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4:22 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Jindal Signs Bill Seeking Personal Online Privacy

Gov. Jindal signed into law the "Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act."
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Employers and schools in Louisiana will be prohibited from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor has signed into law the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James, which is called the "Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act."

The measure bans employers and public schools, including colleges, from requesting usernames, passwords or other authentication information that allows them to access personal online accounts.

WRKF
5:40 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Insight: Ideas to Balance State Budget in Short Supply

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 9:22 am

With just 10 days left in the legislative session, we’re down to the nitty gritty: lawmakers are trying to figure out how to sew up the state budget. And earlier this week, the Revenue Estimating Committee rebuffed the Jindal administration’s wish to include $54 million in revenue that could come with changes to how the state Dept. of Revenue does its tax collecting, according to a group of consultants on the hunt for savings in the state budget.


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WRKF
3:02 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Communism and Crawfishing on Common Core

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 9:17 am

“I’m not a communist.”

But Senator Conrad Appel isn’t a happy camper, either. He took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to deliver a tirade directed toward Governor Bobby Jindal.

“You can call me a communist. You can call me a socialist fascist—that’s a good one,” Appel declared forcefully. “Anything you want to call me? Do it!”

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NOLA Life Stories
5:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

50 Years Later: The Startling Death Of Former Mayor Chep Morrison

Before his career in politics, deLesseps "Chep" Morrison earned the rank of major general in the Army Reserve during World War II.
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deLesseps “Chep” Morrison was the mayor of New Orleans from 1946 to 1961. History will remember his administration as a polarizing one: he lured corporations to town, but also upheld segregationist values. He ran for Louisiana governor three times, and lost his final election in the winter of 1964. Months later, he spoke with future Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris, who still remembers their final conversation.    

Click here to hear about the death of Chep Morrison, as recounted by Jimmy Fitzmorris.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Crappie and Roosters and Gators, Oh My!

With less than two weeks left in the session, bills are piling up in both chambers. While both the House and the Senate worked on shortening their stacks of paperwork Tuesday afternoon, critters became a recurring theme.

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Latest News
4:47 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Jindal Signs Cigarette Butt Littering Ban Into Law

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that labels cigarette butts as litter. A first-offense carries a $300 fine.
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Flicking a cigarette butt out of your car window could get you slapped with a hefty fine and community service.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that labels cigarette butts as litter and allows the fines.

The measure by Republican Rep. Patrick Connick, from Marrero, carries a first offense fine of $300 and eight hours of community service in a litter cleanup program.

WRKF
3:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The 54-Million-Dollar Question: FY 2015

Louisiana Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield urges Revenue Estimating Conference to keep questioned income in forecast.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:08 pm

The Revenue Estimating Conference, the state’s official income predictors, met Monday afternoon to adopt new revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.

LSU economist Dr. Jim Richardson had immediate concerns about the Jindal administration’s numbers, which included $54-million extra in anticipated tax collections.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon May 19, 2014

20/20 Hindsight: Dedicating State Funding Streams

 “I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about this,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Jack Donahue said, regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to help Higher Ed.

The House-approved measure that would have dedicated state funding for colleges and universities was shot down in Donahue’s committee late last week. Donahue, who also serves on the Senate Education Committee, said he supported the concept but was reluctant to lock up any more state dollars.

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Le Show
1:37 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Le Show For May 18, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer Reads the Trades and has an all-new episode of Dr. Bill. He also brings News of the Atom, News of the Olympic Movement, the Apologies of the Week, and more!

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WRKF
3:02 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Rules for Environmental Damage Suits Advance

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 9:59 am

They’re called “legacy lawsuits”—when property owners sue oil and gas companies for environmental damage done in decades past. Thursday, Louisiana’s House spent hours hearing—and ultimately approving—two bills dealing with legacy lawsuits.

“When we get to court, we know there’s an issue,” explained Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo, while introducing his bill, which would let parties on either side ask the Department of Natural Resources to come up with a remediation plan for the polluted or otherwise damaged property.

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