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Heat Advisory Extended: Now Hotter And Longer

23 hours ago
NWS - Shreveport

UPDATED: Advisory extended:

Very hot and humid conditions will continue Thursday 
and Friday, with afternoon temperatures climbing into the mid 
and upper 90s each day. When combined with the humidity, heat 
indices will range from 105 to 109 degrees. 

Heat indices of 105 degrees or higher can be expected
Thursday and Friday afternoons. Only limited cooling is expected
tonight and Thursday night as temperatures fall into the mid 
70s.

Heat related illnesses may be possible for those 

State Representative Patricia Smith of Baton Rouge was a featured speaker at the U.S. Justice Action Network’s seminar on incarcerated women’s issues Tuesday, in Washington D.C.  Her work on Louisiana’s recent criminal justice reform package was applauded.

“It was a bi-partisan collective work from a lot of people,” Smith told the overflow crowd at the seminar’s breakout session focusing on rehabilitation issues.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Julia Glass, whose wonderful new novel is A House Among the Trees; she has fond memories of her career taking off after she won the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's prize for novella. Ellen Gilchrist, who's coming to town this week, talks about the hard won wisdom that comes with time in her new collection, Things Like the Truth: Out of My Later Years.

TEXAS SPECIAL  SESSION:  Texas lawmakers ARE back in Austin Tuesday for a special session.  The first item lawmakers have to tackle: sunset legislation. They'll decide whether to allow some state agencies like the Texas Medical Board to continue operating.  Once they do that, then Governor Greg Abbott says they can address other matters.   Those include reviving a failed so-called bathroom bill,  stricter limits on local property tax collection and tree ordinances, and raises for teachers.   But the Texas House and Senate are far apart on many issues.

Airs Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 1 p.m. Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell, Founder and Music Director, Performed at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Cleveland with Robert Conrad hosting and Jeannette Sorrell as Narrator.

Selections featured:

Glory in the Meeting House

The Mountains of Rhum

Farewell to Ireland

Highlander’s FarewellWe’ll Rant and Roar

Nottamun Town

The Fox Went out on a Chilly Night

Oh, Susanna

Pretty Peg

Far from Home

Today we’re launching a sometimes series we’re calling “Whatever Happened To…?”, looking at Louisiana people, places and issues that were once hot news topics, but have since faded from view.

We’ll start with the northeast Louisiana industrial megasite known as Franklin Farm. 


Health Matters: Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Jul 17, 2017

Airs Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. Cleft lip affects one in 700 children born in the U.S. Jesse Gilmore will host this Health Matters when members of the cleft team at LSU Health in Shreveport will talk about their team approach when treating children and supporting parents through reparative treatments. Guests include Dr. Jennifer Woerner, Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Adam Blancher, PhD, child psychologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions; speech and language pathologist Megan Lerchie, MCD/CCC-SLP; and Chancellor and Dean Dr. G.E. Ghali. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

TEXAS SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION — Though "bathroom bills" targeting transgender people fizzled in deep-red states across the U.S., the issue is still white hot in Texas,  as it will be part of the special legislative session  that convenes this week in Austin.  Powerful business entities, from Apple to the NFL, oppose such a bill as discriminatory as it would require transgender people to use public restrooms according to their birth-certificate gender.

One year ago today, the peace of a sunny Baton Rouge Sunday was shattered and darkened by the deaths of three law enforcement officers, and the wounding of three others. Today, we remember the heroism of EBR Deputy Brad Garafola, Officer Matthew Gerald, and Corporal Montrell Jackson.

(And please keep Deputy Nick Tullier in mind, as he continues to heal from the injuries he received that day.)

Here in southern Louisiana, high winds are a real concern. Now that hurricane season is here, it's time to look at your trees. Trees with problems can be a liability during storms.

First, check with trees with large dead branches or that are fully dead. Dead branches should be pruned. Dead trees should be removed from the property entirely.

Look at your tree's overall condition. A tree that is sickly, low in vigor, and shows sigificant signs of rot and decay in the trunk may need to be removed.


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