Ashley Westerman

Ashley, born in Manila, Philippines, was adopted and raised in Western Kentucky. She is a 2010 University of Kentucky graduate with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. She also attended the University of Maryland for graduate studies in Journalism for one year. Ashley interned with Morning Edition at NPR Headquarters in Washington, DC, in 2011 and was hired afterward as a temp production assistant. In March 2012, Ashley started her reporting and hosting career at WRKF. She is also a member of the Center for International Journalists 2013 International Reporting Fellowship Program. In addition to public radio, Ashley also loves UK basketball, her Fantasy Football team, traveling and cats.

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NPR Story
8:15 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Proponents of Community-Based Waiver Supports Call For More Funding

Despite the threat of rain, proponents of state-funded supports that allow developmentally disabled individuals to live at home – rather than in institutions or group homes – rallied at the state capitol Wednesday.

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WRKF
5:38 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Unanswered Questions Remain Weeks After Baton Rouge Charity Hospital Closes

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 9:28 am

Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge closed its doors for good last month. The cooperative endeavor agreement between the hospital, the state and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for the take-over and eventual shutdown of EKL was reached more than two years ago.

Erica Barham, Kimberly Burkett and Lauren Richard are all former Registered Nurse Supervisors in the EKL Emergency Room. Mental Health Emergency Room Extension Supervisor Amy Germain also used to work there.

They tell WRKF’s Ashley Westerman the transition was bungled and even on closing day, critical questions about how patients would get care and follow-up remained unanswered.


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WRKF
10:40 am
Wed May 1, 2013

High Sschool Football Playoff Controversy To Be Resolved Outside of Legislature

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:45 pm

A bill filed in response to a decision by high school principals to change football post-season play has been voluntarily deferred.

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WRKF
1:25 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Report: La. Could Save With Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:47 am

The Legislative Fiscal Office estimates Louisiana could save up to $554.9 million over five years and between $185.2 million to almost $511 million over 10 years by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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NPR Story
12:44 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Tobacco Tax Hike Proposals Shelved

All four bills seeking to increase taxes on tobacco products in the state have been voluntarily tabled amid legislative opposition to raising taxes.

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WRKF
12:44 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

State Tobacco Tax Hike Proposals Shelved

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:49 am

All four bills seeking to increase taxes on tobacco products in the state have been voluntarily tabled amid legislative opposition to raising taxes.

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Music
1:03 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Artists, New Sound, Still Authentically Louisiana

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:22 am

Festival season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to boogie down to Louisiana music - both old and new. Some new artists bringing a different sound to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year are Luke Winslow-King, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Alexis and the Samurai.

Alex Rawls, a New Orleans-based writer and editor who runs the music and culture website MySpiltMilk.com, was the guest editor of The Oxford American magazine’s 2012 Southern Music Issue, which was entirely dedicated to all things Louisiana music. He also helped put together its accompanying album.

And Rawls tells WRKF’s Ashley Westerman that even though this new music comes from a younger generation and may sound a little different - it is still authentically Louisiana.


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WRKF
12:22 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Bill To Prohibit Federal Gun Regulations Squeaks By State House Committee

A bill that seeks to prohibit the enforcement of federal restrictions on semi-automatic firearms in Louisiana barely advanced Wednesday in the House.

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WRKF
1:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

NOLA Adjudicated Property Redemption Window Could Become State-Wide

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 3:03 pm

A bill to shorten the time frame from three years to 18 months for owners of adjudicated properties to pay unpaid taxes has advanced in the house.


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WRKF
1:02 am
Tue April 16, 2013

De-Institutionalizing Louisiana, Part Two: Demand vs. Expansion

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 6:01 am

In Boyce, La., St. Mary’s Residential Training School offers both residential care and educational services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

This concludes our two-part series on the state’s goal to wind down the number of individuals living in places like St. Mary’s.


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