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Education
6:20 am
Fri November 14, 2014

School in Voucher Program Misses the Mark, Presses On

Headmaster Josh LaSage in Hosanna Christian Academy's in 2012 in "war room" where the student progress is tracked.
Credit Sue Lincoln

In 2012, when Louisiana’s taxpayer funded scholarship program was expanded statewide, Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge went all in.

In that first year, the school took on almost 300 voucher students, nearly doubling its enrollment. By the start of this school year, Hosanna had more voucher students than any other school in the state -- about 85 percent of its student are enrolled with a voucher. 

Hosanna's students didn't score well enough on state tests, and it won't be allowed to enroll more voucher students next year. Still, headmaster Josh LaSage says the school isn't giving up. 


Health
3:14 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Xavier University Wins Grant to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Research

Courtesy of flickr.com

Xavier university is looking to triple the number of their minority alumni who go on to receive PhDs in the life sciences in the next decade, with help from an NIH grant. The first obstacle is getting undergraduates to stick with those fields.


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Politics
6:26 am
Fri November 7, 2014

New Narrative as Senate Race Goes On

Louisiana has gone immediately from a primary campaign to a runoff campaign.

Sen. Mary Landrieu will again be at the top of the ticket Dec. 6 fighting for reelection. Congressman Bill Cassidy is continuing to battle to win her seat.

Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, says with Republicans taking control of the Senate Tuesday, both candidates have new war cries. 

 

 


Politics
1:49 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Voters Say 'No' to 6 of 14 Amendments

Credit Louisiana Secretary of State

On election day, Louisiana voters said yes to protecting state funding for healthcare, and a firm no to measures that would expand the size and reach of state government.


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Politics
4:07 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Cassidy, Landrieu in U.S. Senate Runoff

Much as expected, Rep. Bill Cassidy and Sen. Mary Landrieu were the top finishers in a field of eight, and will be squaring off in a Dec. 6 runoff election.

“We have 32 more days. This is not over yet,” said a smiling, energized Cassidy to a campaign party crowd of several hundred supporters in Baton Rouge.

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Politics
3:55 am
Wed November 5, 2014

For Modest 6th District Campaign, a Modest End

Louisiana State Senator and former Congressional Candidate Dan Claitor at campaign party November 4, 2014.
Credit Frank Barnett, WRKF

 

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former coastal chief Garrett Graves was the top Republican finisher in the 6th Congressional District race on Tuesday. While he was celebrating at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, State Sen. Dan Claitor, another Republican contender, was at a friend's house having gumbo. 

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Politics
3:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Edwards Political Tradition Lives On (At Least Another Month)

Edwin Edwards, with wife, Trina, addresses crowd after news of runoff.

  

   

It'll be Governor Bobby Jindal's former coastal chief, Garrett Graves, who faces former governor Edwin Edwards in the runoff for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat. 

As the only prominent Democrat in the 6th district race, Edwin Edwards had always been expected to make the runoff.  

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Health
2:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

On the Ballot: Tying Up Hospital Funding

Should Louisiana hospitals be guaranteed a set amount of state health care funding—if they put up part of the money themselves? That’s what Constitutional Amendment 2 on Tuesday’s ballot is asking voters to decide.

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Education
6:51 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Election of New Smaller School Board Could Result in Old Gridlock

Members of the existing East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.

Tuesday marks the first East Baton Rouge Parish school board election since a redistricting plan was passed this summer, shrinking the board from 11 members to 9.

Charles Lussier is a reporter for The Advocate and has been following the races for the six contested seats.


Politics
6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Hurry Up and Vote!

Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Voters all over the state are facing unusually lengthy ballots on Election Day. Between the Senate race, all the congressional races, judicial races, school board and other contests, there are more than 4,400 candidates for more than 2,400 offices statewide. No matter where you are in Louisiana, you can expect to see at least 20 items on your ballot. And once you’re in the voting booth, you won’t have much time to decide.


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