Louisiana News

WRKF
10:09 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Interviews: State Senator Ben Nevers, Journalist Jeffrey Marks, Olympian Carl Lewis

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:43 pm

Bogalusa Senator Ben Nevers (D) discusses the state's reluctance to accept the Medicaid expansion included in the federal Affordable Care Act, an his proposed legislation to accept the Medicaid money. 

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jeffrey Marks and his friend, Olympic track &  field Gold Medalist  Carl Lewis, talk about sports & achievement...and about their support for organ donation.

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7:40 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Gary Borders: Cheering takes athleticism, not popularity

Commentator Gary Borders recently got a crash course in the competitive nature of cheerleading. Now he feels occasional temblors at his Longview home. He's found that gymnastic ability goes hand-in-hand with cheerleading.


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WRKF
4:03 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Bipartisan State Budget Deal in the Works

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:20 pm

 

Thursday House Speaker Chuck Kleckley endorsed a plan that would raise revenue and cut spending.

Earlier this week, the budget was on track to avoid much debate on the floor, but it hit a snag on Tuesday.

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8:15 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Proponents of Community-Based Waiver Supports Call For More Funding

Despite the threat of rain, proponents of state-funded supports that allow developmentally disabled individuals to live at home – rather than in institutions or group homes – rallied at the state capitol Wednesday.

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WRKF
6:07 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Education Overhaul Revisions Get Mixed Reviews

 

The governor announced Wednesday that 8,000 children have been offered a private school voucher for the second year of the program -- 3,000 more than enrolled with this year’s inaugural crop.

The voucher program, passed last session, allows parents of low-income families to take their kids out of schools rated C, D and F and send them to private schools on the state’s dime.

The program’s funding mechanism is awaiting judgement by the State Supreme Court, as are accountability measures, another part of the overhaul.

Meanwhile, bills are popping up this session to refine the overhaul.

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WRKF
5:38 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Unanswered Questions Remain Weeks After Baton Rouge Charity Hospital Closes

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 9:28 am

Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge closed its doors for good last month. The cooperative endeavor agreement between the hospital, the state and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for the take-over and eventual shutdown of EKL was reached more than two years ago.

Erica Barham, Kimberly Burkett and Lauren Richard are all former Registered Nurse Supervisors in the EKL Emergency Room. Mental Health Emergency Room Extension Supervisor Amy Germain also used to work there.

They tell WRKF’s Ashley Westerman the transition was bungled and even on closing day, critical questions about how patients would get care and follow-up remained unanswered.


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WRKF
12:36 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Interviews: State Rep. Henry Burns, Composer Robert Kyr

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:40 pm

A visit with noted composer Robert Kyr, who will perform his work "Waging Peace" this Sunday at the Broadmoor Baptist Church.

Jim talks with Haughton state Representative  Henry Burns about his bill allowing concealed carry gun permits holders to take their weapons into restaurants that serve liquor.

Advocate entertainment writer John Wirt drops by to discuss the passing of country music legend George Jones, and the purchase of the Advocate by John Georges.

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WRKF
10:40 am
Wed May 1, 2013

High Sschool Football Playoff Controversy To Be Resolved Outside of Legislature

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:45 pm

A bill filed in response to a decision by high school principals to change football post-season play has been voluntarily deferred.

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10:19 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Small Victory for Medicaid Expansion Proponents

A Medicaid Expansion plan passed the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare Tuesday in a 4, 3 vote.

 

Opponents of the expansion repeated the arguments they’ve given throughout the debate: federal funding is unreliable, and the plan will cost the state too much money. 

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Red River Radio
8:41 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Chimp Haven rallies midway through $5 million capital campaign

The introduction of new chimpanzees into the established groups at Chimp Haven can be tricky. There tends to be some infighting at first. Eight federally-owned former research chimps from New Iberia are learning to live in their new groups at the national sanctuary in Keithville, La. Chimp Haven is now home to 169 retired chimps.

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