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Red River Radio
9:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

International Paper donates Lake Erling in Arkansas to Shreveport-based conservation group

Managed timberland pine forests surround Lake Erling and its 120 miles of shoreline.

International Paper has donated its Lake Erling property in South Arkansas' Lafayette County to the Shreveport-based AGRED Foundation. It stands for American Gamebird Research Education and Development. Eric Fletcher, AGRED Foundation director, said this donation – 7,600 acres in all – will ensure that Lake Erling is maintained to the high standards set by International Paper for the past 57 years.

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WRKF
6:40 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Clinic-based Network Could Be New Healthcare Model for NOLA's Uninsured

The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans flagship location on Carrollton Av. in New Orleans. This location was once a bank and transformed into a holistic healthcare services center after Hurricane Katrina.

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:43 am

After Charity Hospital in New Orleans closed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, community clinics filled the gap in care for the poor and uninsured.

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It's All Politics
3:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Political Rookie Pulls Off Surprise Win In Louisiana

Vance McAllister, shown in a photo provided by his campaign, will be the next representative from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District after winning Saturday's special election.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 7:11 pm

Republicans are still trying to make sense of Saturday's election results in Louisiana.

In an upset, GOP political newcomer Vance McAllister handily defeated fellow Republican Neil Riser Saturday in a special election runoff that tested the party's approach toward Obamacare.

Riser had the backing of the Republican establishment and Tea Party groups. McAllister was buoyed by endorsements from two local African-American leaders and the family featured in the popular reality television series Duck Dynasty.

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Arts & Culture
1:30 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

NOMA Shows Off Photo Collection

A photograph by Theodore Lilienthal of St. Charles Ave. in the middle of the 19th Century.
Credit NOMA

The New Orleans Museum of Art is offering a glimpse at a fraction of its collection of photographs. Of the 10,000 pictures, 132 are on display. 

We spoke with curator Russell Lord about the exhibition — how NOMA built such an extensive collection, starting in the 1970s, and why. 

“The museum made then the very prescient decision to begin collecting photography, and that was a time when not many other museums were looking at photography and they weren’t collecting it. They weren’t building permanent collections," says Lord.

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Penguins
1:25 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Infographic: Audubon Hatches Penguins In Record-Breaking Numbers

Opal, Humpty and Dumpty, the latest African Blackfooted penguin chicks hatched at the Audubon Aquarium.
Credit Audubon Nature Institute

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has announced the hatching of three more African Blackfooted penguin chicks — bringing to eleven the number of the endangered birds hatched at the Aquarium in one year.

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Red River Radio
12:26 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center seeks hearing aid donations

LSU Health Shreveport audiologist Jessica Bever aims to collect hearing aids to loan to terminally ill cancer patients.

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is starting a loaner hearing aid program for terminally ill cancer patients. All donated hearing aids will be loaned out to the patients who need them during the remaining months of their life. LSU Health Shreveport clinical audiologist Jessica Bever has fielded requests for spare hearing aids from physicians. Unused hearing aids are all around, according to Bever. It’s a matter of collecting them and creating a lending program.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

UNO Quality Of Life Survey Shows Optimism

47 percent of Orleans Parish respondents to a UNO survey say the city has become a better place to live over the past five years.
zimmytws Shutterstock

The annual University of New Orleans quality of life survey has been released. Orleans Parish residents say things are looking up.

The UNO survey finds 47 percent of Orleans Parish respondents say the city has become a better place to live over the past five years.

Jefferson Parish responses were also positive — at 42 percent.

UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak says the poll surveyed registered voters over the phone in October — about 300 in each parish.

Crime remains the major concern in New Orleans. In Jefferson Parish, it rates 26 percent.

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Education
2:43 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Parents Have Uncommon Trouble Helping With Common Core Homework

Belle Chasse Primary School fourth grade teacher Vickie Nagin reviews a Common Core-aligned math problem with parents at the school.
Matthew Hinton New Orleans Advocate

The Common Core standards teach classroom fundamentals in new ways, with a goal of deeper understanding. Sarah Carr, who covers education for the Hechinger Report, has followed the adjustment to Common Core in Louisiana, including at Belle Chase Primary in Plaquemines Parish.

WWNO News Director Eve Troeh talked with Sarah Carr about how parents feel the Common Core changes, as they help their children with homework.

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Red River Radio
9:32 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Northwestern State receives grant to research cattleman popularized in 'Lonesome Dove'

Northwestern State associate professor of history John Price prepares Charles Goodnight papers in his office as part of a project with the University of Oklahoma Press.

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:44 am

A Northwestern State University professor has received a $50,000 grant to publish a three-volume set of the Charles Goodnight papers. Goodnight was one of the most prosperous and prominent cattlemen in the American West. The novel “Lonesome Dove” is a fictionalized account of a Goodnight cattle drive. Northwestern State associate professor of history John Price is sifting through thousands of Goodnight artifacts.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

New Signs Help Visitors Understand Wetlands Restoration In Lower Ninth Ward

John Taylor is caretaker of the Bayou Bienvenue viewing platform, which offers a vantage point to see projects designed to restore wetlands that once filled the area, but that are now open water.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Officials dedicate interactive signs at Bayou Bienvenue viewing platform.

A viewing platform on the edge of the Lower Ninth Ward can now offer visitors a chance to see the damage done to wetlands by saltwater intrusion. They can also watch through new interactive signs as restoration projects try to repair the damage at Bayou Bienvenue.

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