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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
6:10 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Piano Lab Puts On a Show - And Delivers Results

Winbourne's piano lab students perform their first recital.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Back in September, we told you about the Piano Lab at Winbourne Elementary. It was an experiment. O’Neill’s Music House arranged to get a bunch of cutting edge electronic keyboards to the high poverty school in North Baton Rouge. Tuesday, the pianos were rolled out of the lab and into the auditorium for the students’ first recital.


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Health
4:21 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Food Bank Asks: On a Scale of 1-to-3, How Nutritious is that Donation?

Second Harvest Food Bank is the largest in Louisiana, serving over 200,000 people each year. Three quarters of clients at the pantries Second Harvest supplies say they regularly rely on the food they get there to make ends meet. In the same survey, over a third of pantry clients say they have a family member with diabetes. So Second Harvest is starting to pay closer attention to the nutrition of the food they distribute.
 


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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
2:12 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kip Holden Announces Run for Lt. Governor

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden announces his run for lieutenant governor.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

    

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden made it official today. He is running for Lieutenant Governor.


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Politics
3:57 am
Sun December 7, 2014

A Long Election Season Finishes in a Brief Runoff

Garret Graves gives his victory speech.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

On the same night that Republican Bill Cassidy beat out Sen. Mary Landrieu for senate, the GOP held on to congressional seats. In North Louisiana Ralph Abraham took home the 5th district seat, currently held by Rep. Vance McAllister. And Garret Graves won here in the 6th district.


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Politics
9:56 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

East Baton Rouge School Board Runoff Results

Unofficial results posted as of 10:40 p.m. Dec. 6, 2014.

Member of School Board -- District 1

Jennifer Andrews (D)          
40.82%
4,891

Mark Bellue (R)              
59.18%
7,092

Click here for Results by Precinct

 

Member of School Board -- District 5

"Jerry" Arbour (R)                
34.27%
4,142

Evelyn Ware-Jackson (D)      
65.72% 
7,942

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Politics
6:30 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Senate and 6th District Runoff Results

Polls close at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.  Refresh this page for the latest returns from the Louisiana Senate and House races.

Politics
4:09 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Landrieu Loss Predicted In Louisiana Senate Race

Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy wait for the start of their final debate for the Senate election runoff in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 1:35 pm

After 18 years in office, Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu may lose her seat in tomorrow’s Louisiana runoff election. Landrieu is competing with Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is predicted to win the race.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Sue Lincoln, reporter for WRKF in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about the Senate runoff.

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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.


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