News Radio 710 KEEL logo
Get our free mobile app

Amazon will be brining a $200 million Robotic Fulfilment Center to Shreveport by the end of 2022. According to officials involved in the planning, this new facility will create roughly 1,000 direct jobs, and 1,800 indirect jobs in the Shreveport area. The hiring for these positions is expected to start in mid-2022.

When the hiring process does begin in Shreveport, a major piece of the pre-employment screening for Amazon will be different. In a blog post, the CEO of Amazon's Worldwide Consumer Division Dave Clark, said Amazon will no longer conduct drug testing for marijuana.

Here's the quote from Clark's post:

"In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use. However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course. We will no longer include marijuana in our comprehensive drug screening program for any positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation..."

There are two notes about this though. First, as Clark pointed out in the quote, positions that are still regulated by the Department of Transportation will continue to have marijuana screenings as a part of the employment qualifications. Second, there will still be "impairment checks" one the job, which will also be conducted after any kind of accident. But this will be more similar to alcohol policies than previous marijuana policy.

In addition to the changes inside Amazon, Clark posted that the company will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act). This is Federal legislation that would not only legalize the recreational use of marijuana at a Federal level, but will also expunge the criminal records of those convicted of crimes that would now be legal. Another large part of the MORE Act involves investments in communities that have been hurt by current marijuana penalties, and incarceration rates.

Geek'd Con Lineup 2021: August 13th-15th

After a year off, Geek'd Con is back and we have an amazing lineup! Here's our guest line up for this year's show. If you want to go, you can buy your tickets here.

Look: Weirdest Town Names in the United States

From Ding Dong, Texas to Waterproof, Louisiana there are some truly strange town names in the United States. 

Legendary Musicians Who Rocked The Hirsch In Shreveport

Here's a sample of the legendary musical acts who have played Shreveport's Memorial Coliseum over the last 60 years. The Hirsch was basically the homefield for bands like Van Halen and ZZ Top, who regularly put the Hirsch near the top of their tours. For that reason, we're actually not going to feature them on this list, because they were basically "house bands" for Shreveport...and that's NOT a bad thing.  

More From News Radio 710 KEEL