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  • OUR TURN: Traffic

    OUR TURN: Traffic

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 12:48 PM EDT2017-09-19 16:48:27 GMT

    You can say what you want about this plan and that plan, but one thing’s for sure - our traffic problems are not going to solve themselves.

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    You can say what you want about this plan and that plan, but one thing’s for sure - our traffic problems are not going to solve themselves.

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  • YOUR TURN: LSU Student's Death

    YOUR TURN: LSU Student's Death

    Friday, September 15 2017 11:36 AM EDT2017-09-15 15:36:50 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Wendy Woods, who reacted on our Facebook page to the tragic story this week of an LSU student who lost his life, with fraternity hazing and alcohol being considered as possible causes for his death.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Wendy Woods, who reacted on our Facebook page to the tragic story this week of an LSU student who lost his life, with fraternity hazing and alcohol being considered as possible causes for his death.

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  • OUR TURN - Baton Rouge Shootings

    OUR TURN - Baton Rouge Shootings

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 11:53 AM EDT2017-09-12 15:53:41 GMT

    The Baton Rouge news stories could not be more disturbing. Five people shot within 16 hours.

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    The Baton Rouge news stories could not be more disturbing. Five people shot within 16 hours.

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  • YOUR TURN: High Speed Chase

    YOUR TURN: High Speed Chase

    Friday, September 8 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-09-08 15:55:46 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Hayley Danielle, who reacted on our Facebook page to the tragic story this week of an innocent bystander who died in a high speed police chase.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Hayley Danielle, who reacted on our Facebook page to the tragic story this week of an innocent bystander who died in a high speed police chase.

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  • OUR TURN: DIRECTV Agreement Expiration

    OUR TURN: DIRECTV Agreement Expiration

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 11:20 AM EDT2017-09-05 15:20:31 GMT

    Tonight at 11:00 p.m., WAFB’s extended agreement with DIRECTV will expire and they may drop our station from their lineup.

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    Tonight at 11:00 p.m., WAFB’s extended agreement with DIRECTV will expire and they may drop our station from their lineup.

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  • YOUR TURN: Coming Together

    YOUR TURN: Coming Together

    Friday, September 1 2017 11:17 AM EDT2017-09-01 15:17:49 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Ramona Roubique, who wants to know why it seems to take a natural disaster to bring the people of our nation together.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Ramona Roubique, who wants to know why it seems to take a natural disaster to bring the people of our nation together.

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  • OUR TURN: Harvey Flooding

    OUR TURN: Harvey Flooding

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 12:43 PM EDT2017-08-29 16:43:46 GMT

    We wish we did not know nearly as much as we do about relief supplies and mucking out houses and flood insurance, but we do now. Millions of people in Texas will soon be just as water weary as we already are.

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    We wish we did not know nearly as much as we do about relief supplies and mucking out houses and flood insurance, but we do now. Millions of people in Texas will soon be just as water weary as we already are.

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  • YOUR TURN: Hurricane Harvey

    YOUR TURN: Hurricane Harvey

    Friday, August 25 2017 12:17 PM EDT2017-08-25 16:17:02 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Lisa Covington, who posted a comment on our Facebook page about Hurricane Harvey.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Lisa Covington, who posted a comment on our Facebook page about Hurricane Harvey.

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  • OUR TURN: Local Commitment

    OUR TURN: Local Commitment

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 11:25 AM EDT2017-08-22 15:25:18 GMT

    Did you know more people get their news from local broadcasters than those big national cable outlets? That’s because of our LOCAL commitment to bring you important news, severe weather warnings, and other information about the place you call home.

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    Did you know more people get their news from local broadcasters than those big national cable outlets? That’s because of our LOCAL commitment to bring you important news, severe weather warnings, and other information about the place you call home.

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  • YOUR TURN: Options for High Schoolers

    YOUR TURN: Options for High Schoolers

    Friday, August 18 2017 12:36 PM EDT2017-08-18 16:36:38 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Jennifer Barbier, who commented on our Facebook page about a story detailing a medical assistant certification that’s now available for high school students.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Jennifer Barbier, who commented on our Facebook page about a story detailing a medical assistant certification that’s now available for high school students.

