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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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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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Red River Radio
9:19 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Amtrak set to finish study on service between DFW and Shreveport/Bossier

Amtrak and the Texas Department of Transportation are expected to wrap up a feasibility study at the end of the month that explores higher-speed train service between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Shreveport/Bossier.

The chairman of the East Texas Corridor Council, Richard Anderson of Marshall, Texas, has been working on this effort for the past six years. He meets regularly with public officials in Texas and Louisiana to keep the momentum going. He said he’s optimistic after reviewing Amtrak’s preliminary findings.

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Red River Radio
9:23 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Southern University at Shreveport's EPA program is pipeline to jobs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's job training program got underway Monday at the Shreveport Fire and Police Academy. The program includes 125 hours of instruction.

More than a dozen people in Shreveport have started a job training program this week made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It could lead to a full-time job next month. Southern University at Shreveport is administering the grant that provides environmental health and safety training certifications.

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Red River Radio
8:45 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Shreveport Home Depot employees spearhead improvements at veterans home

Shreveport Home Depot employees build a bus shelter outside the Volunteers of America Veterans Transitional Living Program site.

Employees from Shreveport Home Depot stores completed a number of building projects for veterans. They've built a bus shelter adjacent to the Volunteers of America Veterans Transitional Housing Program facility. The employees used their day off Friday to to serve veterans. Jack Parker, a store manager, has worked for Home Depot 21 years. He said he’s been a part of Team Depot volunteerism since he started with the company.

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Red River Radio
9:39 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Safety-net hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe go private

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 10:28 am

Handshakes, hugs and thank yous marked the Oct. 1 handover of LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana or BRF. Under a privatization deal pushed by the Jindal administration, BRF now manages the hospitals with 3,200 employees. BRF president Dr. John George told an overflow crowd in the Biomedical Research Institute Atrium Tuesday that it’s a new day for these north Louisiana hospitals to control their own destiny.

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Red River Radio
9:36 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Plano, Texas rancher brings urban rodeo to Shreveport

A rodeo that blends urban and zydeco music with cowboy culture comes to Shreveport Saturday. R&B singer T.K. Soul will headline the event. But he could be upstaged by dozens of rodeo competitors and bucking broncos at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum as part of the Hip Hop Cowboys summer rodeo.

Hip Hop Cowboys is a company that Damon Leffall of Plano, Texas, formed four years ago. His hobby as a rancher and team roper turned into his bread-and-butter business. He said the urban cowboy concept is not a stretch.

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Red River Radio
9:19 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Northwest Louisiana mobile medical clinic improves access to health care

A mobile medical clinic is steadily gaining traction in rural and urban areas of northwest Louisiana after receiving its nonprofit status and serving 1,400 people last year. St. Luke’s Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry is an RV set up just like a doctor’s office. Its volunteers regularly visit 10 communities and provide primary care and health screenings.

Lois Maberry, board chairman of the medical ministry that began in 2007, said the drop-in clinic is truly open to all.

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Red River Radio
7:15 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Paper Bag Manufacturer Celebrates Shreveport Plant Opening

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 8:24 am

Paper bag maker Ronpak marked the opening of its new manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters at a ceremony yesterday at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. Over the past two years, the privately held company moved its headquarters from New Jersey and built a $16.8 million manufacturing facility at the Port in order to be near a Dallas customer. It makes carry-out bags and food wrappings for the fast food industry.

CEO Ronald Sedley said he currently has 109 employees in Shreveport, and he plans to more than double his workforce over the next several years.

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Red River Radio
8:17 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Film Crews Descend On Shreveport Preparing Louisiana Film Prize Entries

Over the past few weeks, a number of small film crews have taken to the streets of Shreveport. They’ve been shooting all around northwest Louisiana, like in a vacant former restaurant in the Highland neighborhood. They’re making short films – that must be shot locally – to enter into this year’s Louisiana Film Prize contest.

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