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5:04 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Social Influence as Crime Stopper

Tracey Rizzuto

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:24 pm

A couple of years ago, law enforcement in Baton Rouge decided to try a different approach to tackling violent crime.

The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project — or BRAVE — is premised by the idea that social influence can be a driver for amplifying or suppressing criminal behavior. That’s how Tracey Rizzuto — psychologist, researcher, and associate professor at LSU — got drawn into it.

She’s aiding the BRAVE project with social network analysis. And she’s going to be talking about her work tomorrow at TEDxLSU.


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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri February 27, 2015

“We Don’t Really Know”: FY 2016 Budget Preview

The Jindal administration unveils its budget proposal today for the next fiscal year. What solutions to the $1.6-billion deficit will be proposed?

“Until we see it, we don’t really know,” says Lafayette Rep. Joel Robideaux.

Even House Speaker Chuck Kleckley admits he has been kept in the dark.

“I know nothing,” Kleckley told us earlier this week. “I don’t know anything more than you know, or what I read in the press.”

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NPR Story
12:55 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Little Theatre presents "All My Sons."

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 1:15 pm

Kermit Poling spoke with Ginger Folmer and Cara Johnston, who are featured in Shreveport Little Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s "All My Sons," which opens tonight and runs through March 8. For more information visit Shreveport Little Theatre Online or call (318)-424-4439

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12:13 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: SFA Theatre presents “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Airs Thursday, February 26, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with director Jack Heifner, along with Shelby Lynn Gilliam who plays Lady Bracknell, and Keenan Rey Chiasson who takes on the role of Algernon Moncrieff in a production Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre in the W.M Turner auditorium. The performance opens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 and running through March 7 at 7:30 p.m. There is one daytime show at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 5. For more information call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (888)-240-ARTS or visit theatre.sfasu.edu 

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9:10 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Museum of East Texas probes cultural evolution of African American women

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will hold a panel discussion Saturday that will probe the cultural evolution of African American women in three aspects of life: higher education, politics and religion. Angelina College associate dean Sellestine Hunt will moderate the discussion. She wants to examine how far African American women have come, and acknowledge there are many obstacles today.

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8:52 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Kilgore College Rangerettes receive Texas Medal of Honor

The Texas Medal of Arts was handed out Wednesday in Austin honoring prominent creative talent with Texas ties. The honorees included music industry giant T Bone Burnett and actor Jamie Foxx. But the medal also celebrated a living art -- the Kilgore College Rangerettes.

The executive director of the Texas Cultural Trust Jennifer Ransom Rice told Texas Standard producer Laura Rice that the Rangerettes are iconic.

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7:50 am
Thu February 26, 2015

What Was I Thinking for February 26, 2015

Brian O'Nuanain

Airs Thursday, February 26, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Brian O'Nuanain joins us this morning and gives a nod to Richard Fortey, a British paleontologist, who examines our misplaced notions about Darwin.

Copyright 2015 KDAQ-FM. To see more, visit http://www.redriverradio.org/.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu February 26, 2015

LABI Looks for Greater Access to Jury Trials

LABI president Stephen Waguespack

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:45 am

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry will push lawmakers to lower the state’s uniquely high threshold for civil jury trials in the upcoming session. LABI president Stephen Waguespack says current law violates your constitutional right to trial by jury.

“You — as a citizen — can’t get a jury unless you’re sued above $50,000,” Waguespack explains. “If you’re sued for $35-, $40-, $45-thousand, then you better hope you’re going to get assigned to the right judge, because it’s the only choice you’re going to get here.”

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12:21 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Health Matters: Homelessness

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 9:11 am

Airs Thursday, February 26 at 6 p.m. Myriad issues affect the homeless including how to find shelter, food, medical care or a new start. They can even face criminal charges for some common homeless activities such as panhandling in public.  Thursday, February 26 at 6 p.m., Red River Radio’s Mental Health Edition of Health Matters will address homelessness. Hosts Dr. Mark Vigen and Shelley Visconte will be joined by Simone Hennessee, Executive Director of Providence House; and Rev. Henry Martin, Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission. Your calls will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502, or email them in advance to Health Matters producer Ranae Moran at rmoran@lsus.edu.

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Red River Radio
9:11 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to honor Cokie Roberts

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:13 am

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has announced it will honor New Orleans native Cokie Roberts as its Humanist of the Year. Over the past 30 years, the award has been given out annually by the state’s humanities council as part of an effort to recognize the artists, authors and organizations making valuable contributions to the culture of the state.

The LEH’s Brian Boyles says NPR’s senior news analyst and ABC News’ political commentator was a perfect fit for the award.

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