WRKF News http://wrkf.org en Insight: Lots of Forgiveness in Congressional Elections; Lots of Money in Senate Race http://wrkf.org/post/insight-lots-forgiveness-congressional-elections-lots-money-senate-race <p>A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeremy Alford, publisher of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.lapolitics.com" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">LaPolitics.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Alford says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:21:58 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29571 at http://wrkf.org Putting a Life-Saving Drug in More Hands - Legal or Not http://wrkf.org/post/putting-life-saving-drug-more-hands-legal-or-not <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Heroin-related deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish spiked last year - the Coroner's office recorded 35 fatalities. Only Jefferson and Orleans Parish had as many.</span></p><p>To try to stop the deaths, a new law will allow not just paramedics, but all first responders to carry the drug Narcan - which can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose within seconds.</p><p>But some activists say the law doesn't go far enough. They say they'll keep distributing Narcan themselves directly to drug users illegally.</p><p><br /> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:36:40 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 29198 at http://wrkf.org Putting a Life-Saving Drug in More Hands - Legal or Not Insight: Protection from Discrimination for LGBT People in Baton Rouge Too? http://wrkf.org/post/insight-protection-discrimination-lgbt-people-baton-rouge-too <p>New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. <a href="http://blog.nola.com/politics/print.html?entry=/2013/12/fairness_ordinance_shreveport_lgbt_gay_la.html" target="_blank">Shreveport</a> followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an <a href="http://theadvocate.com/csp/mediapool/sites/dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls?STREAMOID=w0BiPSnsMUfzk7Wj2nkK0JM5tm0Zxrvol3sywaAHBAnzd3OpEt2NmtrL5SKqvqqRE0$uXvBjavsllACLNr6VhLEUIm2tympBeeq1Fwi7sIigrCfKm_F3DhYfWov3omce$8CAqP1xDAFoSAgEcS6kSQ--&amp;CONTENTTYPE=application/pdf&amp;CONTENTDISPOSITION=Fairness%20Ordinance.pdf" target="_blank">ordinance</a> to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell.</p><p>Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for&nbsp;<em><a href="http://theadvocate.com/home/9578346-125/br-council-to-consider-anti-discrimination" target="_blank">The Advocate</a>, </em>discusses the dynamics at play.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:32:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29230 at http://wrkf.org Insight: Research Points to Cost Savings for Coverage of Obesity Treatment http://wrkf.org/post/insight-research-points-cost-savings-coverage-obesity-treatment <p>In their <a href="http://doa.louisiana.gov/doa/PressReleases/LA_GEMS_FINAL_REPORT.pdf" target="_blank">long list of recommendations </a>for how the state could save money, the Jindal&nbsp;administration's consultants, Alvarez &amp; Marsal, suggested Louisiana could find a billion dollars in savings from the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) over the next five years -- largely by redesigning state employee health insurance plans and what they cover.</p><p><a href="http://www.pbrc.edu/research-and-faculty/faculty/?faculty=22" target="_blank">Dr. Phillip Brantley</a>, senior scientist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has been looking into whether specifically the state could save money by covering medical treatment for severe obesity.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:15:28 +0000 Amy Jeffries 28916 at http://wrkf.org Insight: With Executive Order Over Common Core, Jindal Upends Testing Plans http://wrkf.org/post/insight-executive-order-over-common-core-jindal-upends-testing-plans <p>Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order last week canceling the testing contract that was meant to implement learning benchmarks once adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.<br /><br />And that has Jindal squaring off against the state superintendent and the president of the BESE board he hand-picked to push through major state education reforms in recent years. &nbsp;<br /><br />Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press state capitol correspondent, discusses the clash.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 28608 at http://wrkf.org Award Winning Vocalist Brings Bluegrass to Baton Rouge http://wrkf.org/post/award-winning-vocalist-brings-bluegrass-baton-rouge <p></p><p>Tonight at 8 PM, the Unitarian Church will be filled with the rolling rhythms of award winning bluegrass.&nbsp; Though The Claire Lynch Band might not be a mainstream name, the band and its members are well-known and respected in the bluegrass community.&nbsp; Claire Lynch, who heads the band, spoke with Elizabeth Eads earlier this week while on the road heading to Baton Rouge.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Playlist:</strong></p><p>The Claire Lynch Band-Once the Teardrops Start to Fall&nbsp;</p><p>The Claire Lynch Band-I'll Be Alright Tomorrow</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:40:59 +0000 Elizabeth Eads 28303 at http://wrkf.org Award Winning Vocalist Brings Bluegrass to Baton Rouge Land, Air, Water, Wildlife: Why Does it Matter to You? http://wrkf.org/post/land-air-water-wildlife-why-does-it-matter-you <p></p><p>Saturday June 21, 2014 is the first day of summer; the season for play-time, vacations and - if you can take the heat - enjoying the great outdoors.</p><p>Back in April, we set up our recording booth at the Earth Day Festival in downtown Baton Rouge and we heard from people about their love for the environment.</p><p>They told us about things like growing up with recycling parents and watching the Louisiana coastline recede when we asked a simple question: Land, Air, Water, Wildlife - Why does it matter to you?</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That was Freda </span>Yarborough<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Dunne, Bob Williamson, Lindsey Short, </span>Ramesh<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Subramanian<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Amy Canada, </span>Marifer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Manns<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Antoine Mitchell, Kyle </span>Hymell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and kids Ethan Ferguson and Christa Bartholomew.</span></p><p>They stepped into the WRKF Recording Booth at the Earth Day Festival in April to tell us why the environment matters.</p><p>Look for the WRKF Recording Booth at events near you in the year to come.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:16:34 +0000 Frank Barnett 28291 at http://wrkf.org Land, Air, Water, Wildlife: Why Does it Matter to You? Insight: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Numbers, and Good Stories http://wrkf.org/post/insight-entrepreneurial-spirit-numbers-and-good-stories <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On June 30, </span>WRKF<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is bringing the daily business show </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.marketplace.org" target="_blank">Marketplace</a>&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">back to the air, weekdays at 5:30 p.m. And you’ll hear the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Marketplace Morning Report</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at 51 minutes past the hour during </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Morning Edition</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on weekday mornings.</span></p><p>The return of <em>Marketplace </em>gives us an excuse to talk with host, <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2013/11/kai-ryssdal-marketplace-profile" target="_blank">Kai Ryssdal</a>, about how Louisiana fits in to the bigger economic picture.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 28270 at http://wrkf.org Insight: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Numbers, and Good Stories Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core http://wrkf.org/post/jindal-moves-withdraw-louisiana-common-core <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Bobby </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:03:05 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 28195 at http://wrkf.org Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core Insight: Super PACs Have Arrived in Louisiana Politics http://wrkf.org/post/insight-super-pacs-have-arrived-louisiana-politics <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;">The race for Senate is just starting to heat up. Sen. Mary </span>Landrieu’s<span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;"> campaign started running a new TV ad recently. </span></p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fQefC8_Ntc</p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;">Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is challenging </span>Landrieu<span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal;"> for her seat, released his first ad this week.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 24px;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K9vJzPfw5A</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 24px;">Each cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to air. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 24px;">Jeremy Alford, publisher of <a href="http://lapolitics.com" target="_blank">LaPolitics.com</a>, <a href="http://lapolitics.com/2014/06/alford-limitless-fundraising-creates-a-political-wild-west/" target="_blank">wrote this week</a> about how the floodgates for campaign fundraising are opening up in Louisiana.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:20:42 +0000 Amy Jeffries 27954 at http://wrkf.org