Red River Radio Local News Segment


EL DORADO GOES MAD -  If you haven't heard already,   Something really big is happening in El Dorado, Arkansas, it's a thing called MAD,  which  stands  for  Murphy Arts District, aimed at revitalizing downtown El Dorado.  And here to explain more is Bob Tarren, MAD's Chief Marketing Officer."We are building ultimately a $100 million-dollar project in downtown El Dorado. It's going to consist in phase 1 an 8,000-plus person outdoor amphitheater complete with a farmers market kiosk, and a beautiful stage.

Courtesy: LSU.EDU

HIGHER EDUCATION PRIORITIES - Earlier this week,  Louisiana State University in Shreveport celebrated its  50th Anniversary…an official birthday ceremony took place on the University Mall…there  were  several  special  guests and  dignitaries  on hand.  LSU  System  President,  Dr. F. King Alexander  came  up  from  Baton Rouge  to  participate.  Dr. Alexander  told  Red River Radio that state  funding for  higher  education  institutions  like  LSUS  should  be a  strong  priority  for  the  state.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

LSUS TURNS 50 - The campus mall at LSUS  was the scene for celebration as a large crowd of students, faculty, and guests were on hand for official 50th birthday ceremonies.  There were tethered balloon rides, food and a birthday cake as well as a Marilyn Monroe-esque singing  version of Happy Birthday.  In 1967,  LSUS had an enrollment of 807 students and was a two-year institution. Fast-forward to 2017 and LSUS has a student body of more than 5,000 and has awarded more than 20,000 degrees since it opened.   

Courtesy: Texas Public Media

DIY- HOME DAM - Some homeowners have used unique tactics to beat Harvey’s floodwaters. Texas Public Media in Houston's Allison Lee caught up with one man, to see how his property fared- after spending $13,000  to have a tube barrier around the house. Before Harvey hit, Sam Craven used what’s called an AquaDam— 400 feet of re-fillable tubing, to protect his Meyerland property from repeat flooding. " In previous floods, most we got was 12 to 14 inches or so.

Courtesy: LPB

TOPS FOR ADULTS? - If you’re a Louisiana parent of a college-bound high school grad, then you probably know about TOPS… the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, the state's popular, merit-based college scholarship program.  TOPS pays college tuition for families from all income levels and will benefit more than 51,000 students this academic year. But Adults wanting to go back to school to earn a degree or certification aren’t eligible for TOPS tuition.