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  • OUR TURN: Flood Anniversary

    OUR TURN: Flood Anniversary

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 1:00 PM EDT2017-08-15 17:00:56 GMT

    As we look back on the one-year anniversary of the great flood of 2016, we congratulate all the volunteers, financial donors and public servants who helped people restore their lives back to a sense of normalcy.

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    As we look back on the one-year anniversary of the great flood of 2016, we congratulate all the volunteers, financial donors and public servants who helped people restore their lives back to a sense of normalcy.

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  • YOUR TURN: Tenn truck driver murder in BR

    YOUR TURN: Tenn truck driver murder in BR

    Friday, August 11 2017 2:22 PM EDT2017-08-11 18:22:13 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Alison Bennett. She and many other people commented on our Facebook page about the horrible murder of a Tennessee truck driver here in Baton Rouge.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Alison Bennett. She and many other people commented on our Facebook page about the horrible murder of a Tennessee truck driver here in Baton Rouge.

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  • OUR TURN: Teacher of the Year

    OUR TURN: Teacher of the Year

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 12:41 PM EDT2017-08-01 16:41:48 GMT

    Congratulations to Kimberly Eckert of Brusly High School. She’s the 2018 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year.

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    Congratulations to Kimberly Eckert of Brusly High School. She’s the 2018 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year.

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  • YOUR TURN: Donna Britt

    YOUR TURN: Donna Britt

    Friday, July 28 2017 11:08 AM EDT2017-07-28 15:08:55 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    The Your Turn segment this week concerns one of our own, our evening news anchor Donna Britt, who shared this week that she has been diagnosed with the disease, ALS.

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    The Your Turn segment this week concerns one of our own, our evening news anchor Donna Britt, who shared this week that she has been diagnosed with the disease, ALS.

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  • OUR TURN: Mayor

    OUR TURN: Mayor

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:22 PM EDT2017-07-25 16:22:23 GMT

    While Mayor Sharon Weston Broome has the prerogative to have her own people in important positions within city-parish government, it’s not OK for two critical positions to be left open.

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    While Mayor Sharon Weston Broome has the prerogative to have her own people in important positions within city-parish government, it’s not OK for two critical positions to be left open.

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  • YOUR TURN: Prison Reform

    YOUR TURN: Prison Reform

    Friday, July 21 2017 11:17 AM EDT2017-07-21 15:17:19 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Tamara Frank, who is not happy about the new law that will allow some prisoners convicted of second degree murder to get a chance at parole.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Tamara Frank, who is not happy about the new law that will allow some prisoners convicted of second degree murder to get a chance at parole.

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  • YOUR TURN: Mike VII

    YOUR TURN: Mike VII

    Friday, July 14 2017 10:11 AM EDT2017-07-14 14:11:58 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Bridget Higginbotham, who staunchly defended the LSU tradition of having a live tiger mascot.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Bridget Higginbotham, who staunchly defended the LSU tradition of having a live tiger mascot.

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  • OUR TURN: Community Policing

    OUR TURN: Community Policing

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 11:26 AM EDT2017-07-11 15:26:15 GMT

    The benefits of community policing have been well documented and various programs are in use in cities across the nation including here in our area.

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    The benefits of community policing have been well documented and various programs are in use in cities across the nation including here in our area.

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  • OUR TURN: Celebrating 101-year-old athletic competitor

    OUR TURN: Celebrating 101-year-old athletic competitor

    Tuesday, July 4 2017 10:36 AM EDT2017-07-04 14:36:08 GMT

    As we celebrate the birth of our nation, we’d like to honor a Baton Rouge woman who’s celebrated quite a few birthdays herself. She’s 101 years old, but Julia Hawkins is not your typical centenarian. Ms. Hawkins is an athletic competitor.

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    As we celebrate the birth of our nation, we’d like to honor a Baton Rouge woman who’s celebrated quite a few birthdays herself. She’s 101 years old, but Julia Hawkins is not your typical centenarian. Ms. Hawkins is an athletic competitor.

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  • YOUR TURN: French Quarter Safety

    YOUR TURN: French Quarter Safety

    Friday, June 30 2017 12:37 PM EDT2017-06-30 16:37:00 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Mary Orcino, who reacted to comments this week from an LSU criminologist who said he believes the French Quarter is no longer safe and that a recent attack there has put crime there at a crucial tipping point.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Mary Orcino, who reacted to comments this week from an LSU criminologist who said he believes the French Quarter is no longer safe and that a recent attack there has put crime there at a crucial tipping point.

