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8:43am

Thu January 9, 2014
Local

LifeShare Blood Centers reports dwindling blood supply, urges donations

LifeShare Blood Centers spokeswoman Tina Hooper is asking for people to donate blood now.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers says its supply of O-negative and B-negative blood has dropped to very low levels and it’s urging anyone with these blood types to donate, if possible. 

It’s ramped up its donation events with 40 planned over the next four days in north and central Louisiana and south Arkansas. LifeShare spokeswoman Tina Hooper said donations normally dip during the holidays and that means the supply in January is generally a bit lower. She said LifeShare is drawing on its reserves with only about a two-day supply on hand.

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9:23am

Wed January 8, 2014
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Alexandria to host big dog show

Credit American Kennel Club

Thousands of show dogs are headed to Alexandria later this month for a week-long competition.  The fourth annual Mardi Gras Cluster Dog Show is set for Jan. 23-29 at the Alexandria Riverfront Center. The dog show will include three new breeds recently approved by the American Kennel Club -- the Chinook, rat terrier, and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.

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8:44am

Tue January 7, 2014
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LSU AgCenter: Give fragile plants the kid gloves treatment in cold snap

The LSU AgCenter is offering many tips for keeping plants and trees alive during this cold snap. The AgCenter’s Shreveport-based horticulture agent Melea Martin said fragile plants should’ve been covered or moved during the last two nights of the hard freeze, but with care.

“During the freeze you want to make sure that if you do cover your plants with plastic, that the plastic is not touching the plant at all. It can cause damage to the plant," Martin said.

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9:36am

Mon January 6, 2014
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Long-awaited construction begins on Sabine River bridge at Logansport, La.

The downtown streetscape of Logansport, La., will not be impacted by the Sabine River bridge project.

Construction begins today on a $20.4 million bridge replacement that connects Shelby County, Texas, with DeSoto Parish. The Sabine River Bridge links Logansport, La., with Joaquin, Texas. An effort to replace the 78-year-old bridge began with public meetings in the 1980s.

Logansport mayor Katherine Freeman, 73, was there, and she said over the decades it was always money that held back the project. But another sticking point, according to Freeman, was in the design of the bridge itself. Logansport residents pushed to have two bridges built. In the end, they got their wish.

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8:46am

Wed December 18, 2013
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Caddo Lake drawbridge turns 100, thanks to Mooringsport resident

In 1914, the Caddo Lake Drawbridge replaced a ferry that transported people across Caddo Lake at Mooringsport.

The historic Caddo Lake drawbridge will turn 100 years old in 2014. The vertical lift bridge in Mooringsport, La., was built under the authority of the Caddo Parish Police Jury during the town’s oil boom era. Ahead of World War II, it was used in the Louisiana Maneuvers to mimic a bridge under siege. When the state decided to replace the drawbridge in the late '80s, Mooringsport resident Darren Guin began an earnest quest to save it.

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