Amy Jeffries

Amy started her career in public radio at WNPR in Hartford, CT more than a decade ago. NPR flew her in to Baton Rouge to help WRKF cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while she was still based in the North. Here she found her journalistic calling.

After getting a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley and taking a detour through online media as a local editor for Patch, she finally returned to public radio and to Baton Rouge in January 2012.

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WRKF
3:50 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Premiums Go Up, So Might Enrollment

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:45 am

It’s that time of year — the open enrollment period for health plans.

In the second year of insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act, premiums in Louisiana, as elsewhere, will be higher on average.

“And there are some understandable reasons for that," said Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. The No. 1 reason is that insurers can no longer turn away people with pre-existing conditions. "They have to take all comers."


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WRKF
7:03 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Governor Searches the Couch Cushions to Pay State's Bills

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:23 pm

It has not been a terrific few weeks for state finances.

Oil revenues dropped. And then a $180 million hole appeared in the state budget.

Melinda Deslatte, AP reporter on the state budget beat, explains how Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to close the gap.


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WRKF
6:12 am
Tue November 25, 2014

One-On-One: Sen. Landrieu Talks Keystone, Obamacare, and What's Next

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 8:19 am

Ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff, we’ve invited each of the candidates for Congress in the 6th District and for Senate for an interview. 

Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu was on the campaign trail — literally — driving from Shreveport to Baton Rouge — when WRKF’s Amy Jeffries reached her to talk about some of the big issues in the Senate race, starting with Obamacare.

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WRKF
6:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

State Superintendent: Learning More Important Than Scores

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:14 pm

The state Dept. of Education has been rolling out all sorts of tests results in the last few weeks – student test scores, teacher evaluations, and school performance calculations.


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WRKF
6:21 am
Fri November 14, 2014

School in Voucher Program Misses the Mark, Presses On

Headmaster Josh LaSage in Hosanna Christian Academy's in 2012 in "war room" where the student progress is tracked.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:32 am

In 2012, when Louisiana’s taxpayer funded scholarship program was expanded statewide, Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge went all in.

In that first year, the school took on almost 300 voucher students, nearly doubling its enrollment. By the start of this school year, Hosanna had more voucher students than any other school in the state -- about 85 percent of its student are enrolled with a voucher. 

Hosanna's students didn't score well enough on state tests, and it won't be allowed to enroll more voucher students next year. Still, headmaster Josh LaSage says the school isn't giving up. 


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WRKF
6:27 am
Fri November 7, 2014

New Narrative as Senate Race Goes On

Louisiana has gone immediately from a primary campaign to a runoff campaign.

Sen. Mary Landrieu will again be at the top of the ticket Dec. 6 fighting for reelection. Congressman Bill Cassidy is continuing to battle to win her seat.

Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, says with Republicans taking control of the Senate Tuesday, both candidates have new war cries. 

 

 


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WRKF
10:23 am
Tue November 4, 2014

@WRKF Tweets on Election Night

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 7:09 pm

Follow us on Saturday, Dec. 6, for real-time updates on the races for Senate and Congress, votes in judicial and school board contests, and on constitutional amendments too. 

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WRKF
6:59 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Election of New Smaller School Board Could Result in Old Gridlock

Members of the existing East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 9:56 am

Tuesday marks the first East Baton Rouge Parish school board election since a redistricting plan was passed this summer, shrinking the board from 11 members to 9.

Charles Lussier is a reporter for The Advocate and has been following the races for the six contested seats.


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WRKF
6:41 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Local, National Split in Senate Campaign Strategies

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 3:54 am

We’re in the midst of the final push before election day. Early voting has begun.

In the latest poll commissioned by Raycom Media, 23 percent are undecided in the Senate race. Sen. Mary Landrieu is leading with 36 percent, Rep. Bill Cassidy with 32 percent, and Col. Rob Manness pulling 6 percent.

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, says we'll find out -- likely in a Dec. 6 runoff -- whether campaign messages on policy issues particular to Louisiana or the broader national political context win out.


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NPR Story
5:48 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Political Consultant: Landrieu Will Get 90-95% of Black Vote

Ben Jeffers

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:42 am

Wednesday at Southern University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, political consultant Ben Jeffers delivered a talk about the minority vote — the black vote — as a factor in this fall’s Congressional elections.

Jeffers has been involved in national, state, and local campaigns for more than 40 years. He was the first African American to head the Louisiana Democratic Party. And he’s working with the party this year to help turn out the vote.


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