Red River Radio Local News Segment

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LOUISIANA COVID-19 CASES ON THE RISE  - Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference in Baton Rouge yesterday explaining an assessment of the Novel Coronavirus in Louisiana.  Edwards  along with state health officials had just met with Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, U.S. Surgeon General who paid a visit to Louisiana yesterday.  Edwards had declared a public health emergency Wednesday, during his press conference he announced more persons in Louisiana have tested positive for the COVID-19 disease only three days after the first case in Louisiana was reported.

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CHALLENGE BEFORE HIGHEST COURT -  A case before the Supreme Court this week will challenge a Louisiana law that prohibits physicians from providing abortion care unless they have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The law is identical to a Texas law the Court struck down in 2016.  Since that time The Hope Medical Group for Women  in  Shreveport,  Louisiana fields phone calls every day from anxious pregnant women who ask if abortion is still legal and if the clinic is still open.

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RARE WOODPECKER-  This next story is for the birds or actually about one bird in particular.  The Ivory Billed Woodpecker has been thought to have been extinct for more than 40 years but there have been reports of sightings recently and if you listen carefully – what you’re about to hear is what some experts say is the sound of this rare bird.

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HEATED CRITICISM -  Shreveport City Council met yesterday and it had it’s share of fireworks; one item on the agenda was to vote on confirmation of Mayor Adrian Perkin’s choice for Chief Administration Officer – Henry Whitehorn.   One councilman – Democrat James Green was absent from the meeting, and when the vote came up – the confirmation failed with a 3-to-3 tie.

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VIRUS PROTECTION- This is the time of year when many virus-related illnesses are spread. And while international concerns about the coronavirus are growing, doctors in the U.S. are stressing that there are more immediate health threats such as influenza  and  the  Norovirus,  both  can be spread in close settings. 

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TOO COSTLY and NOT NEEDED - A study from Louisiana's top higher education board rejected the need for a Shreveport law school just weeks after concluding the region doesn't need a dental school either.  The Louisiana Board of Regents was asked to study the feasibility of a law school for Shreveport in separate legislative resolutions by state Rep. Cedric Glover, Shreveport, and state Sen. Barrow Peacock, Bossier City.

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MEGA SCAM - Arkansas's attorney general is accusing a Hot Springs woman of taking part in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud people by falsely telling them they had won a jackpot or lottery.  Yesterday, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced her department  is  sueing  73-year-old Jean Butler, who Rutledge said acted as a "money mule" and received money from victims of the scheme.

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LED CERTIFIED INDUSTRIAL PARK-  A new 135 acre industrial tract in North Shreveport has been designated  as an LED Certified Site.  Officials gathered at the Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College campus  off  North Market  yesterday for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the occasion.

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HELP FOR MED STUDENTS AND NURSES - The head of Ochsner Health System says the company will start paying the medical school education of students who commit to work with Ochsner in Louisiana for five years.    Ochsner’s CEO & President Warner Thomas made this announcement during a meeting at the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge last Wednesday.   He says the health system also will pay for current employees who want to advance in their career from a licensed practical nurse to a registered nurse or from a medical assistant to an LPN.  

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EARLY VOTING BEGINS -  Today Texas voters head to the polls for the 2020 Texas Primaries.  Primary elections are where parties choose their nominees to compete in the general election in November.  Most polling places are open from 7am to 7pm.  If you're voting in person, remember to bring a photo ID — though you can still cast a ballot if you sign a form declaring you had a reasonable impediment to getting an acceptable form of ID.  If you plan to vote by mail, make sure you've sent an application to vote by mail by the February 21st deadline.