Structures and Nature Tell Story In Hood Exhibit

Dec 19, 2014
Shawn Hood

Photographer Shawn Hood says she's inspired to tell stories through hoto collections.  She debuts an exhibit this month at the Parish Press in Ruston.  Hood shares that she seeks to know the history and meaning surrounding subjects she photographs.  She develops a narrative for such collections.  The exhibit is on display through January 19. 

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  Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to Governor Bobby Jindal's plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit of more than $170 million.

The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection Thursday, only days before the budget had to be rebalanced to avoid a special session.

Minor changes were made to the Jindal administration plan submitted last month. Financing sources were swapped. Agriculture department job cuts were scrapped. A cut to road maintenance work was eliminated.

Policy Change Criticized By Cuban-American Group

Dec 18, 2014

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuban trade embargo has drawn sharp criticism from an organization official who says there will be little change to policy. 

George Fowler, who lives in New Orleans, is Vice Chairman of the Cuban-American National Foundation.  He says the change will not bring anything significant to current policy.  "The Castro brothers will never give anything back in earnest," said Fowler. 

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Governor Bobby Jindal is defending his headlining a prayer rally on Louisiana State University's campus next month that has drawn the ire of student protesters who say the group hosting the event promotes discrimination and an anti-gay agenda.

The January 24 prayer rally is expected to draw thousands of people to LSU's campus for what Jindal, a Roman Catholic, describes in an invitation as "a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance."

The Ouachita Parish District Attorney's Office has named the West Monroe police officer involved in the shooting death of a homeless man December 4.

Frozen Kingdom Delivers Heart-Warming Tale

Dec 17, 2014

A ballet based on the story by Hans Christian-Andersen is presented in Louisiana Delta Ballet's "The Frozen Kingdom".  A gala performance is Friday night at the Jack Howard Theatre in Monroe.  LDB member Jeanine Patton shares on the production and an exciting event the organization hosts in 2015.

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  The Legislature's chief economist says state officials need to look at Louisiana'slong list of tax breaks as spending programs that siphon dollars away from the budget.

Louisiana has $7 billion in various tax credits, rebates and deductions. Greg Albrecht said Monday that the programs take money away from the state treasury just like road projects, health care services and other items included in the state's annual budget.

Carols and Holiday Cheer with MSO

Dec 12, 2014

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra performs it's holiday "Sounds Of The Seasons" concert Sunday at the West Monroe Convention Center.  Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with pianist Julian Jones performing holiday favorites in the center's lobby.  MSO President of the Board of Governors Charles Jackson says this year's event features traditional and secular pieces, and the Monroe Symphony Chorus joining the celebration in a collection of sing-along carols with the audience. 

Grant Helps Pre-K Access To Local School Systems

Dec 11, 2014

Louisiana is set to receive up to $32 million in federal grant money over four years to improve preschool access for low-income children across the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Louisiana is one of 18 states getting grants aimed at giving more educational opportunities for at-risk children. State Superintendent of Education John White says Louisiana is guaranteed $2.4 million for one year. The award can grow to $32 million over four years, if the state meets terms of the grant.



DHH Seeks Solution to High Rate of ADHD Meds

Dec 9, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals held a symposium Tuesday looking at potential solutions to the growing number of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnoses and treatments.  DHH reports that Louisiana has the second highest  of ADHD prescriptions in the country.