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Economic Development
3:43 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Chitosan Plant to Open in Opelousas

Governor Bobby Jindal and AgraTech International Chairman Richard DeMarco announced Wednesday the company will renovate a former Opelousas bottling facility to produce chitosan.

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Gulf Coast
11:02 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Water Institute Hires Esteemed Researcher

The Water Institute of the Gulf has hired a renowned Mississippi River expert to join their staff to help advance the group’s Gulf Coast restoration and protection efforts.

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Smart Growth
9:33 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Raleigh Planning Chief to Baton Rouge: 'You're Not Keeping Your Young People'

Mitchell J. Silver opened the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit last night with constructive criticism of the capital city and its leaders. Silver serves in the Department of City Planning in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Smart Growth
1:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Infill Key To EBR Parish Development

Mark Goodson, Vice President of East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority
Credit WRKF

Vice President of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority Mark Goodson is part of panel discussion at the Smart Growth summit downtown Tuesday that will delve into the issue of redeveloping neglected and abandoned properties.

The Redevelopment Authority says in 2009, East Baton Rouge Parish had some 6,500 adjudicated parcels of land. That’s somewhere between 2 and 3 percent of all the parcels in the parish. The Authority is currently conducting a study in tandem with the Center for Community Progress to bring that information up-to-date. The numbers, however, are projected to be similar.   

Goodson says Baton Rouge should take a more robust approach to code enforcement to reduce blight like Atlanta, Portland, and even New Orleans already have.


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Hurricane Isaac
12:57 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

FEMA Assistance Registration Deadline Approaches

Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage after Hurricane Isaac have only three days left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance. Thursday is also the day the state’s two remaining Disaster Recovery Centers will close.

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Smart Growth
6:48 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Bike-Only in Baton Rouge

Bicyclist Mark Martin with his two wheels.
Credit Drew Walker/WRKF

Ideas for making transportation infrastructure more bike-friendly are up for discussion at the annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit downtown this week.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets will give some officials, planning experts, and citizens at the summit a taste of what it’s like to get around the capitol city by bike now.

Mark Martin, who founded the bike advocacy group in 2006, navigates his daily routine here with only two wheels.


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Consolidation Campaign
12:56 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Councilman Calls Attention To Possible Law Enforcement Merger

Ninth District Metro Councilman Joel Boe’  has issued a press release saying he supports the idea of consolidating law enforcement in Baton Rouge.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Lt. Gov. Criticizes Jindal, Looks Forward to 2016

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is looking ahead to 2016. At the Baton Rouge Press Club today, Dardenne anticipated that Gov. Jindal would be running for president and indicated he would consider running to be the chief executive of Louisiana.

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Affordable Care Act
9:25 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Healthcare Analyst: Insurance Exchanges Will Save Money

David Hood is Senior Health Care Analyst for the non-partisan Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana.
Credit WRKF

The federal Affordable Care Act requires states to have health insurance exchanges. This Friday, Nov.16, is the deadline for states to tell the government whether they will set up exchanges on their own or let the federal government do it for them.

Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed to the Huffington Post on Tuesday that Louisiana would not be implementing its own exchange and a rejection letter will be sent to the federal government on Friday.

David Hood is an adviser for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana on healthcare issues. He thinks the insurance exchanges will ultimately save the state and taxpayers money.

WRKF's Ashley Westerman asked him how that's possible when they are expected to cost millions of dollars annually to run.

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Wealth and Poverty
10:48 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Louisiana Ranks 6th for Income Inequality

The gap between rich and poor in Louisiana is continuing to grow steadily, according to an analysis of the latest Census figures.

In the Bayou state, the top 20 percent made 9 times more than the bottom 20 percent in 2010. Based on that measure, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute rank Louisiana as the sixth worst state for income inequality.

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