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.

 

BUDGET FISCAL CLIFF NEWS - Louisiana  will have  a  $1.5 – Billion dollar budget  problem  when the temporary 1-cent state sales tax  expires  on June 30th 2018… Right now  both political  parties are meeting  to figure out how to solve this problem.  But is there any progress being made?   Members of the Capitol Press Corps  gathered  for  a  panel  discussion  at  the  Council  for  a Better Louisiana’s annual meeting recently  to discuss what they see is or isn’t being done now  to  avoid  the Fiscal Cliff.

LA TAX EXEMPTIONS – Property Tax Exemptions are a tool that states use to attract businesses to either locate or expand manufacturing operations. This next story gives you a glimpse at how companies try to get as much property  approved  to save taxes.  Louisiana’s Board of Commerce and Industry  advises  on  the Louisiana  tax  incentive  applications.

VINCE MARSALA:  We have some  sad  news to report this morning, former LSUS Chancellor  Vince Marsala who retired in 2012,  died yesterday.  A  native  of  Monroe, LA - -  Dr. Marsala  began  his  career  at LSUS  in 1967, teaching  Louisiana  Government,  History, and  Latin-American History… it  was  also  the   same  year  the LSUS  campus  opened.    Dr. Marsala  would  later  go  on to  serve  as  Chancellor  for  17  years.  Current  LSUS  Chancellor  Larry  Clark  had  this  to say about  Dr.

ADDRESSING ISSUES - The Louisiana State Police has had it’s share of controversies the past few month; last March  its Superintendent- Col Mike Edmonson resigned amid investigations into Troopers using state funds for personal side-trips to Las Vegas and a recent La. State Legislative Audit shows the former superintendent allegedly abused his position for personal use.

STATE EDUCATION CUTS - A  recent  report out finds that Texas is one of 12 states that have made the deepest funding cuts to K-through-12 education over the past decade.  That’s according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities which  says Texas has cut general funding per student by 16 percent since the 2007-2008 school year.  Mike Leachman  is  the Center’s director of state fiscal research, he says "All 12 of these states are still providing at least 7 percent less formula

 Right now,  Louisiana  legislators of both parties are,  deep in negotiations as to how to avoid the approaching fiscal cliff.   But  some  feel that a lot depends on what comes out of Washington regarding the Tax Plan pending.  Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry, Republican from Metairie shared his views with Public Radio WRKF.    "We have to make sure we really have all the specific details of what they're going to do in D.C., as well

LA VOTE RESULTS -  There was a state-wide election over the weekend in Louisiana …although based on voter turn-out,  it makes one wonder if people knew about it.  Less than 13 percent of all registered  voters  state-wide made it to the polls on Saturday.  The race was a run-off for Louisiana State Treasurer which was vacated when incumbent Republican John Kennedy was elected US Senator, defeating former Public Utilities Commissioner Foster Campbell last year.  

SENTENCED WITHOUT PAROLE CHANCES -According to the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights -- Louisiana sentences more children to life behind bars without a chance for parole, per capita, than any other state.  But in 2016,  the U.S.

CLASSROOM PRAYER ALLEGATIONS- A Bossier Parish Elementary School Teacher has been accused  of  conducting  open  prayer in an elementary school classroom,  a practice which has been ruled by the US Supreme court as unconstitutional.   The allegations were brought up in a letter sent earlier this week to the Bossier Parish School System  by  the Freedom From Religion Foundation,  a non-profit group based in Wisconsin.

SOGGY SUMMER - It’s that time of year for Pecans as you can see  people everywhere searching grounds around trees throughout the region.  For Louisiana’s commercial pecan growers..the harvest news isn’t good as this year’s  harvest is expected to fall some 3 to 4  million pounds short.  Professor Charlie Graham for The Louisiana State University AgCenter’s Red River Research Station explains.

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