Louisiana News

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3:02 am
Mon May 19, 2014

20/20 Hindsight: Dedicating State Funding Streams

 “I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about this,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Jack Donahue said, regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to help Higher Ed.

The House-approved measure that would have dedicated state funding for colleges and universities was shot down in Donahue’s committee late last week. Donahue, who also serves on the Senate Education Committee, said he supported the concept but was reluctant to lock up any more state dollars.

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WRKF
6:42 am
Sat May 17, 2014

The Hearty Hibiscus

Strawberry Swirl hibiscus.

Louisiana gardeners have long loved the tropical hibiscus, but as this past winter has shown us, they're not reliably hearty. But there are hearty hibiscuses, that will take the cold and come back and bloom year after year.


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10:21 am
Fri May 16, 2014

FRIDAY: David Dodson; BR Area Chamber President Adam Knapp; Author Earl Swift; Pam Vinci & Joy Smith

Executive Editor at Louisiana Business Inc., David Dodson talks with Jim about moving back to Baton Rouge after twenty-four years. He talks about his time living in Washington D.C. and Houston, as well as working external communications for TransCanada U.S. Pipelines West, also known as the Keystone Pipeline.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp talks with Jim about Senate Bill 636 created by BRAC, as well as the recent incorporation of the Mall of Louisiana by the city of Baton Rouge.

Author Earl Swift talks with Jim about his latest book Auto Biography which follows a felon motorhead as he attempts to restore a single 1957 Chevy from a rusted-out piece of junk to its former glory.

Pam Vinci and Joy Smith with the LSU Textile and Costume Museum talk with Jim about the latest happenings and upcoming events at the museum.

  

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WRKF
5:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Insight: Baton Rouge 'Beyond Shovel Ready'

The Baton Rouge Profile from the Brookings Institution report, Beyond Shovel Ready.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:25 am

 

The Brookings Institution's latest analysis of metro economic data, "The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure jobs," focuses on infrastructure employment for the first time.

The Baton Rouge area is ranked 15th nationally for the share of overall employment made up by infrastructure jobs. 


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WRKF
3:02 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Rules for Environmental Damage Suits Advance

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 9:59 am

They’re called “legacy lawsuits”—when property owners sue oil and gas companies for environmental damage done in decades past. Thursday, Louisiana’s House spent hours hearing—and ultimately approving—two bills dealing with legacy lawsuits.

“When we get to court, we know there’s an issue,” explained Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo, while introducing his bill, which would let parties on either side ask the Department of Natural Resources to come up with a remediation plan for the polluted or otherwise damaged property.

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10:21 am
Thu May 15, 2014

THURSDAY: Pollster Bernie Pinsonat; Jenny Nadler Thomas

 
Bernie Pinsonat with Southern Media and Opinion Research has a new poll out. He chats with Jim about the current Senate race numbers and how things aren't looking so great for the incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu right now. But Governor Bobby Jindal? His numbers are on the rise according to the poll. Also if the 2015 race for Governor were held when the question was asked 10 days ago, the survey shows Senator David Vitter pulling out the victory.
 

Jenny Nadler Thomas is the Program Director at The Angola Museum and she stops by the studio with information about the traveling Smithsonian exhibit coming to Louisiana. "The Way We Worked" will hold it's grand opening at Angola on May 18th and the exhibit runs through June 29th. You can get more information online at angolamuseum.org.

 
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3:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Metro Council Approves Annexations that May Stymie St. George Effort

Members of the group Better Together, which advocated in favor of the annexations, fill the front row of the Metro Council chamber, May 15, 2014.

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 4:51 pm

 

The Baton Rouge Metro Council has approved the annexation of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General Hospital, and the Mall of Louisiana. 


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WRKF
3:02 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Louisiana Senate Approves House Abortion-Restriction Bill

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 4:44 pm

 With a 34 to 3 vote, the full Senate has approved HB 388, requiring doctors who perform any abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

“There are parts of the state where there is no hospital within 30 miles, period,” protested New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell. “That would make it impossible for there to be procedures done in rural areas.”

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10:09 am
Wed May 14, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Associate Dean and Author Dr. Andrea Miller; Noel Hammatt; Author Porter Shreve

Associate Dean for undergraduate studies and admissions at LSU, Dr. Andrea Miller, joins Jim to discuss her new book she co-authored Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deep Water Horizon Disaster. Within a five-year span Louisiana experienced a natural disaster and a manmade catastrophe, and the authors of Oil and Water explore the media-fed experiences, the visuals and the narratives associated with both disasters.

Former East Baton Rouge School Board member Noel Hammatt discusses Senate Bill 636 which has moved within one step of final approval. The bill, which Noel is adamantly opposed to, would overhaul the EBR Parish school system by giving principals broad new powers. The bill would give principals new authority by allowing them to craft budgets, hire and fire personnel, and oversee instruction and curriculum. 

Also, Author Porter Shreve talks about his latest novel from LSU Press, The End of the Book, about an aspiring contemporary novelist who may or may not be writing a sequel to a forgotten classic, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio.


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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Mixed Feelings and Messages About Sex Education

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 8:19 am

Louisiana’s full House approved “Erin’s Law” on Monday. Approved in 20 other states, it requires schools to teach kids what constitutes sexual abuse and sexual assault. There was no debate, and the votes for passage were unanimous.

Tuesday, the House Education Committee began hearing a bill to require schools to teach comprehensive sex education. Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith is the author, and she made reference to the previous day’s approval of “Erin’s Law”.

“It came out of this committee; passed the House floor. My question to you is, how can you teach sexual assault without talking about sexual education?” Smith queried her fellow committee members.

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