 2, 2015

The Wake Up Call of Falling Trees

Southern red oaks do not shed their leaves early in high winds. One result is that their canopy acts as a "sail" that pulls the trees over in storms.

We all were surprised by the big storm that moved through on Monday. This is a wake up call to all of us about our trees with hurricane season about a month away.


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