Shots - Health News
12:48 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Malaria Drug Subsidies: Good Idea Or Wrong Path?

Dr. Esther Dalizu holds a pack of Coartem Malaria drugs in a pharmacy in Nairobi, Kenya, last year.
Sayyid Azim AP

A month ago we wrote about results from an experiment in getting the most effective malaria drugs to more people who need them in Africa.

The idea was to subsidize the cost of drugs, sometimes to a price point below their wholesale cost, and make them more widely available.

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The Vote for Mayor
12:26 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Myers Runs to Broaden Conversation on EBR Governance

Mayoral candidate Steve Myers in the WRKF studio.
Credit WRKF/Amy Jeffries

Lawyer and property manager Steve Myers knew he would have an uphill battle in his run to be the next mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish. But, as he tells WRKF's Amy Jeffries, he entered the race anyway to raise issues beyond crime and traffic that have been staples of the campaign.


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6th Congressional District Race
12:26 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Craig Says Libertarian Party Is Best of Both Worlds

Rufus Craig, Jr., Libertarian, 6th Congressional District Candidate
Credit Courtesy of Rufus Craig Jr.

For the second installment of our series of conversations with the 6th Congressional District candidates, WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with Libertarian candidate Rufus Craig, Jr. 

This is the Baton Rouge attorney's second run for this seat. Craig wants to rein in the federal deficit, bring American troops home from Afghanistan and repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

But Craig is also concerned about an issue closer to home.

6th Congressional District Race: Rufus Craig, Jr.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

VIDEO: Superstorm Sandy Topples A Giant Tree

Sandy uprooting a giant tree.
YouTube

The people who made this video are doing two things you should absolutely never do when a tropical cyclone is battering your area: Go outside and operate a generator in the wind and rain.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Sandy Shuts Down New York And New Jersey Subways, Trains And Tunnels

Workers try to clear boats and debris from the New Jersey Transit's Morgan draw bridge on Wednesday in South Amboy, N.J., after Monday's storm surge from Sandy pushed boats and cargo containers onto the train tracks.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:36 pm

It's a commuter's nightmare.

Cars and buses are back on the road in New York City and New Jersey, but workers are still trying to put the subway system and commuter trains back in operation after the devastating effect of Superstorm Sandy. It's a process that could take days or weeks to complete.

The impact on the country's most densely populated metropolitan area has been extensive. Here's a look at what is, and mostly what isn't, working:

NEW YORK CITY:

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Wed October 31, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 'Postpones' Halloween

Halloween will have to wait.
Sascha Schuermann AP

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 11:55 am

Yes, we already made one child cry. In that spirit, here's more bad news for the shorter demographic: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an executive order postponing Halloween until Nov. 5.

Coming from any other governor, the decision would have immediately been met with sensible nods. But Christie has made his name by being tough and blunt.

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The Salt
11:05 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Behind A Halloween Mask, Even 'Good' Kids Can Turn Into Candy Thieves

Is there an angel or a devil behind the mask? Scientists say it may not matter in terms of anonymous behavior.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 2:07 pm

Vampires and monsters will be out in force tonight, but some of the darkest creatures out there might be your little angels inside those Halloween costumes.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Jason Decuir, George McGovern

Assistant Secretary of Revenue Jason DeCuir talks about ground work being done for possible tax reforms, expected to be a big part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2013 legislative agenda.

Jim Engster looks back on the late Sen. George McGovern. In August 2000, Jim interviewed the man who lost the 1972 Presidential election to Richard Nixon.


It's All Politics
10:56 am
Wed October 31, 2012

In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse — And Could Give Obama A Boost

An attendee holds up a button at a speech by President Obama on Sept. 17 in Cincinnati.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 2:08 pm

Teachers unions in Ohio are supporting President Obama in the race for the White House. But way down the ballot, in races for the state Legislature, it's teachers themselves who want some support on Nov. 6.

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China: Change Or Crisis
10:33 am
Wed October 31, 2012

As Economy Slows, China Looks For A New Model

China's rapid expansion has been fueled in part by massive construction projects, like this one in Beijing, shown last year. But many economists say the Chinese economic model is unlikely to produce the same explosive growth in the coming years and needs to be revamped.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 12:06 pm

If you followed American media in recent years, you might have thought China was taking over the planet. Recent titles at the book store have included Becoming China's Bitch and When China Rules the World.

"They are the world's superpower or soon will be," Glenn Beck used to intone on Fox News. "They always thought America was just a blip."

And when the city of Philadelphia postponed an Eagles football game a couple of years ago because of a blizzard forecast, then-Gov. Ed Rendell said America — unlike China — was becoming a nation of "wussies."

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