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Culture
5:39 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Memoir Traces Spiral into Racial Violence Amid Baton Rouge Desegregation Fight

Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist
University Press of Mississippi

Tim Parrish says his memoir, Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, is not a book he wanted to write. He dreaded reckoning with the racial violence of his adolescence in Baton Rouge in the 1960s and 1970s.

An explosion rattled his kitchen windows when a city pool nearby was blown up after it was integrated. As a teenager, Parrish took part in street fights and race riots at his school – Istrouma High.

Parrish traces the roots of his own bigotry to his family and their Baptist congregation.

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Gospel Music
6:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The Louisiana Gospel Tradition

Tim Muffitt is in his 15th season as Conductor and Music Director of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

This Friday the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will take on Louisiana’s gospel music history for the very first time.

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The Affordable Care Act
6:27 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Answering Some of Your Questions About Louisiana's Health Insurance Marketplace

The health insurance marketplaces are now open for enrollment but there's still a lot of confusion about how the exchanges work, what insurance plans are offered and who qualifies for tax credits and subsidies.

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The Affordable Care Act
6:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Explaining the Health Insurance Exchanges

On Oct. 1 the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act start the 6-month enrollment period. This means the uninsured or people who buy their own health insurance can now go to one place online and compare plans side-by-side.

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The Affordable Care Act
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Setting Up Louisiana's Health Insurance Exchange

A map of each state's decision how their healthcare exchanges would be set up.
Credit Kaiser Family Foundation

In every state on Oct. 1, health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act will begin enrolling customers for plans that take effect January 1, 2014.

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Education
3:32 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

With New Charter Schools Coming, Civic Group Outlines Demands

The state Recovery School District currently runs seven schools in north Baton Rouge. The RSD is planning to put new charter schools on those campuses next year.

Last week, as reported in The Advocate, the RSD hosted presentations by charter providers vying for a slot.

Ahead of those presentations, the civic group Better Baton Rouge handed the RSD a community compact, outlining what some residents want from schools in their neighborhood.

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Capitol Access
5:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

State, Federal Education Philosophies Mismatch

Opposing opinions surfaced from state education leaders this week on whether the state should move forward on implementing national education standards called Common Core.  The ongoing struggle to fund higher education continued at a meeting of higher education officials Wednesday.

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Business
3:38 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Chemicals Industry Makes Baton Rouge No. 1 Most Export-Intensive Metro

Baton Rouge Profile from Export Nation 2013
Brookings Institution

In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama launched the National Export Initiative. As the country was emerging from the Great Recession, the President said he wanted the U.S. to double exports by 2014.

Only four of the top 100 metro areas in the country are on track to meet that goal. Baton Rouge is one. New Orleans is another. That's according to the Brookings Institution's latest "Export Nation" report, which was released earlier this week.

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Culture
11:41 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Carl Kasell: Newscaster, Scorekeeper, Legendary Hugger

Carl Kasell
Credit NPR

Carl Kasell spent 30 years delivering newscasts every hour in the morning for NPR. But it's his role as the official judge and scorekeeper on the quiz show Wait, Wait… Don't Tell Me! that made him a public radio icon.

In The Wall Street Journal, Wait, Wait Host Peter Sagal called Kasell the world's greatest straight man.

But now that he's retired from newscasting, how does he keep up with the news?

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Culture
4:05 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Christian Author Experiments with Biblical Submission in Modern Marriage

Sara Horn

The idea of being a submissive wife, in the Biblical sense of that term, may sound old-fashioned.

But Sara Horn, a devout Baptist, wanted to find out if submitting to her husband could work in their modern marriage.

Horn, a military wife and mom from Zachary and the author of several books, has a new book out about her experience, "My-So Called Life as Submissive Wife."

The experiment was not a no-brainer for her husband, Cliff.

 


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