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NPR Story
9:02 am
Thu April 18, 2013

El Dorado, Ark., to create litter index

The city of El Dorado is working through its certification process to become an affiliate city of the Keep America Beautiful organization. Six volunteers will pile into a city van Saturday and drive dozens of miles crisscrossing El Dorado to complete what’s called a "litter index."

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Music
1:03 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Artists, New Sound, Still Authentically Louisiana

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:22 am

Festival season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to boogie down to Louisiana music - both old and new. Some new artists bringing a different sound to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year are Luke Winslow-King, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Alexis and the Samurai.

Alex Rawls, a New Orleans-based writer and editor who runs the music and culture website MySpiltMilk.com, was the guest editor of The Oxford American magazine’s 2012 Southern Music Issue, which was entirely dedicated to all things Louisiana music. He also helped put together its accompanying album.

And Rawls tells WRKF’s Ashley Westerman that even though this new music comes from a younger generation and may sound a little different - it is still authentically Louisiana.


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WRKF
4:28 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Firearm Lock-Up Bill Extinguished

A bill requiring gun owners to store firearms in locked containers died in a House committee Wednesday.

In the wake of the Connecticut shootings a bevy of firearm regulation bills were presented before the Administration of Criminal Justice committee.

Committee members who voted against the lock-up bill said accidents happen and that negligence laws are already on the books.  

Rep. Barbara Norton said her bill was aimed at curbing accidental fatalities and protecting our children.

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WRKF
12:22 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Bill To Prohibit Federal Gun Regulations Squeaks By State House Committee

A bill that seeks to prohibit the enforcement of federal restrictions on semi-automatic firearms in Louisiana barely advanced Wednesday in the House.

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WRKF
11:22 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Interviews: GOP Consultant Scott Wilfong and LA Progress's Bruce Parker

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 1:56 pm

Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong and Bruce Parker, of Louisiana Progress, debate a proposed bill that would ban lawsuits based upon gender identification or sexual orientation.

U.S. Army Col. Sherb Sintelle talks about the Army War College

Susan Hunt, with EBR Parish schools, on a collaborative school with the LSU Lab School.


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WRKF
8:39 am
Wed April 17, 2013

The Income Tax Repeal Is Out. So What's In?

After the legislature tabled all tax repeal bills, the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus ditched the parts of its tax package that would cut taxes. But it’s keeping the part that raises revenue.

Representative Katrina Jackson leads the caucus. She says under her plan, the funds from raising the tobacco tax would be dedicated. “It starts making the areas of higher education systems whole, and the area of health care as well,” Jackson said.

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NPR Story
8:37 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jefferson, Texas, history tour benefits old city cemetery

Historical figures who lived in Jefferson, Texas, during the Civil War era will come to life during an annual walking tour of the city’s Old Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday. The Twilight Cemetery Stroll features community actors dressed in period costume. Surrounded by Victorian monuments and fading tombstones, they act out the lives of six notable townspeople.

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WRKF
5:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

School Counselor, Librarian Mandates to Stand

The state's top school board has dropped plans to do away with requirements for counselors and librarians at public schools.

The Dept. of Education had recommended the change as part of a continuing push to give more flexibility to local administrators. The reversal came as a surprise to the dozens of critics who flocked to the BESE meeting to voice impassioned opposition Tuesday.

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WRKF
1:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Interviews: Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Cotton, Legalizing Marijuana

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 10:04 am

Dr. Beau Kilmer, with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, with what everyone needs to know about legalizing marijuana.

Jim talks with civil rights activist Dr. Dorothy Cotton, who was a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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WRKF
1:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

NOLA Adjudicated Property Redemption Window Could Become State-Wide

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 3:03 pm

A bill to shorten the time frame from three years to 18 months for owners of adjudicated properties to pay unpaid taxes has advanced in the house.


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