WRKF News

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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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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