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10:22am

Tue April 22, 2014
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Shreveport surgeon to be awarded 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Dr. Quyen Chu, chief of surgical oncology at LSU Health Shreveport, will receive the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 10.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Two LSU Health Shreveport physicians are among more than 100 people who will be honored in May as recipients of this year’s Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  The ceremony will take place on the historic New York City island.

The award is given annually by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations to a U.S. immigrant or native-born citizen who has made significant contributions to society.

Dr. Quyen Chu is chief of surgical oncology at LSU Health Shreveport. His family fled Vietnam in 1975, when he was seven.

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9:18am

Thu April 17, 2014
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Feist-Weiller Cancer Center continues free screening tradition for head and neck cancer

Dr. Vikas Mehta says catching head and neck cancers early drastically improves a patient's outcome, and the free screening could be a life saver for some.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport is hosting a free oral, head and neck cancer screening this month.

The annual screening is now an 18-year tradition at Feist-Weiller. It coincides with April’s head and neck cancer awareness week, according to Dr. Vikas Mehta, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and director of head and neck robotic surgery at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center.

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10:11am

Fri April 11, 2014
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Northwestern State president announces his retirement

Dr. Randall Webb, president of Northwestern State University, announced his retirement today.
Credit Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University president Randall J. Webb announced Friday that he will retire later this year, according to a statement from the university. Webb has served as Northwestern State's president since 1996.

In July, he will become the university's longest serving president, surpassing Victor L. Roy, who was president from 1911 to 1929.

Webb said he would set his retirement date "based on when my replacement can assume the official duties and responsibilities of the office of president."

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8:45am

Fri April 11, 2014
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Shreveport agency recruits nearly 1,200 volunteers for litter removal

Credit Shreveport Green

Scores of volunteers will take to the streets and waterways Saturday to pick up litter as part of the Great American Cleanup.

In Louisiana, 15 chapters of Keep Louisiana Beautiful have organized clean-up efforts. Shreveport Green executive director Donna Curtis says her organization has rallied nearly 1,200 volunteers from dozens of organizations to help the beautification cause, her largest ever one-day volunteer recruitment.

Over the past 24 years of Shreveport Green’s existence, according to Curtis, this one day has made a measurable difference.

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8:38am

Wed April 9, 2014
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Antique Jeepsters stop in Natchitoches on cross-country trip

Credit Jeepstertrip.com

About a dozen restored Jeepsters will be stopping off in Natchitoches today. They are driven by a group of antique car owners who are making a coast-to-coast journey, 2,600 miles on country roads.

The Jeepster was built in Toledo, Ohio, by Willys-Overland Motors from 1948 to 1950. It was the last open-style car produced by a major automaker.

Jim Vacarro has restored 44 of them. He’s leading this 17-day tour that he hopes to scratch off his bucket list. Vacarro says these vehicles were marketed toward soldiers returning from World War II.

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