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Red River Radio
12:55 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Experts discuss M6 disposal options for Camp Minden

Opponents of a plan to burn 15 million pounds of M6 artillery propellant in storage at Camp Minden say several much safer alternatives should be considered.

State Rep. Gene Reynolds of Minden was among speakers in a teleconference Thursday assembled by the activist group Louisiana Progress Action.

Reynolds is meeting with munitions experts at the Pentagon on Friday. He wants to call a joint meeting of the state’s Homeland Security oversight committee to allow federal and state agencies and the military to testify under oath about the status of the explosives.

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Red River Radio
9:25 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Activists petition Louisiana environmental regulators to be transparent about M6 disposal method

Frances Kelley, an organizer with Louisiana Progress Action, delivered a petition yesterday with 3,600 signatures gathered over two weeks.

Activists calling for an immediate safe disposal of M6 explosives at Camp Minden in Webster Parish lodged an official complaint with the state Wednesday.

A group delivered more than 3,600 signatures to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s Northwest Regional office in Shreveport. They also delivered copies to the local offices of Louisiana’s congressional delegation.

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Red River Radio
9:02 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Galvanized Facebook group aims to stop M6 open burn at Camp Minden

Almost 2,700 people have signed on to a Facebook group in recent days to oppose an open burn of millions of pounds of M6 propellant deserted at Camp Minden by a bankrupt munitions recycler in 2013.

The group, Concerned Citizens of the Camp Minden Open Burn, wants to stop the open burn that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to carry out over a number of months in Webster Parish.

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Latest News
2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Production Begins In New Orleans On Navy's Newest Hovercraft

Textron Systems New Orleans will build the Navy's newest, more efficient hovercraft.
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Textron Systems New Orleans held a ceremony on Monday to mark the start of production of the Navy's newest hovercraft: a landing craft designed to haul vehicles, heavy equipment, and supplies over water and beaches.

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Latest News
7:34 am
Tue November 11, 2014

World War II Museum Marking Veterans Day

Artist rendering of the Liberation Pavilion at the National World War II Museum.
Credit National World War II Museum

It’s Veterans Day.

The National World War II Museum is offering free admission today to all veterans.

Special events start at 10 a.m., with all veterans receiving a hand-knitted scarf in the “Knit Your Bit” program.

In 2006, the museum reached out to get hand-made knitted scarves — similar to programs enacted during World War II.

So far, the museum has received 30,000 scarves. They will be handed out to veterans from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Latest News
8:06 am
Mon November 10, 2014

New Orleans Veterans Launch Business Startup Program

The VetLaunch website.

As the nation plans events to honor veterans on Tuesday, a New Orleans nonprofit is kicking off a program aimed at helping them establish their own businesses. Five will be selected in December.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Jindal Seeks Reversal Of Military Funeral Cuts

Gov. Bobby Jindal sent a letter to the White House, seeking a reversal of cuts to the military funeral program run by each state's National Guard.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal says federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funerals provided to families of veterans.

Jindal is considering a 2016 presidential campaign. He sent a letter today to the White House, seeking a reversal of cuts to the military funeral program run by each state's National Guard.

The burial ceremonies can include anything from a two-man flag folding ceremony and the playing of "Taps" to a full gun salute, with no cost to the veteran's family.

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Red River Radio
4:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Shreveport memorial honors hometown Navy SEALs

Two Shreveport Navy SEALs who died when their Chinook helicopter came under enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2011 are now permanently memorialized in the city’s Riverview Park.

Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert Reeves, both 32, rose to the most elite force – Seal Team 6 – which is known for killing Osama Bin Laden. At the dedication ceremony, Reeves’ father, Jim, said they were patriots with unfailing loyalty to country and each other.   

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Red River Radio
9:52 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Military Affairs Council helps Barksdale AFB weather sequestration

The liaison organization between Barksdale Air Force Base and the Shreveport-Bossier community is preparing to roll out a $100,000 scholarship program for Barksdale airmen enrolled in college programs. The Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council raised the dollars in haste when it learned that the military tuition assistance program would be cut due to automatic spending cuts by Congress. The tuition assistance has since been reinstated.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Veterans Advocate Pushes For More Jobs

Amid the parties and hoopla that come with a Super Bowl, there is some serious business going on behind the scenes. There’s a drive under way to get more jobs for veterans.

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