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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.
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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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West Nile
12:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Record Number of West Nile Virus Cases

Louisiana's worst year for West Nile virus in a decade continues into the fall season. On Friday the state Department of Health and Hospitals reported 12 new West Nile virus cases, and two more West Nile-related deaths.

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6th Congressional District Race
12:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Cassidy Clinches Third Term

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy addresses supporters at his watch party on Election Night 2012.
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U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is headed back to Washington to represent Louisiana's 6th Congressional District.

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On The Ballot
12:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Louisiana Gets Gold Standard in 2nd Amendment Protection

Louisiana voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday to strengthen gun possession rights in the state.

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On The Ballot
12:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Term Limits for EBR Parish School Board Members

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board members will now be limited to a maximum of 12 years in office.

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The Vote For Mayor
12:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Mayor Holden Wins Third Term

Kip Holden surrounded by supporters as he accepts a third term as mayor-president of East Baton Rouge.
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Melvin "Kip" Holden easily defeated three challengers Tuesday to win a third term as Mayor-President of Baton Rouge.

Holden won with 60 percent of the vote. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker, Holden's toughest competitor in the race, came in a distant second with only 34 percent.

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On the Ballot
3:58 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Ballot Amendment would Restrict Medicaid Fund Use

The first of nine constitutional amendments on the ballot in Louisiana would prevent the legislature from raiding the state’s Medicaid Trust Fund to balance the budget. But LSU Political Scientist Robert Hogan says it could also hamstring the budgeting process if Louisiana’s demographics shift. 

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Election 2012
3:33 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Name Recognition Key to Down Ballot Races

Many names follow Obama and Romney on the Nov. 6 ballot here in southeast Louisiana.

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On The Ballot
10:14 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Unprecedented Protection for Gun Rights on the Ballot

General Manager Cid Dillard displays a Winchester Model 70 Supergrade at Jim's Firearms in Baton Rouge. (WRKF)
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Louisiana voters will decide Tuesday on nine state constitutional amendments.

Amendment Two seeks to change Louisiana's regulations of firearms. If passed, Louisiana would have the strongest Second Amendment protection in the nation.

Sure protecting the right to bear arms may look good on paper, but is that all this amendment will do?

Constitutional Protection Sought For Firearms Is Unprecedented

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