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NPR Story
11:51 am
Tue February 19, 2013

History Matters: On Barksdale's history through the decades

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 8:12 am

Commentator Gary Joiner pays tribute to Barksdale Air Force Base on its 80th anniversary this month.


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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Bossier Parish High School Play Confronts Bullying, Teen Suicide

Bossier’s Talented Arts Program will present a one-act play this week about the stresses that teenagers face in high school. The play “The Way It Is” explores issues like bullying and teenage suicide.

Benton High School junior Morgann Hutchinson plays a character who copes with helicopter parents. They’re overbearing and push her to the brink.

“This one hits home for me, and it’s probably one of my favorite high school productions," Hutchison said. "I really don’t ever get to act with real passion and emotion behind it where I can actually connect with my character.”

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NPR Story
10:58 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Judge Approves Transocean Civil Settlement

A federal judge has approved Transocean Ltd.'s agreement with the Justice Department to pay $1 billion in civil penalties for its role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in his ruling Tuesday that he found "no just reason for delay" in approving the civil settlement.

Last week, a different judge approved Transocean's criminal settlement with the federal government. The company pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and will pay an additional $400 million in criminal penalties.

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BP Oil Spill
10:23 am
Tue February 19, 2013

BP Ready for Trial in Civil Case

BP says it has failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week's civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.'s biggest environmental disaster.

Rupert Bondy, the group's general counsel, said in a statement Tuesday that settlement demands were "not based on reality or the merits of the case."

Billions are at stake in the Feb. 25 trial in New Orleans to determine BP's civil liability. BP already agreed to a $4.5 billion settlement of federal criminal charges.

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NPR Story
10:13 am
Tue February 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY: State Rep. John Bel Edwards, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 3:38 pm

State Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite, head of the Democratic Legislative Caucus, talks about Gov. Jindal's budget and tax reform plans and announces his intentions to run for governor in 2015.

Then, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle discusses the firing of Police Chief Dwayne White and her push to make that job an elected one -- rather than an appointed one.


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Arts & Culture
7:55 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Quvenzhané Wallis on Being From Louisiana, Playing Hushpuppy

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 10:11 am

The 85th Academy Awards are this coming Sunday, and Louisiana is very well represented in terms of movies filmed in the Bayou State as well as actors with roots here.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was shot in the Terrebonne Parish town of Montegut, has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation.

At 9, Houma native Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee ever for Best Actress for her lead role in the film. In the film, Wallis plays Hushpuppy - a rambunctious child who must overcome a great deal of adversity when her world falls apart.


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Second Amendment
5:10 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

New Gun Rights Group Gets Off the Ground

A new statewide gun rights advocacy group gathered about 3,000 signatures in support of its legislation to protect the Second Amendment this weekend. State Representative Jeff Thompson, founder of Defend Louisiana, outlined the group’s initiatives at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday afternoon.

Defend Louisiana has filed two bills for the upcoming session. One would protect the identities of concealed and carry permit holders. Another would nullify future federal laws that infringe on gun rights.
 

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NPR Story
11:29 am
Mon February 18, 2013

TUESDAY: YDOA President Rod Snyder

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 4:09 pm

Jim has a chat with Rod Snyder, President of Young Democrats of America, about the Obama Presidency, and the GOP's hopes of re-taking the White House in 2016.

Local criminal defense attorney John DiGiulio discusses the death penalty in Louisiana.

A visit with Nathan Ryan, who is about to be ordained as a minister of the Unitarian church, something that doesn't happen frequently in Baton Rouge.

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NPR Story
9:39 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Psychologist Infuses Art Into Clinical Practice

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 1:29 pm

Dr. Mary Kathryn Rodrigue is the owner and mental health therapist at the innovative The Wellness Studio in Baton Rouge.


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Home & Garden
6:57 am
Sat February 16, 2013

When Leaves Yellow, Your Plant Could Have a Fever

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 3:36 pm

Yellow leaves and leaf drops are a rather ambiguous symptom in plants. A range of problems and normal cycles cause it. 


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