Amy Jeffries

News Director

Amy started her career in public radio at WNPR in Hartford, CT more than a decade ago. NPR flew her in to Baton Rouge to help WRKF cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while she was still based in the North. Here she found her journalistic calling.

After getting a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley and taking a detour through online media as a local editor for Patch, she finally returned to public radio and to Baton Rouge in January 2012.

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Politics
6:17 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Prayer, Fasting, and Running for President? or Drawing Protest?

Gov. Bobby Jindal is hosting a much anticipated and much talked about prayer rally Saturday. WRKF’s state government reporter, Sue Lincoln discusses what it’s all about.


Politics
3:55 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Minimum Wage Hike Congressman's Top Priority, and He Thinks It's Possible

Rep. Cedric Richmond
Credit United States Congress

Not even two weeks into its new session, the U.S. House has already passed a bill to chip away at Obamacare by only requiring that employers provide health insurance to employees working 40 hours or more, instead of 30 hours as is the current mandate. And the House voted for legislation meant to block President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

But 2nd District Congressman Cedric Richmond — the sole Democrat left in Louisiana’s delegation — is optimistic that — with the presidential race coming up — there will be opportunity to get some things done for his minority constituents once the Republicans get past their conservative talking points.

Law and Order
6:26 am
Fri January 9, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Looks at Louisiana Same-Sex Marriage Case

HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow speaking with reporters outside of the Supreme Court.
Credit HRC

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to take up Robicheaux v. George -- the case challenging Louisiana’s ban on the marriage of same-sex couples. It may be the case that decides the issue once and for all for the entire nation.


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Politics
6:18 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Interim CEO: Redevelopment Authority's Credibility Relies on Making of Transformative Change

Gwen Hamilton
Credit Don Kadair

Gwen Hamilton was involved in forming the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority. She was recently called back in as its interim CEO.

She talks a lot about “transformative change” — the sort of change you can’t help but notice.


Politics
1:28 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

The Year that Was: GOP Dominance, Common Core, and a Big Budget Hole

Melinda Deslatte
Credit Associated Press

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, sums up 2014, or at least the year in Louisiana politics.

 


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Science and Environment
6:05 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Environmental Groups Draw Recommendations from Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan

Credit Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition

What to do with all the billions in Clean Water Act fines to be paid by BP and its contractors for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

Officially, it’s up to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, made up of governors from the five affected states and heads of several federal agencies, to decide.

A coalition of environmental groups has come up with their own ideas for how the first millions can best be spent to restore the coast.

Education
6:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

What Business Interests Get with New School Board Majority

BRAC CEO Adam Knapp

Business-backed candidates secured a new 5-to-4 majority on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board last Saturday.

FuturePAC, which is affiliated with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, put up about $50,000 for candidates in these school board elections. BRAC CEO Adam Knapp discusses what business interests are investing in.


Politics
4:19 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Secretary of State Projects Turnout for Runoffs at 40%

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler

We’ve come to the final act in the fall elections. Saturday voters will cast their ballots in runoffs for Senate, Congress, school board, and judge. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is projecting turnout will be around 40 percent statewide, down from about 50 percent for the primary.


Politics
8:01 am
Thu December 4, 2014

One-on-One: Graves Talks Coastal Protection, Climate Change, and Congress

The final votes in the 6th District Congressional race will be cast Saturday, Dec. 6.

Former four-term governor and veteran of Congress Edwin Edwards is in a runoff with first-time candidate Garret Graves.

Graves is no stranger to politics though, having worked with former Congressman Billy Tauzin, Sen. David Vitter, and former Sen. John Breaux in Washington. And, until February Graves was Gov. Bobby Jindal’s coastal chief.

But none of that apparently prepared his voice for the long campaign season.

Graves was still a bit hoarse when WRKF’s Amy Jeffries reached him by phone Wednesday afternoon.


Politics
7:53 am
Tue December 2, 2014

One-on-One: Edwards Talks Traffic, Political Gridlock, and Transgressions

Edwards calls prospective voters Sept. 17, 2014.
Credit Debbie Elliott / NPR

This Saturday, Dec. 6, voters in the 6th District — from Baton Rouge to Houma — will select their next Congressman.

Garret Graves — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former coastal chief — is in a runoff with Louisiana political legend Edwin Edwards.

Of the 26 times Edwards has been on a ballot, he’s only lost once, but he’s considered a longshot in this one. A recent poll has him down by more than 25 points.

But Edwards says he takes the projections with a grain of salt.  


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