WRKF News

Education Overhaul
10:28 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Education Department Slims Down

Salaries have been trimmed and personnel shed as Superintendent John White has reorganized the state Department of Education.

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6th Congressional District Race
10:35 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Congressional Candidates Criticize Obamacare

Incumbent Congressman Bill Cassidy and his two long-shot opponents all want a rewrite of the healthcare law that was passed under President Obama. The candidates met at a debate Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club.

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Higher Education
10:42 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Researchers Win Grant To Answer Questions About Universe

Two LSU researchers have won a $250,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Education Overhaul
10:53 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Denied Request Could Help Clarify Public Records Exemption

The state Department of Education is again denying a request from the Associated Press for information on how schools were chosen to participate in Governor Jindal's voucher program.

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Katrina Recovery
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Loan Clinches Funding For New NOLA Hospital

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved money for the construction of a new hospital in New Orleans East.

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The Vote for Mayor
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Holden, Walker Spar During Debate

Mayor Kip Holden, who is seeking a third term, and his leading opponent, Councilman Mike Walker, tussled over traffic, economic development, and crime at a debate hosted by Southern University Monday night.

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Higher Education
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

LSU Engineering Expands With Public-Private Partnership

The state is pledging $50 million to expand and renovate LSU's College of Engineering. The school has to match the state's contribution with $50 million in private funds. It has already raised $8 million.

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Public Service Commission Race
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

PSC Candidates Differ on Campaign Finance, Agree on Policy

The two best-funded candidates for a slot on the Public Service Commission are defending their acceptance of campaign money from the companies they would regulate.

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Baton Rouge Schools
1:27 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Superintendent Envisions Reform Within Baton Rouge Schools

Superintendent Bernard Taylor (East Baton Rouge Parish School System)

Bernard Taylor came into East Baton Rouge Parish as the new superintendent of schools officially in June. He arrived amidst a wave of state education reforms, for which the parish is arguably ground zero.

Roughly a third of Baton Rouge public schools, threatened with state takeover, face new competition from private school vouchers and independent charter schools.

Accountability measures for teachers and administrators are adding to the pressure.

Speaking with WRKF's Amy Jeffries, Taylor does not mince words in his critique of state reforms or the potential of East Baton Rouge public schools.


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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Bomb Threat Targets Baton Rouge Airport

Law enforcement officials were again investigating a bomb threat in Baton Rouge Thursday -- this time at the Metro Airport.

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