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WRKF
6:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

What Business Interests Get with New School Board Majority

BRAC CEO Adam Knapp

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:45 pm

Business-backed candidates secured a new 5-to-4 majority on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board last Saturday.

FuturePAC, which is affiliated with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, put up about $50,000 for candidates in these school board elections. BRAC CEO Adam Knapp discusses what business interests are investing in.


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WRKF
2:12 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kip Holden Announces Run for Lt. Governor

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden announces his run for lieutenant governor.

    

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden made it official today. He is running for Lieutenant Governor.


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WRKF
6:21 am
Fri November 14, 2014

School in Voucher Program Misses the Mark, Presses On

Headmaster Josh LaSage in Hosanna Christian Academy's in 2012 in "war room" where the student progress is tracked.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:32 am

In 2012, when Louisiana’s taxpayer funded scholarship program was expanded statewide, Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge went all in.

In that first year, the school took on almost 300 voucher students, nearly doubling its enrollment. By the start of this school year, Hosanna had more voucher students than any other school in the state -- about 85 percent of its student are enrolled with a voucher. 

Hosanna's students didn't score well enough on state tests, and it won't be allowed to enroll more voucher students next year. Still, headmaster Josh LaSage says the school isn't giving up. 


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WRKF
6:59 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Election of New Smaller School Board Could Result in Old Gridlock

Members of the existing East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 9:56 am

Tuesday marks the first East Baton Rouge Parish school board election since a redistricting plan was passed this summer, shrinking the board from 11 members to 9.

Charles Lussier is a reporter for The Advocate and has been following the races for the six contested seats.


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WRKF
4:19 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Along with Better Traffic Flow, Better Healthcare Flow

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:17 am

Between Essen, Bluebonnet, Perkins and I-10 in Baton Rouge, there’s a whole bunch of health clinics and medical facilities – including Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General, The Baton Rouge Clinic, and Pennington Biomedical. 

Chances are you'll get stuck in traffic when you drive through that corridor. 

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has set out to address that problem by creating a new Health District that would not only mean you sit through fewer traffic lights, but that health care is delivered more efficiently. 

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WRKF
5:19 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Local Healthcare Sector Booms with Associate Degree Workers

Toni Manogin, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Baton Rouge Community College

Jobs that require only a two-year degree are the fastest growing in the healthcare sector. That’s especially true in the Baton Rouge area, according to the Brookings Institute. Roughly half of healthcare workers here have less than a bachelor’s degree, ranking Baton Rouge 17th among the top U.S. metros.

 


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WRKF
7:08 am
Thu September 18, 2014

High Tech Music Experiment Targets North Baton Rouge Elementary School

Ann Marie Awad WRKF News

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 10:08 am

A small group of students at Winbourne Elementary in North Baton Rouge, have been picked to be part of an experiment. The East Baton Rouge Parish School District is hoping that teaching the kids music will help them with reading and math. 


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WRKF
5:07 am
Fri August 29, 2014

After Charity Hospital Privatization, Trouble for BR General was Expected

Baton Rouge General's Mid City campus.

The closure of Earl K. Long hospital last year with the privatization of Louisiana’s charity hospital system sent a wave of uninsured patients to Baton Rouge General.

Under the strain of their care, the hospital had decided to close its emergency room. But Baton Rouge General’s ER was rescued at the last-minute Wednesday.

Don Gregory, health policy advisor for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, explains whether that deserves a sigh of relief. 


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WRKF
2:55 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

DHH Steps in to Save Baton Rouge General's ER

Baton Rouge General's mid-city emergency room at night.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 8:38 pm

The state Department of Health and Hospitals has found funds to allow Baton Rouge General Hospital to keep its emergency room open after an imminent threat of closure.

Several local media outlets reported Wednesday morning that the hospital administration had notified staff that the ER would close Nov. 1.

DHH preempted any official closure announcement with a last-minute deal, providing the hospital $18 million in state and federal money to care for the uninsured. Hospital President Mark Slyter called the deal a “hail Mary pass”.

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WRKF
10:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

'Fairness Ordinance' Defeated, Debate to Continue

The Be Fair campaign advocated for the "fairness ordinance".

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:23 am

The Baton Rouge Metro Council picked up where they left off at the last meeting in July and took a vote Wednesday on the so-called “fairness ordinance”. The anti-discrimination measure failed on an 8-4 vote. 


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