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11:51 am
Thu September 20, 2012

$1M donated to help homeless vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs is giving $1 million to a nonprofit that helps homeless veterans in northeast Louisiana.

The funds will go to the Wellspring Alliance for Families Inc., a group based in Monroe that provides housing for homeless veterans.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., says the money comes from a VA program that seeks to help veterans who are in the most need of aid — such as women with children, those from American-Indian tribes and those with drug addiction and mental health problems.

Around the Nation
10:16 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Has Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Changed Military?

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 1:21 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. You might have heard us mention our Twitter Education Forum that we'll be hosting in Miami next month. We'll tell you more about that a little later.

But education is very much on our minds, so today, we're also going to talk more about some troubling new numbers showing that the high school graduation rates for black and Latino boys is lagging. We want to find out more about why. We'll talk about that a little later.

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Election 2012
10:16 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Is 'Tough On Crime' No Longer A Talking Point?

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 1:21 pm

There's a growing bipartisan consensus that criminal justice policy needs to change, because of the costs and social consequences of keeping more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Host Michel Martin discusses the parties' platforms on criminal justice with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer and Marc Levin of the group Right On Crime.

Community
8:15 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Community Impact Series: McCaleb Supportive Housing Program

In Central City, not far from the Superdome, a supportive housing program is providing stability, compassion and hope for chronically homeless people as they rebuild their lives.

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Development
2:15 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

New Delta Community College program targets growth of middle class

Louisiana Delta Community College is launching a campaign aimed at growing the middle class in the impoverished Delta country parishes of northeast Louisiana.

The News-Star reports the goals of the Delta Compact — the name given to the marketing, education and development campaign — are to increase the high school graduation rate in the three parishes to 70 percent, increase college attendance among graduating seniors to 50 percent, reduce the unemployment rate and increase access to the Internet.

Andre Perry Commentary
5:19 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Infighting at the Justice League

Stakeholders on all sides of the Chicago teachers’ strike trumpeted the phrase “civil rights” so much that it became hard to see who’s fighting for what. Beyond the strike, how many times do you hear advocates start a petition with, “The civil rights issue of the 21stcentury is [insert concern here]?"

It’s downright trendy to root for civil rights. But since we apparently solved for racism, what exactly is the most pivotal injustice that keeps citizens from realizing their full potential?

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Around the Nation
3:29 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

It's Hard To Tell La Familia You're Gay

Samantha Moreno, in pink, with her family. "The hardest part of coming out is to know that you're about to hurt someone that you love," she says in a video featured on the website of Familia es Familia, which aims to help Latino families accept their LGBT loved ones.
Courtesy of Samantha Moreno

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:50 pm

Coming out to your family as gay or lesbian can be an excruciating experience, and it is no less so if you're part of a Latino family.

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Community
1:50 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

EPA to aid Baton Rouge's greening design

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with Baton Rouge to help create more green spaces and trails to connect the LSU area to downtown.

Baton Rouge was one of five cities selected for the EPA's Greening America's Capitals program. The others are Indianapolis, Des Moines, Helena, Mont., and Frankfort, Ky.

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StoryCorps
9:03 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

From Topless Bar To Biology: A Love Story

Biologists Philip and Susan McClinton started their life together, in 1972, in a very different place.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 10:56 am

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Shreveport Dog Park
12:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Caddo Parish Sheriff's painting to help fund dog park

Artwork painted by Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator will be featured at an upcoming event set to raise money to establish a dog park in Shreveport.

Prator's painting portrays Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover as a giant being tied down by dogs — a reworking of a scene from Gulliver's Travels.

Glover has so far resisted funding the park over other initiatives he has said should take priority.

According to Cynthia Keith, director of the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, describes Prator's work as a political cartoon.

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