Louisiana News

Stories from our partner stations around the state, including WRKF in Baton Rouge, KEDM in Monroe and Red River Radio in Shreveport.

Former Governor Kathleen Blanco stood at the center of a political storm that swirled around the response to Hurricane Katrina. Like all of us who were here for the storm and its aftermath, her memories are filled with stories of fear and courage, heartbreak and healing. She shares the moment when Katrina transformed from pure tragedy to trust in the resilience of Louisiana's citizens.


“Steven Vincent epitomized what it meant to be a Louisiana State Trooper. When you talk about courtesy, loyalty and service – that was him!” Louisiana State Police Commander Mike Edmonson said, his voice husky with unshed tears.

Senior Trooper Steven Vincent is being laid to rest tomorrow, following a noon mass at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church in Lake Charles. He was killed in the line of duty, after stopping to render assistance.


Centenary College will exhibit visual works and poetry of its freshmen class Saturday. They started college earlier this month with a nine-day trip to Paris as part of the college’s first-year immersion experience called Centenary in Paris. Here are some observations:

Photographs of New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward line a wall in a local art gallery.  It’s the images Danita Bright captured of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.  

 

Surreal and devastating, one particular picture draws my attention.

Higher Education Budget Continues Being Trimmed

Aug 27, 2015

The Louisiana Board of Regents has learned that they’re owed a decent chunk of money. 


Health Matters: PTSD

Aug 26, 2015

Aired Thursday, August 26, at 6 p.m. Dr. Todd Lebrano, psychologist, and Shelley Visconte, counselor and marriage and family therapist, hosted this Mental Health Edition of Health Matters. They were joined by guests to discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Calls were taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502.

The head of the federal agency for volunteering and service says Hurricane Katrina created new ways of thinking about disaster response for volunteer organizations.

Financial Comparisons

Aug 26, 2015

No two financial situations are the same.  Certified Financial Planner Byron Moore says be careful to make financial comparisons with others.


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Area students are encouraged to pursue their education in a local workshop called "My Mind Is A Pearl."

The program was created by local educator Cleoria Dunn.  "These sessions host resource fairs and activities to build confidence in students," says Dunn.

She arrived at the idea from her own experience.  "I wanted my children to be successful, and I knew I had to lead by example.  I decided to quit my state job and go back to college and get my degree."

The big push for charter schools in Louisiana started after Hurricane Katrina. The state’s Recovery School District took over most of the public schools in New Orleans, and quickly issued charters.

With charter school enrollment up to nearly 3 million nationwide last year, Louisiana was still among the states adding the most students.

The Recovery School District has moved on to Baton Rouge, but, without a hurricane scattering teachers and students, charters really have to get parents to buy into the alternative they’re selling. It starts with pounding the pavement.


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