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Education
4:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Push for School Vouchers is Tactical

Louisiana lawmakers went out of their way to add a $46 million line item to the state budget to allow more students from under-performing public schools go to private school through the voucher program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal

Both Wisconsin and Ohio have just pushed through major expansions of their voucher programs too. And both states -- like Louisiana -- are headed by Republican governors.

Sarah Carr, a writer for the Hechinger Report, says these governors are being strategic in their support of vouchers.

"It’s a way for them to make a name for themselves pursuing an education agenda that’s typically been embraced by conservatives and trying even to some extent to one-up each other in creating a bigger and bolder voucher program."

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River Corridor Super Region
5:30 am
Tue July 9, 2013

The Last Bus to New Orleans

LA Swift got its start after Hurricane Katrina, shuttling evacuees and recovery workers between the Crescent and Capitol cities.

Ridership spiked after the storm, dropped off, and is now steadily growing. But the riders are commuters, using the bus to get to work.

The bus ran out of funding in June, but the service provider agreed to keep rolling another month. Long-time rider MiLisa York, who’s started a petition to keep the bus going long-term.

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Pinoy Guest Worker Project
7:21 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Balikbayan: A Coveted Title

The Faces of OFWs: Markco Tuazon, 28, says he wants to go overseas so he can provide a better life for his wife and build his own house. You'll hear his story, along with a handful of others, in features to be aired on WRKF.
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A friend of mine told me that when I came into the Philippines two weeks ago, I should have told immigration I was a balikbayan.

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Special Session
4:24 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Speaker Against Special Session

Leadership of the Louisiana state legislature is speaking out against the Democrat minority push to call a special veto session.

Democrats want a session to address Governor Jindal’s line-item vetoes to strike funding to expand care for the developmentally disabled.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said in a statement that a veto session could produce unintended consequences.

State Retirement Plan
3:19 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Lawmakers to Retry Cash Balance Plan

The contentious plan to revamp the state’s floundering retirement systems was overturned in State Supreme Court on Friday. 

The high court knocked down the law not because of content, but because of how it passed. State law requires a supermajority for this kind of bill to progress. The legislature sent this one to the governor’s desk with only the majority’s approval.

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Pinoy Guest Worker Project
7:37 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Philippine Government Has History of Greasing Wheels For Overseas Workers

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration office is wall-to-wall with people almost every day, sources say.
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Every issue has two sides and despite having a robust culture in the Philippines for over 40 years, the issue of OFW -- overseas Filipino workers -- is no exception.

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Culture
6:31 am
Thu June 27, 2013

'Talk of the Nation' Host Says Goodbye

Talk of the Nation Host Neal Conan.
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WRKF will be airing Here & Now from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. starting Monday, July 1. Science Friday is keeping its weekly spot.

But, sadly, Talk of the Nation broadcasts for the last time Thursday.

The show has been on the air across the country for 21 years.

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Pinoy Guest Worker Project
5:05 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'OFW': In the Philippines, Working Overseas is Big

Migrante International Chairman Garry Martinez is a former OFW himself. The organization is present in 23 countries and works to help abused OFW's.
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In the Philippines, if you're not an OFW -- Overseas Filipino Worker -- it's like you're missing out.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:38 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

What do DOMA, Prop 8 Mean for LA?

The US Supreme Court may have recognized all marriage as equal Wednesday, but same-sex couple still can’t get married in Louisiana. Same-sex marriages that are valid in other states will not be recognized by the state if the couple chooses to move to Louisiana.

So what does this mean for Louisiana? 

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Pinoy Guest Workers Project
5:44 am
Fri June 21, 2013

The Philippines: The World's Employment Agency

The archipelago nation of the Philippines is located in southeast Asia and made up of over 7,000 islands. A former Spanish colony, the nation was ceded to the US in 1898 after the Spanish-American war. The Philippines attained its full independence July 4, 1946.
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As you may remember, an explosion on an oil rig about 20 miles off the coast of Louisiana killed three Filipino nationals and injured a handful of others in November. The incident put Filipino guest worker programs under intense scrutiny by the local media and advocacy groups.

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