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5:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Federal Judge Rules On Off-Duty NOPD Details

A federal judge dealt New Orleans police officer groups a stiff blow in their bid to undo the new city-run system for managing paid details.
Dickelbers Wikimedia Commons

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new system of police off-duty paid details, siding with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration.

The new policy is a major piece of a wide-ranging consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, aimed at overhauling the police department.

Red River Radio
8:30 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Magnet highs in Baton Rouge and Shreveport lead state in FAFSA filings

The U.S. Department of Education has published the latest nationwide data on how many high school students have completed their FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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3:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Higher Education: Paying More for Less

Higher Education system presidents testify in House Appropriations. (L to R) Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS; Dr. F. King Alexander, LSU; Dr. Ronald Mason, SU; Dr. Sandra Woodley, UL.

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:23 pm

 

   The House Appropriations Committee got a different look at the cost of six years’ worth of higher education cuts Monday, as the push is on for colleges and universities to better prepare students to fill new jobs coming to Louisiana.

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WRKF
4:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Landrieu Says Revenue Sharing, Not Lawsuit, Will Benefit Coastal Renewal

Sen. Mary Landrieu spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

Senator Mary Landrieu says a lawsuit against oil and gas companies is not the answer to renewing Louisiana’s gulf coast.

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Community
10:58 am
Mon April 7, 2014

April 9th Is NOLA Bike To Work Day

Bike Lanes on St. Claude Ave. in the Bywater neighborhood.
Credit Paula Burch-Celentano / flickr.com

Wednesday, April 9th is NOLA Bike to Work Day, a citywide initiative that aims to highlight the benefits of biking and new developments to improve safety and conditions for cyclists. Now in its third year, Entergy and community organization Bike Easy have teamed up to offer "bike trains", giveaways and meet ups throughout the day.

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Red River Radio
10:41 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Downtown Shreveport aims to fill empty storefronts with Pop UPs

Business partners Lydell Smith (left) and Jonathan Burks have submitted their application to be part of downtown Shreveport's Pop UP Project.

The city of Shreveport and the Downtown Development Authority have organized the city’s first Pop UP Project.

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Community
7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Groups Working To Connect 9th Ward Split By Industrial Canal

Historic photo of the St. Claude Ave. bridge. Community activists are pushing for a dedicated lane on the bridge to help residents without cars traverse the Industrial Canal.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The lack of a dedicated bike lane is highlighted in effort to connect the Upper and Lower 9th Ward over the Industrial Canal.

Several environmental and advocacy groups are working to unite the 9th Ward by improving ways to cross the Industrial Canal. A weekend bike ride highlighted the problem of getting from one side to another with no dedicated bike path.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Payday Lending: 3 Million Louisiana Loans

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 9:52 am

  You live on a limited income, paycheck to paycheck. Now your next paycheck is in jeopardy, because your car won’t start. What to do?

There’s that payday lending store around the corner, so you go take out a loan and buy a new battery for your car. You give the lender a post-dated check for the amount of the loan, plus interest and fees. The lender cashes your check after you get paid. Done deal, right?

Not always, according to David Gray with the Louisiana Budget Project.

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WRKF
4:21 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Insight: Why Does Everyone in Louisiana Seem to be Up in Arms Over Common Core?

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:15 am

On Wednesday, Louisiana’s capitol building was full to the gills with people representing all sides of the debate over the Common Core state standards.
 
Associated Press Capitol Correspondent Melinda Deslatte helps explain all the hubbub.

 

 
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WRKF
3:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Lawmakers Not Ready to Reduce Pot Penalties

Testifying before the House Criminal Justice committee are (L to R): Marjorie Esman, ACLU; Rep. Austin Badon; Kevin Kane, Pelican Institute.

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:30 pm

  The House Criminal Justice committee took up the first of several bills that have been filed to change Louisiana’s marijuana laws on Thursday. New Orleans Representative Austin Badon is the author of a measure to reduce penalties for second-offense and subsequent convictions for marijuana possession. His bill would also prevent simple possession from being counted toward “three strikes” and life imprisonment.

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