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  • YOUR TURN: Non-emergency 911 calls

    YOUR TURN: Non-emergency 911 calls

    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Michelle Dinecola. 

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Michelle Dinecola. 

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  • OUR TURN: Metro Council Annex

    OUR TURN: Metro Council Annex

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 12:37 PM EDT2017-06-27 16:37:14 GMT

    The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is poised this week to consider annexing into the city more expensive real estate in the southeastern part of the parish. A more immediate concern is funding for the St. George Fire Protection District.

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    The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is poised this week to consider annexing into the city more expensive real estate in the southeastern part of the parish. A more immediate concern is funding for the St. George Fire Protection District.

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  • YOUR TURN: Baton Rouge Zoo

    YOUR TURN: Baton Rouge Zoo

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:13 AM EDT2017-06-23 15:13:58 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    Baton Rouge city leaders delayed a vote on the controversial proposal to move the Baton Rouge Zoo to a new location, but that hasn’t slowed down the debate on our Facebook page.

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    Baton Rouge city leaders delayed a vote on the controversial proposal to move the Baton Rouge Zoo to a new location, but that hasn’t slowed down the debate on our Facebook page.

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  • YOUR TURN: Louisiana’s criminal justice system reform

    YOUR TURN: Louisiana’s criminal justice system reform

    Friday, June 16 2017 1:00 PM EDT2017-06-16 17:00:23 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Jason Garner, who posted comments on our Facebook page about the laws passed this year to reform Louisiana’s criminal justice system.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Jason Garner, who posted comments on our Facebook page about the laws passed this year to reform Louisiana’s criminal justice system.

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  • OUR TURN: Bad Legislators

    OUR TURN: Bad Legislators

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 11:18 AM EDT2017-06-13 15:18:04 GMT

    We sharply criticized Louisiana lawmakers last week for their refusal to address long-term fixes for the state’s ongoing budget problems. Then, to make matters worse, they could not even pass a regular budget for next year.

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    We sharply criticized Louisiana lawmakers last week for their refusal to address long-term fixes for the state’s ongoing budget problems. Then, to make matters worse, they could not even pass a regular budget for next year.

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  • OUR TURN: Legislative Session Failure

    OUR TURN: Legislative Session Failure

    Tuesday, June 6 2017 12:30 PM EDT2017-06-06 16:30:18 GMT

    "A failure to act is not an option," was the quote by lawmakers for fixing our state’s finances. In this legislative session, as in those before it, failure to act was not only an option, it was a plan.

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    "A failure to act is not an option," was the quote by lawmakers for fixing our state’s finances. In this legislative session, as in those before it, failure to act was not only an option, it was a plan.

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  • YOUR TURN: Joshual Hilton's Bond

    YOUR TURN: Joshual Hilton's Bond

    Friday, June 2 2017 11:51 AM EDT2017-06-02 15:51:58 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Anna Bearb, who commented about the bond for the man accused of killing 12-year-old Samuel Lee.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Anna Bearb, who commented about the bond for the man accused of killing 12-year-old Samuel Lee.

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  • OUR TURN: Best of the Class

    OUR TURN: Best of the Class

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 11:02 AM EDT2017-05-23 15:02:09 GMT

    Being a part of the team here at WAFB, we have the opportunity to be a part of many rewarding experiences, and topping that list is our “Best of the Class” project that honors the top graduating seniors at 90 high schools throughout our region.

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    Being a part of the team here at WAFB, we have the opportunity to be a part of many rewarding experiences, and topping that list is our “Best of the Class” project that honors the top graduating seniors at 90 high schools throughout our region.

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  • YOUR TURN: Lee Memorial Removal

    YOUR TURN: Lee Memorial Removal

    Friday, May 19 2017 11:07 AM EDT2017-05-19 15:07:16 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Pamela Shepard, who posted a comment on our Facebook page as she watched protesters at Lee Circle in New Orleans, where the last of four Confederate monuments was in the process of being taken down.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Pamela Shepard, who posted a comment on our Facebook page as she watched protesters at Lee Circle in New Orleans, where the last of four Confederate monuments was in the process of being taken down.

