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8:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Wiley College in Marshall aims to fill its charter bus with food

Wiley College students in Marshall aim to donate 15,000 meals to the East Texas Food Bank Friday as part of the third annual Fill the Bus Food Drive.

Students in the criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma, are putting on the four-hour event to gather nonperishable food and monetary donations for the food bank.

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7:35 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Gary Borders: Titus County Fair livestock show rekindles memories of 'Lambo'

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 11:45 am

I wandered through the livestock arena at the Titus County Fair recently. Participants were grooming their steers, fluffing up their hair with industrial-strength blow dryers. It was warm and aromatic, a familiar smell of bovines and sawdust wafting through the afternoon. Being at a livestock show evokes fond memories of my two older daughters — both now in their 30s — and their forays into animal husbandry.

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6:21 am
Fri November 14, 2014

School in Voucher Program Misses the Mark, Presses On

Headmaster Josh LaSage in Hosanna Christian Academy's in 2012 in "war room" where the student progress is tracked.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:32 am

In 2012, when Louisiana’s taxpayer funded scholarship program was expanded statewide, Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge went all in.

In that first year, the school took on almost 300 voucher students, nearly doubling its enrollment. By the start of this school year, Hosanna had more voucher students than any other school in the state -- about 85 percent of its student are enrolled with a voucher. 

Hosanna's students didn't score well enough on state tests, and it won't be allowed to enroll more voucher students next year. Still, headmaster Josh LaSage says the school isn't giving up. 


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11:46 am
Thu November 13, 2014

What Was I Thinking for November 13, 2014

Brian O'Nuanain

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain is feeling a bit jaded by being self employed since a dishonest client got the best of him. 

Copyright 2014 KDAQ-FM. To see more, visit http://www.redriverradio.org/.

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8:48 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Public policy expert calls Louisiana's budget woes 'a perfect storm'

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, will give a speech titled "Revenue and You" Thursday in Bossier City. Erwin calls it a "budget 101" type of talk.

A panel that oversees Louisiana’s income projections will meet Friday to look over revised revenue estimates for the current year.

Some members of the Revenue Estimating Conference expect to see a lower revenue projection than the one used to craft the state budget last spring.

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, will speak about the state budget today in Bossier City. His nonprofit specializes in statewide public policy issues. Erwin says Louisiana is experiencing flat growth, which doesn’t square with all of the economic development activity.

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9:07 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Air Force Global Strike Commander: 'We enjoy freedoms most nations just dream about'

Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson greets members of the C.E. Byrd High School Junior ROTC following the Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday.

The Centenary College Choir ensemble performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem, as part of the Shreveport college’s third annual Veterans Day Tribute.

The keynote address was delivered by the head of the Air Force Global Strike Command Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson.

Centenary’s president David Rowe introduced the general, calling him a friend and giving a snapshot of Wilson’s job overseeing the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons cache.

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9:58 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Trouble Swallowing Pills? Try The 'Pop Bottle' Or The 'Lean Forward'

NPR's Nina Totenberg says the pop bottle method worked without a hitch.

I have always loathed swallowing pills.

As a kid, I'd bury them under sofa cushions or hide them under carpets. I'd hide the pill under my tongue and spit it out later. My parents tried everything, including hiding tablets in food, but I was way too smart to fall for that.

Things have improved slightly since then. With adulthood comes the realization that we must all be prepared to take a few bitter pills.

But I still gag on Tylenols and crush up my antibiotics.

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8:37 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Donation helps students at residential high school in Natchitoches

Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Foundation president Bill New hugs Gueydon Thurber as he announces her gift on Nov. 1 at a dinner in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana’s residential public high school for high-achieving students has received a donation to create an endowment for student enrichment.

A grandmother of four recent alumni of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts or LSMSA donated $110,000 to build up a fund that helps students go on field trips and do activities off of the Natchitoches campus.

Gueydon Thurber of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, made the gift, according to LSMSA Foundation director Katja Thomakos.

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7:35 am
Tue November 11, 2014

History Matters: The date of Veterans Day holds great significance

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 11:43 am

This is a day to remember those who’ve fought for America’s freedom and democracy. Commentator Gary Joiner explains the significance of the Veterans Day holiday.

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3:46 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Health Matters: Sports Medicine

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:25 am

Aired Thursday, November 13 at 6 p.m. This week on Red River Radio's "Health Matters,” the topic of discussion was Sports medicine.  Dr. Randall Brewer was host to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shane Barton and Lance Champagne, head athletic trainer for the LSUS Pilots and Lady Pilots. They took your calls and questions during the show at 800-552-8502.

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