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New facility opens on the North Shore to provide a home for children with behavioral health issues

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Methodist Children's Home of Southeast Louisiana Grand Opening

A new in-patient home for children with behavioral health issues has just opened on the Northshore. The recently-completed $10 million Methodist Children’s Home of Southeast Louisiana seeks to fill the gap in mental health treatment available for children in the state. CEO of Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services Rick Wheat shares what he hopes to accomplish with this new home.

But first, we catch listeners up with news on the Highest Court. Supreme Court justices recently weighed in on the redistricting debate taking hold in Louisiana by putting a temporary hold on the lower court’s order requiring a second majority-Black congressional district. WRKF’s Capitol Access Reporter Paul Braun tells us where this latest ruling leaves the redistricting maps.

Then we look at research news out of Baton Rouge, where the Pennington Biomedical Research Center received a grant to research causes and solutions for cachexia, a debilitating wasting condition responsible for up to 30% of cancer deaths. A professor at the center and one of the researchers on this study, Dr. Steven Heymsfield, joins us for more on cachexia research and what they hope to find.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is also the voice of Baton Rouge's local news every afternoon during All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.