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7:53 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Landrieu Takes Political Hit Along With Keystone Pipeline

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is now facing tougher odds of re-election next month, in light of the failure of Congress to pass the Keystone XL pipeline through Congress.

After narrowly leading on Election Day, the Democrat had pinned her hopes for re-election on leading the approval process for the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline during the lame-duck Congress.

It was to serve as a ready-made example of her clout for voters in a state with a robust oil and gas industry.

But it failed by one vote.

5:22 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

Pipes for Transcanada Corp.'s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline are stacked at a depot in Gascoyne, N.D. The House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline Friday; the Senate voted against it on Tuesday.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:52 pm

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday.

An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the bill; subsequent calls for senators' votes failed to net the 60 votes needed for passage. The decisive 41st "No" vote came with 55 votes in favor, and the final tally was 59-41.

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10:51 am
Tue November 18, 2014

How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

The State Department's Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline defines a job as lasting for only one year.
United States Department of State

With the Louisiana Senate runoff driving votes in both chambers of Congress on the Keystone XL pipeline, here's a question: How many of those jobs will actually be in Louisiana?

The answer: zero.

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Le Show
1:37 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Le Show For Nov. 16, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show with Harry Shearer: Nixon in Heaven, News of the Warm, What the Frack, We Tortured Some Folks, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

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Red River Radio
8:48 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Public policy expert calls Louisiana's budget woes 'a perfect storm'

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, will give a speech titled "Revenue and You" Thursday in Bossier City. Erwin calls it a "budget 101" type of talk.

A panel that oversees Louisiana’s income projections will meet Friday to look over revised revenue estimates for the current year.

Some members of the Revenue Estimating Conference expect to see a lower revenue projection than the one used to craft the state budget last spring.

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, will speak about the state budget today in Bossier City. His nonprofit specializes in statewide public policy issues. Erwin says Louisiana is experiencing flat growth, which doesn’t square with all of the economic development activity.

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Latest News
8:03 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Senator Landrieu Announces Upcoming Vote On Keystone

The House and Senate will vote in a few days on legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

It’s a pivotal move in the race for a Louisiana Senate seat.

The two candidates in the December 6 runoff are both pushing the bills.

They are three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu in the Senate, and Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy in the House.

The House is virtually certain to approve the bill on Thursday. Landrieu says she has the votes to pass it in the Senate next Tuesday.

That would leave the fate of the bill up to President Barack Obama.

Coastal Desk
3:55 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

FACTS Conference Says Climate Change Is Now

A full crowd at the FACTS conference, held in Tulane University's Lavin Bernik Center.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

The French Embassy in the United States and Tulane University came together earlier this week to present the French American Climate Talks, or FACTS. The conference series travels to cities in the United States and Canada to engage scientists and policymakers in discussions about the impacts of climate change, and how we can prepare to face them.

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Le Show
2:10 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Le Show For Nov. 9, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show: Blair Calls 43, News of the Olympic Movement, We're Not #1, News of NiceCorp, The Apologies of the Week, News of Inspectors General, and more!

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6:27 am
Fri November 7, 2014

New Narrative as Senate Race Goes On

Louisiana has gone immediately from a primary campaign to a runoff campaign.

Sen. Mary Landrieu will again be at the top of the ticket Dec. 6 fighting for reelection. Congressman Bill Cassidy is continuing to battle to win her seat.

Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, says with Republicans taking control of the Senate Tuesday, both candidates have new war cries. 



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11:26 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Election Day Was Harsh For Senate's Southern Democrats

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:49 pm

The Democratic Party's last hope rests with Mary Landrieu, who is locked in a runoff with GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. She survived rematches in 1996 and again in 2008.

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