Friday, March 7 2014 9:24 PM EST2014-03-08 02:24:48 GMT
There's a new effort underway to combat bullying. This time it comes in the form of a bill that Louisiana state lawmakers could soon consider down in Baton Rouge. And it comes from a Shreveport state representative. HouseMore >>
There's a new effort underway to combat bullying. This time it comes in the form of a bill that Louisiana state lawmakers could soon consider down in Baton Rouge. And it comes from a Shreveport state representative.
Friday, March 7 2014 8:07 PM EST2014-03-08 01:07:10 GMT
Since having a double lung transplant, Kellie Henely hasn't needed the daily breathing treatments
Finally. Back at home. "It feels amazing. You never know how much you miss home until you're gone for months at a time," says Kellie Henley, just months removed from a double lung transplant. "OrganMore >>
Finally. Back at home and breathing easier. "It feels amazing. You never know how much you miss home until you're gone for months at a time," says Kellie Henley, just months after a double lung transplant.More >>
CADDO-BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -
This Saturday is 'Small Business Saturday'. It is a day, dubbed since 2010, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday money at local mom-and-pop stores.
"We make sure we hit these special shops because we can find things that are very unique" Jessica Drear Ragsdrill, a customer at Lewis Gifts, says. Turns out, hitting local shops not only diversifies your packages under the tree, it can boost our local economy.
"We have the choice to support the community the way we want to. We have a lot of organizations that we support throughout the year. We work with the people and take care of what they need that year" Christina Hobbs, Lewis Gifts owner, says. When you spend money locally, it stays in the local economy.
Lewis Gifts is a local business that has been selling to, and donating to the local economy for more than 4 generations. "We do a lot with SRAC with the Christmas in the Sky every other year. We donate merchandise, shopping sprees, and the money goes back to the arts community" Hobbs says.
According to the director of the Nonprofit Nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Business, more than 9 in 10 small-business owners nationally give back to their communities in some way. "We're the ones that help support people like the arts community, people like SRAC. You know you can't to Wal-Mart and ask for a donation for a local organization" Hobbs says.
Local businesses also hire local employees. "We can offer benefits, specialized benefits that are catered to that employee not a blanket benefit package" Hobbs says.
"We want to keep the small businesses going. I think that especially now with the economy that we need more of the community helping the community. That's what it used to be about, where the community would help those in need" Ragsdrill says.
This year's spending is expected to rival last year's. The Federal Small Business Administration estimates that nearly 70 million customers spent $5.5 billion in the U.S. last year at small, independent stores during the event. "I think it keeps the money here in the local community and small local businesses I think tend to donate more to the organizations in the Shreveport area" Hobbs says.
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:00 PM EST2014-03-06 21:00:31 GMT
(CNN) - Facebook is cracking down on guns. A new policy plans to block minors from seeing gun sale postings. The social media site will also pull posts of sales that don't require a background check.More >>
Facebook plans to pull posts of gun sales that don't require a background check.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 1:17 PM EST2014-03-05 18:17:50 GMT
A man claiming to be a crime-fighting vigilante was arrested after allegedly attacking a man with a metal pole. "Post Miranda, the defendant advised that he was trying to fight crime in the area andMore >>
A man claiming to be a crime-fighting vigilante was arrested after allegedly attacking a man with a metal pole.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:40 AM EST2014-03-07 12:40:30 GMT
North Louisiana Senator Robert Adley, R-Benton, says last week's fund raiser by 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark did not make the judicial side of government look good. Adley's concernedMore >>
A fundraising loophole allows Louisiana lawyers to host campaign events for judges, so one state lawmaker wants to tighten up the way judges can raise money.More >>
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