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State Politics
11:33 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Republicans Gain Supermajority in State Senate

Another Louisiana State Senator has jumped the aisle to the Republican party.

Sen. Rick Ward, who represents parts of the Capitol Region, from Port Allen into Assumption Parish, gives the Republicans a supermajority in the Senate. Several kinds of measures are constitutionally required to pass with a two-thirds vote, like tax increases and procedural items after a certain date near the end of the session.

The Louisiana House alliance of fiscally conservative Republicans and Democrats may have a harder time facing the Senate next session.

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BP Oil Spill Impacts
5:30 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Why Finding Oil in Fish Organs Isn't as Bad as it Looks

Menhaden are measured and weighed before the dissection, to establish a catalog of weights and sizes.
Kelly Connelly, WRKF

Environmental remediation scientists at LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment have found remnants of crude oil in the hearts of pogy that live off Grand Isle.

Pogy, a baitfish more officially called menhaden, make up the second largest commercial catch in the United States. They’re not only resold as baitfish, but they’re also processed into fish oil and fish meal, making their way into vitamins, cosmetics and livestock feeds.

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Education
4:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Push for School Vouchers is Tactical

Louisiana lawmakers went out of their way to add a $46 million line item to the state budget to allow more students from under-performing public schools go to private school through the voucher program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal

Both Wisconsin and Ohio have just pushed through major expansions of their voucher programs too. And both states -- like Louisiana -- are headed by Republican governors.

Sarah Carr, a writer for the Hechinger Report, says these governors are being strategic in their support of vouchers.

"It’s a way for them to make a name for themselves pursuing an education agenda that’s typically been embraced by conservatives and trying even to some extent to one-up each other in creating a bigger and bolder voucher program."

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River Corridor Super Region
5:30 am
Tue July 9, 2013

The Last Bus to New Orleans

LA Swift got its start after Hurricane Katrina, shuttling evacuees and recovery workers between the Crescent and Capitol cities.

Ridership spiked after the storm, dropped off, and is now steadily growing. But the riders are commuters, using the bus to get to work.

The bus ran out of funding in June, but the service provider agreed to keep rolling another month. Long-time rider MiLisa York, who’s started a petition to keep the bus going long-term.

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Pinoy Guest Worker Project
7:21 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Balikbayan: A Coveted Title

The Faces of OFWs: Markco Tuazon, 28, says he wants to go overseas so he can provide a better life for his wife and build his own house. You'll hear his story, along with a handful of others, in features to be aired on WRKF.
Credit WRKF

A friend of mine told me that when I came into the Philippines two weeks ago, I should have told immigration I was a balikbayan.

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Special Session
4:24 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Speaker Against Special Session

Leadership of the Louisiana state legislature is speaking out against the Democrat minority push to call a special veto session.

Democrats want a session to address Governor Jindal’s line-item vetoes to strike funding to expand care for the developmentally disabled.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said in a statement that a veto session could produce unintended consequences.

State Retirement Plan
3:19 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Lawmakers to Retry Cash Balance Plan

The contentious plan to revamp the state’s floundering retirement systems was overturned in State Supreme Court on Friday. 

The high court knocked down the law not because of content, but because of how it passed. State law requires a supermajority for this kind of bill to progress. The legislature sent this one to the governor’s desk with only the majority’s approval.

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Pinoy Guest Worker Project
7:37 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Philippine Government Has History of Greasing Wheels For Overseas Workers

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration office is wall-to-wall with people almost every day, sources say.
Credit WRKF

Every issue has two sides and despite having a robust culture in the Philippines for over 40 years, the issue of OFW -- overseas Filipino workers -- is no exception.

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Culture
6:31 am
Thu June 27, 2013

'Talk of the Nation' Host Says Goodbye

Talk of the Nation Host Neal Conan.
Credit NPR

WRKF will be airing Here & Now from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. starting Monday, July 1. Science Friday is keeping its weekly spot.

But, sadly, Talk of the Nation broadcasts for the last time Thursday.

The show has been on the air across the country for 21 years.

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Pinoy Guest Worker Project
5:05 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'OFW': In the Philippines, Working Overseas is Big

Migrante International Chairman Garry Martinez is a former OFW himself. The organization is present in 23 countries and works to help abused OFW's.
Credit WRKF

In the Philippines, if you're not an OFW -- Overseas Filipino Worker -- it's like you're missing out.

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