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BRPD Weighs Body Camera Concerns

Oct 16, 2015
Rebekah Allen

In light of a national conversation about police use of force, body cameras for officers have been touted as a solution. Last week, the Baton Rouge Police Department announced they would be piloting the devices with 100 officers in the high-crime first district. The aim of the 10-month pilot is to determine the costs of a full-force rollout, as well as ironing out concerns over privacy.

Voters to Consider How Louisiana Manages Money

Oct 9, 2015
Robert Travis Scott
Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana

As you may have heard, we have an election coming up this month. Aside from voting on a new governor, Louisiana voters will be asked to weigh in on four proposed constitutional amendments. To help voters better understand these amendments, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana puts out a guide every year. It just came out last week. PAR President Robert Travis Scott helps explain the story behind each amendment.

Every two years, Louisiana's governor appoints a poet laureate. In August Governor Jindal appointed Peter Cooley. Cooley is the director of the creative writing program at Tulane University, he has authored ten full-length collections of poetry and has been published in magazines such as the New Yorker and the Atlantic. He gave his inaugural reading as Poet Laureate earlier this week.

Dr. Jessica Kemp is Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at the Center for Planning Excellence. She authored CPEX's report on "disconnected workers," which explores barriers to economic development statewide, and particularly in the nine-parish Capitol region.

Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Chas Roemer, the outgoing president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, announced a week ago he does not plan to run for re-election. Looking ahead to next month’s election, he has some advice for voters.