politics

WRKF
3:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Medical Schools Hurting for Funding

Louisiana’s Senate worked Monday, forgoing the holiday barbeque. The Senate Finance Committee did do some grilling however, as Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols gave them a rundown of HB 1, as approved by the House.

“They did include $31.1 million for LSU Medical School in Shreveport,” Nichols said of the House “priority list” – a wish list if more revenue is found.

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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of May 24, 2015

Harry Shearer

This week on Harry Shearer's Le Show: Face the Meet, Kabuki, Annals of Trash Talk, News of NiceCorps,What the Frack?,  News of the Olympic Movement,  News of Bad Banks, News of the Atom, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

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Business
4:25 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

As Louisiana Executive Order Made, A Look At Long-Held Ties Between Tech And LGBTQ Community

Louisiana's controversial Marriage and Conscience Act failed to win approval in Baton Rouge this session. The bill would have prohibited the state from punishing businesses for having religious beliefs that say "marriage is between one man and one woman." Critics of the bill say it would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

After the the bill failed, Governor Bobby Jindal stepped in and issued an executive order to accomplish the intent of the bill.

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Listening Post NOLA
4:15 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Listening Post Question Of The Week: Do You Agree With Louisiana Politicians On Climate Change?

Scientists predict more hurricanes as a result of climate change, but some politicians doubt the link.
Jesse Hardman

Recently Louisiana senators David Vitter and Bill Cassidy signed a letter asking that FEMA eliminate the requirement that states address climate change in disaster planning to receive federal funding. Read the full letter here

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Latest News
8:50 am
Mon May 18, 2015

State Legislature Passes Half-Way Mark In Session

It’s past the half-way mark in this year’s session of the state Legislature. One political expert sees a change in tone on the way.

So far the legislative action has been in House committees. Jeremy Alford, publisher of LA Politics Weekly, says the second half is being controlled by Senate lawmakers in a much different political situation than their colleagues chairing major House panels.

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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of May 17, 2015

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show with Harry Shearer: A new Obama Slow Jam, Jet Plane Full of Loot, News of the Godly, Our Freedom-Loving Friends, News of the Olympic Movement, The Apologies of the Week, News of AFPAC, Let Us Try, News of the Warm, News of Secrets, and more!

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Latest News
7:18 am
Fri May 15, 2015

New Orleans City Council Approves Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

The New Orleans City Council has approved a major revamp of the city’s zoning plan. The vote came after four years of meetings and several hours of last-minute debate.

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WRKF
3:53 am
Fri May 15, 2015

House Votes to Ban Sex-Selective Abortion

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 9:57 am

A bill prohibiting abortions based on the baby's sex was approved by Louisiana's full House Thursday. The bill's author, Houma Rep. Lenar Whitney explained why she brought the bill.

"The practice of sex-selection abortion has made its way from the Asian nations to inside our borders here in the United States," Whitney said.

Whitney said those cultures prefer boys over girls, and this is about protecting mothers and their potential daughters. "In high Asian immigrant populations, many of these women were coerced into abortions and threatened by divorce and violence if they did not bear sons."

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WRKF
3:03 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Fiscal Notes Can Be Fatal

Did you know a piece of paper could kill? Natchitoches Rep. Kenny Cox found that out Wednesday, when the fiscal note for his HB 590 was delivered just a few minutes before its hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee.

Cox’s bill would require industrial plants to install air quality monitors along their fence lines.

“This bill is about safety: safety for the people who live along the fence lines,” Cox said in explanation of the proposed law.

Before too much testimony on the bill was given, Houma Rep. Joe Harrison advised Cox that the estimated state cost for implementing the bill – the fiscal note – was going to be the real issue.

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WRKF
3:03 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Equal Pay Bill Passes Full Senate

Louisiana’s Senate approved a bill requiring private businesses to provide equal pay for equal work, and setting up a mechanism for enforcement.

“This bill is important to our wives, our mothers, and our daughters. But it’s equally important to our fathers and sons,” said New Orleans Senator J. P. Morrell. “The message we’re sending to people around this state is that we believe that people should be paid equal pay for equal work.”

The debate over Senator Edwin Murray’s SB 219 was fierce, with the business lobby pushing lawmakers to vote no.

“All we’re doing with this bill is we are putting one more little nail in the coffin of businesses across the state,” said Senator Jack Donahue.

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