Shreveport

Kate Archer Kent

The 16 Louisiana state-run museums will be open a lot less – at least until June 30 – due to mid-year budget cuts. At the McNeill Street Pumping Station in Shreveport, this tiny museum operation is to be open to visitors one day a week – at most. Dale Ward has been a diehard volunteer at the waterworks museum since 1999. The cuts came down as the museum hit a record number of visitors last year – 4,800, according to Ward.

Kate Archer Kent

A trio of early 1900s buildings in downtown Shreveport – including one on the city’s demolition list – are being brought back to life.

Pre-leasing is underway for more than 50 apartments on Texas Street. At a press conference Wednesday, city leaders announced the names of businesses that will open in the development, including a coffee shop, nightclub, sushi bar, and vintage clothier.

New Orleans developer Roland von Kurnatowski has been working to rehab the buildings for almost two years.

Kate Archer Kent

Volunteers from three Shreveport churches will package more than 240,000 meals this week for African hunger relief programs in Rwanda and Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone.

The El Dorado, Kansas-based charity Numana Inc. is equipping the churches with the ingredients to package bags of a rice mixture that costs 30 cents per meal. Numana’s Lindsay Brown of Shreveport is helping organizations across our region put on these fundraisers and meal packaging events.

Kate Archer Kent

A Shreveport 10-year-old will pen news reports for the  national kid reporting program called Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Samuel Davis is among 32 budding writers selected to be on a news team that’s by kids and for kids. Davis, a fifth grader at A.C. Steere Elementary School, says his New York editor will guide him through the process, along with the other members of the press corps ages 10 to 14.

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President Jimmy Carter gave the keynote address Thursday as part of a tribute event at Municipal Auditorium that marked the 20th anniversary of Shreveport-based charity Community Renewal International. Carter was moved by musical acts, including the Shreveport Community Church Singers and the Centenary College Choir.

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