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Politics
8:05 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Congressional Delegation Reacts To State Of The Union

Louisiana’s Congressional delegation kept to their party lines when reacting to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Nola.com reports Republican Senators David Vitter and freshman Bill Cassidy were critical.

Cassidy won his election largely based on opposition to the Affordable Care Act. He agreed with Obama that the middle class is suffering, but said the president’s plan to help won’t work.

Vitter said the administration’s business policies are blocking economic progress.

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8:08 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Jindal Stands By 'No-Go Zones' In Muslim Areas Overseas

Governor Bobby Jindal  is defending his controversial view of Islamic communities overseas.

He says some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, and police decline to patrol there.

The Republican delivered his remarks yesterday about "no-go zones" during a speech to a London think tank.

Jindal is considering a presidential campaign in 2016 and later defended the statements after facing questions about his facts.

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8:03 am
Tue January 20, 2015

BP Trial Begins Final Phase

Lawyers for BP and the government are set to begin the third and final phase today of the trial over its 2010 oil spill. A Tulane University expert on maritime law says there are billions of dollars at stake.

Federal judge Carl Barbier has been overseeing the complex litigation over the 2010 disaster.

Tulane law professor Martin Davies is director of the Tulane Maritime Law Center. He says that process has proven much faster than scheduling jury trials. Barbier has already made key rulings in the case.

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7:51 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Delgado Reaches Deal To Ease Transfers To Loyola University

It’s getting easier for students to transfer from Delgado Community College to Loyola University.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the two schools signed a deal that allows students who complete prescribed courses in any of 10 programs at Delgado to transfer their credits to one of 28 programs at Loyola.

Eligible Delgado programs include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, fine arts, humanities, mass communication, social science, biological sciences and physical sciences.

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7:46 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Rampart Streetcar Construction Will Continue Despite Lawsuit

A federal judge says she will not stop construction on a new streetcar line in New Orleans while a group sues for more studies of the project.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that District Judge Nannette Brown says plaintiffs did not offer any evidence that the job involves federal money. That's a key requirement for such a lawsuit.

A local bond issue is paying for the $41.5 million North Rampart Street line.

Politics
7:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Candidates For Governor To Debate Transportation

The four candidates for Louisiana governor are set to meet in their first forum of the campaign.

Friday's event in Baton Rouge will focus on transportation issues. Louisiana has a $12 billion backlog of road and bridge work, and no clear plan for resolution.

Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Senator David Vitter — all Republicans — and Democratic state Representative John Bel Edwards will take part.

The forum is sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies.

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7:24 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Bonds Approved For New Terminal At Armstrong International Airport

The State Bond Commission has kicked off the start of funding a new airport terminal in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports it approved $650 million in borrowing to pay for a 650,000-square-foot, three-story terminal. It will be built on property now used by Louis Armstrong International Airport — but closer to Interstate 10.

Airport Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad says plans to revamp the facility have been discussed since 1974.

It opened in 1946, but the way it evolved has proven troublesome.

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WRKF
3:56 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Minimum Wage Hike Congressman's Top Priority, and He Thinks It's Possible

Rep. Cedric Richmond

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 3:01 pm

Not even two weeks into its new session, the U.S. House has already passed a bill to chip away at Obamacare by only requiring that employers provide health insurance to employees working 40 hours or more, instead of 30 hours as is the current mandate. And the House voted for legislation meant to block President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

But 2nd District Congressman Cedric Richmond — the sole Democrat left in Louisiana’s delegation — is optimistic that — with the presidential race coming up — there will be opportunity to get some things done for his minority constituents once the Republicans get past their conservative talking points.


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Education
6:19 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Report Looks At How Families Choose Schools

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In New Orleans, 9 out of ten students go to charter schools. How do they, and their families, choose those schools? A new report out today finds that families weigh many factors. Practical concerns may count as much as, or even more than, a school’s academic standing.

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Red River Radio
9:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Louisiana higher ed commissioner says state needs a cultural shift toward higher ed

Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Rallo lobbied in 2012 for more Texas colleges and universities to offer degree programs that cost $10,000 or less, an effort Rallo led as president of Angelo State University.

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:48 am

Louisiana’s new commissioner of higher education has been on the job for less than a week, but Joe Rallo is out of Baton Rouge and traveling around north Louisiana meeting with college presidents and business groups for what he calls a “listening and learning tour.”

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