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La. Legislative session winds down with gun bills, transgender sports bans, and literacy standards

Kezia Setyawan
House floor in Baton Rouge, LA

The horrific mass shooting in Texas raises multiple concerns on gun safety and violence prevention. It also begs the question of whether this tragedy will impact any of the proposed gun bills in the Louisiana legislature. The Advocate’s Editorial page director and columnist Stephanie Grace tells us the latest on a proposed bill that would remove a lot of gun training and permitting requirements.

Gun legislation is hardly the only thing on the minds of lawmakers as the legislative session comes to a close. We hear the latest on a bill to ban transgender girls from competing in school sports. And, Louisiana Considered’s Managing Producer Alana Schreiber speaks to Dr. John Wyble, President and CEO of The Center for Literacy & Learning in Louisiana, to learn about a new bill that would retain third graders who fail to meet certain literacy standards.

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we learn about the life of dancer Reginald “Reggio the Hoofer” McLaughlin. We hear how he went from tap dancing on the streets and subways of Chicago’s south side to teaching dance and producing his own contemporary shows.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO 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.