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Member Testimonials
12:53 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

WRKF is What We Listen to Together

Dustin and Ellie Puryear

Dustin is from Central. Ellie is from Italy. He is the CEO of Puryear IT. She works as an independent virtual assistant as Jelly Bean Toes. Both are avid WRKF listeners.

Dustin has been enjoying shows like The Jim Engster Show and Fresh Air since he was in college at LSU. He started supporting the station by donating a small amount.

Realizing he was listening to WRKF all the time, Dustin elevated his support. Now he and Ellie are part of the Circle of Friends.

Member Testimonials
12:38 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

WRKF is Radio That Moves You

Albert Sam

Albert Sam is a vascular surgeon, life-long Louisiana resident, Vice Chair of the WRKF Board of Directors, and a sustaining member.

He heard Sam Cooke singing, "A Change is Gonna Come," on Weekend Edition when he was driving to work one morning.

Sam says he hears something moving like that on WRKF weekly.

FEMA Flood Maps
12:18 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

US Senate Committee Reconsiders Flood Insurance Hikes

Louisianians may find solace from impending increases in flood insurance rates as Sen. Mary Landrieu’s bill to prevent those hikes heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration at its Thursday meeting.

Landrieu chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee of Appropriations, which passed the bill to the larger body Tuesday.

The measures are included in the Homeland Security Appropriations bill for next fiscal year. Called the Strengthen, Modernize and Reform the National Flood Insurance Program, or SMART NFIP, the bill would postpone parts of last year’s Biggert-Waters Act.

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State Politics
11:33 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Republicans Gain Supermajority in State Senate

Another Louisiana State Senator has jumped the aisle to the Republican party.

Sen. Rick Ward, who represents parts of the Capitol Region, from Port Allen into Assumption Parish, gives the Republicans a supermajority in the Senate. Several kinds of measures are constitutionally required to pass with a two-thirds vote, like tax increases and procedural items after a certain date near the end of the session.

The Louisiana House alliance of fiscally conservative Republicans and Democrats may have a harder time facing the Senate next session.

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BP Oil Spill Impacts
5:30 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Why Finding Oil in Fish Organs Isn't as Bad as it Looks

Menhaden are measured and weighed before the dissection, to establish a catalog of weights and sizes.
Kelly Connelly, WRKF

Environmental remediation scientists at LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment have found remnants of crude oil in the hearts of pogy that live off Grand Isle.

Pogy, a baitfish more officially called menhaden, make up the second largest commercial catch in the United States. They’re not only resold as baitfish, but they’re also processed into fish oil and fish meal, making their way into vitamins, cosmetics and livestock feeds.

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The Jim Engster Show
2:52 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

TUESDAY: Attorney Mike Wolf, Investment Advisor B.F. "Andy" Anderson

Local attorney Mike Wolf and Southern University Law Professor Cleveland Coon discuss the George Zimmerman verdict.

Financial consultant Andy Anderson on whether the Bulls will continue to run on Wall Street.   


Conversations in Medicine
3:25 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Second Annual Conference Focuses on Parkinson's

Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge presents physicians and researchers investigating Parkinson's on Saturday, July 27. Carol Harrison, a researcher who has Parkinson's herself, has been instrumental in coming up with the line-up for the Parkinson's Disease Conference in its first two years.

More information is available at www.pbrc.edu/events/parkinsons.

Carol Harrison

Bayou Garden
6:31 am
Sat July 13, 2013

(Not) Too Close a Shave

Credit fotobydave / Flickr

It's tempting to let the days go by between mowing, but letting the grass get high and then cutting it back really short is bad for your lawn.


The Jim Engster Show
1:04 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

MONDAY: WAFB's Greg Meriwether, LSU Law Professor Andrea Carrol, DIG's Chris Brooks

Jim  talks with WAFB reporter Greg Meriwether about the George Zimmerman trial verdict and racial politics in news coverage.

LSU law professor Andrea "Andy" Carroll talks about her displeasure with some of Governor Bobby Jindal's vetoes, and the refusal of state lawmakers to call a veto override session.

"DIG" Magazine general manager Chris Brooks discusses Restaurant Week in Baton Rouge.

 

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Education
4:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Push for School Vouchers is Tactical

Louisiana lawmakers went out of their way to add a $46 million line item to the state budget to allow more students from under-performing public schools go to private school through the voucher program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal

Both Wisconsin and Ohio have just pushed through major expansions of their voucher programs too. And both states -- like Louisiana -- are headed by Republican governors.

Sarah Carr, a writer for the Hechinger Report, says these governors are being strategic in their support of vouchers.

"It’s a way for them to make a name for themselves pursuing an education agenda that’s typically been embraced by conservatives and trying even to some extent to one-up each other in creating a bigger and bolder voucher program."

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