Louisiana News

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7:36 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Gary Borders: On relishing panoramic vistas from a Texas plains ranch

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 3:07 pm

Commentator Gary Borders takes us pasture roaming on a central Texas Hill Country ranch.

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WRKF
5:32 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Red Snapper Fisheries In Limbo

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 10:59 am

According to federal regulations, Louisiana’s nine-day recreational red snapper fishing season legally starts next weekend. But some fishermen have been landing snapper since the state season started in March — at the risk of also landing a ticket from federal authorities.

The discrepancy between state and federal red snapper authorities is the subject of a bill sponsored by Sen. Bret Allain. Allain wants to put an all-out ban on red snapper, reasoning that if the fisheries are in such dire straits, maybe they shouldn’t be fished at all.

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WRKF
3:55 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Interviews: Oklahoma Reporter Matt Skinner, Author James Lacey

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 10:05 am

Jim talks with veteran Oklahoma reporter Matt Skinner about the devastation in the wake of this week's deadly tornado.

State government watchdog and political blogger C.B. Forgotston and Jim discuss goings-on at the Capitol.

Author James Lacey on his book, "Moment Of Battle"


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NPR Story
9:50 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Shreveport teen wins top award from Intel

A Harvard University-bound Caddo Magnet High School graduate delivered his commencement speech via a taped video last week. Henry Lin, 17, of Shreveport missed graduation because he was receiving the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at the world’s largest high school science research fair, a week-long event held in Phoenix. Lin received a $50,000 scholarship and $8,000 in cash for his astrophysics project that explores far-off and ancient cluster galaxies.

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WRKF
8:57 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Dust Settled, Lawmakers More Measured on Education Reforms

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 4:24 pm

Earlier this month, Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled that the way the state's private school voucher program was paid for was unconstitutional. It can't be paid for through the Minimum Foundation Formula, or MFP -- the pool of money that supports public education.

Rep. Kirk Talbot, a Republican from New Orleans who voted in favor of the education overhaul Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed hard for last year, says the missteps in the funding of the voucher program gave some in the legislature, " a little bit of heartburn."

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WRKF
8:36 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Frugal State House Committee Backs Education Spending

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 6:33 am

The House Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved $60 million in capital spending for the state’s technical colleges over the next five years — despite the state’s tight purse-strings.

Chairman Jim Fannin insisted that investing in the technical college system will grow the economy and the tax base.

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NPR Story
11:53 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Shreveport author and illustrator prepares for 'Epic' weekend

Shreveport author and illustrator William Joyce will receive a prestigious media award Thursday that coincides with the premiere of his new animated feature film that will debut in Shreveport.

Joyce will receive a Christopher Award  in New York.  His book, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," will be recognized alongside other books, films, and television/cable shows that live up to the highest values of the human spirit, according to the Christophers.

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Red River Radio
11:49 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Economic Development Head: Oklahoma City Is Open For Business

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 9:03 am

The former head of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Kurt Foreman, is keeping a close eye on the rebuilding process in tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., as executive vice president of economic development at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. His chamber represents 5,400 companies, Foreman said, and now the focus is on helping the ones in Moore.

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WRKF
10:46 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Interviews: Former State Lawmaker Vic Stelly, Columnist Quin Hilyer

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 10:05 am

Jim talks with former state lawmaker Vic Stelly, architect of the Stelly Tax Swap Plan which was enacted and repealed within a decade.

Conservative columnist and commentator Quin Hilyer on the trials of the Obama White House

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5:33 am
Wed May 22, 2013

La. Public School Funding Uncertain

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 8:34 am

Next year’s method for funding for public schools is a bit up in the air after the Senate Education Committee rejected the proposed formula from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program, or the MFP, was shot down last week because of a clerical error: BESE sent the legislature a draft of the MFP rather the final version.

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