Louisiana has a dismal track record in the number of college-bound students who fill out the free application for federal student aid or FAFSA. A Louisiana nonprofit aims to change that. Employees of the Louisiana Education Loan Authority or LELA have done dozens of FAFSA workshops at high schools across the state in recent weeks. LELA's assistant vice president of marketing, Joni Leggio, said the FAFSA priority deadline at many colleges is April 1, and now is the right time to complete the form.
Dr. Ted Warren is developing a community garden in his Shreveport neighborhood, designed by gardening expert P. Allen Smith.
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A Bossier City physician purchased an empty lot in his Shreveport neighborhood and is turning it into a community garden. Dr. Ted Warren commissioned award-winning designer and gardening expert P. Allen Smith of Arkansas to transform nearly one acre into a garden patch and orchard. The garden is partly a quest to live healthier. Warren shed 100 pounds over the past two years, and he wants to help his patients make wiser food choices.
Shreveport sleep specialist Dr. Mary Beth Valiulis is offering free screenings this week for sleep apnea, in recognition of National Sleep Awareness Week.
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A Shreveport physician and board certified sleep specialist is providing free screenings this week for sleep apnea in recognition of National Sleep Awareness Week. Sleep apnea is a disorder whereby a person briefly stops breathing during sleep, and it happens repeatedly. According to Dr. Mary Beth Valiulis, in severe cases it’s akin to running a marathon at night. The body is wiped out.
A two-day conference that gets under way Saturday, March 2, in Dallas is meant to help people become more articulate and tell a persuasive story in opposition to fracking, the natural gas drilling technique. The Frack Attack National Summit is organized by Earthworks, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental policy firm. Spokesman Alan Septoff said the conference is aimed at creating a unified message in opposition to fracking.
A University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor emerita of English has started an online petition to urge state lawmakers to restore funding to the state’s public universities. Ann Dobie has gathered nearly 2,000 signatures through her petition on the site signon.org. She hopes the petition is a wake-up call to lawmakers that higher education budget cuts have far reaching consequences.