Centenary College student Tia Landrum, 23, leaves for Western Africa next week for a medical internship with Global Brigades, a student-led nonprofit health organization. Landrum says her lifelong dream has been to do humanitarian medical relief work around the globe. She plans to continue volunteer work in Haiti in December.
The tiny town of Chireno, Texas, has preserved a 112-year-old church and moved it to the center of town. The Chireno Historical Society is transforming Chireno Baptist Church into a community meeting spot. It aims to raise $50,000 with the help of the new wave of oil and gas businesses in town.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology spokeswoman Dr. Monica Monica, a New Orleans area eye doctor, says children should not play with sparklers and backyard fireworks should only be handled by an adult wearing safety glasses. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 1,600 Americans injure their eyes using fireworks each year.
A new mobile app called Texas Avenue Speaks tells the rich history of the Texas Avenue corridor in Shreveport. The multimedia history tour uses maps, images, audio and video to chronicle the area from 1839 -- Shreveport's incorporation -- to present day. The Texas Avenue Community Association created the downloadable app for Apple mobile devices through a grant from the Beaird Family Foundation.
LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor Dr. Robert Barish says the teaching hospital's mission will be enhanced under the Supreme Court's landmark decision to uphold nearly all of the health care reform law. Nurse practitioner Kathryn Arterberry, a nursing professor at Northwestern State, says she expect more people will seek out preventative care. She hopes her profession can meet the need. Shreveport attorney Larry Pettiette anticipates a wave of new litigation as the health care industry tries to parse the law and apply it to the business side.