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Red River Radio
11:05 am
Tue April 14, 2015

State budget cuts limit access to waterworks museum in Shreveport

Dale Ward, a longtime volunteer at the McNeill Street Pumping Station, says small museums have people just like him who pour their heart into the organization.

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:22 pm

The 16 Louisiana state-run museums will be open a lot less – at least until June 30 – due to mid-year budget cuts. At the McNeill Street Pumping Station in Shreveport, this tiny museum operation is to be open to visitors one day a week – at most. Dale Ward has been a diehard volunteer at the waterworks museum since 1999. The cuts came down as the museum hit a record number of visitors last year – 4,800, according to Ward.

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Red River Radio
9:15 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Oil patch trade show in Shreveport ripe for business deals, despite depressed oil prices

Turbines Inc. national accounts manager Lynn Grayson says his company will pull back on some inventory due to the slump in crude oil prices, but he's still seeing demand for his company's flow meters at this Shreveport trade show.

Thousands of oil and gas industry operators are filing through the Shreveport Convention Center for a trade show that is focused on serving the oil patch.

The Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo has 364 exhibitors packed into a 95,000 square-foot exhibit hall. The expo relocated from Longview this year due to growing demand.

The expo is put on by Longview-based Texas Classic Productions. Creative director Amy Double says the environment is ripe for business deals, especially at a time when operators are cutting costs.

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Red River Radio
9:10 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Whole Foods seeks Shreveport-area mom-and-pop food producers

Roxann Johnson of Shreveport would like to see if Whole Foods Market is interested in selling her homemade brownies.

Construction is underway on a Whole Foods Market in Shreveport. The grocer wants to line the shelves with more local products to make it unique. The Austin, Texas-based upscale grocery chain is holding a class for Louisiana vendors on Friday, Feb. 27, in Shreveport.

The program will go in-depth on quality standards, food safety, packaging and regulatory requirements, according to Kelly Landrieu, a Whole Foods local forager. (Yes, that is her official title.) She says dozens of people have signed up for her class.

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Red River Radio
9:20 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Girls Who Code program gains traction in Shreveport

Heather Shrewsbury and Kathryn Hardey work shoulder to shoulder as developers at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport and volunteer their time to teach computer programming through the Girls Who Code national initiative.

Shreve Memorial Library is offering a new program to encourage more girls to be part of the next generation of computer scientists.

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Red River Radio
10:06 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Shreveport-based blood bank establishes its first endowment

LifeShare Blood Centers development director Daphne Young announced the creation of its legacy fund Wednesday in honor of the late Vivian Dell Holder.

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers announced the creation of its first endowment Wednesday made possible by a loyal blood donor who quietly bequeathed a life insurance policy to the blood bank. The endowment, currently $10,000, will serve like a savings account that will grow in perpetuity, according to LifeShare CEO Margaret Wallace.

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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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Red River Radio
8:51 am
Mon November 3, 2014

LSU Shreveport explores charter school options

LSU Shreveport chancellor Larry Clark hopes a K-8 charter school could become a reality on campus.

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 11:12 am

LSU Shreveport is preparing to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on whether it makes sense for the university to open a charter school.

Chancellor Larry Clark says it’s not the first time this idea has been tossed around. But now the LSUS Foundation is putting up funding for a consultant to formally explore the idea of creating a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school on campus.

Clark says it would serve the community and not be exclusive to high-achieving students.

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Red River Radio
9:08 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Shreveport startup SkyRunner sets up shop in former GM plant

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:12 am

A flying dune buggy has Shreveport roots.

Startup flying car maker SkyRunner LLC is moving into the former Shreveport General Motors plant this week. An assembly line is being prepped for a pre-market, all-terrain vehicle with a powered parachute.

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Red River Radio
10:07 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cirque de Shreve benefit honors Shreveport's circus ties

Attendees of a benefit for the Meadows Museum in Shreveport will see a historical display of artifacts connected to the Mighty Haag Circus.

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 12:29 pm

Plans for a Shreveport museum’s fundraiser will rekindle a rich part of the city’s history: the Mighty Haag Circus.

The Algur Meadows Museum of Art benefit is called 

Cirque de Shreve. The affair will be held on the grounds of the winter home of a circus that traveled the countryside in the U.S. and Canada for 40 years ending its run in 1938.

Benefit co-organizer Sherry Kerr’s landmark home, Pine Wold Manor, sits on the property that once belonged to circus owner, banker and real estate mogul Ernest Haag.

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Red River Radio
9:08 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Whole Foods Market makes it official in Shreveport

Whole Foods Market is building a 32,000 square-foot grocery store in Shreveport at East 70th Street and Fern Avenue.

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 12:47 pm

Construction on a Whole Foods Market is officially underway in Shreveport.

It marks the sixth grocery store in Louisiana for the Austin, Texas-based chain that specializes in natural and organic products, and prepared foods.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, the company’s executive marketing coordinator for the southwest region Laura Zappi reassured Shreveporters who have pined for Whole Foods that the attraction was always mutual.

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