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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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Culture
3:40 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Award Winning Vocalist Brings Bluegrass to Baton Rouge

Claire Lynch

Tonight at 8 PM, the Unitarian Church will be filled with the rolling rhythms of award winning bluegrass.  Though The Claire Lynch Band might not be a mainstream name, the band and its members are well-known and respected in the bluegrass community.  Claire Lynch, who heads the band, spoke with Elizabeth Eads earlier this week while on the road heading to Baton Rouge.
 

Playlist:

The Claire Lynch Band-Once the Teardrops Start to Fall 

The Claire Lynch Band-I'll Be Alright Tomorrow

The Claire Lynch Band-Doin' Time

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In The Recording Booth
11:16 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Land, Air, Water, Wildlife: Why Does it Matter to You?

Earth
Credit NASA Observatory

Saturday June 21, 2014 is the first day of summer; the season for play-time, vacations and - if you can take the heat - enjoying the great outdoors.

Back in April, we set up our recording booth at the Earth Day Festival in downtown Baton Rouge and we heard from people about their love for the environment.

They told us about things like growing up with recycling parents and watching the Louisiana coastline recede when we asked a simple question: Land, Air, Water, Wildlife - Why does it matter to you?

That was Freda Yarborough Dunne, Bob Williamson, Lindsey Short, Ramesh Subramanian, Amy Canada, Marifer Manns, Antoine Mitchell, Kyle Hymell, and kids Ethan Ferguson and Christa Bartholomew.

They stepped into the WRKF Recording Booth at the Earth Day Festival in April to tell us why the environment matters.

Look for the WRKF Recording Booth at events near you in the year to come.

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.


Education
4:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core

Jindal addresses the press on Wednesday
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Governor Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards.  

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Politics
6:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Insight: Super PACs Have Arrived in Louisiana Politics

 

The race for Senate is just starting to heat up. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s campaign started running a new TV ad recently.

Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is challenging Landrieu for her seat, released his first ad this week. 

Each cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to air. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, wrote this week about how the floodgates for campaign fundraising are opening up in Louisiana. 

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Politics
4:22 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Payday Loan Reform Advocates Appeal to Federal Government

Efforts to get payday loan reform in Louisiana failed in the state legislature during the recently concluded session. The advocacy group Together Louisiana has since sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asking for safeguards to be enacted nationally.

Together Louisiana wants the bureau to implement new rules that would prohibit issuing payday loans to borrowers already in debt or unable to afford repayment, and increase the reporting requirements on payday loan transactions.

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Politics
12:55 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Admitting Privilege Rules for Louisiana Abortion Providers Signed into Law

Doctors providing abortions in Louisiana will need admitting privileges at a nearby hospital according to a law signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal Thursday. 

Supporters of Louisiana’s new law say it’s aimed at protecting a woman in the event something goes wrong with an abortion.  

Advocates for access say the requirements could lead to the closure of all the clinics providing abortions in Louisiana, except for two in north Louisiana whose doctors already have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. 

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