Red River Radio Local News Segment


NLEP ANNUAL MEETING-The North Louisiana Economic Partnership will hold its annual meeting this Wednesday evening in Shreveport at Sam's Town Hotel.  This event is billed as the Top Event: A Celebration of Economic Development in North Louisiana and will feature the keynote address presented by Ron Insana, CNBC Senior Financial Analyst and Commentator.  Mr. Insana is highly respected in the broadcast industry and the topic of his address will be: "Politics, Policies and the Economy" to which he will share his thoughts on what the Trump Presidency may mean for the U.S. economy.

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FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE ANNIVERSARY -  Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference Wednesday, January 11th to reflect upon his first year in office.   He knew he was entering the governor's office in crisis mode, inheriting a massive financial mess when his term began a year ago.   Yesterday he announced that he will propose raising taxes to fully fund the TOPS tuition program but admitted that more hard decisions await in dealing with a looming $300 million dollar deficit for 2017.

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GLO AIRLINES ANNIVERSARY- December 14th marked the first anniversary of GLO Airlines providing non-stop passenger airservice between Shreveport Regional Airport  in northwest Louisiana and Louis Armstrong  International Airport in New Orleans.

Trey Fayard, founder and CEO for the airlines spoke with Red River Radio's Chuck Smith about why he decided to start the airline and what the response has been from the areas it serves.

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CRIME PREVENTION FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPERS - Leaving packages, purses and other items of value in plain sight on a car seat is an invitation for would-be thieves to break into a car and make off with your possessions.  Police recommend keeping things hidden or in the trunk to avoid becoming a crime victim while shopping during the holidays.

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ELECTORAL COLLEGE - Louisiana's eight electoral college members will officially cast their votes today in the Louisiana House of Representatives chamber to finalize the 2016 presidential election for the United States.  The eight electors have acknowledged that they have received numerous telephone calls,  e-mails and letters urging them to not cast their electoral votes for president-elect, Donald Trump who won a large majority of votes in Louisiana in last month's election.

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LOUISIANA STUDENTS IMPROVE ACADEMICALLY - Six years ago, Louisiana adopted higher academic standards from kindergarten through 12th grade. According to recent reports,  Louisiana students have shown improvement in all areas, specifically in math and English language performance and more are graduating from high school.  The number of students scoring on grade level in English Language Arts and math tests has increased from 24 percent in 2012 to 38 percent in 2016.

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"CAJUNIZE" FEDERAL FLOOD AID - Congressman Garret Graves for Louisiana's 6th District says the federal disaster flood aid plan for parishes most affected by the August floods should be "Cajunized",  a reference to the "Cajun Navy", a group of volunteers who emerged in the immediate hours after the August flood by using their own watercraft to perform search and rescue operations in flooded neighborhoods.  Garret has been critical of the federal disaster relief plan and feels it is fundamentally flawed.

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MILLION DOLLAR GRANT RECIPIENT - Wiley College in Marshall, Texas was selected to receive a $1 million dollar grant from United Negro College Fund to improve job outcomes of its graduates.  The UNCF Career Pathways Initiative, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., awards $35 million in grants to selected historically-black colleges and universities and predominantly black institutions . The initiative is an effort to design and implement programs to improve employment outcomes for college graduates.

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS - The 90th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival takes place Saturday, December 3rd in downtown Natchitoches.  The city ushers in the holiday season with a Christmas parade,  live music,  food vendors, festive lighting, fireworks and more.  Samantha Bonnette with the city of Natchitoches explains what visitors can expect to see this year.