Kelly Connelly

Kelly grew up in Baton Rouge. She started out in radio at Baton Rouge High where she was first on air at WBRH and KBRH. While studying film and politics at Hendrix College, she reported and hosted for KUAR in Little Rock, AK. She then moved on to KUT in Austin, TX. She misses the dry air, live music at Studio 1A and breakfast tacos, but is happy for crawfish and non-ironic use of Mardi Gras beads.

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Second Amendment
5:10 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

New Gun Rights Group Gets Off the Ground

A new statewide gun rights advocacy group gathered about 3,000 signatures in support of its legislation to protect the Second Amendment this weekend. State Representative Jeff Thompson, founder of Defend Louisiana, outlined the group’s initiatives at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday afternoon.

Defend Louisiana has filed two bills for the upcoming session. One would protect the identities of concealed and carry permit holders. Another would nullify future federal laws that infringe on gun rights.
 
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Politics
5:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Could Obama's Gas Policies Bring Jobs to La.?

President Barack Obama touched on the oil and gas industry in his State of the Union. Some of these initiatives may benefit Louisiana’s economy.

First, the President suggested loosening regulation. “My administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits,” Obama said. “That’s got to be a part of an all-of-the-above plan.”
 

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Politics
4:07 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Tax Rebates May Move to Odd Years

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 5:39 pm

State Sen. Dan Claitor wants to add tax rebates to the list of matters that can only be considered in odd-numbered years, when the constitution mandates lawmakers take up fiscal issues. Generally, even-numbered years are reserved for non-fiscal deliberations. The constitutional amendment would require two-thirds approval in the legislature and a vote of the people.

Tax exclusions, exemptions, deductions, credits, and refunds are already limited to fiscal years.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New Bill to Increase Executive Transparency

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:37 pm

After running on a platform of increased transparency, the Gov. Bobby Jindal has relied on a law that shields gubernatorial documents from public view to dodge open records requests from the press.


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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Vitter's New Clout Could Get Things Done

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:09 am

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meets Thursday to discuss reforms to the Army Corps of Engineers.

One of Louisiana’s senators, David Vitter, now sits as the ranking minority member of the committee.

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Politics
9:57 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tobacco Tax Could Nearly Close Budget Gap

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:10 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax reform proposals may include raising the tobacco excise tax. Health officials have suggested raising the tax by a dollar per pack. A study shows raising the tax by that much would raise $223 million a year – that’s almost enough to have closed this year’s $240 million budget gap. 

Jindal has said his tax reforms would be revenue neutral, replacing the income tax with higher sales tax.


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WRKF
5:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Les Miles Gets a Raise

 

LSU's governing board has approved a $549,000 annual pay raise for football coach Les Miles.

The change has bumped Miles' salary to $4.3 million a year and extended his contract through the 2019 season.

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WRKF
3:03 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bernette Johnson Sworn in as La. Supreme Court Chief

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 2:08 pm

Her honor Bernette J. Johnson was sworn in as Louisiana's first African American chief justice Friday morning. Johnson was only able to take her seat after two civil rights lawsuits.

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WRKF
10:04 am
Fri February 1, 2013

LSU Supervisors' 'Disregard' Garners National Attention

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 3:04 pm

A report  in the Chronicle of Higher Education detailed a letter received by LSU’s Board of Supervisors. A national organization that monitors academic freedom at colleges and universities shook their finger at what they called the mistreatment of faculty at LSU.


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WRKF
4:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

First Legislative Bills Take Up Gun Regulations

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 5:18 pm

Legislators have begun filing their bills for the upcoming session. The first three take up gun regulation.

 
Because this is an odd-numbered year, legislators will concentrate on tax and appropriation bills. But each legislator is allowed to file five bills on other topics. Gun regulation is likely to be a recurring theme.
 
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