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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announces new COVID-19 restrictions & public mask mandate.

Governor John Bel Edwards issued new orders and restrictions today due to the continued rise in cases of COVID-19, including a statewide mask mandate in all public places. Press conference video is included below. Press Conference starts at 5 minutes into this facebook video feed.

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Caddo Parish Schools Delay Reopening To August 24th

SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS – The Caddo Parish School System in Northwest Louisiana announced Monday that the coming school year reopening will be delayed a bit. During a press conference yesterday, School Superintendent Lamar Goree said the district plans are to push back the start date from August 10 th to August 24 th . It’s all due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Goree explained this effort is to get kids back to school safely. "There is no perfect plan however we do believe and we...

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Health Matters: Covid 19 Update - Current Rise - 070920

Airs Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 8 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. With cases of COVID-19 again on the rise, Dr. G.E. Ghali, Chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, will join Health Matters host Dr. Randall Brewer to provide updates and discuss the current situation. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Pamela Talkin had been at the Supreme Court in the top security job for less than two months when 9/11 hit. Her first task that morning was to evacuate the building, but Chief Justice William Rehnquist didn't know a terrorist attack was in progress, and he was presiding over an important meeting with chief judges from around the country. When a note Talkin sent in got no response, she walked into the room and ordered everyone out of the building, fast.

Officials in Allentown, Pa., have released a roughly ten-minute surveillance video showing officers subduing and arresting a man in front of a local hospital on Monday evening.

The man ends up face-down on the ground, and as two officers pin the man's arm behind his back, a third officer kneels on his neck.

Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET

To help figure out the U.S. citizenship status of every adult living in the country, the Trump administration has been accumulating driver's license information from states including South Dakota, NPR has learned.

Over the last three months, Delta Air Lines lost nearly $6 billion as the company's CEO says a slow, brief recovery in air travel has now stalled amid a big resurgence in coronavirus infections.

Delta is the first U.S. airline to report second quarter financial results; it is the first full quarter since the pandemic began and the results are worse than anticipated.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back in the hospital, this time to treat a possible infection. She spiked a fever Monday night, according to a press release from the Supreme Court, and on Tuesday underwent an endoscopic procedure to clean out a bile duct stent that was inserted in August.

The procedure was done at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after Ginsburg was first evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Relations between the more than 25,000 U.S. military forces on Okinawa and that Japanese island's 1.5 million residents have long been strained over pollution, crime and overcrowding associated with the 31 U.S. military bases there. Now a new outbreak of COVID-19 cases among American service members stationed on Japan's southernmost territory is fraying things further.

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

President Trump dismissed outrage over police killings, saying Tuesday that "more white people" are killed by police than Blacks.

"So are white people!" Trump said when asked in an interview with CBS News about why so many African Americans have been killed at the hands of police. "So are white people! What a terrible question to ask."

Trump added that "more white people, by the way" are killed by police than Black people.

President Trump held a news conference Tuesday about new sanctions over China's actions in Hong Kong — but incendiary comments on race overshadowed the event.

As school districts consider how to approach learning this fall with no sign of the coronavirus slowing, the virus has already had devastating consequences in one rural Arizona school district.

Jena Martinez-Inzunza was one of three elementary school teachers at the Hayden Winkelman Unified School District who all tested positive for COVID-19 after teaching virtual summer school lessons together from the same classroom.

Martinez's colleague and friend, Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, who taught in the district for nearly four decades, died.

Updated at 6:34 p.m. ET

In a swift reversal, the Trump administration has agreed to rescind a directive that would have barred international college students from the U.S. if their colleges offered classes entirely online in the fall semester.


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COVID-19 Louisiana

Courtesy: Caddo Parish School Board

SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS – The Caddo Parish School System in Northwest Louisiana  announced Monday that the coming school year reopening will be delayed a bit.  During a press conference yesterday, School Superintendent  Lamar  Goree said the district plans are to  push  back  the  start date from August 10th to  August 24th.   It’s all due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Goree  explained this effort  is to get kids back to school  safely.           

