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6:56 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Holiday Cactuses Live on Past the Holidays

Drawing of S. russelliana, the type species, from the Botanical Magazine, 1839

Thanksgiving and Christmas cactuses aren't from the desert, but tropical rainforests in Brazil, where they spend their lives perched up in the trees with their roots in pockets of decaying organic matter lodged in cavities along the branches.

And they're decorative plants you want to keep!


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11:40 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Red River Radio Spotlight: Holiday Pops with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard
Aired Friday, December 19 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with guest artists Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard who come straight from Broadway to share the stage with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra for their annual Holiday Pops concert which takes place Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Riverview Theater and again at 6 p.m. at the Cypress Baptist Church in Benton. For complete details visit Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-222-7496.

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Red River Radio
9:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Health study: Arkansas and Louisiana lack defenses against 'superbugs'

Arkansas and Louisiana are ill-prepared to detect, diagnose and respond to threats like Ebola and outbreaks of infectious diseases, according to a report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases,” found that Arkansas scored the lowest of all, two out of 10 on key indicators related to preventing and responding to antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

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7:45 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Gary Borders: My days as a real estate inspector were luckily short-lived

I often get emails from the Texas Real Estate Inspectors Association offering various continuing education courses at convenient locations. They serve as a reminder of my ill-fated attempt to change careers in late middle age, when it looked like this newspaper gig wasn’t panning out anymore.

Two-and-a-half years ago, I was unemployed and loath to move from Longview, since my wife had a good job as a professor and our daughter was happy in school. We bought a lovely house, and I set about figuring out how to make a living.

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WRKF
6:07 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Environmental Groups Draw Recommendations from Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan

What to do with all the billions in Clean Water Act fines to be paid by BP and its contractors for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

Officially, it’s up to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, made up of governors from the five affected states and heads of several federal agencies, to decide.

A coalition of environmental groups has come up with their own ideas for how the first millions can best be spent to restore the coast.


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9:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

1954 Shreveport plane crash DVD to benefit local history scholarship

The Shreveport Historic Preservation Society's Agatha Fertitta-McCall and Winston Conway Link created a DVD on the 1954 Wallace Lake plane crash.

The Shreveport Historic Preservation Society has produced a one-hour DVD about the 1954 Wallace Lake plane crash that killed 12 Shreveport businessmen who were returning from a south Louisiana duck hunt.

The DVD features Shreveport historian Ernie Roberson concludes in presentation by reading the transcripts of ground control at Shreveport Regional Airport attempting to establish connection with the pilot of a Grumman G-73 Mallard that crashed on the north shore of Wallace Lake in 1954.

“49 Nectar, this is Shreveport Tower, 49 Nectar do you read?”

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7:45 am
Thu December 18, 2014

What Was I Thinking for December 18, 2014

Brian O'Nuanain

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 9:10 pm

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain shares his joy over a recent trip to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. 


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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Shreveport's first contemporary art museum displays nature big and bold

Stephane Lusk, with her mother, painter Marlene Yu, stand in front of Yu's paintings in the main exhibit hall featuring works more than 36 feet tall.

The Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation open Thursday in a rehabbed former 1950s-era YWCA building in downtown Shreveport.

The building’s gymnasium was transformed into an expansive main gallery that can accommodate Marlene Yu’s sprawling abstract paintings of nature. They drench the walls with color almost touching floor to ceiling.

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WRKF
6:12 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Piano Lab Puts On a Show - And Delivers Results

Winbourne's piano lab students perform their first recital.

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 12:14 pm

Back in September, we told you about the Piano Lab at Winbourne Elementary. It was an experiment. O’Neill’s Music House arranged to get a bunch of cutting edge electronic keyboards to the high poverty school in North Baton Rouge. Tuesday, the pianos were rolled out of the lab and into the auditorium for the students’ first recital.


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Red River Radio
8:51 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Northwestern State professor furthers Nepali girls' education cause in Natchitoches

Professor Patrice Moulton met last Christmas with Nepali girls who received scholarships provided by the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation. She is in Nepal delivering more backpacks this year.

A Northwestern State University psychology professor arrived in Nepal this week to distribute hundreds of scholarships to young girls. It guarantees they get an education in their village and decreases the likelihood that they’ll fall prey to human trafficking.

Patrice Moulton is a volunteer with the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation. She’ll trek the Annapurna Circuit of Nepal with yaks delivering backpacks to girls who show educational promise. The backpacks are their ticket to one year of school.

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