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  • YOUR TURN: Flood Survey

    YOUR TURN: Flood Survey

    Friday, May 12 2017 12:21 PM EDT2017-05-12 16:21:53 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Debbie Gonzalez, who reacted angrily to our story about the state’s Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Debbie Gonzalez, who reacted angrily to our story about the state’s Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program.

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  • OUR TURN: Council on Aging Tax

    OUR TURN: Council on Aging Tax

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 11:50 AM EDT2017-05-09 15:50:22 GMT

    A month ago, there was this big free-for-all at the Metro Council meeting related to the Council on Aging and the $80 million tax approved by voters last November. An audit of the COA is out now and sure enough, there are many potential violations of state and federal election laws.

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    A month ago, there was this big free-for-all at the Metro Council meeting related to the Council on Aging and the $80 million tax approved by voters last November. An audit of the COA is out now and sure enough, there are many potential violations of state and federal election laws.

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  • YOUR TURN: Judge Trudy White

    YOUR TURN: Judge Trudy White

    Friday, May 5 2017 11:34 AM EDT2017-05-05 15:34:07 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Sally Seneca, who agreed with our commentary this week, condemning the decision of Judge Trudy White for letting a convicted child rapist out of jail so he could be with his sick mother.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Sally Seneca, who agreed with our commentary this week, condemning the decision of Judge Trudy White for letting a convicted child rapist out of jail so he could be with his sick mother.

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  • OUR TURN: Rapist out on bond

    OUR TURN: Rapist out on bond

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 2:22 PM EDT2017-05-02 18:22:00 GMT

    Somewhere in Baton Rouge, there’s a young girl who is the victim of a terrible rape. And to compound the trauma that she and her family have been through, Judge Trudy White has released on bond the man who was convicted of raping her.

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    Somewhere in Baton Rouge, there’s a young girl who is the victim of a terrible rape. And to compound the trauma that she and her family have been through, Judge Trudy White has released on bond the man who was convicted of raping her.

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  • YOUR TURN: Livonia Deadly Crash

    YOUR TURN: Livonia Deadly Crash

    Friday, April 28 2017 11:53 AM EDT2017-04-28 15:53:05 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Kimberly Roberts. She and many other people went to our Facebook page in the immediate aftermath of a deadly vehicle accident on US 190 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Kimberly Roberts. She and many other people went to our Facebook page in the immediate aftermath of a deadly vehicle accident on US 190 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

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  • OUR TURN: EBR CAO

    OUR TURN: EBR CAO

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:07 PM EDT2017-04-25 16:07:02 GMT

    The citizens of Baton Rouge owe a debt of gratitude this week to the journalists at The Advocate newspaper. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome owes that same debt.

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    The citizens of Baton Rouge owe a debt of gratitude this week to the journalists at The Advocate newspaper. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome owes that same debt.

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  • YOUR TURN: Deadly 18-Wheeler Crash

    YOUR TURN: Deadly 18-Wheeler Crash

    Friday, April 21 2017 11:12 AM EDT2017-04-21 15:12:51 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Allison Silvas, who is one of more than 1,000 people who commented on our Facebook page about the terrible 18-wheeler wreck in West Baton Rouge Parish.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Allison Silvas, who is one of more than 1,000 people who commented on our Facebook page about the terrible 18-wheeler wreck in West Baton Rouge Parish.

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  • OUR TURN: Graves vs. Edwards

    OUR TURN: Graves vs. Edwards

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 12:46 PM EDT2017-04-12 16:46:48 GMT

    The sparring match between Gov. John Bel Edwards and US Rep. Garret Graves presents a bad look for Louisiana on the national stage as we are still hoping for more aid in the future.

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    The sparring match between Gov. John Bel Edwards and US Rep. Garret Graves presents a bad look for Louisiana on the national stage as we are still hoping for more aid in the future.

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  • YOUR TURN: Death Row Lawsuit

    YOUR TURN: Death Row Lawsuit

    Friday, March 31 2017 11:36 AM EDT2017-03-31 15:36:13 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Wanda Richard, who reacted on our Facebook page to the story this week about a lawsuit filed by Louisiana death row inmates.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Wanda Richard, who reacted on our Facebook page to the story this week about a lawsuit filed by Louisiana death row inmates.

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  • YOUR TURN: Response from government in wake of flooding

    YOUR TURN: Response from government in wake of flooding

    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Aimee Bajoie who took to our Facebook page to complain about the government’s response to contractor fraud in the wake of last year’s flooding. 

