Hello, Shreveport. In the news this week, a Shreveport hospital introduces a procedure to reduce epileptic seizures, and Louisiana Downs sits down with the Shreveport Times to discuss the future. Keep reading to learn more about this week’s business news.
Northwest Louisiana Hospital is the first to offer a new way to reduce seizures
A group of medical professionals has set out on a path to reducing epileptic seizures in North Louisiana. .
Through a small hole in the skull, electrodes and a small pacemaker are placed in the part of the brain that causes the seizures. When the RNS system detects an impending seizure, it sends an impulse to that part of the brain to stop it.
The groundwork laid by these medical professionals has allowed patients in North Louisiana to stay in town instead of traveling to Dallas, New Orleans, Little Rock or Birmingham to have this type of procedure done.
SWEPCO will waive late fees and provide solutions to high fuel charges
Southwestern Electric Power Co . will help residential customers facing high bills due to increased demand and rising fuel costs.
On Tuesday, SWEPCO president and chief operating officer Malcolm Smoak said “we understand that customers are concerned about the rising cost of electricity across our region as we have experienced record heat this summer coupled with rising fuel costs “.
These flexible options will be available until October 31, 2022.
To learn more about how SWEPCO is helping customers, Click here.
What’s going on at Louisiana Downs?
Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack has seen its share of controversy. It was recently reported that money was missing from the horse racing purse. In the same period of time, two managers suddenly left their positions and the Super derby was decided.
Since the full takeover of Rubico Gaming in February 2022, Louisiana Downs has seen the struggles of infrastructure conversion and management changes.
On August 11, Louisiana Downs announced it would postpone the Super Derby to 2022 and return in 2023.
Preston said the move will allow an extra year to add revenue to the purse structure.
A new solar energy company is coming to DeSoto Parish
A leading renewable energy producer is coming to DeSoto Parish in hopes of growing its fleet.
“This solar project is another step forward in Cleco’s journey to become the leading clean energy company in Louisiana,” said Bill Fontenot, President and CEO of Cleco Corporate Holdings. “This project continues our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint while serving our customers affordably and reliably.”
This project is expected to bring many benefits to the community by providing jobs and tax revenue.
To learn more about this new solar energy company, Click here.
Check out the new Malësi neighborhood community center
The Highlands neighborhood welcomed a new community center Saturday morning, where children and their families can read, meet, access technology and even exercise.
This new center is home to more than 100 books for all ages, a computer lab, printer and meeting space.
Berry, with funding from the Noel Foundation and the Rotary Club of Shreveport, organized this new space in hopes of making sure local students and their families have access to books year-round.
“We still have a lot of work to do here at the Highland Center,” Poçe said. “This is just one step in that direction.”
Is Amtrak coming to Shreveport?
Potential Louisiana passenger rail extensions along the Interstate 20 corridor and connecting Baton Rouge to New Orleans are gaining steam and will capture the attention of the Deep South when the Southern Railroad Commission meets in Shreveport next month.
The Southern Railroad Commission, which is focused solely on expanding passenger train service, includes 18 members appointed by the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama—six from each state.
Proposed Amtrak extensions from Louisiana have gained funding momentum this summer.
To learn more about Amtrak expanding Louisiana, Click here.
Be on the lookout for Thursday and Sunday’s Life in 318 and The 318 to catch all the best stories you might have missed.
Makenzie Boucher is a reporter with the Shreveport Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.