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WRKF
11:36 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Course Choice Scaled Back After Court Ruling

State Superintendent John White wants to scrape the Department of Education's administrative budget to pay for public school students to take individual courses from private providers.

The Course Choice program had been included in the formula that supports public schools. But the same state Supreme Court ruling that shuttled the planned financing for vouchers, said those funds couldn't go to the new classes either.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Local Leaders, Environmental Groups Call For Maximum BP Fines

Plaquemines Parish President Bill Nungesser says the BP spill is still causing problems.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Environmental groups and community leaders gathered outside the Federal Building in New Orleans to mark the upcoming third anniversary of the BP oil spill. They want the oil company to pay maximum fines.

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Orleans Parish Prison
6:41 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

City Files For Receivership Of Orleans Parish Prison

The City of New Orleans formally petitioned the U.S. District Court in New Orleans to place a federal receiver in charge of the Orleans Parish Prison complex and related facilities, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office announced Tuesday evening.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Sheriff Gusman Spars With Mayor Landrieu Over Jail Conditions

Sheriff Marlin Gusman holds a news conference at the jail that's under construction.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Sheriff Gusman blasts critics at a news conference.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman spent six hours testifying at the federal court hearing over a consent decree to reform his jail. He then took aim at his critics at a news conference.

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Consent Decree
6:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Sheriff Gusman Fires Back At Jail Critics

Sheriff Gusman's news conference on conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison.

The sheriff in charge of the overcrowded and violent New Orleans jail is firing back at critics. Sheriff Marlin Gusman favors a federal consent decree, while Mayor Mitch Landrieu says a federal receiver should be in charge.

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Orleans Parish Prison
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

New Orleans Jail Violence Detailed in Federal Court Hearings

Consent decree hearing begins in federal court.

Problems at the New Orleans jail are being revealed in graphic testimony under way in federal court. A judge is hearing what’s wrong with jail management, and what’s the solution.

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WRKF
10:36 am
Thu March 28, 2013

FRIDAY: BRAC's Adam Knapp, Pro Bono Attorneys Emily Ziober and Ken Mayo, Author Marina Adshade

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 10:10 am

Jim talks with Baton Rouge area Chamber President and CEO Adam Knapp about IBM's plans to build a service center in Baton Rouge; employing 800 people. Adam also talks about other economic development news.

Attorney's Emily Ziober and Ken Mayo discuss the importance of doing pro bono legal work for those that erstwhile could not afford representation. 

Economist Marina Adshade talks about her latest book, "Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love".


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Latest News
2:01 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Orleans Parish Judge Rules Felon Firearms Ban Unconstitutional

The front of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
kimberlykv Flickr

An Orleans Parish judge has ruled that the state law banning felons from owning firearms is unconstitutional, based on a state constitutional amendment ensuring an absolute right to bear arms in Louisiana, according to a report from the Times-Picayune.

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BP Oil Spill
4:11 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Ex-BP Engineer Accused of Deleting Voicemails

A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico faces new allegations that he also deleted voicemails from his phone.

A superseding indictment handed up Wednesday by a federal grand jury in New Orleans accuses Kurt Mix of deleting about 40 voicemails from a supervisor and roughly 15 voicemails from a BP contractor.

Firearms
8:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Does New La. Amendment Trump Felon Gun Law?

Defense attorneys argue that Louisiana's new constitutional protection for gun ownership applies to felons, too.

State law makes it illegal for felons to own firearms.

But new constitutional amendment gives Louisiana residents a fundamental right to bear arms. And any law infringing on such a right must get the highest level of judicial scrutiny.

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