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Super Bowl 2013
12:37 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

BR Hotels Rake In $2.54 Million Over Super Bowl Weekend

Super Bowl XLVIIgenerated a major boost for Baton Rouge tourism. That’s according to Smith Travel Research, which tracks hotel occupancy nationwide, and capital city tourism officials are pleased with the numbers.

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Politics
6:08 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

John Bel Edwards: First Horse in 2015 La. Governor's Race

John Bel Edwards is the Louisiana House Minority Leader, and may be the only democratic candidate for governor in 2015.
Credit Louisiana House of Representatives

 Louisiana House Minority Leader, John Bel Edwards, threw his hat into the ring for the next gubernatorial race Wednesday morning on the Jim Engster Show

Edwards may see a fundraising advantage by announcing this early, but has a lot to overcome.

Other potential candidates include fellow democrat New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and republicans US Senator David Vitter, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, and State Treasurer John Kennedy.


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Education
8:24 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Gearing Up for Bout Over Breakaway School District

Belinda Davis, head of One Community, One School District, urges an audience at Baton Rouge's Unitarian Church to sign a petition opposing a breakaway school district.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

A constitutional amendment allowing for an independent school district in Southeast Baton Rouge fell fewer than 10 votes short of making it out of the legislature and onto the statewide ballot last year. The proponents, fed up with the shortcomings of the C-rated parish district, intend to try again. Opponents of the split are also readying for round two.
 


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Politics
5:18 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Legislature to Consider Bayou Corne Buy Out, Saltdome Regulation

The sinkhole that put many nearby residents under a mandatory evacuation order has grow in area and fluctuated in depth since it first appeared on August 3rd.
Credit Assumption Parish

It’s been 200 days since a sinkhole forced residents of Bayou Corne to evacuate their homes. 

Homeowners are fed up. Some testified at a Joint Committee meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Some are calling for Texas Brine – the company responsible for the failed salt-mining cavern that allegedly caused the sinkhole – to buy out their properties. 

State lawmakers have an eye on legislation aiming to amend constituents' problems and assure Louisianians won't meet the same situation in the future.

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The Academy Awards
7:55 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Quvenzhané Wallis on Being From Louisiana, Being Hushpuppy

Quvenzhané Wallis as the lead character, Hushpuppy, in "Beasts of the Southern Wild".
Credit Fox Searchlight Pictures

The 85th Academy Awards are this coming Sunday, and Louisiana is very well represented in terms of movies filmed in the Bayou State as well as actors with roots here.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was shot in the Terrebonne Parish town of Montegut, has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation.

At 9, Houma native Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee ever for Best Actress for her lead role in the film. In the film, Wallis plays Hushpuppy - a rambunctious child who must overcome a great deal of adversity when her world falls apart.


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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

New Gun Rights Group Gets Off the Ground

Defend Louisiana feels that the "Sportsman's Paradise" has a tradition of gun ownership that the national government may not grasp.
Credit Defend Louisiana

A new statewide gun rights advocacy group gathered about 3,000 signatures in support of its legislation to protect the Second Amendment this weekend. State Representative Jeff Thompson, founder of Defend Louisiana, outlined the group’s initiatives at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday afternoon.

Defend Louisiana has filed two bills for the upcoming session. One would protect the identities of concealed and carry permit holders. Another would nullify future federal laws that infringe on gun rights. 


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Politics
6:11 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Jindal Promotes Changes to Juvenile Justice Program

Changes may be coming for a state program aimed at keeping kids at risk of delinquency out of the corrections system. Governor Bobby Jindal proposed tighter more “common sense” regulations for the Families in Need of Service Program, or FINS, at a press conference Friday morning. 

The governor built off of a legislative commission’s study of FINS that found children were being moved through the system without enough attention.

Children are referred to FINS for being ungovernable, for bullying or substance use, among other reasons. There’s worry that kids referred to FINS for non-criminal offenses are propelled into the delinquent system, and then more likely to enter the state’s prisons – the opposite of the program’s goal.

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Politics
6:22 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Jindal Shrugs Off Polls, Denies ALEC Association

Governor Jindal touched on many political topics, but also recounted his first Valentine's Day with his wife, Supriya Jindal.
Credit Gage Skidmore

Governor Bobby Jindal held an impromptu press conference at a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion honoring the longest-married couples in Louisiana on Valentine’s Day.

When reporters asked about the polls released by the Louisiana Medical Society and Public Policy Polling, which showed approval of the governor below 50 percent, Jindal shrugged off the numbers.


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Mardi Gras
9:39 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Pink Chicken Feet Honor Spanish Town Parade Mainstay

The Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana float rolls through downtown Baton Rouge during the Spanish Town parade, Feb. 9, 2013.
Credit Jarondakie Patrick / WRKF

Pink plastic chicken feet were tossed from several floats at the 33rd Spanish Town parade. The unusual throws were an homage to a board member of the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana who knew how to be creative with limited resources.

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Education
5:57 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Voucher Program Set to Grow Despite Court Battle

Applications for vouchers are available for the upcoming school year. The statewide program is continuing into its second year.


A district court judge ruled in November that the voucher program could not be funded with the same pool of money that supports public education in Louisiana.

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