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Meet the candidates running for state treasurer; latest on Capitol Lakes decontamination efforts

The Capitol Lakes in Baton Rouge.
Aubry Procell
The Capitol Lakes in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana officials have known for decades that the lakes near the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge contain toxic chemicals. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency has gotten involved in cleanup efforts.

Mark Schleifstein is an environmental reporter for The Advocate in Baton Rouge. He joins us to discuss the companies the EPA has deemed responsible for decontaminating the lakes — and what will happen if they don’t comply.

Jeff Landry may have won the governorship outright, but there are still plenty of races left for Louisianans to decide in November's general election.

Today, we hear from candidates for state treasurer: Republican John Fleming and Democrat Dustin Granger. Fleming is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who most recently served as deputy chief of staff under President Donald Trump. Granger is a small business owner and financial adviser. They discuss their careers before politics, their economic priorities and Louisiana’s dependence on oil and gas.

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

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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.