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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Power Being Restored At Same Pace As After Katrina, Gustav

The state Public Service Commission reported Monday that about 131,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity. That's about 6-percent of customers state-wide.

After Isaac came ashore six days ago, more than 900,000 were without power.

Entergy, the state's largest electricity provider, was able to make significant progress restoring power over the weekend thanks to, in part, new technology that pin-points damage in specific lines.

But as Entergy spokeswoman Sheila Pounders told WRKF's Ashley Westerman, the speed of restoration is still about the same as it was after Katrina, Gustav and Rita. And that, at this point, the level of restoration varies from place to place.


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Severe Weather
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Red Cross Here To Open Shelters and Offer Relief From Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac has prompted the opening of emergency evacuation shelters all over the state. As of right now, East Baton Rouge Parish has no opened shelters.

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Severe Weather
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Staying Off Roads Is Fastest Way To Clean Up After Isaac

Since Isaac is such a slow moving storm, as Holden said, strong winds for a long period of time are going to be a concern.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

As Isaac Approaches Baton Rouge, Holden Says Safety Is Priority

Mayor-President Kip Holden at the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Operations Center.
Credit WRKF/Ashley Westerman

As Isaac approaches Baton Rouge, city officials are now on a 24-hour information cycle to better inform and help residents.

WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden And he says wind and rain are the main concern as the Isaac hits the Capital Area.


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Food and Drink
12:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

A Crash Course in Jambalaya

Fifty-four teams competed in this year's ExxonMobil United Way Jambalaya Cook-Off. (WRKF)

A few weeks ago WRKF's Ashley Westerman was asked to be a judge at the 23rd Annual ExxonMobil United Way Jambalaya Cook-Off.

The event is the official kick-off of the 2012 United Way Campaign.

As someone who has only been in the state for a little over five months, Westerman knew it would be a crash course in Louisiana Cuisine.


Francophone Roots
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

The Future of French in Louisiana

Financial support for French education and maintaining Louisiana's French heritage seems to be waning.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:06 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, Author Maria Goodavage, Peggy Polk of Project Purr

Jim catches up with former Gov. Edwin Edwards. The 85-year-old was released from prison last year and is now planning on having a baby with his young wife. 

Maria Goodavage, author of "Soldier Dogs", reports on the military dogs being used in Afghanistan. 

And, Peggy Polk, President of Project Purr, talks about saving felines in Baton Rouge. 


Rocking the Studio
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Prom Date Brings the Party

Prom Date in the studio with WRKF's Amy Jeffries: from left to right, Nick Boudreau, Brett Burke, Dave Fuller, James West, and Steven Landry. (WRKF/Claire Ohlsen)

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.


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Education
4:53 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

For Summer Learning, District Sends Students to 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.


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Beyond the Classroom
12:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

For Summer Learning, District Sends Students to Library

The brochure for the summer learning program encourages kids to dream big. (East Baton Rouge 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.

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