Wallis Watkins

Louisiana Students Continue Making Strides in Advanced Placement

For the fifth straight year, the number of students in Louisiana earning Advanced Placement credits has increased. More than 6,500 students gained college credit from their 2017 AP exams.

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Repeal-And-Replace Effort In Senate Still Dominated By Confusion

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET The Republican's seven year quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act descended into chaos Thursday night as the Senate prepared for an unwieldy, all-night session. The contentious debate has left Republicans in an uncomfortable position where the only legislation they can pass is a bill most senators oppose. Several said they would only vote for the so-called skinny repeal on the condition that the House never take it up and it never becomes law. Democrats,...

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Wallis Watkins

For the fifth straight year, the number of students in Louisiana earning Advanced Placement credits has increased. More than 6,500 students gained college credit from their 2017 AP exams. 


Wallis Watkins

Just one week after school started last year, doors were closed as historic flooding damaged campuses across Livingston Parish. But when schools opened once again, not all students came back. And as Wallis Watkins reports, that’s only added to the financial strain on the school system. 

Sue Lincoln

“Bill Cassidy said in a tweet in January that ‘no one will lose coverage’.” Together Louisiana member Nick Albares reminded everyone at a Wednesday press conference.

The statewide coalition of churches and community groups is taking U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy to task for his latest healthcare bill votes.


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Louisiana Education Superintendent John White has been a polarizing figure since he came to work in Louisiana more than six years ago, with battles consistently fought around him, for him, and against him.

It began with former Superintendent Paul Pastorek’s announcement in April 2011.

“John White is my recommendation for leading the Recovery School District,” Pastorek informed the Board of Secondary and Elementary Education on April 8, 2011. “John is probably one of the most respected reformers in the country.”

Baton Rouge Magnet High School principal Nanette McCann talks about the state of public education in Louisiana. McCann has been leader of one of the nation's leading schools for the past 15 years. She has also been serving as principal of the reopened Lee High School.


John White Soldiers On

Jul 26, 2017
Sue Lincoln

Love him or hate him, John White is the focus of another battle – this time over whether he can legally remain as state Education Superintendent.

“I think we could progress a lot more if the conflict that he produces were gone,” says Ganey Arsement, a teacher from Lake Charles.


The Uncertain Future Of Flood Insurance

Jul 25, 2017

Since last August, the popularity of flood insurance has again surged in Louisiana, but the future of the debt-laden National Flood Insurance Program is uncertain. Since 2005, the program has racked up $24.6 billion dollars in liability to the U.S. Treasury, mostly due to claims after Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and the Great Louisiana Flood of 2016. That’s just one way that Louisiana’s past is influencing the federal program’s future.

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Which of the seven candidates for state Treasurer will you pick on October 14th? If you’re like most Louisiana voters, you don’t have a clue.

“At this point, it truly is anybody’s race,” says John Couvillon of JMC Analytics.


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East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore comments on the increase in murders in the Capital region, the pending loss of funds for the BRAVE program to combat crime, and the fate of a notorious criminal Todd Wessinger, who had his death penalty reinstated by a court last week.


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With Medicaid one of the largest chunks of state budget spending, it’s no surprise some are honed in on curbing: “Fraud, waste, abuse in our Medicaid program.”


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