Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

Melinda Deslatte / AP

  The Legislature's chief economist says state officials need to look at Louisiana'slong list of tax breaks as spending programs that siphon dollars away from the budget.

Louisiana has $7 billion in various tax credits, rebates and deductions. Greg Albrecht said Monday that the programs take money away from the state treasury just like road projects, health care services and other items included in the state's annual budget.

Second Harvest Food Bank is the largest in Louisiana, serving over 200,000 people each year. Three quarters of clients at the pantries Second Harvest supplies say they regularly rely on the food they get there to make ends meet. In the same survey, over a third of pantry clients say they have a family member with diabetes. So Second Harvest is starting to pay closer attention to the nutrition of the food they distribute.

 


Health Matters: Surviving the Holidays

Dec 15, 2014

Airs Thursday, December 18 at 6 pm. This week on Health Matters Psychologist Dr. Mark Vigen and  Licensed Counselor Shelly Visconte provided tips on surviving the holidays and answered your questions. 

Early childhood education got a boost last week. The federal government pledged $32 million to fund Louisiana pre-schools. 

In this month's Voices of Educators series, we look at an early childhood teacher. 

Tulane University's Burkenroad Reports, a program giving business students practical stock analysis experience, won the top award for best teaching delivery in the Wharton QS Stars Awards.

Peter Ricchiuti, Burkenroad Reports founder and director (and host of WWNO's Out to Lunch) says he's honored by the recognition.

Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport is on track to complete the year caring for a record number of patients in its 92-year history. It also marks the first time that it has four, full-time pediatric orthopedic surgeons on staff. Interim chief of staff Dr. John Fox says the entire Shriners organization feels the growth spurt with about 3,200 admitted patients this year.

The continuing drop in the price of oil likely will require state government to change its spending plan for a second time to balance this year’s budget.

Civil Rights Activist Rudy Lombard Dies

Dec 15, 2014

Former New Orleans civil rights activist Rudy Lombard has died.

Tête-à-Tête is a new series that uncovers extended versions of interviews conducted by WWNO journalists. Broadcasting means time limits, and often conversations that range from thirty to forty minutes in length get thirty to forty seconds on air. Tête-à-Tête brings these deeper discussions to light.

When deciduous shade trees drop their leaves in the fall, most people just rake them up, put them in bags, and set them out with the trash to be collected. What a shame!


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