Wallis Watkins

With Time Running Out, Legislature Still Searching For Compromise

After the House failed to pass a major tax bill Wednesday night, the future of the special session appeared shaky. But there was some progress in getting negotiations going again Thursday.

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Time Running Short For Congress To Stabilize Individual Insurance Market

A bipartisan group of senators and House members has been working since last summer toward measures to keep prices from rising out of control and undermining the individual market—the market that serves people who don't get insurance through work or through the government. Members hope to attach a package of fixes to what should be the year's final temporary spending bill, due late this month. The lawmakers are up against both a legislative clock and the insurance companies' timeline....

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Prom Date Brings the Party

Aug 9, 2012

When the members of the band Prom Date were in college at LSU and Tulane, practices were social events. Their songs were as sprawling as their roster of musicians. The group is tighter now that the five permanent members are hoping to be able to quit their day jobs. But with their highly danceable beats, the band is still bringing the party.

Prom Date recently stuffed into the studio to talk with WRKF's Amy Jeffries.


East Baton Rouge Parish public school students are back in the classroom Wednesday. Almost inevitably, teachers will start by re-teaching material students forgot while they were on vacation. To minimize that learning loss over the summer, the district pointed students to the parish library.


East Baton Rouge Parish public school students are back in the classroom Wednesday. Almost inevitably, teachers will start by re-teaching material students forgot while they were on vacation. To minimize that learning loss over the summer, the district pointed students to the parish library.

BRAC CEO Calls Shaw Buyout a Good Deal For Baton Rouge

Aug 6, 2012

One week ago today, the Shaw Group announced it agreed to be acquired by Chicago Bridge and Iron.

Exhibit Catches Local Artists' Dreams

Aug 2, 2012

For the summer show at Glassell Gallery, curator and LSU Art School gallery coordinator Malia Krolak, invited 50 Baton Rouge artists to create works under the theme, "Dreamcatching" for the summer show at Glassell Gallery. 


Study Ranks Louisiana Second Worst State For Equal Pay

Jul 31, 2012

Earlier this year Congress voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that would have made it easier for workers to address suspected wage discrimination with their employers.

Louisiana has been ranked one of the worst offenders when it comes to paying women less than men for doing the same job. Efforts by equal pay advocates to make changes at the state level have failed.


Land Dispute Ends in Conservation Agreement

Jul 27, 2012

A cypress logging deal between a local school board and a timber company has failed to go through after outcry from environmental groups who said the trees need to be protected. But as WRKF's Tegan Wendland reports, the school board really needed the money, so they've come up with an alternative. 

Atchafalaya Basin Draws More Visitors

Jul 19, 2012

It’s downtime for tourism in Louisiana. Tourism officials in the Atchafalaya Basin are taking advantage of the hot summer break to prepare for another busy season.

Since the launch of the popular reality show, Swamp People, in 2010, visits to the area are way up.

Executive Director of the Atchafalaya Basin Heritage Program, Deb Credeur, says they’ve seen a 15 percent jump in the number of people stopping by the visitor center.

She talked with WRKF’s Tegan Wendland about the draw of Louisiana’s swamps and bayous.

Imagine having a job as a hotel concierge, but there are no customers to serve. That's what the St. Francisville Transitory Theatre company captures with its one-woman show La Concierge Solitaire.

Clinic Offers Detox to BP Cleanup Workers

Jul 16, 2012

When the Deepwater Horizon exploded two years ago, spilling an unprecedented amount of oil into the Gulf, BP hired about 48,000 workers to clean up. Some of those workers have since reported health problems. There's just one clinic in Louisiana now dedicated to treating them. As WRKF's Tegan Wendland reports, the clinic has a rather controversial backer.


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