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WRKF
4:42 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Plant Explosion Claims Second Life

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 8:22 pm

Thursday’s chemical plant explosion in Geismar, La. has claimed another life. Seven remained hospitalized Friday with burns and respiratory complications.

Williams Companies CEO Alan Armstrong visited with workers and their families Friday. He called the incident a “major” explosion.

“This is a terrible and unprecedented tragedy," Armstrong said. "I’ve talked with a few of our employees and I know they are hurting, however, I’ve also seen and been inspired by their courage.”

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WRKF
3:40 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

The Advocate's Secret Weapon: A Speedy Press

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 9:30 am

It's sort of a fluke.

The Baton Rouge paper had been nursing its 1950s era letterpresses for years when it finally had to bite the bullet and invest in a new production facility. The speedy offset press came online in 2006, just as the country headed into a recession and the newspaper industry was tanking.

So when John Georges closed the deal to buy The Advocate in May, it came with one of the newest printing presses in the country.


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WRKF
12:43 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Interviews: The CPEX's Rachel Diresto, Author Daniel Bergner

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 2:43 pm

DOTD spokesman Dustin Annison and EBR Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker, talk about the future of LA Swift bus service  between here and New Orleans ... or the lack thereof. 

Author Daniel Bergner on his book, "What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire."


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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Natchitoches To Get A Bead Town Makeover

Two million Mardi Gras beads.

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Red River Radio
7:37 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Commentary: Remembering Summer Days In The Projection Booth

Commentator Gary Borders recalls a summer job from a bygone era: the movie projectionist. He was one at the Main Theater in Nacogdoches during the 1970s.


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WRKF
5:52 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Seeds Planted For Chess Culture In Baton Rouge Schools

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 9:59 am

About 200 teachers from 42 schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish district have signed up for workshops this summer to learn how to start chess clubs and use the game in their classrooms. The first batch of teachers capped off their training with a mini tournament Thursday.


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WRKF
5:40 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Interviews: Filmmaker John Hardy, Dr. Erin Greenwald With the Historic New Orleans Collection

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 10:05 am

Film producer John Hardy discusses his collaboration with Steven Soderbergh on the ground-breaking film "Sex, Lies & Videotape"; made 25 years ago.

Former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, who is now with the It's My Business Coalition.

From the Historic New Orleans Collection, Dr. Erin Greenwald PhD talks about the  remarkable discovery of a manuscript that unveils life in New Orleans in the 18th century. It's all in the new book, "A Company Man"

Author Nathan Tan on his new book, "The Forgetful Gentleman".


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WRKF
1:23 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Chemical Plant Explodes in Geismar

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 8:21 pm

UPDATED 9:22 p.m. CST:

The injured count is up to 77  and a 29-year-old man is dead after a chemical explosion in Geismar, La. Thursday. 

300 people were evacuated from the Williams Olefins plant, which produces over a billion pounds of propylene and ethylene a year for use in the production of other chemical and plastic products. It was propylene that caught fire after the explosion. Ten workers stayed behind to monitor a burn-off.

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Red River Radio
9:22 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Mostly Out-Of-State Filmmakers Vie For Louisiana Film Prize

Organizers of the Louisiana Film Prize in Shreveport say this year’s entries are mostly coming from filmmakers outside the Bayou State. Executive director Gregory Kallenberg expects another big turnout for the festival weekend in October when a panel of judges and the audience decide which film will receive a $50,000 cash payout. He anticipates about 80 entries this year, on par with the first year of the contest.

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WRKF
4:52 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Survey Says LA Swift Shutdown Could Hurt Jobs

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:21 pm

State plans to shut down the low-cost bus from Baton Rouge to New Orleans may harm economic ties between the cities.

According to a survey released Wednesday by The Center for Planning Excellence, more than half of LA Swift riders use the service to get to and from work.

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