Louisiana News

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3:03 am
Wed May 27, 2015

“Offsets” Are Latest Budget-Balancing Tool

 

A bill to increase a tax credit program by $47-million dollars found favor with the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday. Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger’s HB 70 would double Louisiana’s current Earned Income Tax Credit.

“This allows about 30-percent of the state of Louisiana to keep more of their earned money,” Leger told the committee.

There were the kind of arguments for the bill that you’d expect.

“I see this bill as a response to consistent criticism that I hear – in this building and in the community at large – about people ‘getting something for nothing’,” Leger explained. “This program is one that rewards people for working.”

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7:47 am
Tue May 26, 2015

History Matters: Tolkein dug deep into how names came to be

Historical linguists put the asterisk to work in their profession. History Matters commentator Gary Joiner explains how.

Copyright 2015 KDAQ-FM. To see more, visit http://www.redriverradio.org/.

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3:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Medical Schools Hurting for Funding

Louisiana’s Senate worked Monday, forgoing the holiday barbeque. The Senate Finance Committee did do some grilling however, as Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols gave them a rundown of HB 1, as approved by the House.

“They did include $31.1 million for LSU Medical School in Shreveport,” Nichols said of the House “priority list” – a wish list if more revenue is found.

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2:58 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Pennington Experiments with House Calls for Nutrition

Session material from the Drive Study on drink options. Davis teaches the families that sodas and milkshakes are "sometimes foods."

Researchers at Pennington Biomedical know that in order to get kids eating well, they’ve got to get to the parents. As part of a new study, Pennington Interventionist, Allison Davis, is experimenting with going into the homes of families with young children -- ages two to six. She’s showing parents and their kids how to eat better and move more.


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3:03 am
Mon May 25, 2015

We Remember

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 7:22 am

Louisiana remembers, and honors service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice on this Memorial Day.

The state’s full House of Representatives, with help from the Marine Corps Band, held a “Ceremony of Remembrance” before breaking for the long holiday weekend.

New Orleans Rep. Nick LoRusso, who also serves as a Lt. Col. with the Army’s Judge Advocate General Office, served as host, “To honor all of our fallen dead.”

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7:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Don't Like the Heat? Get Out of the Garden

To be honest, our best and most diverse herb gardens grow in the milder part of the year. The intense heat of summer takes a toll on many of our favorite culinary herbs. But there are heat-loving herbs that can be planted now for production throughout the summer.


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10:36 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Rural Ark-La-Tex veterans may avoid trips to Shreveport VA for routine care

Program director Jeremy Fusco tests equipment in the mobile clinic van enabling patients to talk face-to-face with their physician.

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 6:02 pm

Hundreds of veterans who live in the rural reaches of the Ark-La-Tex may no longer have to drive to Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport for routine appointments. Their doctor will be beamed in to a location in their town -- or perhaps their driveway -- thanks to a $2 million rural health grant.

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10:08 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Feast And Fun in MSO's 'Pork And Pearls'

A relaxing summer social, Pork And Pearls, welcome guests in a benefit for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.

"It's a casual event where we're widening the audience of the orchestra," says MSO board member Graham Abell.  "It's a chance to find out about the variety of programs presented throughout the season."

The menu of pulled pork and grilled oysters is prepared by Chef Cory Bahr.  Music provided by Code Blue and the Flatliners.

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7:47 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Gary Borders: Washer pitching and pellet guns form birthday memories

There's never a dull moment for 10-year-old Connor.

We celebrated our nephew Connor’s 10th birthday in a time-honored East Texas manner: grilling hamburgers, pitching washers — and plinking balloons and Diet Coke cans with pellet guns. The clan sat outside on a Saturday afternoon enjoying a rare respite from the incessant rains.

Since the party was at our house in a quiet subdivision, we had to settle for pellet guns and leave the heavy ordnance in the gun safes. Previous family get-togethers out in the country have allowed us to indulge in another Pine Curtain tradition: Blowing Stuff Up.

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4:38 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Romeo and Juliet and Tyrell: Diversifying the Young Adult Reading List

The Crossover, Kwame Alexander

As a teacher of teachers at LSU, Steve Bickmore is focused on getting teachers to expand reading lists to include more books like that reflect their students’ lives, like Jaqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming, Coe Booth's Tyrell, and Kwame Alexander's Crossover. And he’ll be highlighting that at LSU’s upcoming conference on the theme of African-American cultures in young adult literature, May 31-June 5. 

 


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