Palestine, Texas, is home to NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility. Universities across Louisiana collaborate on scientific balloon experiments and launch their payloads at Palestine. LSU physics professor Greg Guzik is currently waiting for optimal weather conditions in Palestine to further his own research in high energy astrophysics.
Louisiana political commentator and journalist John Maginnis addressed Shreveport area business leaders about the economic health of the Bayou State. He spoke at an economic outlook conference put on by LSU Shreveport's Center for Business and Economic Research. He said Louisiana is faring OK amid a still sluggish U.S. economy.
The U.S. Agriculture Department has allocated $4.3 million for nine watershed projects in Arkansas. The goal is to improve water quality in the Mississippi River basin. The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White says the program will dramatically improve the quality of water flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.