Louisiana News

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9:07 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Lawmakers Scurry To Keep Bills From Dropping Dead

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 8:02 am

Monday lawmakers and lobbyists hustled across the rotunda that connects the chambers to assemble the votes to keep their bills alive, lest they fall victim to “Drop Dead Day” at the Capitol.

Sound ominous? 

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NPR Story
8:53 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Caddo Parish teachers take final seminar before federal grant ends prematurely

Teachers from 25 Caddo Parish schools have begun a graduate seminar  at LSU Shreveport to enhance their expertise and ability to teach American and Louisiana history. The Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education has been the bread-and-butter program for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities over the years. These grants totaled $2 million for Caddo Parish since 2005, and touched 370 teachers. LEH president Michael Sartisky said the current group of teachers will be the last ones through the program.

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Red River Radio
2:02 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Medical Research In Louisiana Will Be Pared Back Under Federal Budget Cuts, Says Advocacy Group

The head of a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes health research said Louisiana stands to lose millions of dollars in medical research funding due to the across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Mary Woolley, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Research!America, said the National Institutes of Health distributes billions of dollars to universities and research institutions – and the grants are getting scarcer and more competitive.

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WRKF
8:25 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Time Running Short For State Budget Passage

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 9:08 am

The Senate has given the House a tough decision.

Senators rewrote the representatives’ version of the budget, re-allocating arguably unstable funds that the House had painstakingly removed. But it may be hard for representatives to vote against the budget. 

That’s because it sets aside $50 million for a one-time salary bonus for public school teachers.  

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WRKF
7:32 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Lily Of The Nile Holds Up Her Clusters Of Flowers

Agapanthas are blooming all around the Baton Rouge area.


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WRKF
5:52 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Suit Over Teacher Tenure Changes Kicked Back To District Court

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 3:46 pm

The Louisiana Supreme Court has asked a Baton Rouge district judge to review his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws – called Act 1.

Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled that the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws.

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WRKF
5:28 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Keeping Track Of Refinery Emissions

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 8:56 am

In its "Poisoned Places" series, NPR reports that industry here in Louisiana is emitting more smog-producing chemicals than it should and regulators aren't doing enough to curtail the pollution.

Elizabeth Shogren honed in on Exxon's Baton Rouge refinery and the smoke Almena Poray sees from the front porch of her house, a block from the refinery's south gate.

"That's something you see every day," Poray told the NPR reporter. "Sometimes it's a darker gray, sometimes it's a black smoke coming out."

Ed Overton, professor emeritus of environmental science at LSU, and Robert Berg, state regulatory advisor for Exxon talk more about what Poray is seeing and breathing from her front porch.


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WRKF
12:01 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Interviews: Political Consultant, Pollster & Demographer Elliot Stonecipher

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 10:50 am

Jim talks with Shreveport area pollster, demographer and political consultant Elliot Stonecipher, about his long career and about the political future of Governor Bobby Jindal.

NOLA.com reporter Chelsea Brasted talks about efforts to save and restore the historic Lincoln Theater, in Old South Baton Rouge.

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WRKF
10:13 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Interviews: Novelist Deen Koontz, Jim Donelon, Charles Alexander, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 10:47 am

Bestselling novelist Dean Koontz talks about his life, his craft and his latest book, "Deeply Odd"

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon discusses insurance issues with hurricane season starting Saturday.

A visit with LSU legend Charles Alexander

New Orleans State Senator Karen Carter Peterson talks about her comments on the Senate floor Tuesday, alleging that opposition to elements of President Obama's health care reforms are "because of race".


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NPR Story
9:37 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Robinson's Rescue receives grant to control feral cats in Shreveport

Feral cats roaming in one Shreveport neighborhood will be able to be fixed for free through a new grant program. Robinson’s Rescue, a Shreveport nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost spay/neuter services, announced it launched a new Free Feral Cat Program made possible through a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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