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4:06 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Jindal Administration Won't Scrap Hospital Privatization Model

Jindal administration won't reverse course on the privatization of state-owned hospitals that care for the uninsured.
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Governor Bobby Jindal's chief budget adviser says the administration won't reverse course on the privatization of state-owned hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured.

Federal officials have rejected the financing plans to pay for most of the privatization contracts. But Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers today that the denial won't force an adjustment in the health care model.

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WRKF
3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Death Penalty Drugs Bill Advances

 If you can’t get lethal injection drugs, how do you impose the death penalty?

"We have the death sentence. Whether some of you agree with that or disagree with it, that's what we have,” said House Criminal Justice committee chairman Joe Lopinto. “If we're going to have that we need to be able, as a state, to follow through with that order."

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Le Show
1:52 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Le Show For May 4, 2014

Harry Shearer

In this edition of Le Show, Harry Shearer brings New of the Olympic Movement, News of the Inspector's General, SOS of the Week, News of Secrets, Apologies of the Week, News of the Warm, Karzia Talk and more.

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Latest News
4:13 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Special Legislative Election Called To Replace Rep. Jared Brossett

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley is calling a special election in November to fill a vacant state House seat representing part of New Orleans.
Tom Arthur

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley is calling a special election in November to fill a vacant state House seat representing part of New Orleans.

Rep. Jared Brossett, a Democrat from New Orleans, resigned from the House of Representatives this week to take an elected seat on the New Orleans City Council.

Kleckley set the special election to fill the House District 97 seat to coincide with the Nov. 4 congressional elections being held around Louisiana. A runoff, if needed, will be held Dec. 6.

Qualifying for candidates is set for Aug. 20 through Aug. 22.

WRKF
5:52 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Insight: What Goes Up (for Debate) Often Comes Down

A couple of high-profile bills were on the Louisiana legislature's docket in the past week, both were dashed. A proposal to allow for medical marijuana was rejected and the possibility for the return of the electric chair was commuted to a more palatable proposal for shielding suppliers of lethal injection drugs.


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WRKF
3:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Senate Committee Turns Down the MFP

 

The Senate Education Committee took testimony on the MFP Thursday, and ended up rejecting the formula for funding public schools.

The formula included $150-million in new spending: for a growing number of students, for career education and for kids with special needs. On a conference call following the committee meeting, state Superintendent John White said he’s not worried about students losing out, despite the formula being turned away. That’s because House Appropriations already added the extra money to HB 1, the next state budget.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Bill Aimed At Protecting Domestic Violence Victims' Housing Rights

Senate Bill 233 would include domestic violence victims in groups protected against housing discrimination.

Fair housing advocates in New Orleans are supporting legislation that would protect domestic violence victims from eviction. Apartment management groups want to make sure the rules are clear.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Senate Drones Bill Crashes in House Committee

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:00 pm

A Senate-approved bill to prohibit the camera-equipped unmanned aircraft known as drones from overflying chemical plants and refineries crashed and burned in the House Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday.

“Drones are becoming more and more prevalent,” explained the bill’s author, Baton Rouge Senator Bodi White. “And it’s just an effort to try to at least have some rules or laws for the state of Louisiana with our critical infrastructure.”

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WRKF
3:02 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Coastal Restoration Fund Maneuver Used to Balance Budget

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:40 pm

  “There’s no one-time money for recurring expenditures in the budget,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols guaranteed from the start of this year’s budget process. Yet as the House Appropriations Committee worked to modify and approve Governor Jindal’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, the secret behind “no one-time money” was revealed.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Kumbayah Moment: Teacher Termination Compromise

Although they didn’t actually “hold hands and sing Kumbayah”, there was a brief moment of peace and accord between the Jindal administration and teachers unions last week. After more than two years of name-calling, angst and lawsuits, they found common ground around a bill to modify the process for terminating tenured teachers who receive “ineffective” ratings.

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