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Health Matters: Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Jun 18, 2015

    

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge celebrates National Pollinator Week.

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is using the weekend to celebrate nature's pollinators. National Pollinator Week brings  awareness to plants, insects and mammals that aid in pollination. Black Bayou has been hosting sessions that educates the community on its local pollinators.

Common Core: Opposition in Southern Statehouses

Jun 18, 2015

According to the National Conference of State Legislators, this year more than 730 Common Core bills were introduced across the country — including 21 state proposals for repeal.

Legislative sessions have just ended in many states, but mention the phrase “Common Core” in some circles and you’ll still strike up debate.

The Southern Education Desk is examining why Common Core is so controversial in this region, starting with a look at the roots of the opposition.


A week of pre-bidding is underway for a collection of space memorabilia owned by the late Leon Ford of Haughton, La.

A total of 104 items will be on the live auction block in Boston next week. Ford was considered one of the major collectors of NASA and Apollo artifacts, according to RR Auction executive vice president Bob Livingston. He expects the auction will bring in about $600,000.

Louisiana lawmakers and business owners are gathering in Bossier City today to be debriefed on the 2015 state legislative session that ended one week ago.

Stephen Waguespack, the president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, will give his views on how the state’s new budget will impact the economy. Area chambers of commerce are hosting today’s summit. Waguespack is worried about how new tax policies will impact businesses, from mom-and-pop establishments to large corporations that have set up shop in Louisiana.

With all the uncertainty over the budget at session’s end, I wasn’t able to share with you one of the legislature’s charming traditions—the end-of-term farewells.

“Farewell speeches, you know they’re not really farewell. Y’all get that, right?” Rep. Karen St. Germain asked during her speech.

For the 21 term-limited lawmakers leaving the Legislature, it was a chance to say public thank-yous, shed a few tears, and reminisce on their time at the Capitol.

A north Louisiana lawmaker is wanting to add a constitutional amendment item to this fall's state ballot.

Rep. Bubba Chaney (R-Rayville) is making efforts to amend the state's constitution.  It currently holds that if you own land that if you hold public land used for public purpose, you don't have to pay taxes on it.  Chaney wants to reverse that.

A Shreveport cellist is in St. Petersburg, Russia this week competing in the most prestigious classical music competition in the world.

Of the 25 cellists invited to perform in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, only three are from the US. One of them is 22-year old Shreveport native John -Henry Crawford.

Women in Louisiana could soon be guaranteed full reports on their mammograms, thanks to a bill that passed the legislature last week.  The story Monica Helo told lawmakers helped make that happen.  

Lake Bistineau in northwest Louisiana is above flood stage and closed to boat traffic, but the park remains open. The lake is connected to the Red River via Loggy Bayou. Lake manager David Jett is tracking a slow and steady decline in the lake level over the past two days. He’s seen a bigger Bistineau.

“Oh my goodness, I’ve seen it much higher than this. In fact, it was higher than this back in the early spring. In 2009, if I recall correctly, the lake level went up to 147 feet,” Jett said.

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