Kate Archer Kent

Kate launched Red River Radio's news division in Jan. 2006. In her one-person shop, she gathers news and perspectives from around the Ark-La-Tex for weekday Morning Edition newscasts that air at 6:04, 6:49, 7:04, 7:49 and 8:04 a.m.

Previously, she served as director of marketing and public relations for Louisiana Tech University. She also held a similar post at Northeast Iowa Community College. Before entering education marketing, she was communications coordinator for global hair salon firm Regis Corp. in Minneapolis.

Kate has worked for several media outlets. In 2003, she became a contributing reporter for KEDM Public Radio in Monroe, La., and Red River Radio. She was named Reporter of the Year by the Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. She was a Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize finalist for a series on drug addiction.

Kate has also been an assignment desk editor for the Fox affiliate in Minneapolis. Through a fellowship with the International Radio and Television Society, she worked as a feed producer for CBS "Newspath" in New York.

Kate holds a master of journalism degree from Temple University and a B.A. in English and political science from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Shreveport with her husband, Alex, and their children, Bronwyn, Oliver, Hugo and Alistair. In her spare time, Kate enjoys leading twice-weekly, free community yoga practices at Sadhu Vaswani Hindu Cultural Center in Shreveport.

 

TEXAS BUDGET FORECAST:     The special legislative session in Texas winds down this week. While bills are being deliberated,  amended and passed; one thing that may not be clearly appreciated is how all the legislation, for now, is going to affect the state budget down the road.  A study by the nonpartisan Texas Taxpayers and Research Association indicates when 2019 rolls around, the budget shortfall will be a lot larger and  puts the gap for the next two-year budget cycle at nearly eight billion dollars.

BATON ROUGE- Yesterday Governor John Bel Edwards met with 21 Louisiana Business Executives from all over the state as an effort to create an open dialogue on what to do with the state’s financial woes.   Also on Tuesday,  Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne made a presentation to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club about the pending “Fiscal Cliff” when Louisiana loses more than one-billion dollars in sales tax revenue when the temporary tax expires in July.  He warns that despite all the budget cuts made,  more will be one the way.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Schools are closed for the week, and New Orleans residents are urged to  park their cars on high ground.   It's a familiar routine for the city during hurricane season, but this time the threat wasn't churning in the Gulf of Mexico.   Yesterday  Louisiana's  governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans as the city's malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain left some neighborhoods at greater risk of flooding.

SUPERVISION FEES AT QUESTION - A racketeering lawsuit alleges that a Baton Rouge pretrial supervision company essentially holds inmates for ransom even after they've paid their bond, by requiring a $525 fee to get out of jail.   The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and the Southern Poverty Law Center say the company gets referrals from a state district judge with whom it has political ties. The lawsuit, filed late Monday by the ACLU of Louisiana and

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Some New Orleans officials say they're not satisfied with the city's response to weekend flooding after Saturday’s  heavy rainfall overwhelmed the city's pump stations.    According to  Local news media,  the city council will meet Tuesday to seek answers about the pumping system.   Some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches of rain over a few hours Saturday.

TOPS TUITION PROGRAM:  Louisiana's popular Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, known as TOPS, a  college scholarship program,  has grown from $50-million in 1999, to a cost of nearly $300-million this year. Lawmakers didn’t fully fund TOPS during the last legislative session. So a Task Force has been put together to make it sustainable. Jennings, Louisiana  Senator Blade Morrish, chairman of the Senate Education Committee,  will chair the task force and says they’ll look at how TOPS began and why, and what’s changed in over 20 years.

FLOOD INSURANCE:  If you live in the Red River Radio listening area,  then you know that the National Flood Insurance program is vital to your area’s economy.

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY:  Hepatitis “C”  is an infection that  attacks the  liver quietly for decades  often without  symptoms.   Today is World  Hepatitis  Day and health officials are using it as a  reminder for  people to  consider testing  for the  disease.  The  U.S. Preventive  Services Task Force recommends  that if  you’re  a Baby Boomer,  born between  1945  and 1965,  you should  get tested  for Hepatitis  C.  State  Health officials explain that many  Americans have  the potentially  life-threatening disease  and don't  even know  it.

If you’re a fan of rock music then you certainly recognize the voice of Don Henley of the Eagles.   They were a group whose songs dominated radio playlists for decades.

TEXAS SPECIAL SESSION: The Texas Senate spent hours yesterday, arguing during the Special Legislative Session in Austin over a bill restricting transgender access to public school bathrooms which forced the postponement of final votes on half a dozen other measures; including bills on property tax reform and school vouchers.  In Senate Chambers,    Republican Senator Lois Kolkhorst of Katy laid out the so-called "Bathroom Bill"....Senate-Bill 3  for its second reading.

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