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7:35 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Cassidy Victory Signals Longtime Shift In Louisiana Politics

The defeat of incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu after 18 years in office could indicate a major shift in Louisiana politics. One expert sees Republicans taking charge for at least a generation.

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New Orleans Saints
4:25 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

New Orleans Saints Implode At Home, Are Walloped By Carolina Panthers 41-10

The 2014 New Orleans Saints season.
Credit Elena Mirage / Shutterstock.com

The wheels have come off the 2014 New Orleans Saints.

In a tight race with the Atlanta Falcons for “first place” in the sorry NFC South, on Sunday afternoon the Saints rolled over at home to the woeful Carolina Panthers.

It was a sullen, almost sordid affair for a Saints game. A nasty on-field fight spilled through the end zone wall. A fan threw a beer onto the field. The crowd booed an entreaty by the PA announcer to “Please remember our Fan Code of Conduct." By the start of the fourth quarter there were — maybe — a couple thousand people left in the stands.

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WRKF
3:57 am
Sun December 7, 2014

A Long Election Season Finishes in a Brief Runoff

Garret Graves gives his victory speech.

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 7:24 pm

On the same night that Republican Bill Cassidy beat out Sen. Mary Landrieu for senate, the GOP held on to congressional seats. In North Louisiana Ralph Abraham took home the 5th district seat, currently held by Rep. Vance McAllister. And Garret Graves won here in the 6th district.


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Politics
10:24 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Bill Cassidy Defeats Mary Landrieu In La. Senate Runoff

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., hugs supporters after conceding defeat in her Senate runoff election against Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on Saturday.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 11:47 am

Republican congressman Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana's runoff Senate election, boosting the Republican majority in the incoming Senate.

NPR's Debbie Elliott reported Friday that Cassidy, who has pledged to repeal Obamacare, followed a campaign strategy of linking Landrieu to Obama, highlighting her support of the unpopular president.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Find Your Voter Information

Louisiana voters can find their registration information, polling location, sample ballots and more on the Secretary of State's website.

The Runoff Election Day is Saturday, Nov. 5.

A scrollable, mobile-optimized version of the search app is embedded below. Click here for the full website.

Latest News
8:20 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Republicans Outspending Landrieu In Senate Runoff

Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is heading into tomorrow’s runoff against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy with almost no financial help from outside allies.

In all, 97 cents of every political dollar spent outside the two campaigns since November 5 has been to help Cassidy.

Landrieu's backers all but walked away from her after she failed to capture the majority of the vote in last month’s primary. Under Louisiana law, that put her into a runoff with Cassidy.

Since then, Republicans have spent heavily to boost the three-term House member.

Latest News
8:18 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Flu Hitting Louisiana Hard

Louisiana health officials say residents are being hit hard by the flu.

And a vaccine might not be that effective.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the designation of “widespread” usually doesn’t happen until January or February.

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Louisiana and Alaska as the only states with “widespread” outbreaks of influenza for the week ending November 22.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reporting an uptick in influenza reports.

WRKF
8:11 am
Thu December 4, 2014

One-on-One: Graves Talks Coastal Protection, Climate Change, and Congress

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 9:24 am

The final votes in the 6th District Congressional race will be cast Saturday, Dec. 6.

Former four-term governor and veteran of Congress Edwin Edwards is in a runoff with first-time candidate Garret Graves.

Graves is no stranger to politics though, having worked with former Congressman Billy Tauzin, Sen. David Vitter, and former Sen. John Breaux in Washington. And, until February Graves was Gov. Bobby Jindal’s coastal chief.

But none of that apparently prepared his voice for the long campaign season.

Graves was still a bit hoarse when WRKF’s Amy Jeffries reached him by phone Wednesday afternoon.


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Latest News
7:57 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Guilty Plea In Oil Spill Fraud

A LaPlace man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with damage claims from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 33-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Prosecutors said English worked as a claims adjuster for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. In September 2010, he began providing fraudulent documentation for people who made phony claims for loss of fishing income. The claims resulted in more than $257,000 in illegal payouts.

Coastal Desk
3:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Governor's Advisory Commission Talks Social And Economic Impacts Of Land Loss

Shows the land loss of Louisiana since the 1930s. Also shows some predicted land loss and gain. Red is land loss from 1932-2000, and light green is land gain from 1932-2000. Yellow is predicted land loss from 2000-2050. Dark green is predicted land gain from 2000-2050.
Credit Stephen Luna / Wikimedia Commons

The University of New Orleans hosted the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation on Wednesday. They met to discuss the RESTORE Act and receive an update about an LSU study on how land loss will impact the economy of Louisiana’s coast.

King Milling is chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission. He posed the question that everyone is thinking about, but no one wants to ask:

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