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FORGOTTEN GATEWAY:   Whenever the history of immigration to the United States is discussed, most people immediately think of Ellis Island in New York OR San Francisco as the only gateways to the country.  However Galveston, Texas played an important role to immigration as well.  The Gregg County Historical Museum in Longview, Texas currently has an exhibit called:  “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island” on display until June 17th.

A bill to increase the grade-point average to qualify for a four-year TOPS award is headed to the Senate – but not without some controversy along the way.


Now that the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program has started, outreach efforts are underway to help flooded homeowners navigate the process of rebuilding.  Wallis Watkins has more.

The Trump administration has released a more detailed budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which would mean less money for coastal restoration in Louisiana.

 

Funding for the Coastal Master Plan is cobbled together from several different places -- like the State of Louisiana, the Federal government, and the BP oil spill settlement.

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Alys Arden, author of "The Casquette Girls" and "The Romeo Catchers," is creating the next generation of New Orleans witches and vampires. And geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro takes us on a leisurely historical/cultural tour in "Island People: The World and the Caribbean."

Airs Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. Dr. Gary Joiner looks at the roll that spies played during the Civil War.
 
History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine. 
 

 

The Louisiana Attorney General’s office believes that a Minden woman may have stolen $400,000 from elderly patients at a nursing home.

Stephanie Hays, 49, of Minden has been arrested. She is accused of gaining access to the financial assets of a resident.

The Attorney General’s office say she had Power of Attorney and withdrew money from a bank account, retirement plan and proceeds from the sale of a home.

There are also allegations of forged retirement checks, missing social security payments pension payments, and German reparation payments.

Eric Parrie teaches history at G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy. Recently, he gave his students a broad writing assignment: tell the story of a meaningful moment and just tell it as powerfully and beautifully and in as detailed a way as you can.

Those stories are published in a new book called History Between These Folds. Parrie partnered with the non-profit Big Class and the writer Kiese Laymon to launch a personal history project, collecting stories from about 80 juniors at Carver.

LA HOUSING SEMINARSome special seminars will be held in Shreveport and Monroe this Week to let people learn about how they may apply for government assistance in repairing or replacing rental properties that were affected by last year’s floods.  The Louisiana Housing Corporation is conducting the seminars and has released funding guidelines as of May 15 for the Louisiana Neighborhood Landlord Rental Program and the Multifamily Restoration Gap Program in separate documents known as notifications of funding availability.

The House Civil Law Committee began working through proposed constitutional amendments Monday.

Right now there are 50 constitutional amendments out there,” staff attorney Robert Singletary advised the members.

They weren’t debating the content of the amendments, just okaying the ballot language, in case any of those measures make it through the legislative process.

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