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Aimee Bajoie who took to our Facebook page to complain about the government’s response to contractor fraud in the wake of last year’s flooding. 

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  • OUR TURN: List ranks La. as worst state

    OUR TURN: List ranks La. as worst state

    It always stings a bit when different organizations publish their best and worst lists and Louisiana ends up at the bottom. Some of the lists are bogus, but the people at U.S. News & World Report spent quite a bit of time working on theirs. 

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    It always stings a bit when different organizations publish their best and worst lists and Louisiana ends up at the bottom. Some of the lists are bogus, but the people at U.S. News & World Report spent quite a bit of time working on theirs. 

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  • YOUR TURN: Amputee pup paws at heartstrings

    YOUR TURN: Amputee pup paws at heartstrings

    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Danielle Connelly. Connelly had some nice things to say on our Facebook page after she saw our story about the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Danielle Connelly. Connelly had some nice things to say on our Facebook page after she saw our story about the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 

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  • OUR TURN: Louisiana State Police travel scandal

    OUR TURN: Louisiana State Police travel scandal

    The travel scandal involving the Louisiana State Police department is a serious matter. 

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    The travel scandal involving the Louisiana State Police department is a serious matter. 

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  • YOUR TURN: Contractor Arrest

    YOUR TURN: Contractor Arrest

    Friday, February 17 2017 12:38 PM EST2017-02-17 17:38:52 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Charlene Johnson-Jones, who reacted on our Facebook page to yet another story about a contractor being arrested for allegedly bilking flood victims out of thousands of dollars.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Charlene Johnson-Jones, who reacted on our Facebook page to yet another story about a contractor being arrested for allegedly bilking flood victims out of thousands of dollars.

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  • YOUR TURN: Tornado Coverage

    YOUR TURN: Tornado Coverage

    Friday, February 10 2017 1:03 PM EST2017-02-10 18:03:52 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to John Matessino, who sent an email to thank Jay Grymes and the First Alert Storm Team for their work during the tornadoes on Tuesday.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to John Matessino, who sent an email to thank Jay Grymes and the First Alert Storm Team for their work during the tornadoes on Tuesday.

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  • OUR TURN: Budget crisis needs something new to be 'news'

    OUR TURN: Budget crisis needs something new to be 'news'

    That's "Our Turn." Now, it's your turn.

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    That's "Our Turn." Now, it's your turn.

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  • YOUR TURN: LSU Recruiting Class

    YOUR TURN: LSU Recruiting Class

    Friday, February 3 2017 11:21 AM EST2017-02-03 16:21:32 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Conrad Naquin. He and others went to our Facebook page to discuss their excitement about the job that LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron and his team did with the recruiting class of 2017.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Conrad Naquin. He and others went to our Facebook page to discuss their excitement about the job that LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron and his team did with the recruiting class of 2017.

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  • OUR TURN: North Baton Rouge ER

    OUR TURN: North Baton Rouge ER

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 11:23 AM EST2017-01-31 16:23:03 GMT

    Congratulations to state and local leaders, the people at Our Lady of the Lake, community organizers and everyone else who contributed to the outcome that is bringing a new emergency room to North Baton Rouge.

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    Congratulations to state and local leaders, the people at Our Lady of the Lake, community organizers and everyone else who contributed to the outcome that is bringing a new emergency room to North Baton Rouge.

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  • YOUR TURN: Stolen Rocking Chairs

    YOUR TURN: Stolen Rocking Chairs

    Friday, January 27 2017 11:25 AM EST2017-01-27 16:25:34 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Michelle Schroll, who left a thank you note for the WAFB news team on Facebook after our coverage of a story that impacted her family.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Michelle Schroll, who left a thank you note for the WAFB news team on Facebook after our coverage of a story that impacted her family.

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  • OUR TURN: Comite River Diversion Canal Project

    OUR TURN: Comite River Diversion Canal Project

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 12:30 PM EST2017-01-24 17:30:06 GMT

    The state’s legislative auditor last week completed his report on the status of the Comite River Diversion Canal project. This is a tale of woe which reveals the absolute worst about government efficiency.

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    The state’s legislative auditor last week completed his report on the status of the Comite River Diversion Canal project. This is a tale of woe which reveals the absolute worst about government efficiency.

