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6:52 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Louisiana May Lighten Up on Marijuana Laws

Louisiana patients may soon have a new medicine option, if one state lawmaker has his way.

With some of the nation’s harshest punishments for marijuana possession and an ultra-conservative Republican governor at the helm, few would expect Louisiana might be the next state to allow folks to light up a joint. Yet one state lawmaker is planning to push to lighten up some pot laws during the upcoming legislative session.

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Politics
6:54 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Insight: Resolution on Anti-Sodomy Law Rekindles Gay Rights Debate in Metro Council

The Baton Rouge Metro Council on Wednesday considered a resolution to voice support for a bill to be taken up by the state legislature that would get rid of Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law. It was a lively discussion.


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Culture
1:03 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Baton Rouge Musician Pays Homage to Tabby Thomas with Listening Room

Turner says to look for the guitar over the door.
Ann Marie Awad WRKF

One local musician is looking to revive the spirit of Tabby Thomas’ Blues Box in Baton Rouge. Henry Turner Jr.is a Louisiana reggae, blues, soul and funk musician. He has been touring with his band for the last two decades. But, Tabby’s Blues Box used to be the only place in town where he could play.

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Politics
6:25 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Insight: Louisiana's Abortion Rules, Execution Method in Limbo

There were developments related to two hot-button issues this week in Louisiana: abortion and the death penalty.


Politics
11:55 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Louisiana's Education Reform May be Due for a 'Do Over'

Teachers rally against Gov. Jindal's ed reforms in March 2012

It’s been nearly two years since Louisiana’s Legislature passed a package of highly-controversial education reforms. Since then, there has been confusion at the local school level and angst for teachers -- especially over changes to teacher pay and tenure under a new evaluation process. Courts have ruled some of the reforms violate the state constitution. Many are now saying the upcoming legislative session is the opportune time for a “do-over” on education reform.

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Politics
6:36 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Insight: Jindal Budget Mixes Shrinking Federal Allocations with Rosy State Revenues

With all the sleet and freezing rain that seized up our brains in the past week, it would be easy to forget that in the midst of the first sneaux day last Friday, the Jindal administration presented its budget proposal. The budget is approximately $25 billion. And that’s about $600 million less than the spending for the current fiscal year.


Politics
4:41 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Governor's Budget Proposal Unveiled

Louisiana State Capitol

Despite being under a “state of emergency” due to Friday’s wintry weather, members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee braved rain, sleet and snow to get their first look at Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Politics
5:59 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Insight: Hospital Privatization Fodder for Legislative Session and Governor's Race

A recent report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana concludes that with the privatization of the charity hospital system, Louisiana’s safety net is being reinvented. 

The reinvention will likely come up again in the legislature when it convenes in March as lawmakers dig up debate on Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. And the candidates for governor will be staking out positions on healthcare reform.


Politics
6:03 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Insight: An Almost Balanced Budget Mid-Year

The Revenue Estimating Conference, which crunches the numbers on the state’s income every year, announced on Wednesday that revenues are $35 million short of what was expected for 2013-2014. But for the first time since Gov. Bobby Jindal took office, there should be no mid-year cuts to Louisiana's budget.
 


Culture
11:54 am
Sat January 11, 2014

The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past

The old bathroom building behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in rural Vacherie, La. The structure was demolished in October.
Pam Folse Our Lady of Peace

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 11:53 am

The old bathroom building behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in rural Vacherie, La., was little more than a shack. Hurricane Rita almost knocked it down in 2005. It finally got bulldozed in October.

Some members of the parish say that was long overdue.

When the bathroom building went up in 1959, one set of doors was painted white; the others were a different color. Ushers would follow black parishioners outside to make sure they entered the correct door.

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