Baton Rouge

WRKF
1:03 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Baton Rouge Musician Pays Homage to Tabby Thomas with Listening Room

Turner says to look for the guitar over the door.
Ann Marie Awad WRKF

One local musician is looking to revive the spirit of Tabby Thomas’ Blues Box in Baton Rouge. Henry Turner Jr.is a Louisiana reggae, blues, soul and funk musician. He has been touring with his band for the last two decades. But, Tabby’s Blues Box used to be the only place in town where he could play.

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Transportation
10:57 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Baton Rouge May Get A Streetcar Line

Plans are in the works for a $100 million streetcar line in the fast-developing Nicholson Drive corridor.

Planner John Fregonese tells The Advocate the corridor is a hotbed of commercial and residential development. Fregonese is working to implement the city's master land-use plan, known as FutureBR.

He cites developments such as IBM's service center, the residential tower going up next to it, the Water Campus coastal research center and the mixed-use River District development.

WRKF
6:38 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Smart Growth, a New Year's Resolution for Baton Rouge?

WRKF asked people at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit this question. Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF WRKF asked people at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit this question.
Amy Jeffries WRKF

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:11 pm

WRKF set up its Recording Booth at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit, put on by the Center for Planning Excellence at the Shaw Center back in November.

People at the summit — planners, landscape architects, public officials, environmentalists — were asked a simple question: What does “smart growth” look like in Baton Rouge?

The answers could almost be a set of new year’s resolutions for the city...


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WRKF
10:47 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Physician Prescribes Telemedicine, Pill-Splitting to Cut Costs for Patients

Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, a primary care physician at Louisiana Family Medicine in Baton Rouge, says a good doctor-patient relationship can also reduce the cost of care.

Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, Louisiana Family Medicine

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WRKF
5:39 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Memoir Traces Spiral into Racial Violence Amid Baton Rouge Desegregation Fight

Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist
University Press of Mississippi

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 9:28 am

Tim Parrish says his memoir, Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, is not a book he wanted to write. He dreaded reckoning with the racial violence of his adolescence in Baton Rouge in the 1960s and 1970s.

An explosion rattled his kitchen windows when a city pool nearby was blown up after it was integrated. As a teenager, Parrish took part in street fights and race riots at his school – Istrouma High.

Parrish traces the roots of his own bigotry to his family and their Baptist congregation.

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WRKF
3:32 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

With New Charter Schools Coming, Civic Group Outlines Demands

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 8:45 am

The state Recovery School District currently runs seven schools in north Baton Rouge. The RSD is planning to put new charter schools on those campuses next year.

Last week, as reported in The Advocate, the RSD hosted presentations by charter providers vying for a slot.

Ahead of those presentations, the civic group Better Baton Rouge handed the RSD a community compact, outlining what some residents want from schools in their neighborhood.

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WRKF
9:25 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Bike-Only in Baton Rouge

Ideas for making transportation infrastructure more bike-friendly are up for discussion at the annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit downtown this week.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets will give some officials, planning experts, and citizens at the summit a taste of what it’s like to get around the capitol city by bike now.

Mark Martin, who founded the bike advocacy group in 2006, navigates his daily routine here with only two wheels.


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WRKF
5:52 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Seeds Planted For Chess Culture In Baton Rouge Schools

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 9:59 am

About 200 teachers from 42 schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish district have signed up for workshops this summer to learn how to start chess clubs and use the game in their classrooms. The first batch of teachers capped off their training with a mini tournament Thursday.


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WRKF
12:11 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Baton Rouge Area Foundation Releases City Stats 2013

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:26 pm

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation released its annual City Stats report Monday. The survey, which looks at over 70 indicators, revealed some surprising answers this year.

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Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities
3:33 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

An evening view of the Exxon Mobil oil refinery complex in Baton Rouge, La.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 8:50 am

If you stand in front of Almena and Sidney Poray's house in Baton Rouge, La., and look straight down the street, past the other houses and the shade trees, you see more than a dozen plumes of exhaust in various hues of gray and white.

"That's something you see every day, the same thing if not more," says Almena Poray. "Sometimes it's a darker gray; sometimes it's a black smoke coming out."

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