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  • YOUR TURN: Richmond Attending Inauguration

    YOUR TURN: Richmond Attending Inauguration

    Friday, January 20 2017 10:31 AM EST2017-01-20 15:31:53 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Allison Raquel Kesner. Kesner and many other people reacted on our Facebook page this week to the story about Congressman Cedric’s Richmond’s decision to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Allison Raquel Kesner. Kesner and many other people reacted on our Facebook page this week to the story about Congressman Cedric’s Richmond’s decision to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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  • OUR TURN: Pedestrian Safety

    OUR TURN: Pedestrian Safety

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 12:24 PM EST2017-01-17 17:24:08 GMT

    We get sick of hearing about those lists that rank states and cities based on positive or negative attributes, especially the negative ones. Again last week, Louisiana found itself near the bottom of the list as it was called out as the third most dangerous state in the country for pedestrian safety.

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    We get sick of hearing about those lists that rank states and cities based on positive or negative attributes, especially the negative ones. Again last week, Louisiana found itself near the bottom of the list as it was called out as the third most dangerous state in the country for pedestrian safety.

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  • OUR TURN: Council on Aging Budget Problems

    OUR TURN: Council on Aging Budget Problems

    Tuesday, January 10 2017 12:10 PM EST2017-01-10 17:10:47 GMT

    In an investigation published in last week’s Business Report, Stephanie Riegel documented problems the Council on Aging has had before, during and after the election in which voters approved a tax to fund it.

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    In an investigation published in last week’s Business Report, Stephanie Riegel documented problems the Council on Aging has had before, during and after the election in which voters approved a tax to fund it.

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  • YOUR TURN: Walker and Denham Springs lawsuit

    YOUR TURN: Walker and Denham Springs lawsuit

    Friday, January 6 2017 12:21 PM EST2017-01-06 17:21:01 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Judith Sibley. Sibley and many other people reacted on our Facebook page this week to the story about the cities of Walker and Denham Springs suing the state over the concrete wall on the Interstate.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Judith Sibley. Sibley and many other people reacted on our Facebook page this week to the story about the cities of Walker and Denham Springs suing the state over the concrete wall on the Interstate.

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  • OUR TURN: Restructured pay plan for mayor-president

    OUR TURN: Restructured pay plan for mayor-president

    The East Baton Rouge Metro Council made the right call when it moved a year ago to restructure the pay plan for the next mayor-president. 

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    The East Baton Rouge Metro Council made the right call when it moved a year ago to restructure the pay plan for the next mayor-president. 

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  • YOUR TURN: Baby 'Olivia'

    YOUR TURN: Baby 'Olivia'

    Friday, December 30 2016 11:11 AM EST2016-12-30 16:11:22 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Beth Ann Adams, who reacted on our Facebook page to the story about Baby "Olivia," the newborn infant who was abandoned by her mother last week.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Beth Ann Adams, who reacted on our Facebook page to the story about Baby "Olivia," the newborn infant who was abandoned by her mother last week.

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  • OUR TURN: New Year's Resolution

    OUR TURN: New Year's Resolution

    Tuesday, December 27 2016 11:30 AM EST2016-12-27 16:30:49 GMT

    For 2017, let’s resolve to be more positive about this place where we live, work and play. This past year has been an incredibly challenging one for our community on many different levels.

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    For 2017, let’s resolve to be more positive about this place where we live, work and play. This past year has been an incredibly challenging one for our community on many different levels.

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  • YOUR TURN: FEMA Trailer Problems

    YOUR TURN: FEMA Trailer Problems

    Friday, December 23 2016 11:35 AM EST2016-12-23 16:35:15 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Brittany Reid, who reacted to another story on our Facebook page about the struggles people are having with FEMA to get mobile homes to live in.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Brittany Reid, who reacted to another story on our Facebook page about the struggles people are having with FEMA to get mobile homes to live in.

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  • OUR TURN: Mayor Kip Holden's lasting legacy

    OUR TURN: Mayor Kip Holden's lasting legacy

    As the year concludes, so does the final term of Kip Holden as East Baton Rouge Mayor-President. 

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    As the year concludes, so does the final term of Kip Holden as East Baton Rouge Mayor-President. 

