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Thank You For Your Support

Thanks to everyone who made a pledge during our Fall 2021 Drive. With your help we raised more than $75,000. Your support is greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the high quality programs you have come to love. We'd like to also thank all the volunteers who answered phones and helped on air. The support this station receives is truly inspiring. Thank you from all of us at Red River Radio. You can also donate anytime of year by going to this link. PLEASE DONATE NOW !

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Red River Radio is now accepting NWLA Food Bank Donations

Red River Radio is assisting LSUS in collecting food donations for the NWLA Food Bank. Now through November 15, drop off food items at Red River Radio, 8675 Youree Drive in Shreveport, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, to help eliminate hunger. Donations can also be dropped off to Expedia Cruises Shreveport Bossier, 5725 Youree Drive in Shreveport, through November 12 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Food Bank allows LSUS to keep 20 percent of the donations to stock the campus food pantry, open to students in need, and 80 percent of food donations go to the Food Bank. The LSUS pantry has seen a 200% increase over the past year in students who need food assistance through the pantry. The NWLA Food Bank serves 75,000 individuals within seven parishes. (click post to see more)

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Teach, Reach, Inspire: School Resource Officers are MVPs

Airs Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 6 p.m. Hosted by Tracy Burrell. It takes EVERYONE on a school campus (principals, teachers, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, and YES, School Resource Officers to help foster a safe and caring environment where children can learn and grow. For School-Based Officers, it’s more than just providing security at football games or directing carpool traffic. Their presence on school campuses demonstrates a true partnership between law enforcement and...

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ARK AG Sues Medical Supplier For $10+ Million

ARK AG SUES MED SUPPLIER — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says her office is suing a Virginia-based medical supplier for nearly $11 million dollars for failing to deliver supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. In a press conference yesterday, Rutledge said the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences had made purchases that it never received. According to Rutledge's lawsuit Med-Care Healthlink LLC of Suffolk, Virginia and its representatives failed to deliver Personal...

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Updated October 28, 2021 at 12:28 PM ET

The families of nine people who died in a racist mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., have reached an $88 million settlement with the Department of Justice, after accusing federal agencies of failing to prevent convicted shooter Dylann Roof from buying a gun.

The settlement also includes money for people who survived the shooting.

Costco has raised its minimum wage to $17 an hour, and Starbucks will raise its starting pay to $15 an hour. They join a growing list of chains that have added new incentives, trying to keep their workers in a year of mass resignations and stepped-up labor organizing.

A passenger who assaulted a flight attendant aboard an American Airlines jetliner bound from New York to California on Wednesday caused the plane to divert to Denver in what a witness suggested was an altercation over a mask requirement.

The passenger was removed from Flight 976 to Santa Ana, Calif., and taken into custody, American Airlines said in a statement emailed to NPR.

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ARK  AG SUES MED SUPPLIER— Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says her office is suing a Virginia-based medical supplier for nearly $11 million dollars  for failing to deliver supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.   In a press conference yesterday,  Rutledge said the University of Arkansas for  Medical Sciences had made purchases that it never received. 

JACKSON, Miss. — Retired NFL player Brett Favre has repaid $600,000 in state welfare money he accepted for speeches where he didn't appear, but the state attorney general could sue Favre if he doesn't pay interest owed on the amount, the Mississippi auditor said Wednesday.

Auditor Shad White said Favre paid the $600,000 to the auditor's office this week. White sent the former Green Bay Packers quarterback a letter Oct. 12 demanding $828,000, which was the $600,000 plus $228,000 in interest.

On the night before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa walked through the streets of D.C., surrounded by a throng of Trump supporters. He says he remembers a particular energy in the crowd that night.

"They were clashing with police officers. They were fighting with each other. There was a euphoria," Costa says. "The mob ... it was loud."

It does not include progressive priorities like paid family leave or measures to lower the costs of prescription drugs. Still, President Biden thinks it would pass both chambers.

Just a few blocks away from a stretch of busy highway in LaPlace, La. — about 30 miles northwest of New Orleans — Donald Caesar Jr., 49, walks down the street he grew up on and has lived his entire life. Even a month after Hurricane Ida pummeled Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, this street and many others in the hardest-hit areas of the state are still completely unrecognizable.

Updated October 28, 2021 at 10:57 AM ET

President Biden on Thursday travelled to Capitol hill to convince House Democrats to back a $1.75 trillion framework of social and climate spending and end a weeks-long stalemate over the passage of a separate bipartisan infrastructure bill.


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, Brand New Transmitter for KTYK

Dear Esat Texas listeners, You may remember that our Tyler area station suffered storm damage that literally burned a hole through part of the transmitter. Since parts were impossible to find, a generous donor made it possible for us to purchase a brand new, state of the art digital transmitter. We are finishing "tweaking" the installation and will be doing so over the next couple weeks, but the transmitter is on the air at full power. Exciting news! We greatly appreciate your patience and...

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Looking for the Barred Owl
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Gary Borders: Looking for the Barred Owl

Airs Friday, October 22, 2021, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders struggles to catch a glimpse at the Barred owl that lives on his newly purchased property

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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 GOV LIFTS MASKS MANDATE-  Louisiana is emerging from its latest and worst coronavirus spike of the pandemic and seeing a sharp decline in new COVID-19 infections.  Yesterday  Governor John Bel Edwards announced during a press conference that he is lifting the mask requirement  for grocery stores, restaurants, bars, retailers, colleges and other sites. But some of Louisiana’s K-12 schools will have to keep masking if they don't follow tight quarantine rules.   

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COVID & FLU VAX?   Flu season is getting started and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine, there are rare exceptions so check with your doctor.  But is it safe to get a flu shot and covid shot at the same time?   Dr. John Vanchiere  is Professor of Pediatrics at LSU-Health Shreveport  and also Director of Community Outreach for Testing and Vaccination for Covid-19 at the Center for Emerging Viral Threats. 

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Recent approvals from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control for Covid  booster doses are bringing a new round of vaccination efforts by area  health  agencies. Yesterday officials with the North East Texas Public Health District in Tyler held a press conference at the Majestic Event Center which will be a location for Covid19 vaccines.   Dr.

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MORE YOUNGER PEOPLE INFECTED - Like the rest of the country,  coronavirus infection rates in East Texas have surged over the Summer  and although health officials say there are signs of a downward trend,  Covid-19 infection among persons  11 to 20 years of age living  in and around Smith County Texas is soaring.   Northeast Texas Public Health officials gave an update to the Tyler City Council yesterday afternoon during their regular session.    Northeast Texas Public Health District CEO George Roberts  explained  that even though overall infection rates began to drop in th

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COVID-19 Arkansas

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ARK  AG SUES MED SUPPLIER— Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says her office is suing a Virginia-based medical supplier for nearly $11 million dollars  for failing to deliver supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.   In a press conference yesterday,  Rutledge said the University of Arkansas for  Medical Sciences had made purchases that it never received. 

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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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