Louisiana News

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6:03 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Proponents Urge Small Businesses To Get Educated While They Can

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:17 am

Last month the Obama Administration pushed back the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act by one year. Employers with 50 or more full-time workers now have until 2015 to either provide their workers with health insurance or face a penalty.

In states that are expanding Medicaid as part of the the new health law’s roll-out, businesses have more flexibility in deciding how to make sure their workers are covered. And though Louisiana is not participating, proponents of expanding Medicaid in the state see the delay of the employer mandate as a chance to rally some small business support.

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10:21 am
Mon August 5, 2013

TUESDAY: GOP Senate Candidate Rob Maness, Biographer David Meyer

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:10 am

Jim talks with St. Tammany Parish business man and farmer Rob Maness, who is running for U.S. Senate in 2015 against incumbent Mary Landrieu and fellow GOP contender Congressman Bill Cassidy.

Author David Meyer talks about his book, "The Bee Gees", a biography of the pop group who sold nearly a quarter-billion records worldwide.

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8:48 am
Mon August 5, 2013

UPDATE: Clean-up of Train Derailment Underway

About 100 homes remain evacuated as officials work to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

State police say crews are working Monday to clear U.S. 190 which is blocked by the accident. The Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday afternoon.

A company spokeswoman says one of the railcars was leaking sodium hydroxide, which can cause injuries or even death if it's inhaled or touches the skin. The other was leaking lube oil. But state police say the leaks were contained.

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6:42 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Spanish Moss: A Beauty, Not a Parasite

The picturesque staple of the Louisiana landscape gets everything it needs from light, rainwater, and air.


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11:02 am
Fri August 2, 2013

MONDAY: EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore, EBR Schools' Dr. Carlos Sam

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 10:51 am

Jim talks with East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore about the sheriff's office's recent false arrest controversy and other matters of law & order.

A visit with East Baton Rouge Parish Associate School Superintendent Carlos Sam

 

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7:36 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Gary Borders: Sulphur Springs auction is a hub for antique collectors and dealers

Commentator Gary Borders introduces us to the Sulphur Springs Antique Gallery and Auction in Sulphur Springs, Texas, where dealers and casual collectors (like Gary) bid side by side on imported antique furniture and other finds.


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6:56 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Shreveport thrift shop proceeds benefit animal welfare

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 8:16 am

A new thrift shop in Shreveport has a mission that extends beyond the reuse of vintage clothing and jewelry. The owner of Olive Street Thrift, Heather Scarano, gives away most of her business proceeds to benefit local animal welfare groups. She says her thrift store is an ongoing fundraiser to help animal rescue organizations with the pursuit of one day becoming a no-kill city, where the shelter system doesn’t need to put down dogs and cats.

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4:08 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Recalibrating Teacher Evaluations Tops New Union President's To-Do List

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 4:52 pm

Many teachers are frustrated with the new evaluation system, Compass, which was introduced in public schools across the state this year.

"What we want is a more common-sense approach to this evaluation problem," said Debbie Meaux, new president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), who assumed the role July 15.

She's calling for the state to slow the timeline for the implementation of Compass.

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11:51 am
Thu August 1, 2013

FRIDAY: LA Democrats' Stephen Handwerk, Novelist George Bishop

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 10:50 am

A visit with Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk talks about the current state of, and the future of, the Democrats in our state.

Novelist George Bishop on his latest work, "The Night of the Comet"

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10:21 am
Thu August 1, 2013

THURSDAY: Author John Barry, Crime Author Tony Thompson

John M. Barry, author of "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927" and member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, talks about his group's lawsuit brought against nearly 100 energy companies for damage done to the state's coast.

True crime author Tony Thompson on his latest book, "Outlaws", about renegade biker gangs.

 

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