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  • OUR TURN: Rep. Graves on FEMA trailer issues

    OUR TURN: Rep. Graves on FEMA trailer issues

    “Idiotic .” That’s the word U.S. Representative Garret Graves used to describe FEMA’s process for helping our area’s flood victims. 

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    “Idiotic .” That’s the word U.S. Representative Garret Graves used to describe FEMA’s process for helping our area’s flood victims. 

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  • OUR TURN: Teen hero

    OUR TURN: Teen hero

    Daniel Wesley is the 17-year-old Central High School student who selflessly put himself at risk to come to the aid of a woman who was the victim of a brutal domestic violence attack. 

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    Daniel Wesley is the 17-year-old Central High School student who selflessly put himself at risk to come to the aid of a woman who was the victim of a brutal domestic violence attack. 

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  • OUR TURN: Annual school report card

    OUR TURN: Annual school report card

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 12:50 PM EST2016-11-22 17:50:36 GMT

    State school leaders have a number of improved statistics that they can point to with pride, but their own report card released last week shows the state overall dropping from a score of 89 (a B) to a score of 83 (a C).

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    State school leaders have a number of improved statistics that they can point to with pride, but their own report card released last week shows the state overall dropping from a score of 89 (a B) to a score of 83 (a C).

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  • YOUR TURN: Homeless Vet

    YOUR TURN: Homeless Vet

    Friday, November 18 2016 11:17 AM EST2016-11-18 16:17:30 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Torri Simoneaux, who commented on the story about the veteran who was living in a tent in his front yard because his home was destroyed in the flood.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Torri Simoneaux, who commented on the story about the veteran who was living in a tent in his front yard because his home was destroyed in the flood.

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  • OUR TURN: Phishing Scam

    OUR TURN: Phishing Scam

    Tuesday, November 15 2016 11:18 AM EST2016-11-15 16:18:53 GMT

    This month, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system revealed that one of its employees fell for a "phishing" scam, wiring more than $40,000 to bogus people and addresses in the New York City area.

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    This month, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system revealed that one of its employees fell for a "phishing" scam, wiring more than $40,000 to bogus people and addresses in the New York City area.

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  • YOUR TURN: Veterans Day

    YOUR TURN: Veterans Day

    Friday, November 11 2016 11:10 AM EST2016-11-11 16:10:23 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Joan Albert, who went to our Facebook page to comment on a story about Veterans Day and to remember the service of her own family members.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Joan Albert, who went to our Facebook page to comment on a story about Veterans Day and to remember the service of her own family members.

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  • YOUR TURN: Bike Safety

    YOUR TURN: Bike Safety

    Friday, November 4 2016 11:43 AM EDT2016-11-04 15:43:09 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Angie Timberlake. She saw our story on the police search for a hit-and-run driver who struck and injured a bicyclist this week.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Angie Timberlake. She saw our story on the police search for a hit-and-run driver who struck and injured a bicyclist this week.

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  • OUR TURN: Voting

    OUR TURN: Voting

    Tuesday, November 1 2016 11:19 AM EDT2016-11-01 15:19:01 GMT

    Only one week left until Election Day, and many of us will be glad when this one’s over. However we feel about the candidates and the politicking, it doesn’t change our responsibility to go to the polls in an informed way and make the best decisions we can.

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    Only one week left until Election Day, and many of us will be glad when this one’s over. However we feel about the candidates and the politicking, it doesn’t change our responsibility to go to the polls in an informed way and make the best decisions we can.

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  • YOUR TURN: Shelter at Home

    YOUR TURN: Shelter at Home

    Friday, October 28 2016 11:08 AM EDT2016-10-28 15:08:08 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Shawn Little, who reacted to our Investigators’ report on the state’s Shelter at Home program that is designed to help people get back in their homes that were flooded.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Shawn Little, who reacted to our Investigators’ report on the state’s Shelter at Home program that is designed to help people get back in their homes that were flooded.

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  • OUR TURN: Amendment 2

    OUR TURN: Amendment 2

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 11:02 AM EDT2016-10-25 15:02:29 GMT

    We’ll offer our support at this time for Amendment 2, which would move tuition decisions to state management boards for colleges and universities.

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    We’ll offer our support at this time for Amendment 2, which would move tuition decisions to state management boards for colleges and universities.

