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House Committee To Consider Sales Tax Break On Diapers And Feminine Hygiene Products

A House committee will get its turn Monday on a bill that would exempt diapers and feminine hygiene products from state sales tax.

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In Trump's Trade War, Americans Will Be Asked To Show Economic Patriotism

Bob Best enthusiastically supports President Trump's tough policies against China and other countries. "I'm not a big tariff guy. I'm a free trade guy," says Best, who manages a heating and air conditioning company in Kennesaw, Ga. "But sometimes when the bully just doesn't listen, you've got to punch him in the mouth. And that's what he's doing." Best supports the president's actions even though they affect him directly. The price of the heating and air conditioning units that his company...

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Study Ranks Louisiana Second Worst State For Equal Pay

Jul 31, 2012

Earlier this year Congress voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that would have made it easier for workers to address suspected wage discrimination with their employers.

Louisiana has been ranked one of the worst offenders when it comes to paying women less than men for doing the same job. Efforts by equal pay advocates to make changes at the state level have failed.


Land Dispute Ends in Conservation Agreement

Jul 27, 2012

A cypress logging deal between a local school board and a timber company has failed to go through after outcry from environmental groups who said the trees need to be protected. But as WRKF's Tegan Wendland reports, the school board really needed the money, so they've come up with an alternative. 

Atchafalaya Basin Draws More Visitors

Jul 19, 2012

It’s downtime for tourism in Louisiana. Tourism officials in the Atchafalaya Basin are taking advantage of the hot summer break to prepare for another busy season.

Since the launch of the popular reality show, Swamp People, in 2010, visits to the area are way up.

Executive Director of the Atchafalaya Basin Heritage Program, Deb Credeur, says they’ve seen a 15 percent jump in the number of people stopping by the visitor center.

She talked with WRKF’s Tegan Wendland about the draw of Louisiana’s swamps and bayous.

Imagine having a job as a hotel concierge, but there are no customers to serve. That's what the St. Francisville Transitory Theatre company captures with its one-woman show La Concierge Solitaire.

Clinic Offers Detox to BP Cleanup Workers

Jul 16, 2012

When the Deepwater Horizon exploded two years ago, spilling an unprecedented amount of oil into the Gulf, BP hired about 48,000 workers to clean up. Some of those workers have since reported health problems. There's just one clinic in Louisiana now dedicated to treating them. As WRKF's Tegan Wendland reports, the clinic has a rather controversial backer.


Louisiana Republicans were up in arms Thursday after the US Supreme Court's decided to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Many of us in Baton Rouge may think we're not really the "creative type", but Wendy Overton says we should give ourselves more credit. To foster local ingenuity, she started Creative Louisiana. The monthly meet-up features lectures from homegrown artists and entrepreneurs.

Creative Louisiana just hit its first anniversary. WRKF's Tegan Wendland asked Overton about the results so far.

Many of us in Baton Rouge may think we're not really the "creative type", but Wendy Overton says we should give ourselves more credit. To foster local ingenuity, she started Creative Louisiana. The monthly meet-up features lectures from homegrown artists and entrepreneurs.

Creative Louisiana just hit its first anniversary. WRKF's Tegan Wendland asked Overton about the results so far.

June's Creative Louisiana will be held at Baton Rouge Gallery, located at 1515 Dalrymple Drive, on June 29, 2012. The event will include a panel discussion, with a panel comprised of prior Creative Louisiana guest speakers. More information here.


Sociologist Says Fear of Crime Out Of Proportion

Jun 21, 2012

The most recent CityStats survey released by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation said that residents are more scared and more concerned that crime will become worse, despite overall crime in the city declining.

To find out why that is, WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with LSU Professor of Sociology Edward Shihadeh about the study.

And he said the fear of crime is typically out of proportion with actual crime stats.


Charlie the Noise Guy is Always Listening

Jun 13, 2012

What does going to the airport really sound like? Charlie Williams says it sounds like - joy. He's a southern-born foley artist visiting Baton Rouge's libraries this week. He specializes in replicating the sounds of our everyday lives. WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with him about how we all have the talent as children, but lose it as we grow up.

Charlie the Noise Guy has eight more performances coming up at East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries. View the full calendar here.


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