WRKF News

Economy
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Louisiana's High Poverty Rate Persists

The latest American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau was released Thursday. The stats reveal the percentage of individuals in Louisiana living in poverty rose from 18.7 percent to 20.1 percent between 2010 and 2011.

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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Bomb Threat Response Suggests Football's Public Safety Benefits

Every game day, police say, is an opportunity to practice evacuating LSU's campus of 30,000 students, as it was after the bomb threat.

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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Baton Rouge Man Arrested In Connection With Bomb Threat

An arrest has been made in the bomb threat directed toward LSU's campus on Monday.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Isaac Surcharge on Electric Bills Likely

Entergy is estimating Hurricane Isaac caused between $400 to $500 million worth of damage to its power grid. Some of the repair costs is very likely to fall on customers.

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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Bomb Threat Empties LSU Campus

LSU reopened for students, faculty and staff and returned to normal operations shortly before 11 p.m. Monday after campus was shut down for about 12 hours due to a morning bomb threat.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Citrus Growers See Worst Damage Ever From Hurricane Isaac

The LSU Ag Center reports that Hurricane Isaac caused the worst damage in memory to citrus crops in Plaquemines Parish.

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Small Business
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Pinball Gets Design Firm's Gears Going

Past the stuffy, official government buildings of downtown Baton Rouge, you'll find the city's oldest commercial building. Up the creaky stairs off Lafayette Street and beyond the reception area is a big open room. Sometimes the design world gets a little noisy.

WRKF intern Claire Ohlsen visited the workspace and sent us this audio postcard.


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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