WRKF News

Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

FEMA Opens Nearly 20 Disaster Recovery Centers After Issac

It's been two weeks since Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and FEMA has since opened 18 disaster recovery centers across the state.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Parish Leaders Sound Flood Protection Refrain

St. John Parish Public Safety Director Jobe Boucvalt explains the path taken be Isaac's flood waters to members of the legislature's Hurricane Recovery Committee. (WRKF/Amy Jeffries)

The state legislature's Hurricane Recovery Committee took a tour of some of the worst damage in Isaac's path Monday. At every stop, local officials called for flood protection.


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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Power Being Restored At Same Pace As After Katrina, Gustav

The state Public Service Commission reported Monday that about 131,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity. That's about 6-percent of customers state-wide.

After Isaac came ashore six days ago, more than 900,000 were without power.

Entergy, the state's largest electricity provider, was able to make significant progress restoring power over the weekend thanks to, in part, new technology that pin-points damage in specific lines.

But as Entergy spokeswoman Sheila Pounders told WRKF's Ashley Westerman, the speed of restoration is still about the same as it was after Katrina, Gustav and Rita. And that, at this point, the level of restoration varies from place to place.


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Hurricane Isaac
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

As Isaac Approaches Baton Rouge, Holden Says Safety Is Priority

Mayor-President Kip Holden at the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Operations Center.
Credit WRKF/Ashley Westerman

As Isaac approaches Baton Rouge, city officials are now on a 24-hour information cycle to better inform and help residents.

WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden And he says wind and rain are the main concern as the Isaac hits the Capital Area.


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Food and Drink
12:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

A Crash Course in Jambalaya

Fifty-four teams competed in this year's ExxonMobil United Way Jambalaya Cook-Off. (WRKF)

A few weeks ago WRKF's Ashley Westerman was asked to be a judge at the 23rd Annual ExxonMobil United Way Jambalaya Cook-Off.

The event is the official kick-off of the 2012 United Way Campaign.

As someone who has only been in the state for a little over five months, Westerman knew it would be a crash course in Louisiana Cuisine.


Francophone Roots
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

The Future of French in Louisiana

Financial support for French education and maintaining Louisiana's French heritage seems to be waning.

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Rocking the Studio
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Prom Date Brings the Party

Prom Date in the studio with WRKF's Amy Jeffries: from left to right, Nick Boudreau, Brett Burke, Dave Fuller, James West, and Steven Landry. (WRKF/Claire Ohlsen)

When the members of the band Prom Date were in college at LSU and Tulane, practices were social events. Their songs were as sprawling as their roster of musicians. The group is tighter now that the five permanent members are hoping to be able to quit their day jobs. But with their highly danceable beats, the band is still bringing the party.

Prom Date recently stuffed into the studio to talk with WRKF's Amy Jeffries.


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Education
4:53 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

For Summer Learning, District Sends Students to Library

East Baton Rouge Parish public school students are back in the classroom Wednesday. Almost inevitably, teachers will start by re-teaching material students forgot while they were on vacation. To minimize that learning loss over the summer, the district pointed students to the parish library.


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Beyond the Classroom
12:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

For Summer Learning, District Sends Students to Library

The brochure for the summer learning program encourages kids to dream big. (East Baton Rouge Parish Library)

East Baton Rouge Parish public school students are back in the classroom Wednesday. Almost inevitably, teachers will start by re-teaching material students forgot while they were on vacation. To minimize that learning loss over the summer, the district pointed students to the parish library.

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Economic Development
12:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

BRAC CEO Calls Shaw Buyout a Good Deal For Baton Rouge

Adam Knapp is the President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. (WRKF)

One week ago today, the Shaw Group announced it agreed to be acquired by Chicago Bridge and Iron.

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