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WRKF
5:25 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Details on Family Rebate Program, Economic Incentive Changes Released

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 6:01 pm

Under the Governor's proposed tax reforms low-income filers will be eligible for a rebate and some business incentive programs will see changes. The state House Ways and Means Committee met again Tuesday to discuss details on these elements of the proposal. 

The Governor wants to eliminate the personal income tax and the corporate income and franchise taxes. Under the proposal, the sales tax will grow to make up that revenue.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lawmakers Question If DHH's New Budget Saves

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 7:02 pm

Officials from the Department of Health and Hospitals were grilled Tuesday morning by the Appropriations Committee on how they plan to save money in the next fiscal year.

Among other cost-saving measures, the department’s $8.9 billion proposed budget calls for turning over a number of existing Medicaid services to private entities, and investing more in the Bayou Health reforms. Savings also hinge on the privatization of the LSU charity hospitals, although no official agreements have been made yet.

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WRKF
11:06 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Interviews: Former LSU Dean Brij Mohan, Professor and Author Candida Moss

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:03 am

Former LSU Dean Brij Mohan talks with Jim about the appointment of Dr. F. King Alexander as the new President of LSU, and where the university may be headed.

Notre Dame professor and author Candida Moss on her book, "The Myth of Persecution", in which she contends that familiar stories of ancient Rome throwing Christians to the lions and such are bunk.


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Politics
1:02 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

House Appropriations Committee Seeks State Employee Input

After hearing from department heads and state higher-ups, State Rep. John Schroder wants to hear from state employees on how to get Louisiana’s fiscal house in order.

The House Appropriations Committee has been methodically sifting through Gov. Jindal’s 2013-2014 budget since March 12th and will continue doing so in the weeks to come. As the committee continues going down the department checklist, Schroder now wants the involvement and input from actual state employees.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Jindal's Math Under Question: Answers Depend on Party Lines

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 4:35 pm

Remember in high school when math teachers wouldn’t give full credit for answers that weren’t supported with all the work that showed how a student arrived to that answer?

On Friday, a group of 250 clergymen and women challenged the work behind the math used by the Jindal administration to calculate the tax burden on individuals under the governor’s new tax swap plan.

The governor wants to eliminate the personal income tax, the corporate income tax and the corporate franchise tax. He’d replace that lost revenue by raising the sales tax to 5.88 percent, applying the sales tax to more services and tinkering with a few other taxes and exemptions. Jindal says the plan will not amount to a tax hike for citizens or a loss in revenue for the state, but that it will be revenue neutral.

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WRKF
11:52 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Interviews: LA Department of Revenue, Political Blogger C.B. Forgotston

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:06 am

Jim talks with Doug Baker, of the state Department of Revenue on the show, who explains more about Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms plan.

Government watchdog and blogger C.B. Forgotston (cbforgotston.com) talks about the tax swap plan and the coming Legislative session, which starts in two weeks.

Joni Leggio, with the LA Education Loan Authority, discusses how students can access federal student loan aid...and a new scholarship competition.

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Home & Garden
7:37 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Pollen, Pollen Everywhere

Spring has sprung, and with it comes pollen and allergies.  But what is pollen?


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WRKF
11:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Interviews: Pennington Center's Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Blogger Stephen Sabludowsky

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 10:05 am

Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Executive Director the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, discusses the health of Baton Rouge and Louisiana in general.

Political blogger Stephen Sabludowsky talks about the health of Governor Jindal's tax reforms proposal.

Award winning author Amy Stewart on her new book, "The Drunken Botanist"

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WRKF
10:02 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Neurologists Move Toward Oral Therapies, Injectables for MS Patients

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:30 pm

Dr. April Erwin, with the Neuromedical Center, explains the latest drug therapies and clinical trials that may give Multiple Sclerosis patients hope for a more normal lifestyle.


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NPR Story
8:53 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Northwestern State piano series features "From the Top" host

Pianist Christopher O’Riley, the host of the NPR music program “From the Top,” will perform Saturday, March 23, at Northwestern State University as part of its Louisiana Piano Series International. O’Riley is finishing up a three-year residency at LSU School of Music.

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