Local News From Red River Radio

6:06, 7:06, 8:06

Kate Archer Kent brings you up to date each weekday morning with local news and feature stories from across our listening area. Tune in for her reports at 6:06 a.m.,  7:06 a.m., and 8:06 a.m. during Morning Edition. Her stories can also be heard on line in our Red River Radio Archive.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

LSUS TURNS 50 - The campus mall at LSUS  was the scene for celebration as a large crowd of students, faculty, and guests were on hand for official 50th birthday ceremonies.  There were tethered balloon rides, food and a birthday cake as well as a Marilyn Monroe-esque singing  version of Happy Birthday.  In 1967,  LSUS had an enrollment of 807 students and was a two-year institution. Fast-forward to 2017 and LSUS has a student body of more than 5,000 and has awarded more than 20,000 degrees since it opened.   

Courtesy: Texas Public Media

DIY- HOME DAM - Some homeowners have used unique tactics to beat Harvey’s floodwaters. Texas Public Media in Houston's Allison Lee caught up with one man, to see how his property fared- after spending $13,000  to have a tube barrier around the house. Before Harvey hit, Sam Craven used what’s called an AquaDam— 400 feet of re-fillable tubing, to protect his Meyerland property from repeat flooding. " In previous floods, most we got was 12 to 14 inches or so.

Courtesy: LPB

TOPS FOR ADULTS? - If you’re a Louisiana parent of a college-bound high school grad, then you probably know about TOPS… the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, the state's popular, merit-based college scholarship program.  TOPS pays college tuition for families from all income levels and will benefit more than 51,000 students this academic year. But Adults wanting to go back to school to earn a degree or certification aren’t eligible for TOPS tuition.