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7:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.S. Energy, Interior Secretaries Tour Louisiana Coast

Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor discuss the significance of their first tour of the Louisiana coast.

Two leading officials in the Energy and Interior Departments have gotten their first look at the oil production facilities along the Louisiana coast. They got a bird’s eye view of the energy facilities at work, and the threat they face from coastal erosion.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Taking a Closer Look at State Contracts

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 4:18 pm

Louisiana has billions of taxpayer dollars tied up in thousands of contracts—for goods and services, consulting, privatization and more. Lawmakers, frustrated by the continuing battles to balance the state budget, are pushing to take a closer look at those contracts.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Drivers’ Licenses: Costing More, but Lasting Longer

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:20 pm

It looks like the cost of a driver’s license is going up—but so is the length of time between renewals.

“The fee will be more, but it’s a six year fee, so over time it’ll be the same,” explains Franklin Foil.

The Baton Rouge representative authored the measure increasing both the cost and expiration dates for all Louisiana drivers’ licenses. A basic license, which now costs $21.50 and is good for four years, will be going up to $32.50, and will be valid for six years.

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Le Show
1:44 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Le Show For May 25, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer talks about the New Orleans levees, the military (including the song Too Fat to Fight), News of the Godly, News from Outside the Bubble, News of the Olympic Movement, the Apologies of the Week, News of the Atom, another episode of Clintonsomething, and more!

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Latest News
4:39 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

New State Law Bans Tanning Beds For Minors

A new law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning facilities.
EvilErin

Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to ban Louisiana's minors from using tanning beds.

The governor's office announced Friday that Jindal signed into law the bill by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno, prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning facilities.

Supporters say the prohibition will lower risks of skin cancer associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds. At least five other states have similar prohibitions.

Latest News
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."
SchuminWeb

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.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

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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