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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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Politics
8:52 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

FULL AUDIO: The Final Louisiana Senate Debate

Col. Rob Maness, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu at the Final Louisiana Senate Debate on LSU's campus Wednesday evening.
Credit theadvocate.com

The LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication hosted a final debate Wednesday, Oct. 29, between the top three contenders in Louisiana's Senate race on Nov. 4. 


Health
10:53 am
Mon October 27, 2014

On the Ballot: To Lock In or Lock Up Care for Elderly?

On Nov. 4, Louisiana voters are being asked — as they were in 2012 — to decide whether to protect nursing homes from future budget cuts.


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Politics
6:38 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Local, National Split in Senate Campaign Strategies

Credit DonkeyHotey / Flickr

We’re in the midst of the final push before election day. Early voting has begun.

In the latest poll commissioned by Raycom Media, 23 percent are undecided in the Senate race. Sen. Mary Landrieu is leading with 36 percent, Rep. Bill Cassidy with 32 percent, and Col. Rob Manness pulling 6 percent.

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, says we'll find out -- likely in a Dec. 6 runoff -- whether campaign messages on policy issues particular to Louisiana or the broader national political context win out.

Politics
6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Louisiana's Minority District Makes For a Congressman On The Move

Congressman Cedric Richmond walks in Southern University's homecoming parade.
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district, which encompasses North Baton Rouge and a large part of New Orleans, is what’s called a majority minority district. In this case, it’s predominantly black. Districts like this are required by federal law to protect minority representation, but ironically, it may be doing the opposite.

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Politics
3:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Top 6th District Candidates’ Meet in Forum

The Baton Rouge Press Club hosted a forum Monday for the top five contenders in the 6th congressional district race. It’s one of the only times these candidates will get together, to each answer the same questions on issues including the minimum wage and healthcare.


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Health
4:19 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Along with Better Traffic Flow, Better Healthcare Flow

Between Essen, Bluebonnet, Perkins and I-10 in Baton Rouge, there’s a whole bunch of health clinics and medical facilities – including Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General, The Baton Rouge Clinic, and Pennington Biomedical. 

Chances are you'll get stuck in traffic when you drive through that corridor. 

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has set out to address that problem by creating a new Health District that would not only mean you sit through fewer traffic lights, but that health care is delivered more efficiently. 

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Politics
5:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Political Consultant: Landrieu Will Get 90-95% of Black Vote

Ben Jeffers

Wednesday at Southern University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, political consultant Ben Jeffers delivered a talk about the minority vote — the black vote — as a factor in this fall’s Congressional elections.

Jeffers has been involved in national, state, and local campaigns for more than 40 years. He was the first African American to head the Louisiana Democratic Party. And he’s working with the party this year to help turn out the vote.


Education
6:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Magnet, Gifted and Talented Programs at the Core of St. George Fight

Dufrocq Elementary students performing at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System's recruitment fair showcasing magnet and gifted and talented programs.
Amy Jeffries WRKF

The latest applications for annexation into Baton Rouge by LSU and L’Auberge casino could cut further into the tax base for the proposed city of St. George and undermine the incorporation petition.

But supporters of the breakaway aren’t giving up.

They still want their new city, and even more so, a new school district.

Meanwhile, it’s recruitment season for the parish school district and it’s been holding open houses this week for its magnet and gifted and talented programs.

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Health
12:10 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Elective Early Deliveries a Thing of the Past

Credit kaiserhealthnews.org

Almost every pregnant woman in Louisiana will now have to wait 39 weeks if they want to choose their baby's birthday and have it covered by insurance. The state's Medicaid program, which insures about 70 percent of all pregnant women in the state, and the state's largest private insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield, both announced in recent months that they will stop covering medically unnecessary early term inducements and cesareans.   

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