Louisiana Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off in First Debate of 2019

Incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham solidified themselves as the frontrunners of their respective parties Thursday night in the first gubernatorial debate of 2019. Eddie Rispone, a Baton Rouge businessman and self-described political outsider, dismissed Edwards and Abraham as “career politicians,” but struggled to provide detailed policy proposals of his own. In a poll released by debate hosts Nexstar Media Group earlier this week, Edwards...

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The Reading Life with Nevada Barr and Matt Sakakeeny

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with part-time New Orleanian Nevada Barr, whose new stand-alone thriller is “What Rose Forgot.” We’ll also hear from Matt Sakakeeny, co-editor of the provocative essay collection, “Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism to Authenticity.”

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British Oil Tanker Seized By Iran Will Be Released Soon, Iranian Official Says

A British oil tanker detained by Iran will soon be released, according to an Iranian maritime official. The tanker, the Stena Impero, was seized along with its crew by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 for alleged marine violations. "After the issuing of the ruling for the end of detention of the English tanker Stena Impero this vessel will soon, and after the passing of 65 days, begin its movement from the port of Bandar Abbas toward international waters,"...

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A driver for BCH Services Group left several students with a neighbor, after getting in an accident Monday.
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Parents at Mary McLeod Bethune Charter School have been frustrated for weeks with the school’s unpredictable bus service. Now, the school says, a bus driver left several children at the scene of an accident Monday.

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After big floods like those in 2016 that inundated many homes in the Baton Rouge-area and beyond, sometimes a home buyout is the right choice. People whose homes have flooded multiple times can get money from the federal government to relocate to safer ground. But a new report from an environmental advocacy group finds that those buyouts can take a long time.

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Those calliope-playing Mississippi riverboats will soon be carrying more than passengers. Scientists are preparing to attach monitors to some boats in an effort to gather more data on the river's water quality.

Voters will have the final say on four proposed constitutional amendments when they head to the polls next month.

While most voters' will be focused on the gubernatorial candidates at the top of their ballot, they know little about the constitutional amendments down below.

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally renowned artist Lonnie Holley is among five contemporary sculptors whose work will be installed next week in the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by the Helis Foundation and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.  William Andrews is the executive director of the Ogden Museum. He joins us for a chat.

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Politicians, newsmakers, and members of the media have been reflecting on the life of Cokie Roberts after news that she passed away Tuesday morning due to complications from complications with breast cancer. Roberts was a native New Orleanian, reporter, news anchor, and commentator for several news outlets during a long career in media. She was also the daughter of Louisiana politicians Lindy and Hale Boggs.

This week on 'Thinking Outside the Book', Susan Larson talks with Sonnet Ireland of the St. Tammany Parish Library about the larger role played by librarians, in lives of everyday people in need of technical assistance.

More than 400 school buses that operate in New Orleans haven't been inspected yet by the city.
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After a city investigation revealed serious safety concerns about school buses last year, the New Orleans City Council decided to start inspecting them. But more than a month into the school year, more than 80 percent of the city’s school buses have yet to pass inspection.

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Chinese company Wanhua recently informed St. James Parish officials that it was withdrawing its application to build a chemical plant in the parish. The plant had faced vocal opposition and legal action from some residents and environmental groups, but the trade war with China may also have played a part in the company’s decision.

The Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is loaded with industry. Refinery stacks and storage tanks stand tall on the horizon, their contiguous line interrupted by sugarcane fields, ornate plantations, and quiet neighborhoods.

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This week on Le Show, Harry brings us News from The Land of 15,000 Princes, News of the Olympic Movement, The Apologies of the Week, The Appresidentice, News of Microplastics, and music by They Might Be Giants, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Frank Sinatra.

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Le Show For The Week Of September 22, 2019

This week on Le Show , Harry brings us an extensive interview with Gary Marcus, author of Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust. Marcus is a Professor Emeritus at NYU and joins the program from Vancouver, British Columbia.

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The Reading Life with Richard Sexton and Poppy Tooker

This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with photographer Richard Sexton, whose new book is “Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River,” which accompanies an exhibit that opens this week at the Historic New Orleans Collection. We’ll also hear from Poppy Tooker, host of "Louisiana Eats," who’s celebrating her new book, “Drag Queen Brunch.”

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Louisiana Eats: Flavors Of The African Diaspora

On this week’s show, we speak with three James Beard Award-winners to explore the history and culture of African American cooking and learn how African flavors are inspiring new dishes today.

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