Louisiana News

NPR Story
3:02 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Targeting Teachers Unions

In the aftermath of union-filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of education reform measures, a bill to prohibit participation in state retirement by future employees of the teachers’ unions was narrowly defeated on the House floor Monday.

“They’re not public employees. They do not work for the state of Louisiana,” Representative Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport), the bill’s author, explained.

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Targeting Teachers Unions

In the aftermath of union-filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of education reform measures, a bill to prohibit participation in state retirement by future employees of the teachers’ unions was narrowly defeated on the House floor Monday.

“They’re not public employees. They do not work for the state of Louisiana,” Representative Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport), the bill’s author, explained.

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NPR Story
10:31 am
Mon April 21, 2014

MONDAY: The Advocate's Lanny Keller and Stephanie Grace, BR Area Chamber's Ian Vasey, Mark Arend

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 3:50 pm

Guest host Robert Travis Scott of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana sits in for Jim Engster. Editorial writer Lanny Keller and columnist Stephanie Grace touch on their views from a journalist perspective of Louisiana's image. Corporate recruiter, Mark Arend, speaks on the industrial, real estate and business growth in Louisiana in comparison to Georgia.  Baton Rouge Area Chamber Ian Vasey touches on the exponential growth of business and industry in Louisiana and what it means for the future. 

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Would You Vote Against the Bible?

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:40 am

  When legislators return from their four-day Easter recess this afternoon, the full House will take up a rather controversial bill—naming “the Holy Bible” as the official state book of Louisiana.

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WRKF
2:58 am
Mon April 21, 2014

First Bell: In a Time of Racial Tension, Quarterback's Team Wasn't With Him

Eric Reed as a young first lieutenant with his wife Julia at a military officers function in 1989 at an Army base in Garlsted, Germany. They went to Istrouma High School together.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:41 pm

The First Bell series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email amy@wrkf.org with "My First Bell" in the subject line or tweet with the hashtag #MyFirstBell.

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Eric Reed was the first black quarterback at his elementary, middle, and high school when the Baton Rouge public schools were being integrated.

Epithets were used against him more than once.

Reed’s junior year at predominantly white Istrouma High School, 1974, was a turning point. The night after a race riot at the school, the football team played the last game of the regular season against all-black McKinley.

“Anytime Istrouma played McKinley, I happened to be the target of a lot of trash talk, because I’m the one who didn’t go to McKinley or Capitol, I chose to go to Istrouma, so I was -- the term they used back then -- the ‘oreo’, you know, I sold out.”

Both teams needed the win to get to the playoffs, but Reed says he didn’t have the usual fire in his belly. Istrouma lost 7 to 6.


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WRKF
7:03 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Keeping Kids Safe in the Garden

Child in the garden.

Just as you would child proof an indoor room, it's important to take precautions in the yard.


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10:29 am
Fri April 18, 2014

THURSDAY: CATS CEO Bob Mirabito; Author Trent Angers; Councilman John Delgado

CATS CEO Bob Mirabito joins Jim to discuss the efforts he's made to revamp the public bus system in Baton Rouge. He discusses the improvements made to bus stops around the city, the rigorous pre-qualifications for new bus drivers, and what it is he envisions Baton Rouge's public bus system becoming in the future.

Author Trent Angers talks with Jim about his new book The Forgotten Hero of My Lai: The Hugh Thompson Story, which traces the life of U.S. Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, who tried to stop the infamous My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War.

Also, Metro Councilman John Delgado joins Jim in the studio to talk about the proposed city of St. George, the controversial anti-sodomy law, and much, much more.


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10:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

FRIDAY: Kevin Kane; Libertarian Attorney Michael Wolf; Novelist Ayelet Waldmen

Kevin Kane, founder and president of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, discusses his institute's push for the reduction of drug possession sentencing - chiefly marijuana possession. 

Libertarian attorney Michael Wolf is back in the studio on Good Friday and he does not shy away from discussing religion. He touches on what it's like being a Buddhist and whether or not it's constitutional for public employees to have a holiday on Good Friday. He also discusses the recently proposed sodomy laws, Vance McAllister's recent scandal, scientific creationism, and much, much more.

Also, novelist Ayelet Waldman joins Jim to discuss her new novel Love and Treasure which weaves a tale around the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train during World War II.


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7:35 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Gary Borders: Political pundits could liven up their digs with help from 1800s newspaperman

Commentator Gary Borders shares some 19th century insults to spice up your vocabulary. It will leave some frothy gasconader at a loss for a comeback.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Students Push for Tastier School Lunches

Ruston High student Madison Wooley's "selfie" with Sen. Rick Gallot

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 8:37 am

“The food is not very tasty, at all.”

“The food’s so disgusting.”

“The cafeteria food is nasty.”

These students from Ruston and Central high schools aren’t just bellyaching about their school lunches, they’re testifying before Louisiana’s Senate Agriculture Committee. They’re hoping to advance a resolution they initiated.

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