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Ark Gov Says More Covid Patients Getting Younger Because Of Delta Variant

ARKANSAS COVID RISES - Arkansas’ Covid-19 cases have skyrocketed in recent weeks due to the delta variant and the state’s low vaccination rate. The state ranks second in the country for new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. When the pandemic began last year, younger people were considered to be lower risk and the emphasis has been to protect the most vulnerable, elderly population. But during a Community Covid Conversation at Heber Springs, Arkansas...

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Red River Radio Spotlight: NSU Virtual Folk Festival

Airs Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, Professor of English and Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center, who joined me in our Noel Foundation studios to discuss this year’s NSU Virtual Folk Festival and a new Concert series which is currently underway. You can find complete detail at the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival or by calling (318) 357-4332 . THE NATCHITOCHES NSU VIRTUAL FOLK FESTIVAL SERIES

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Teach, Reach, and Inspire

Airs Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 6 p.m. A new program hosted by Tracey Burrell, Director of Clinical Preparation and Partnerships with the College of Education and Human Sciences at LSU Shreveport. This program features members of the educational community share what it truly means to teach children, reach families and inspire communities. On this first program we will discuss Teacher Pay, but not from a wage-earning perspective. While it’s true that teachers are among the lowest wage...

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Red River Radio Spotlight: Shreveport Little Theatre presents "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Airs Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Mike Martindale, Chris Alan Evans, and Blake Watkins who joined us in our Noel Foundation Studios to discuss the next production by the Shreveport Little Theatre of Tennessee William’s American Classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Performances are scheduled for July 29, 30, 31, August 6, and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and August 1, and 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Shreveport Little Theatre located 812 Margaret Place. For complete details call THE SLT’s box office at (318) 424-4439 or at .

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Health Matters: Gynecologic Cancers (REPEAT BROADCAST)

Airs Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 6 p.m. Gynecologic cancers do not receive the press that some other types of cancer receive, but talking about them can save the lives of women. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by gynecologic oncologist Dr. Destin Black, Dr. Maxwell McDonald, medical oncologist, and Dr. Lane Rosen, radiation oncologist, all with Willis-Knighton Health System, to talk about gynecologic cancer signs, symptoms and treatments. This is a Repeat Broadcast and phone calls will not be taken.

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Shreveport House Concert Series: Wild Ponies

Airs Thursday, July 20, 2021, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert Archives we present Wild Ponies from their January 2017 concert.

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TOKYO — The U.S. women's soccer team is up 2-1 at halftime in its must-win match against The Netherlands at the Tokyo Olympics.

If they lose today, they'll go home. If they win, they'll advance to the semifinal.

Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema made a goal 18 minutes into the first half, but the U.S. team quickly answered.

Ten minutes later, U.S. midfielder Samantha Mewis scored with a diving header, teed up by teammate Lynn Williams. Williams scored her own goal three minutes later.

TOKYO — The U.S. women's basketball team has still got it. The squad defeated Japan 86-69 in preliminary play at the Tokyo Olympics and it is the team's 51st straight win dating back to the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

On Friday, the U.S. tangled with host country Japan at Saitama Super Arena, outside Tokyo. The U.S. pulled away at the end but for a while, it was a bit of a nail biter.

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TOKYO — Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic was upset in the men's Olympic tennis semifinal by Germany's Alexander Zverev.

The loss on Friday means world number one ranked Djokovic won't be able to complete an elusive Golden Slam — winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in a single year. No man has ever done it, but Djokovic put himself in position by winning the first three Grand Slams this year.

President Biden has called on states and localities to do more to encourage people to get vaccinated, including paying them $100.

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Growing up in Havana, Cuba, Mario García was a well-known child actor. That all changed in 1962 when he fled as a refugee under Fidel Castro's regime. Although he put his acting career aside then, he was able to pass along his passion for acting to his grandson, Maximilian.

Mario was about 10 years old the first time he ever stepped on set, he told Max during a conversation at StoryCorps earlier this month.

Connor Fields, the U.S. defending gold medalist in BMX racing, had a brutal crash in the semifinals of his event and left the venue on a stretcher in an ambulance.

"We can confirm that Connor Fields is awake, stable, and awaiting further medical evaluation. He will remain in the hospital under observation," said Dr. Jon Finnoff, the chief medical officer for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

The 28-year-old was in the third heat of the semifinal, where groups race over a bumpy course with jumps. He started with two excellent rides. Then, disaster struck.


One Small Step

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Continue the conversation in 2021 StoryCorps Selects Shreveport for National Initiative

Continue the conversation in 2021: StoryCorps Selects Shreveport for National Initiative to Reconnect a Divided America. Shreveport is one of four cities in which StoryCorps is anchoring One Small Step in 2021 with more opportunities to record, share, and preserve conversations that show the country how Louisianians can listen to each other in spite of their differences of opinion. Read about the national effort in The Shreveport Times . Red River Radio led the project in 2020, recording 25...

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From GM Kermit Poling, Work continues in East Texas

Dear Esat Texas listeners, Some good news - our Lufkin station - KLDN, is working great these days after repairs. Work continues on our Tyler station, though, following the storm damage in May. Storm damage literally burned a hole through part of the transmitter. The manufacturer is trying to locate the parts we need but, as you may be aware, it is difficult to get integrated circuit chips and boards these days. Meanwhile, we are on the air but at reduced power. We have opted to purchase a...

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Packing It Up
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Gary Borders: Packing and culling our possessions

Airs Friday, July 23, 2021, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders laments the struggles of packing and culling their possessions for a move to the country.

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Gary Borders: First live concert in 15 months

Gary Borders: Fitting Epitaphs
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Gary Borders: Fitting Epitaphs

Red River Radio Vehicle Donation Program

The Vehicle Donation Program provides Vehicle Donation Services to Public Radio stations across the country. This is a great way to support this station and get a tax write off for your car. Contact the Vehicle Donation program directly online or if you have any questions about the vehicle donation process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our vehicle experts at 855-277-2346.

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COVID-19 Louisiana

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LA SCHOOL COVID PRECAUTIONS— Despite the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases Louisiana education leaders are leaving decisions on mask mandates, physical distancing and other measures aimed at lessening COVID-19 spread  to local public school districts  for the upcoming year.   The Department of Education sent updated guidance to K-12 school systems that recommends but doesn’t mandate face coverings for all unvaccinated adults and students in grades 3 through 12 while inside school facilities.

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  LEADS IN COVID SPIKES  — Louisiana has beaten back several spikes of the coronavirus disease.

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  TX COVID UPDATE – Texas  State health officials say new COVID-19 cases in Texas are rising about as fast as they were before their peaks last July and in late January.  Speaking to the Texas Tribune Chief State Epidemiologist Doctor Jennifer Shuford   says the increase, underscores how much more contagious the delta variant is.              

"Even in the face of having 43 percent of our population fully vaccinated we are still seeing this increase in cases happening as rapidly as we saw previously." Shuford explained.

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TX SOCIAL WORKERS -  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the state board that regulates social workers can't prohibit them from refusing to see clients based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. Paxton issued the non-binding legal opinion Monday on the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council. Will Francis heads the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He says he's concerned  Paxton's stance will discourage LGBTQ people and people with disabilities from seeking services.  

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COVID-19 Arkansas

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ARKANSAS COVID RISES-  Arkansas’ Covid-19  cases have skyrocketed in recent weeks due to the delta variant and the state’s low vaccination rate.

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The Story Of Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford on Red River Radio

This video takes you into the studio with Cliff and also through the world of birds that we cover on Bird Calls, which airs the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Please join us and please call in with your questions at 800-552-8502

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