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6:37 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Freezes: The Damage is Done, Now What?

Ice on Baton Rouge blooms, Jan. 24, 2014.

The Baton Rouge area, like most of Louisiana, has experienced a colder than average winter. Severe freezes in January have caused extensive damage to tropicals, citrus trees, and palms in the landscape.


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4:54 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Governor's Budget Proposal Unveiled

Louisiana State Capitol

Despite being under a “state of emergency” due to Friday’s wintry weather, members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee braved rain, sleet and snow to get their first look at Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

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3:26 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Why Small Town Mayors Face Multiple Disadvantages

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 9:01 am

Hundreds of mayors converged on Washington, D.C. this week for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. There were some big names in the group: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New York Mayor Bill de Blassio. Also in the mix were mayors from some of the country's smallest towns and cities. The mayor of Ville Platte, La., like most small town mayors, was trying to find a way to stand out in the crowd.


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12:21 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

FRIDAY: Steven Barnett, Sandra Woodley & Max McLean

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 6:05 pm

Jim Engster interviews Steven Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Sandra Woodley, President  of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette System, and Max McLean of the theatrical production of "C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters."

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10:27 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Nacogdoches to be featured in 'One Square Mile' PBS series

Saturday's episode of the PBS series “One Square Mile: Texas” will zoom in on Nacogdoches, featuring the people and lifestyles rooted in one square mile. The nine-part series is airing on KERA, and on all public broadcasting outlets in Texas. 

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7:36 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Gary Borders: McD's coffee klatches shouldn't get what for

Commentator Gary Borders tries not to make a habit out of eating at fast-food restaurants. But, the consistency in their product is undeniable and never fails to satisfy a French fries craving. 

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WRKF
6:03 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Insight: Hospital Privatization Fodder for Legislative Session and Governor's Race

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 8:47 am

A recent report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana concludes that with the privatization of the charity hospital system, Louisiana’s safety net is being reinvented. 

The reinvention will likely come up again in the legislature when it convenes in March as lawmakers dig up debate on Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. And the candidates for governor will be staking out positions on healthcare reform.


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10:38 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wiley College hosts world-class debaters from Australia

Wiley College debate team members Benjamin Turner and Nathan Leal will participate in an exhibition debate against Monash University.

Wiley College’s storied debate team is hosting a two-on-two exhibition match Friday against three-time world champions Monash University from Melbourne, Australia. It’s the first time that Wiley has debated an international team.

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10:35 am
Thu January 23, 2014

THURSDAY: Gus Weill, Political Consultant, and Attica Locke, author of "The Cutting Season"

Jim Engster interviews political consultant Gus Weill about Senator David Vitter's intent to run for governor in 2015, and Attica Locke, winner of the 7th Annual Ernest Gaines Award, & author of "The Cutting Season"


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Red River Radio
11:20 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Shreveport Opera Express furthers state's anti-bullying stance

Shreveport Opera Express' bully Leroy Davis lassos fellow opera singers who play school nerds, Cristina Bakhourm and Sarah Bauer.

Louisiana’s anti-bullying law has been in effect for a year. Nationwide, the number of bullying accusations has not only risen in schools, but also in sports and the workplace. The Shreveport Opera Express, the outreach program of the Shreveport Opera, has lent its powerful voice to the cause.

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