The organizing board of the Great Texas Balloon Race is working with LeTourneau University researchers to calculate the economic impact of the event on East Texas. Race founder Bill Bussey, a Longview dentist, said nearly 500 volunteers helped to put on this year's race. The Great Texas Balloon Race will host the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship in Longview for the next two years. Bussey says the board is considering bidding for the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Championship.
A new resource center for homeless families is preparing to open in El Dorado. Sabrina King is the founder of New Creations Life Center. King is enlisting the help of volunteers to transform a donated home into a shelter. She says there is an increasing need for homeless outreach services in South Arkansas.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting presents the television debut of its one-hour documentary, "Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood." The Bicentennial Commission also developed a companion teacher's guide. The documentary has been screened at bicentennial celebrations around the state since April. It airs tonight at 7 p.m. on LPB.