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Why the Justice Dept. is investigating a Miss. town; La. property taxes; history of prohibition

Bureau of Governmental Research’s property tax dashboard
Courtesy of BGR
Bureau of Governmental Research’s property tax dashboard

About an hour north of Jackson, Miss. the Justice Department is investigating a small town’s police force. The allegations? Unlawful stops, retaliation, racist roadblocks and excessive force. As the Gulf States Newsroom’s Kat Stromquist reports, residents still worry they won’t see change.

Property taxes are the basic means by which our government has money to operate, but many residents often don’t completely understand how they work. Thankfully, the Bureau of Governmental Research is on a mission to better inform Orleans Parish voters on how these taxes impact them.

BGR’s President and CEO Rebecca Mowbray tells us what residents can learn from the organization’s recently-released property tax dashboard.

The end of Mardi Gras means the beginning of Lent, and even if you don’t observe the holiday, the days following Fat Tuesday are often marked by at least a few days without drinking — or maybe, just indulging a little less.

But there was a time when alcohol was illegal throughout the country — although the ban on booze was largely ignored in south Louisiana.

Back in December, WRKF’s Adam Vos spoke about prohibition history with Sam Hyde, professor of history and director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University. Today, we give that conversation a second listen.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Bob Pavlovich. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our assistant producer is Aubry Procell. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman. 

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Bob Pavlovich, a long-time fill-in host for New Orleans Public Radio, joined the station full-time in 2023. He hosts "All Things Considered" and "Louisiana Considered" on Thursdays.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.