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3:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Sending Out an S-O-S for Voting Machines

Voting machines stored in a Louisiana warehouse

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 7:57 am

Addressing the House and Governmental Affairs committee Wednesday, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler sent out an S-O-S on the condition of the state’s stock of voting machines.

“I just will tell you that it’s getting a little scary out there,” Schedler said, reminding lawmakers, “Voting machine equipment is all 15-20 years, plus.”

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New Orleans Pelicans
10:47 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Pelicans' Anthony Davis Returns From Injury, Leads 88-85 Win Over Detroit Pistons

What shoulder injury?

Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans’ seemingly unstoppable phenom who puts the power in power forward, returned to the floor of the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night and put the visiting Detroit Pistons away with 39 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks.

Davis had missed the previous five games with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder (defined as an injury to the connective tissue between the clavicle and shoulder blade), suffered during a collision with Miami’s Hassan Whiteside on Feb. 21.

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Latest News
4:50 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Lagniappe Academies Future In Question Amid Charges Of Special Education Violations

A New Orleans charter school violated the rights of special education students, then covered up those violations. That's according to a new report from the Louisiana Department of Education. Now the school's future is in question.

The report claims leaders at Lagniappe Academies didn't provide services to students with special needs, then arranged a cover up when the state came to investigate.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Holding the Line on Hospitals May Leave Louisiana Holding the Bag

Joint Budget committee

One component of the Jindal administration’s 2016 budget proposal, revealed Friday, involves holding the line on spending in the public-private hospital partnerships. The private partners in the LSU hospital deals had asked for an additional $142-million in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

“What we funded these hospitals for was level funding, effectively,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols detailed to the Joint Budget Committee. “And some of the hospitals are projecting growth above level funding. That’s the point of discussion that we are going to have to work through in this process.”

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News
3:49 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

UNO President Addresses Impact Of Budget Cuts On Higher Education

UNO President Peter Fos addressed the Governor’s executive budget Friday afternoon on campus.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Governor Jindal announced his proposal Friday afternoon to close a $1.6 billion shortfall for the budget year that begins July 1, 2015. The University of New Orleans was originally expecting a $17 million budget cut. 

Proposed cuts at UNO are now supposed to be around $10 million, less than expected. Still, nobody’s happy about it.

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Education
7:21 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Miller McCoy Academy, A Failing School In New Orleans East, Cuts Back School Bus Services

Credit dhendrix73 / Flickr

Schools are back in session after Mardi Gras break. At one school, many students are adjusting to a change: no more yellow school buses.

When Miller McCoy Academy started back up on Monday, many students who had relied on yellow buses had to find a new way there. That's because the charter school, located in New Orleans East, cut back its bus services. It eliminated several routes and combined others.

The school's board members say the change saves $14,000 a month. They've distributed about 150 bus tokens to students.

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Coastal Desk
5:36 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Louisiana Oil Refinery Workers Join Nationwide Strike

St. Bernard Parish oil refinery that was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Jacinta Quesada/FEMA / Wikimedia Commons

This weekend, Louisiana workers joined the largest national oil refinery strike in over 30 years. 1,350 employees from the Motiva refineries in Convent and Norco, Louisiana, joined fellow members of the United Steelworkers union in asking the industry to change the current safety requirements. 

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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmakers Push Back on Budget 'Shell Game'

State lawmakers refused to approve part of the Jindal administration’s plan for balancing the current budget Friday, making it clear they’re fed up with sweeps of dedicated funds.

“Somebody, sooner or later, has got to stand up and say we’ve got to stop this,” Sen. Robert Adley of Benton remonstrated with the Joint Budget Committee and representatives of the Division of Administration.

Adley, a Republican, chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, and he took great issue with part of the budget-balancing plan to grab $6-million from gasoline taxes — which are dedicated to building and maintaining roads — and shuffle that money to State Police.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Joint Budget Committee to Vote on Mid-Year Cuts

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets today to vote on the governor’s plan for slicing $103-million from current year spending.

“These mid-year cuts are critical,” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says of the painful necessity.


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Latest News
8:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Study Finds Crowding Jails Fails To Substantially Reduce Crime

A new study shows Louisiana remains number one in the world for the amount of people per capita it sends to prison. Experts find it’s an expensive and relatively ineffective way to reduce crime.

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