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9:39am

Wed October 2, 2013
Business

Safety-net hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe go private

BRF president Dr. John George and its board chairman Steve Skirvanos, stand at the podium to reveal the name of the newly privatized hospital at a ceremony Tuesday.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Handshakes, hugs and thank yous marked the Oct. 1 handover of LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana or BRF. Under a privatization deal pushed by the Jindal administration, BRF now manages the hospitals with 3,200 employees. BRF president Dr. John George told an overflow crowd in the Biomedical Research Institute Atrium Tuesday that it’s a new day for these north Louisiana hospitals to control their own destiny.

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8:58am

Tue October 1, 2013
Local

Nacogdoches researchers prepare to repatriate Caddo artifacts

Zachary Selden, Ph.D., creates 3-D renderings of Caddo bowls and jars using a high-tech imaging device.
Credit Texas A&M University

A research associate at the Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F. Austin State University is wrapping up 3-D scanning and analysis of dozens of prehistoric Caddo artifacts that will be returned to the Caddo Nation this fall. At least 130 museums have human remains and funerary objects affiliated with the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, according to its cultural preservation office.

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7:35am

Tue October 1, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Buildings, artwork, oral histories all hallmarks of WPA

Among the lasting legacies of the Great Depression are works of the WPA, the Works Progress Administration. Commentator Gary Joiner examines the WPA accomplishments close to home and farther afield across the nation.

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10:10am

Mon September 30, 2013
Local

Red River Waterway Commission steps up weevil program to kill salvinia

The Red River Waterway Commission’s new research biologist is on the job. Allie Cozad's mission is to raise armies of giant salvinia eating weevils to release on infested areas of the Red River. She realizes it's an uphill battle.

“It takes a lot of weevil to do a lot of damage," Cozad said by phone, adding that the salvinia problem feels like job security as she starts her work as a commission employee.

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9:35am

Fri September 27, 2013
Business

Briarhill Farms in Ruston hosts goat milk fudgy farmers market

Credit Briarhill Farms

Ruston, La., farmer Lorrie Faber quit her full-time job eight months ago to focus on her budding side business. She makes about 40 pounds of goat milk fudge each week for sale at local stores. Faber’s 11 dairy goats have opened up a new career path for her and the direction of her seventh generation Briarhill Farms.

“Some fudges tend to be hard or grainy, the goat milk fudge is a softer fudge and has a more creamy texture," Faber said.

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