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8:43am

Tue October 29, 2013
Business

Tree planting season ramps up, foreign workers get it done

Credit Trinity University

A Bossier City firm will plant 6 million loblolly pine and other hardwood varieties on managed timberland in the Ark-La-Tex this winter. Lorenzo Tunek, owner of All Regions Services, Inc., is in the process of hiring about 60 temporary workers from Mexico.

Tunek can’t find anyone locally who’s willing to do this kind of backbreaking work. Each worker will plant about 3,000 seedlings per day. Tunek said  they’re paid by the number of trees they plant.

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7:35am

Tue October 29, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Young Spanish military leader got the job done

Spanish military leader Don Bernardo de Gàlvez was heralded by French Creoles as one of the greatest Frenchmen of colonial times. Commentator Gary Joiner says nationality aside, Louisiana owes Gàlvez a debt of gratitude.

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1:51pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Business

Manufacturing prospects are looking up for North La.

Credit NLEP

The economic development agency – North Louisiana Economic Partnership – says it has 48 prospective business leads in its pipeline, and the number of companies that are doing site selection in north Louisiana is up from last year. NLEP president Scott Martinez reported the numbers at an economic development presentation Thursday at the Bossier Civic Center.  

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1:42pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Local

'Second Chance Diploma' delves into the world of the GED

Credit American RadioWorks

A new radio documentary about the GED finds that the high school equivalency credential may not be serving its purpose. Emily Hanford co-produced the American RadioWorks documentary “Second Chance Diploma.”

“We don’t have a good system to really help people who’ve dropped out of high school get a good second chance in this country. And, we have as a nation relied very heavily on the GED for a long time," Hanford said.

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7:35am

Fri October 11, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: 'My Last Presentation' is memorable, heartfelt

Commentator Gary Borders describes a unique hour-long goodbye video at the Pines Theater in Lufkin. It was replete with Mr. Peanut, monkey business and movie candy, resulting in a one-of-a-kind memorial service for a beloved art professor.

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