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School Shooting
12:54 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bells Ring for Sandy Hook

Bells chimed at St. James Episcopal Church for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Dec. 21, 2012.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

In Louisiana and across the country church bells were rung at 9:30 a.m. this morning in memory of the women and children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT a week ago.

Without fanfare, the bell at St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Baton Rouge chime 26 times, once for each victim of the shooting at the school.

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LSU Hospitals
7:03 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Medical Students Weigh In On Changes To LSU Charity Hospitals

(L to R) Third-year LSU medical students Matt Landrum and Dan Logsdon with fourth-year medical student, Clark Alsfeld.
Credit WRKF

When the federal government reduced its funding of Medicaid in Louisiana, the LSU charity hospital system took the brunt of the $152 million in cuts. LSU’s medical students, for whom the charity hospitals are a training ground, have been caught in the tumult.

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Environment
3:07 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

EPA Notes Safety, Maintenance Issues at Exxon Refinery

ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery.
Credit Frank McMains

EPA inspectors made a surprise visit in July to ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery.


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Tenure on Trial
4:53 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Tenure Changes Upheld in Split Decision

Louisiana Federation of Teachers president Steve Monaghan (far left) speaking with reporters outside the state courthouse in Baton Rouge, Dec. 18, 2012.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

A state judge has upheld legislation tying teachers’ pay and tenure to their performance in the classroom. Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed for the changes as part of his education overhaul.

Judge Michael Caldwell tossed out provisions of the same act that removed authority over hiring and firing decisions from local school boards, and required state reviews of district superintendent contracts.

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Tenure on Trial
11:56 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Judge to Rule in Teacher Tenure Suit

Teachers protest Act 1 at the capitol April 4, 2012.
Credit Ashley Westerman / WRKF

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Last spring at the capitol, thousands of public school teachers rallied against the bill that would tie their pay and tenure to performance through an evaluation system, which was rolled out at the start of this school year.

A state judge says he will rule Tuesday on whether Act 1 was passed in violation of Louisiana’s constitution.


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Tenure on Trial
8:39 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Teacher Tenure, Compensation Act Headed To Court

Another major part of Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform package faces a court challenge Monday in Baton Rouge.

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Politics
11:02 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Jindal Calls for 'End of Birth-Control Politics'

In a Wall Street Journal opinion column, Gov. Bobby Jindal says birth control pills should be available over-the-counter.  

If women were allowed to get birth control without a prescription, Jindal argues, employers with moral objections would not have to pay for it and Democrats could no longer accuse Republicans of being against contraception.  

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Costs of Incarceration
6:02 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Regulators Cut Rate for Calls from Prison

The Louisiana Public Service Commission voted to roll back the rate charged to inmates by about 25 percent. With an amendment made Wednesday, the lowered rate only applies to calls to family members, clergy, legal counsel, and some government entities, including schools. The charge for calls will drop when existing prison phone service contracts end or in two years.

The five commissioners approved the rate change without objection after an unusually lengthy and at times tense debate.

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What We're Reading
4:40 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

'Pushed Times, Chewing Pepper': Where Louisiana and California Collide

Myra Jolivet, author of 'Pushed Times, Chewing Pepper'
Credit Myra Jolivet

Author Myra Jolivet is a lot of things. She’s a former TV personality, a communications strategist, a brain tumor survivor, and above all a California native with Louisiana Creole roots.

In Jolivet's new murder-mystery novel, a family therapist from California survives her fiancé’s plot to kill her, embraces her gift of psychic visions and learns her Creole heritage is the foundation of her survival.


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Baton Rouge Schools
4:23 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

How to Improve North BR Schools Debated

A lot of different ideas are being tried out to improve schools in north Baton Rouge. The civic group Better Baton Rouge brought together some of the major players Monday night to discuss the path to educational excellence.


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