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History Matters commentator Gary Joiner says the businesses and old buildings that line Texas Avenue in Shreveport offer a fascinating window into the city's history in the early 1900s. 

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

Plumbing issues pop up often in our house, especially lately. They always occur at night or on weekends.. Twice I have called a plumber on Saturday to clear roots out of a clogged sewer line. Two fellows came out and used a giant metal snake to clear out the line. The lead man handed me a bill for $300. Double time.

Dr. Cheryl White / Dr. Cheryl White

Airs Thursday. April 7, at 7:45 a.m. Dr. Cheryl White takes us into the fact and mysteries behind the legend of the Forbing Ghost.

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles Cyrus the Great, a ruler whose three-decade reign created the largest empire the world had yet seen.

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