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11:18am

Wed August 14, 2013
Business

Bossier City's tax-free district gets refund center for international visitors

Helen Jancke of Berlin, Germany, receives her sales tax refund at the Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program has opened a sales tax refund center at the Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City. The program that began 25 years ago in the state aims to attract foreign visitors by offering sales tax refunds on purchases of clothing, electronics and other personal items. The program’s executive director Denise Thevenot spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new refund center yesterday.

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5:30am

Wed August 14, 2013
Business

Louisiana corn farmers expect bumper crop

Credit Delta Farm Press

The corn harvest in Louisiana is in full swing, and on the stalks are large ears of corn. Ronnie Levy, LSU AgCenter’s corn specialist, said Louisiana farmers are expecting a bumper crop. The state has about 700,000 acres of corn, a significant increase over recent years. But the difference this year, according to Levy, is the price of a bushel of corn is about half of what it was last year, since the harvest in the Midwest is expected to be equally abundant.

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7:39am

Tue August 13, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Civil War historians follow the footsteps of Union soldiers

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a road trip. We follow the Red River Campaign that Civil War historians like to travel to follow in the footsteps of the Union army soldiers who moved through the area more than 150 years ago.

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8:58am

Fri August 9, 2013
Local

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport seeks aspirin study patients

Feist-Weiller's Lori Panu and Dr. Gary Burton will be heading their site as part a massive study involving an aspirin regimen in the elderly.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport is recruiting patients for a study underway in the United States and Australia that will follow 19,000 people who are 65 and older to look at the risk and benefits of an aspirin-a-day regimen. The placebo-controlled clinical trial will look at whether there are potential benefits for the prevention of heart disease, certain cancers and even dementia. But are the known risks of gastrointestinal bleeding and stroke too great? Dr. Gary Burton, clinical research director at Feist-Weiller, said it’s time to find out.

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8:41am

Fri August 9, 2013
Local

Smokey Bear birthday party is planned in Alexandria

Smokey Bear has been an iconic U.S. Forest Service mascot for 69 years.

The mascot for the U.S. Forest Service turns 69 years old today. Smokey Bear hasn’t retired. He’s still hard at work, educating people about the dangers of forest fires. The Kisatchie National Forest will celebrate by throwing Smokey a birthday party in Alexandria. Kisatchie’s public affairs specialist Amy Robertson says Smokey was created in 1944, during World War II, when there was a lack of manpower on the home front.

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