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4:19 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Secretary of State Projects Turnout for Runoffs at 40%

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler

We’ve come to the final act in the fall elections. Saturday voters will cast their ballots in runoffs for Senate, Congress, school board, and judge. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is projecting turnout will be around 40 percent statewide, down from about 50 percent for the primary.


Politics
8:01 am
Thu December 4, 2014

One-on-One: Graves Talks Coastal Protection, Climate Change, and Congress

The final votes in the 6th District Congressional race will be cast Saturday, Dec. 6.

Former four-term governor and veteran of Congress Edwin Edwards is in a runoff with first-time candidate Garret Graves.

Graves is no stranger to politics though, having worked with former Congressman Billy Tauzin, Sen. David Vitter, and former Sen. John Breaux in Washington. And, until February Graves was Gov. Bobby Jindal’s coastal chief.

But none of that apparently prepared his voice for the long campaign season.

Graves was still a bit hoarse when WRKF’s Amy Jeffries reached him by phone Wednesday afternoon.


Politics
7:53 am
Tue December 2, 2014

One-on-One: Edwards Talks Traffic, Political Gridlock, and Transgressions

Edwards calls prospective voters Sept. 17, 2014.
Credit Debbie Elliott / NPR

This Saturday, Dec. 6, voters in the 6th District — from Baton Rouge to Houma — will select their next Congressman.

Garret Graves — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former coastal chief — is in a runoff with Louisiana political legend Edwin Edwards.

Of the 26 times Edwards has been on a ballot, he’s only lost once, but he’s considered a longshot in this one. A recent poll has him down by more than 25 points.

But Edwards says he takes the projections with a grain of salt.  


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Health
3:50 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Premiums Go Up, So Might Enrollment

Credit Healthcare.gov

It’s that time of year — the open enrollment period for health plans.

In the second year of insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act, premiums in Louisiana, as elsewhere, will be higher on average.

“And there are some understandable reasons for that," said Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. The No. 1 reason is that insurers can no longer turn away people with pre-existing conditions. "They have to take all comers."


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Bayou Garden
6:58 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Harvesting Fall

Credit Dinkum / Wikimedia

Many of the vegetables we planted in Louisiana in late summer or early fall will be ready to be harvested soon.


Politics
6:54 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Governor Searches the Couch Cushions to Pay State's Bills

Credit aliceintheflowers

It has not been a terrific few weeks for state finances.

Oil revenues dropped. And then a $180 million hole appeared in the state budget.

Melinda Deslatte, AP reporter on the state budget beat, explains how Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to close the gap.


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Politics
5:33 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Packing Districts with Minority Voters Could Do More Harm Than Good

Congressman Cedric Richmond marching in the Southern University homecoming parade in October.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

On Nov. 4, Democratic incumbent Congressman Cedric Richmond won by a landslide. He got nearly 70 percent of the vote in District 2 -- Louisiana's only majority black district.

Dr. William Arp, a political scientist at Southern University, had predicted that when Ann Marie Awad spoke with him before the election.

Arp calls District 2, which encompasses most of New Orleans and north Baton Rouge, a "packed" district -- packed with minority voters. And when Awad visited Arp again he said, that's a bad thing.


Politics
6:12 am
Tue November 25, 2014

One-On-One: Sen. Landrieu Talks Keystone, Obamacare, and What's Next

Credit Ann Marie Awad

Ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff, we’ve invited each of the candidates for Congress in the 6th District and for Senate for an interview. 

Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu was on the campaign trail — literally — driving from Shreveport to Baton Rouge — when WRKF’s Amy Jeffries reached her to talk about some of the big issues in the Senate race, starting with Obamacare.

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Health
3:55 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Mouth Guard Records When Players' Heads Rattle

An i1 Biometrics concussion-detecting mouth guard in its charging cradle.
Credit Wallis Watkins

To keep a better eye on head injuries in the past, the LSU football team has had concussion detectors installed in players’ helmets. This season, LSU became the first team in the NCAA to try high-tech mouth guards to measure hits.


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Bayou Garden
6:34 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Bundle Up Your Buds

Despite the relative mildness of Louisiana winters overall, severe freezes do occur, and they can be devastating to tropical plants growing in our landscapes.

All it takes is one night of temperatures in the low 20s or teens to severely damage or kill many of our tropicals.


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