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
9:58 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

'Fairness Ordinance' Defeated, Debate to Continue

The Be Fair campaign advocated for the "fairness ordinance".

The Baton Rouge Metro Council picked up where they left off at the last meeting in July and took a vote Wednesday on the so-called “fairness ordinance”. The anti-discrimination measure failed on an 8-4 vote. 


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Politics
5:50 am
Fri August 8, 2014

House Speaker Returns from U.S.-Mexico Border: "It's Very Alarming"

A Texas Highway Patrol boat on the Rio Grande in McAllen, TX.
Louisiana Governor's Office

State House Speaker Chuck Kleckley returned from a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this week. He traveled there with Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana’s state police superintendent Col. Mike Edmondson to get a first hand look at the nation’s immigration crisis, and what it could mean for Louisiana.


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Politics
5:30 am
Fri August 1, 2014

CityStats Report: Baton Rougeans Impatient for Progress

The sixth annual CityStats report is out.

It shines some light on where people are on some of the biggest debates in East Baton Rouge Parish at the moment— including the rights of gays and lesbians, and the state of the public schools.

Mukul Verma of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which produced the report, reads between the lines a little bit.


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Politics
7:55 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement

Competing lawsuits were filed over the Common Core state standards in Louisiana this week, and specifically over the contracts for testing related to those standards.

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.


Politics
5:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait

Barrington Neil, who spoke of experiencing discrimination for being in an interracial marriage, listens to the hearing on the "Fairness Ordinance" at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, July 23, 2014.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But the meeting time expired before the council could vote. 


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Politics
5:21 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Insight: Lots of Forgiveness in Congressional Elections; Lots of Money in Senate Race

A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District. Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness. 

Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor. And Alford says this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.


Politics
5:32 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Insight: Protection from Discrimination for LGBT People in Baton Rouge Too?

New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. Shreveport followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell.

Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for The Advocate, discusses the dynamics at play. 


Health
4:15 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Insight: Research Points to Cost Savings for Coverage of Obesity Treatment

In their long list of recommendations for how the state could save money, the Jindal administration's consultants, Alvarez & Marsal, suggested Louisiana could find a billion dollars in savings from the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) over the next five years -- largely by redesigning state employee health insurance plans and what they cover.

Dr. Phillip Brantley, senior scientist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has been looking into whether specifically the state could save money by covering medical treatment for severe obesity. 

Education
5:12 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Insight: With Executive Order Over Common Core, Jindal Upends Testing Plans

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order last week canceling the testing contract that was meant to implement learning benchmarks once adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.

And that has Jindal squaring off against the state superintendent and the president of the BESE board he hand-picked to push through major state education reforms in recent years.  

Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press state capitol correspondent, discusses the clash.


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Business
4:43 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Insight: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Numbers, and Good Stories

Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal

On June 30, WRKF is bringing the daily business show Marketplace back to the air, weekdays at 5:30 p.m. And you’ll hear the Marketplace Morning Report at 51 minutes past the hour during Morning Edition on weekday mornings.

The return of Marketplace gives us an excuse to talk with host, Kai Ryssdal, about how Louisiana fits in to the bigger economic picture.


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