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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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Economic Development
12:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

BRAC CEO Calls Shaw Buyout a Good Deal For Baton Rouge

Adam Knapp is the President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. (WRKF)

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

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Culture
12:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Exhibit Catches Local Artists' Dreams

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. 


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The Wage Gap
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Study Ranks Louisiana Second Worst State For Equal Pay

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.


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Preserving the Basin
12:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Land Dispute Ends in Conservation Agreement

This map from the St. Martin Parish Assessor 's office shows where the school board's section 16 property is located. (WRKF)

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. 

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Atchafalaya Basin Draws More Visitors

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.

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