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8:58am

Thu February 7, 2013
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Survey finds more women than men in East Texas homeless shelters

For the first time, women make up the majority of homeless people seeking emergency shelter. Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview is preparing to expand its women's and family shelter.
Credit Hiway 80 Rescue Mission

A Longview, Texas, homeless shelter is preparing to build a larger women’s and family shelter. The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission has seen a spike in homeless women over the past seven months. It’s currently housing 65 women and children, up from 25 at this time last year, according to associate director Rusty Fennell.

“We’re over bed capacity already. We’ve been over bed capacity for awhile,” Fennell said.

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10:37am

Wed February 6, 2013
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LSU Shreveport to showcase new degree offerings

LSU Shreveport will host an open house on Feb. 7 to showcase its new degree offerings made possible through a partnership with the LSU flagship campus. It’s part of a plan to improve student enrollment and retention at LSUS, and provide more higher education offerings to Shreveport-Bossier.

LSUS interim chancellor Paul Sisson said 28 students enrolled in the LSU petroleum engineering degree when it became available last fall in Shreveport.

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8:48am

Fri February 1, 2013
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East Texas poet to recite his elegy to fallen astronauts

Jacksonville philosophy professor Peter Hoheisel will read his poem "Unplanned Destination" as part of the 10th anniversary remembrance of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Credit Peter Hoheisel

Ten years after the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart over East Texas, many communities are hosting exhibits and memorial services. NASA is holding a public memorial service at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On the fateful morning in 2003, NASA’s James Hartsfield narrated the scene.

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12:22pm

Thu January 31, 2013
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Hemphill, Texas, honors the Columbia crew and its legacy

Seven astronauts were aboard STS-107, the Columbia Mission Crew.

Events marking the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster are being held across East Texas. Three days of events are under way in Hemphill, Texas. Belinda Gay, president of the Sabine County Columbia Memorial Committee, said Columbia is part of the fabric of her life. She was a volunteer searcher for wreckage and a meal coordinator for thousands of recovery workers who descended on her town. She said the Columbia disaster brought the space program into focus for her.

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10:24am

Wed January 30, 2013
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Stephen F. Austin State University grant to serve science educators

Dr. Theresa Coble, an associate professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, is one of the principal investigators on a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Stephen F. Austin State University has received a three-year grant to develop online courses that will better equip museum workers to take on controversial and complex science topics through their exhibits and conversations with patrons. The grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services totals $247,000.

Theresa Coble, an associate professor in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, said the five, graduate-level courses will help informal science educators broach complex and sometimes politically-charged subjects – like climate change.

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