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WRKF, Travis Lux

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Sunday. Heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising river water stages prompted the opening.

The spillway was opened to divert water into Lake Pontchartrain to help keep the volume of Mississippi River flows at New Orleans from exceeding 1.25 million cubic feet per second. That amount of water is enough to fill the entire Mercedes-Benz Superdome in a minute and 40 seconds.

The spillway may be open for several weeks. All public access areas within the spillway are closed until further notice.

Wallis Watkins

Even before he’s sworn in as governor at noon today, John Bel Edwards is having to defend some of his leadership staff selections, beginning with the re-appointment of Col. Mike Edmonson as Superintendent of Louisiana State Police.

Erstwhile supporters of Edwards took to social media to question the choice as soon as it was announced, while reporters asked Edwards if he’d been pressured by the Sheriff’s Association.

“Colonel Edmonson enjoys the support of local law enforcement across the state, not just the Sheriff’s Association but the Chiefs of Police,” Edwards responded. “And the executive directors of both of those entities did reach out to me and express their confidence in him and their desire that he continue to serve in this capacity.”

Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

The White House confirmed Thursday that President Obama will be making his first trip to Baton Rouge next week.

The President is set to visit the State Capital on Thursday, January 14th, just two days after his final State of the Union address in Washington.

Biking the South

Jan 8, 2016
Frank Barnett, WRKF

For most people, travel is all about getting to your destination as fast as you can. But, for two New Yorkers, it’s about seeing every place along the way.

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You step into the voting booth and find a ballot measure that says “five at large to be elected” and several of those running have the same last name.

Candidates with similar names have created voter confusion over the years, according to registrars and the Secretary of State’s office.

“It came up this last election cycle, on several occasions,” First Assistant Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin told the Board of Elections Supervisors Thursday.

“It creates opportunities for election challenges, which can also be very messy,” Ardoin added.

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