Louisiana Rep. Patrick Williams (D-Shreveport) is trying to draw attention to the invasive aquatic weed giant salvinia that continues to clog many waterways in the state. He invited the inventor of the "WaterMower" to address the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment during a May 8 hearing. Williams said his constituents want to see results that go beyond chemical sprays and weed eating weevils raised in university research labs.
Kyle Peterson (right) sports a 4-H T-shirt that promotes the regional shooting sports competition.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
Hundreds of middle and high school students are preparing for regional and state competitions this month in their shooting sports program. In Texarkana, the Arkansas High School Razorbacks trap team will advance 60 students to the regional competition in Lonoke, Ark. Head coach John Wilson started the team six years ago. The 68-year-old is a volunteer and he said the sport is run by people just like him. He said grants keep the program going.
The results are in and we have the winners of the 2013 Young Artists Competition. We will present them to you this Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. at the LSU Shreveport University Center Theater.
This year's winners are: Erik Eklund, age 15 from Ruston Kelsi Cox, age 17 from Shreveport Neil Nathan, age 15 from Shreveport Sean Nathan, age 18 from Shreveport Venkatesh Sivaraman, age 14 from Shreveport Twila Gaston, age 18 from Baton Rouge
Works to be performed include Jeux d'eau by Ravel; Movement No. 1 from the Horn Concerto No. 1 by R. Strauss; Movement No. 1 from the Cello Concerto in G minor by Kabalevsky; the Gypsy Aires by Sarasate; the Rhapsodie in G minor by Brahms; and the song "A New Life" from Jekyll and Hyde.
The concert is free and open to all. Come share in their music and support these young artists. The concert will be recorded and broadcast at a later time.
Airs Friday, May 3 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature new music by My Morning Jacket, Joy Kills Sorrow and We Are Augustine and new Blues from Dr. John and Gregg Allman. We'll also have some good ol' fun with Ticklepenny Corner, Joel Rafael and Blues Traveler and in our second hour, Verlon Thompson takes the stage. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music, ... we take it By Theft and Illusion. That's the Caravan, Friday at 9 on Red River Radio.
An iconic airplane of World War II, the B-17, will touch down at Shreveport Downtown Airport on Friday, May 3, and be open for tours and flights around Shreveport/Bossier. It’s owned by the Gulf Coast Wing, a unit of the Commemorative Air Force. Historian Christopher Ebdon of Houston said this B-17 is one of three still in existence, and the only one still flying. It was used by the Navy for early warning radar. Ebdon said it came off the assembly line, along with another B-17, that is displayed on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base.