Louisiana News

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

Is Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley calling for Medicaid expansion? No, that can’t be right. 

In the 2010 legislative session, Gov. Jindal signed into law a largely symbolic bill declaring all Louisianians free from quote “governmental intrusion in choosing or declining to choose any mode of securing health insurance coverage.” That was shortly after the federal Affordable Care Act passed, and 31 Republican lawmakers, including Kleckley, co-authored the measure.

Fast forward to today. Kleckey pushed the resolution allowing Louisiana’s next governor to pay for Medicaid expansion. Both houses approved, and the governor has no say.

Study Finds Having Been Through Disaster Not All Bad

Jun 15, 2015

In 2005, Dr. Katie Cherry, Director of LSU’s Life Course and Aging Center, was studying the healthy aging of 90-year-olds in Baton Rouge. And then Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck.  

Airs Thursday, June 18, at 11 p.m. On this week's Carnegie Hall Live we celebrate Great American Orchestras with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Riccardo Muti who will lead the 
orchestra in Mendelssohn's Meeresstille und glücklicheFahrt, Op. 27; Debussy's La mer; and the Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op.

More than 100 bee colonies have perished in the Red River flood. Local beekeepers say this will greatly reduce the amount of honey produced in North Louisiana in the coming months. William Hummer owns Hummer and Son Honey Farm in Bossier City. He’s lost about 20 percent of his operation. Flood waters inundated 100 colonies.

“Normally we should be pulling honey in and just be tired, sweaty and sticky. Now we’re pulling a little honey in and building up more colonies at the same time,” Hummer said.

Product Reviews

Jun 15, 2015

Many consumers check on product reviews before a purchase.  Small business owners need to be aware of reviews and the impact they can have on consumer purchasing.  LSBDC's Barry Parker shares thoughts on how an owner can better understand and process review information.

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The Alexandria Museum of Art is expanding its collection of Louisiana art. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will announce the transfer of state-owned art at a news conference Tuesday, June 16.

 The final half-hour of the 2015 legislative session seemed more like an auction than lawmaking, as the House approved dozens of bills in the last 30 minutes. When the gavel came down at 6 p.m. Thursday, nobody was quite sure what-all we had bought — not even Gov. Jindal.

“The process isn’t over,” Jindal told reporters during a post-session press conference. “Obviously, we do want to look carefully through every bill for any unintended consequences.”

The Unified Relay carrying the torch to the 2015 World Special Olympic Games comes through Monroe this Saturday and Sunday.

Craig Oser, with Special Olympics Louisiana, says the relay will be in Monroe Saturday afternoon from 4-7 p.m. beginning near St. Francis Medical Center.  On Sunday morning from 7-10 a.m., the course begins in Monroe, and crosses the Lea Joyner Bridge into West Monroe.

Legislature Makes Controversial "SAVE"

Jun 12, 2015

Lawmakers pushed and passed the SAVE tax credit.  The measure was needed to prevent Governor Bobby Jindal from a veto of the proposed revenue generating bills.

Some supporters of the measure deemed it to not be good policy, but necessary, to achieve a balanced budget.  Critics blasted the credit, saying it is not a credit at all and question its validity.

University of Louisiana at Monroe Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley shares on what the credit represents and what passage could mean for future budget complications. 

STEM Camps Prove Summer Learning is Fun

Jun 12, 2015

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a time for fun types of learning.

The School of Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will host two summer camps aimed toward accelerating student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) using experiential learning.

The camps include the Girls Scouts Power Up camp, which will take place in George T. Walker Hall on the ULM campus from June 15-19, and the First West-Broaden Horizons STEM camp which will be held at First West Church in West Monroe.

Girl Scouts Power Up: