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11:00am

Fri June 21, 2013
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Panola College in Carthage, Texas, ramps up GED testing

Officials at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, urge hundreds of students to finish their high school equivalency test and buckle down this summer to prepare for it. The GED has been overhauled. The changeover to the new test will occur in January. Students who haven’t passed all portions of the current GED by then will have to start over again.

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10:57am

Thu June 20, 2013
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Who ya gonna call? Paranormal enthusiasts descend on Shreveport

Veteran ghost hunter John Combs of Shreveport has been researching paranormal activity in his home and others for 43 years.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Shreveport’s Downtown Development Authority is putting on the city’s first Paranormal Festival that gets under way today and is expected to draw hundreds of professional ghost hunters and curious first-timers who want to cross it off their bucket list.

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11:36am

Wed June 19, 2013
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RoyOMartin mills in Chopin and Oakdale, La., earn safety awards

A worker sorts finished plywood at the RoyOMartin plant in Chopin, La.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The RoyOMartin plywood plant in Chopin, La., is being honored today by the APA – the Engineered Wood Association. It received the second highest award in its division for the APA’s Annual Safety and Health Program. Joe Mackay, vice president of the plywood division for RoyOMartin, said the honor is notable considering how many hours were worked.

“We typically work between 1.2 and 1.3 million a year, so it’s particularly gratifying given that number of hours, since the other mills in that division are down around 400,000. We have a bit more exposure," Mackay said.

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9:16am

Tue June 18, 2013
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Lafayette highlights 73 restaurants in eat local push

Credit Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission

The city of Lafayette has launched its eat local campaign. EatLafayette is in its ninth year of promoting the mom-and-pop restaurants that have put Lafayette on the map as a foodie town. Ben Berthelot, executive director of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, has found that over the years more and more local restaurants have pulled together for this campaign.

“We went from 19 restaurants in a two-week campaign nine years ago, to this year we have basically a three-month campaign and 73 restaurants participating," Berthelot said.

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8:56am

Mon June 17, 2013
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Oakland Cemetery in Shreveport gets long overdue TLC

Shreveport's oldest municipal cemetery is the resting place of hundreds of Civil War veterans and thousands of residents who died during the 1873 Yellow Fever epidemic.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Restoration projects are under way at Shreveport’s oldest municipal cemetery. A ceremony was held Friday to recognize the work to be done on roads and walkways in Oakland Cemetery made possible by a $279,000 bond issue approved by voters in 2011. The dollars won’t cover all the work that needs to be done on the cemetery that dates back to 1847.

Shreveport mayor Cedric Glover recalls first visiting Oakland on a field trip at age 14. He said many city administrations have wanted to do capital projects, but it’s never been the most pressing priority.

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