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Education
6:01 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

NAACP Prepares Challenge To New Baton Rouge School Districts

Elementary School Classroom
Credit ajari / Wikimedia Commons

 

Residents interested in running for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will have just nine seats to pursue when qualifying begins in two weeks.

The school board approved a new nine-member plan by a narrow 6-5 vote on July 24.

The Louisiana NAACP has promised to challenge in federal court to this last-minute redistricting, arguing that the new maps dilute minority voting strength.

The civil rights organization wants a court to revert the school board back to the 11-member plan it approved in November 2012.

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WRKF
5:32 am
Fri August 1, 2014

CityStats Report: Baton Rougeans Impatient for Progress

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 4:26 pm

The sixth annual CityStats report is out.

It shines some light on where people are on some of the biggest debates in East Baton Rouge Parish at the moment— including the rights of gays and lesbians, and the state of the public schools.

Mukul Verma of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which produced the report, reads between the lines a little bit.


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WRKF
5:38 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait

Barrington Neil, who spoke of experiencing discrimination for being in an interracial marriage, listens to the hearing on the "Fairness Ordinance" at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, July 23, 2014.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:56 am

The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But the meeting time expired before the council could vote. 


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WRKF
6:36 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Putting a Life-Saving Drug in More Hands - Legal or Not

A Baton Rouge EMS paramedic holds a single dose pre-filled syringe of Nalaxone, otherwise known as Narcan. Baton Rouge paramedics have been carrying the drug for years.

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 7:02 am

Heroin-related deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish spiked last year - the Coroner's office recorded 35 fatalities. Only Jefferson and Orleans Parish had as many.

To try to stop the deaths, a new law will allow not just paramedics, but all first responders to carry the drug Narcan - which can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose within seconds.

But some activists say the law doesn't go far enough. They say they'll keep distributing Narcan themselves directly to drug users illegally.


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WRKF
6:40 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Insight: Protection from Discrimination for LGBT People in Baton Rouge Too?

New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. Shreveport followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell.

Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for The Advocate, discusses the dynamics at play. 


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Louisiana Eats!
10:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Turning It Around With Food: Triumph Kitchen In Baton Rouge

In order to help fiance Triumph Kitchen, directors Chris and Sommer Wadsworth have sold local businesses wall space and commissioned young artists to paint them.
Credit Thomas Walsh

In Baton Rouge, teenagers looking to turn their lives around are getting involved with Triumph Kitchen.  Directors Chris and Sommer Wadsworth join us to share Triumph’s story and then we’ll turn to New Orleans to hear how Liberty’s Kitchen, a local non-profit, is doing similar work.

Then we’ll be joined by Louisiana Eats! regulars Dr. Gourmet and Ryan Hughes to hear what they’ve got in store for the summer. Ryan’s traveling to Russia to feed a festival of people and Dr. Gourmet’s ready to share his tips about combating heart disease. Plus, Cory Bahr gives us the scoop about his fine-dining restaurant in Monroe.

And don’t forget to send in your personal stories about finding love at Tales of the Cocktail.

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WRKF
4:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

EBR School District Revamp Back to the Drawing Board

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 1:37 am

The state House has rejected a proposal to restructure the East baton Rouge Parish School District. 

In making his closing argument for the bill in the House, Rep. Steve Carter rattled off dire statistics about test scores and arrests at parish schools. 

“The entire business community recognizes the fact we need to do something," Carter said. 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber offered the plan to restructure the parish district. 

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WRKF
4:22 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Drive to Get St. George Petition Signers to Remove Their Names

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 2:30 pm

A campaign to incorporate a new city in the southeastern part of East Baton Rouge Parish is aiming to collect 18,000 signatures by July 23 to get the issue on the November ballot.

Monday, opponents with the group Better Together, announced a drive to get some of the thousands who have already signed on to remove their names.

Lionel Rainey, spokesman for the incorporation effort called the withdrawal campaign the latest in a series of tactics to maintain the status quo.

“I guess they think these people are too stupid to understand what they are doing," Rainey said.

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WRKF
4:07 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

What Makes Alzheimer's Respite Center Award-Winning

Barbara Auten, Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, says "patient-centered care" is the key to the success of Charlie's Place in Baton Rouge.


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WRKF
4:18 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Insight: State Politicians Lampooned, It's Gridiron!

Advocate columnist Smiley Anders center stage and partially disrobed during rehearsal for Gridiron 2014.

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:16 pm

Every year at around this time, with lawmakers just back in Baton Rouge for the legislative session, the capitol press corps makes fun of state politicians — and themselves — with a bit of song and dance.


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