Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

Jonathan Goldsmith gained fame late in life as "the most interesting man in the world." Goldsmith talks about his past life as a garbage truck driver in the Bronx and as a small-time actor who learned his craft with Dustin Hoffman.

Dominating the national news this week is the potential vote on the Senate Republican Healthcare bill as Senate Majority leadership hopes to have a vote before the July 4th holiday break.  Although the Senate has a Republican majority,  there are some Republican Senators who have spoken out that they have reservations about the bill in its current form.  Some Senators feel the bill doesn’t go far enough in repealing the core of Obama-Care,  whereas others have expressed concern that the bill  could negatively impact  healthcare in  their state.

The latest state employment figures are out, and the song remains the same one we’ve heard before from legislative fiscal analyst Greg Albrecht.

We’ve been in a real decline, while the rest of the country has not. What we really need is job growth.”

Louisiana’s 5.7% unemployment rate, compared to the national average of 4.3%, is impacting sales tax and personal income tax collections, which together make up 61% of total state revenue.

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The Louisiana Board of Regents approved the application for licensure submitted by New York Institute of Technology to operate a College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. The two parties have a non-binding memorandum to bring New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine on the ULM campus.  

FLASH FLOOD CONCERNS -Although Tropical Storm Cindy has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression and is weakening,  hazardous weather conditions still remain along with possible flooding in low-lying areas.  The National Weather Service did issue a Tornado Warning earlier this morning as radar indicated tornadic conditions approaching   Campti, Louisiana in Natchitoches parish,  moving east-northeast at 15 mph.  So far no storm damage has been reported and the tornado warning has expired at 7:30am.  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash-Flood Warning

Airs Friday, June 23, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week Gary Borders remembers Jimmy LaFave.

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Much of the money the state plans to get through the BP oil spill settlement will go toward big construction projects -- building barrier islands and levees.

American Routes Shortcuts: Catherine Russell

Jun 23, 2017

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week we feature blues singer Catherine Russell. Her dad was Louis Armstrong’s musical director and her mom was bassist for the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.  Here’s Catherine on her musical upbringing and the canon of female-fronted blues.

Cindy has left Louisiana, but not without leaving some flooded roadways behind. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says anyone travelling today would be wise to check 511la.org first.

You can call this one where’ya drink. And if you're a beer lover in New Orleans, these days the answer is a lot more likely to be this: local.

The names of Louisiana beers now line restaurant menus. Their tap handles sprout from the draft clusters at dives and fancy lounges alike. And these local beers flow from the breweries’ own tap rooms, where they’re available to sip on site, right there at the brewery.