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11:15am

Thu July 25, 2013
Local

East Texas ballooners get on with the 'tasks' of the day

Hot air balloon pilot Richard Sabin of Longview glides toward his first target in his balloon, "Sea Breeze."
Credit Great Texas Balloon Race - Facebook

The U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship is on as scheduled Thursday in Longview after being grounded for the past two days due to poor weather conditions. The pilots are now trying to rapidly complete the tasks of the competition.

When Mother Nature interferes in a multi-day ballooning competition, the stakes get higher. The pilots must complete tasks each day of the competition in order to rack up a higher score. When there are fewer days to fly, there are fewer tasks to complete. This makes the remaining tasks all the more important.

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9:51am

Thu July 25, 2013
Politics

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor disheartened by farm bill status

The U.S. Senate and House have two dramatically different versions of a federal farm bill, and that comes as a disappointment to U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. The Democrat backed a bipartisan Senate version passed last month. Pryor said he feels pressure from lobbies that oppose the farm bill and are trying to divide the Arkansas delegation.

“Farming is far and away our No. 1 industry in Arkansas," Pryor told Red River Radio in a recent interview. "We don’t need to listen to these outside groups. We need to listen to people from Arkansas, and we need to get this done.”

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9:14am

Wed July 24, 2013
Local

Federal grant to assist hundreds of homeless veterans in north Louisiana

Gary Jaynes directs veterans services for Volunteers of American North Louisiana based in Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Volunteers of America North Louisiana will be able to help hundreds more homeless veterans in the area through a federal grant that will increase this fiscal year by more than $100,000. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant is through the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program. It can be used in a variety of ways to secure housing for veterans, according to Gary Jaynes, director of veterans services for Volunteers of America North Louisiana.

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9:00am

Wed July 24, 2013
Arts

Robinson Film Center in Shreveport goes digital

A nonprofit film center in Shreveport will debut its new digital projection system next week. The independent movie theater has raised more than $140,000 to pay for the new digital upgrade.

The Robinson Film Center began its yearlong fundraising campaign after the film industry announced that it would phase out 35 mm prints at the end of the year, in favor of a new high-resolution digital format.

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9:31am

Tue July 23, 2013
Local

Louisiana Association for the Blind aims to serve more children

Louisiana Association for the Blind's CEO Shelly Taylor (left) and work readiness and job development specialist Amanda McCary aim to create more outreach programs for children with visual impairments.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Louisiana Association for the Blind in Shreveport is putting on a camp for children with documented visual impairments. The week-long day camp is designed for school-aged children in the Caddo-Bossier area, and it’s the first of its kind in northwest Louisiana. Shelly Taylor, CEO of the Louisiana Association for the Blind, said this camp will strengthen youth services at her organization.

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