Small Business
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Pinball Gets Design Firm's Gears Going

Past the stuffy, official government buildings of downtown Baton Rouge, you'll find the city's oldest commercial building. Up the creaky stairs off Lafayette Street and beyond the reception area is a big open room. Sometimes the design world gets a little noisy.

WRKF intern Claire Ohlsen visited the workspace and sent us this audio postcard.


Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

FEMA Opens Nearly 20 Disaster Recovery Centers After Issac

It's been two weeks since Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and FEMA has since opened 18 disaster recovery centers across the state.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Parish Leaders Sound Flood Protection Refrain

St. John Parish Public Safety Director Jobe Boucvalt explains the path taken be Isaac's flood waters to members of the legislature's Hurricane Recovery Committee. (WRKF/Amy Jeffries)

The state legislature's Hurricane Recovery Committee took a tour of some of the worst damage in Isaac's path Monday. At every stop, local officials called for flood protection.


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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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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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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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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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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. 


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