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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Getting That Settlement Paid Could Take an Act of the Legislature

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:44 am

Each session, lawmakers file appropriations bills, trying to get the state to pay what courts have ruled is owed to plaintiffs.

This session, one of the 26 “Appropriations/Judgment” bills is authored by Crowley Representative Jack Montoucet, on behalf of the Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association. The amount due that group is $3,722,315.00.

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Le Show
1:44 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Le Show For March 16, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings us What the Frack, News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Inspector's General, Let's Follow the Dollar, News of the Atom, Apologies of the Week, and more.  

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Politics
12:43 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman Re-Elected

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman at a press conference last year. Gusman defeated challenger Charles Foti to win re-election as sheriff.
Tom Gogola The Lens

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has defeated challenger Charles Foti to win re-election.

The race centered on the conditions at the city's jail. The U.S. Justice Department has said the Orleans Parish Prison is a chaotic, dangerous facility that is understaffed.

Gusman says the jail is close to being transformed and he told voters he wanted to see the problems fixed. Foti also vowed to fix the issues.

The sheriff has authority over roughly 2,000 inmates and more than 700 employees.

Politics
7:43 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman?

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and his new wife, Trina Grimes Scott, after getting married in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La., in July 2011.
CHERYL GERBER AP

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 3:43 pm

Rascally former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was once so confident about re-election that he declared "the only way I can lose is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."

That was 30 years ago, when Edwards, 86, was a much younger man. It was long before the Democrat served eight years in prison for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion.

And it was a lifetime – or two — before a recent cringe-inducing reality television show about life with his young wife, her teenage sons and his own grandmother-aged daughters from a previous marriage.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

New Orleans Voters Will Decide Runoff Elections This Saturday

UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak reviews the runoffs on Saturday's ballot.

Voters in New Orleans are heading to the polls Saturday to decide several citywide offices. Runoffs will decide two council seats, the sheriff, the coroner and a request for funds from the Audubon Nature Institute.

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WRKF
3:03 am
Wed March 12, 2014

There Will Be a Test

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 9:49 am

On the first real business day of the new session Tuesday, the House Appropriations jumped right in with heavy lifting, as they began combing through the governor’s 329-page budget proposal. Lawmakers didn’t hesitate to ask for detailed explanations about the line items.

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Politics
7:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

New Orleans Submits Legislative Agenda To Baton Rouge

New Orleans legislation this session.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has released his wish list for the current session of the State Legislature. Items requested by City Hall include a tax increase for public safety and a more aggressive approach to clearing blighted property.

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WRKF
2:57 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

FULL AUDIO: State of the State 2014

Gov. Bobby Jindal

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 9:16 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal addressed the state House and Senate Monday, March 10, to open the legislative session.

WRKF News Director Amy Jeffries and LSU Political Scientist Kirby Goidel anchored the live broadcast.


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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Session Starting: What's the Plan?

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 4:55 pm

The 2014 Louisiana legislative session convenes today. Beyond the opening gavel, the big event of the day is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s speech to the full legislature. 

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Le Show
1:40 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Le Show For March 9, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings a phone conversation between John Kerry and William Hague, What the Frack, News from Outside the Bubble, News of the Warm, News of the Atom, Apologies of the Week, and more. 

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