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3:04 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Gazing into the Budget Crystal Ball

Senate President John Alario confers with LSU economist Jim Richardson May 14, 2015

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:35 am

When the Revenue Estimating Conference met last Thursday, they only found an additional $79-million to help with the FY 2016 budget shortfall.

“We still have a long way to go,” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley declared.

Senate President John Alario was marginally more optimistic.

“We’re getting closer, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” was Alario’s pronouncement.

With 24 days left in the session, I asked Kleckley and Alario to gaze into the crystal ball and make a few predictions about the budget.

“I think we can probably answer that better after we get it off the House floor,” Kleckley said, referring to the budget bill — HB 1, which will be debated by the full House on Thursday.

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WRKF
7:53 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Lily of the Nile, and Also the Mississippi

Agapanthus flower

The Agapanthus, also known as the "Lily of the Nile", is a beautiful, early summer flowering bulb. it's native to South Africa, but it thrives in Louisiana's climate. They're blooming now all around Baton Rouge and they can be planted now too.


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NPR Story
9:23 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Bossier Parish dedicates new library in Elm Grove pasture, honors beloved Haughton educator

Shreveport-based Prevot Design Services designed the Anna P. Tooke Library. Construction took nearly one year.

A family of Bossier Parish educators dedicated a modern architecture library Thursday set on a bucolic rural road in Elm Grove, La. The $1.9 million Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library is the seventh in the Bossier Parish Library System. The 3,600 square-foot library boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and is nestled in a grove of trees on three acres of farmland.

It’s a stark contrast to the metal shack that served the community for decades, according to Bossier Parish Police Jury president Jack “Bump” Skaggs.

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NPR Story
7:47 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Gary Borders: Public radio legend Garrison Keillor's timing is impeccable

When “A Prairie Home Companion” first went on the air, Richard Nixon was a month away from being run out of the Oval Office. “Annie’s Song” by John Denver topped the pop charts. The Ford Pinto and the Plymouth Valiant were the best-selling cars in America, and the median price of a home in America was $37,400. It was July 1974, and Garrison Keillor and his troupe took the stage for about a dozen people in the audience in Saint Paul, Minn.

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WRKF
4:07 am
Fri May 15, 2015

To Do: Resolve Perceptions and Misperceptions of Baton Rouge Schools

We are checking back in with a series of conversations about what to do with East Baton Rouge Parish schools.

Anna Fogle is the parent of two kids in the schools and helped organize the Beyond Bricks listening sessions and Rev. Gerard Robinson of McKowen Baptist has been a host for some of them.

They’ll be presenting the results of those conversations at community assemblies over the next several weeks. The schedule is at beyondbricksebr.org.

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WRKF
3:53 am
Fri May 15, 2015

House Votes to Ban Sex-Selective Abortion

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 9:57 am

A bill prohibiting abortions based on the baby's sex was approved by Louisiana's full House Thursday. The bill's author, Houma Rep. Lenar Whitney explained why she brought the bill.

"The practice of sex-selection abortion has made its way from the Asian nations to inside our borders here in the United States," Whitney said.

Whitney said those cultures prefer boys over girls, and this is about protecting mothers and their potential daughters. "In high Asian immigrant populations, many of these women were coerced into abortions and threatened by divorce and violence if they did not bear sons."

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KEDM
9:56 am
Thu May 14, 2015

What Will It Take For Stock Market To Continue To Climb?

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:36 am

Some sectors have led the economy to record numbers, but what will it take for the stock market growth to continue?  Certified Financial Planner Byron Moore points to three things to consider when watching the Wall Street ticker.


Copyright 2015 KEDM-FM. To see more, visit http://www.kedm.org/.

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NPR Story
9:24 am
Thu May 14, 2015

El Dorado group measures litter impact on streets, finds improvement

Alexis Alexander is executive director of Keep El Dorado Beautiful, an organization that is part of the city's administration.

Three years after the city of El Dorado launched a formal litter reduction program there’s a measurable improvement in the city’s appearance.

The group Keep El Dorado Beautiful, part of the Keep America Beautiful organization, carried out its annual litter index survey. Volunteers went ward by ward scanning street after street to count the amount of trash they saw and assigning it a numerical value. Keep El Dorado Beautiful executive director Alexis Alexander says the volunteers found little trash, but they noticed something else on the streets.

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NPR Story
7:37 am
Thu May 14, 2015

What Was I Thinking for May 14, 2015

Brian O'Nuanain

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain share a few more thoughts on his midlife overhaul and his dietary changes.

    

Copyright 2015 KDAQ-FM. To see more, visit http://www.redriverradio.org/.

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WRKF
3:03 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Fiscal Notes Can Be Fatal

Did you know a piece of paper could kill? Natchitoches Rep. Kenny Cox found that out Wednesday, when the fiscal note for his HB 590 was delivered just a few minutes before its hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee.

Cox’s bill would require industrial plants to install air quality monitors along their fence lines.

“This bill is about safety: safety for the people who live along the fence lines,” Cox said in explanation of the proposed law.

Before too much testimony on the bill was given, Houma Rep. Joe Harrison advised Cox that the estimated state cost for implementing the bill – the fiscal note – was going to be the real issue.

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