Courtesy: LDH

COVID-19 SURGES - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced  Saturday  a statewide mask mandate, putting tougher limits on group gatherings and shuttering bars.  Beginning Monday,  the governor's proclamation requires face coverings for everyone ages 8 and older except for anyone who has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering.

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Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TEXAS COVID-19 SURGE -  Texas has surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time as a resurgence of the outbreak rages across the U.S. The record high of 10,028 confirmed cases in the Lone Star State Tuesday follows Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to mandate masks in much of the state and to close bars, retreating from what had been one of America’s fastest  reopenings.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TEXAS COVID-19 SINGLE DAY SPIKE - Texas reported almost 5500 positive Covid-19 cases yesterday, a new record high for a single day.  A retiring Republican Congressman from Texas is concerned about the surge of COVID-19 cases, especially in his district.  Pete Olson said during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday, he is worried about the rising number of 20 to 39-year-olds getting the virus.                     

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COVID-19 Arkansas

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ARK COVID-19 -  Arkansas has seen its largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases among non-incarcerated people.     Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Friday that  703 people tested positive  including 41 inmates at correctional facilities. An additional six deaths from COVID-19 increased the state’s death toll to over 200.   Speaking in his daily briefing, Hutchinson explained the State Department of Health’s Guidelines that strongly recommend people wear face-mask protection in the workplace and in public as doing so would reduce community spread of the disease. 

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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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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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Protect My Public Media

Protect My Public Media is a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners and others who support a strong public media in the Unite

License Renewal for KDAQ, KLSA, and KBSA

In compliance with section, 73.3580 of the Rules and Regulation of the FCC, KDAQ, KLSA, and KBSA have applied for a license renewal. We are required here to provide a direct link to our public inspection file, which the FCC maintains for public review. These are the links.

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Our 2019 Winner - (L-R) Anna Grace Hardin, Cal Alexander, Olivia Ajero, Christopher Comeaux, Sydney Sorbet.
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Young Artist Competition 2020 - Postponed until fall 2020

Our young artist competition has been postponed until fall 2020. The information is below. Welcome to the Tenth Annual Red River Radio Young Artists Competition, open to instrumentalists and vocalists ages 18 and under in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Winners will be chosen from entries for participation in a radio broadcast to be recorded in the Marion and Donald Weiss Performance Studio at Red River Radio. Each winner will receive a copy of their professionally recorded performance. Winners will be selected based on ability, musicality, and appropriateness of the selection for a radio program. (more)

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Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford for Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Airs Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 6 p.m. Once again ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be on hand to take your questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for the show, please send them to We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us for Bird Calls and call in at 800-552-8502 with your questions.

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Kelly & Ellis
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Shreveport House Concert Series: Kelly and Ellis

Airs Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series we present the Kelly and Ellis.

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Die Gartenlaube
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Lyric Opera: Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice

Airs Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 12 noon. The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series returns with productions from all over the world, following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season. This week we present Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice performed by Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Orphée: Dmitry Korchak
Eurydice: Andriana Chuchman
Amour: Lauren Snouffer

ENSEMBLE: Chorus and Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago
CONDUCTOR: Harry Bicket...

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Intelligence Squarer U.S. Debates: Is Nationalism a Force for Good?

Airs Sunday, July 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. From Brexit to “America First,” Modi in India, Erdogan in Turkey, and Bolsonaro in Brazil, nationalism – or allegiance to a nation-state over other affiliations – is on the rise. With the coronavirus pandemic closing borders, the future of global governance and political identity is in question. Nationalism can unite disparate communities under a common identity. Nationalism can also incite anti-immigration policies, promoting violence based on ethnicity....

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Dr. Beverely Burden answers your questions
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What's Bugging You for July 21, 2020

Airs Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 2020, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502 .

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