Airs Friday, August 18, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares chronicles his annual escape to New England during the summer dog days.

Jason Bell

Airs Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 12 noon. Kermit Poling spoke with Richard Lee, Music Director of the East Texas Symphony, about their upcoming concert season and their concert with YO-YO MA, Sunday, September 17, 2017 7:00 pm, at the UT Tyler Cowan Center.   2017/2018 Series

Press Image / Longview Symphony

Airs Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Conductor Gene Moon and Jade Killingsworth, executive Director of the Longview Symphony, about their Season Kickoff this Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Longview Community Center, 500 East Whaley Street, Longview, Texas.

Courtesy: Austin Statesman file photo

AUSTIN, Texas (AP and Texas Public Media reports) — Key conservative priorities fizzled yet again as Texas lawmakers abruptly concluded their month-long special legislative session, despite Republicans controlling both chambers and every statewide office.  As reported by Texas Public Media: The state House surprisingly adjourned Tuesday night, more than 24 hours before the session was supposed to end.   Failing were such red-state issues as a "transgender bathroom bill", school vouchers, local property tax restrictions and limits on paycheck deductions for union dues.

Courtesy: Sci-Port Shreveport

SCI-PORT NEW MANAGEMENT – Shreveport’s  Sci-Port Discovery Center , a popular  92,000 square-foot science and entertainment facility  located on the downtown riverfront , has struggled financially over the years.  A recent audit showed the Non-Profit organization had a  $350,000 shortage of donor-imposed restricted cash for the non-profit's fiscal year that ended  June 2016.