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9:59am

Mon June 10, 2013
Business

$205 million Bossier City casino set to open doors

Credit Margaritaville Resort Casino

Shreveport and Bossier City’s sixth casino is slated to open for business this week. The Margaritaville

Resort Casino’s soft open will build up to festivities on July 3.

At its opening, the Bossier City casino will employ 1,500 workers. Construction on the 18-story hotel began in Feb. 2012. According to its public relations officials, the final price tag is $205 million. The hotel boasts nearly 400 rooms and 35 luxury suites. It will have three restaurants.

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9:44am

Mon June 10, 2013
Local

American Rose Center in Shreveport still cleaning up after May tornado

American Rose Center executive director Jeff Ware stands at the entrance where downed trees are piled up following a tornado on May 16.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport will reopen later this month. The center lost 37 trees and sustained roof damage to all its buildings when an EF-1 tornado struck on the afternoon of May 16.

The headquarters of the American Rose Society is humming these days with the sound of chainsaws from tree removal contractors taking down the mostly pine and mature oak trees. Executive director Jeff Ware said  tornado warnings are common, but this one was different. The staff huddled in their administrative building away from windows.

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10:44am

Fri June 7, 2013
Business

Delta Air Lines to close Memphis hub, Shreveport nonstop service eliminated

Delta Air Lines announced this week that it will close its Memphis, Tenn., hub after the summer travel season. This means Shreveport Regional Airport will lose its two, daily nonstop flights to Memphis after Aug. 30. Shreveport Airport Authority spokesman Mark Crawford said Delta plans to increase daily flights to Atlanta to make up the difference, so he doesn’t anticipate a loss of seats. Delta is in the process of reducing its fleet of 50-seat regional jets, Crawford said, and replacing them with larger, more economical Boeing 717s.

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8:35am

Thu June 6, 2013
Local

WWII veteran in Mooringsport, La., pens 'spot checks' on war

Kenneth Cochran lives on Caddo Lake near Mooringsport, La., and has compiled his recollections on World War II in "A Time to Remember."
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Mooringsport, La., World War II pilot has a new memoir that he calls "spot checks" on the war. On this anniversary of D-Day, when Allies invaded Western Europe 69 years ago, the 93-year-old Cochran reflects on his experiences in the Central Pacific theater.

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5:39am

Thu June 6, 2013
Local

New nonprofit aims to advance and support Poverty Point Historic Site

Dr. Gary Stringer is the first president for the new nonprofit Advocates for Poverty Point.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Representatives from UNESCO will make site visits this summer to Poverty Point, an archeological site in northeast Louisiana where mammoth earthen mounds were erected some 3,000 years ago. Poverty Point was nominated this year to become a World Heritage Site. That’s one reason why a new nonprofit organization has formed to support its preservation and promote its scientific merit. Gary Stringer, professor emeritus of geology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, will serve as the first president of the recently-incorporated Advocates for Poverty Point.

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