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  • OUR TURN: Flood Task Force

    OUR TURN: Flood Task Force

    Tuesday, October 18 2016 12:06 PM EDT2016-10-18 16:06:25 GMT

    The new Restore Louisiana Task Force needs to be bold, innovative and speedy in handling flood restoration.

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    The new Restore Louisiana Task Force needs to be bold, innovative and speedy in handling flood restoration.

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  • YOUR TURN: Mike the Tiger and Tony the Tiger

    YOUR TURN: Mike the Tiger and Tony the Tiger

    Friday, October 14 2016 1:00 PM EDT2016-10-14 17:00:15 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    This week's Your Turn segment goes to Devin Guidry.

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    This week's Your Turn segment goes to Devin Guidry.

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  • OUR TURN: Thanking Flood Volunteers

    OUR TURN: Thanking Flood Volunteers

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 11:32 AM EDT2016-10-11 15:32:05 GMT

    There is still a huge amount of work left to do for us to recover as a community after the catastrophic flooding in August, but it’s important to recognize the work that has already been done.

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    There is still a huge amount of work left to do for us to recover as a community after the catastrophic flooding in August, but it’s important to recognize the work that has already been done.

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  • YOUR TURN: LGBT Lawsuit Rebuttal

    YOUR TURN: LGBT Lawsuit Rebuttal

    Thursday, October 6 2016 12:52 PM EDT2016-10-06 16:52:14 GMT

    This week’s “Your Turn” goes to Matthew Block, representing Governor John Bel Edwards. Block is offering a rebuttal to our commentary from earlier this week.

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    This week’s “Your Turn” goes to Matthew Block, representing Governor John Bel Edwards. Block is offering a rebuttal to our commentary from earlier this week.

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  • OUR TURN: LGBT Lawsuit

    OUR TURN: LGBT Lawsuit

    Tuesday, October 4 2016 12:07 PM EDT2016-10-04 16:07:37 GMT

    Please consider this our appeal to the governor of Louisiana and our state’s attorney general to resolve their differences without resorting to filing lawsuits against one another.

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    Please consider this our appeal to the governor of Louisiana and our state’s attorney general to resolve their differences without resorting to filing lawsuits against one another.

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  • YOUR TURN: Contractors

    YOUR TURN: Contractors

    Friday, September 30 2016 11:41 AM EDT2016-09-30 15:41:35 GMT

    Deborah Kennedy reacted on our Facebook page after watching the WAFB Investigators report about a flooded out homeowner who believes she was treated unfairly by an out-of-state contractor.

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    Deborah Kennedy reacted on our Facebook page after watching the WAFB Investigators report about a flooded out homeowner who believes she was treated unfairly by an out-of-state contractor.

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  • OUR TURN: Les Miles

    OUR TURN: Les Miles

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 11:54 AM EDT2016-09-27 15:54:52 GMT

    He deserves a ticker tape parade, but that’s not the way these things end in the football coaching profession. So, let’s remember this celebration last year for LSU head football coach Les Miles when he was carried off the field at the end of the season after his team defeated Texas A&M.

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    He deserves a ticker tape parade, but that’s not the way these things end in the football coaching profession. So, let’s remember this celebration last year for LSU head football coach Les Miles when he was carried off the field at the end of the season after his team defeated Texas A&M.

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  • YOUR TURN: Flood Insurance

    YOUR TURN: Flood Insurance

    Friday, September 16 2016 11:31 AM EDT2016-09-16 15:31:54 GMT

    Many are skeptical of a story on our Facebook page quoting FEMA as saying that widespread flooding in our area would not cause flood insurance rates to rise above scheduled annual increases.

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    Many are skeptical of a story on our Facebook page quoting FEMA as saying that widespread flooding in our area would not cause flood insurance rates to rise above scheduled annual increases.

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  • OUR TURN: Back to School After Floods

    OUR TURN: Back to School After Floods

    Tuesday, September 13 2016 11:50 AM EDT2016-09-13 15:50:12 GMT

    Congratulations to the educators in Livingston Parish and everyone who helped them get the schools there re-opened this week after floodwaters washed out a third of the system’s campuses.

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    Congratulations to the educators in Livingston Parish and everyone who helped them get the schools there re-opened this week after floodwaters washed out a third of the system’s campuses.

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  • YOUR TURN: FEMA Disaster Aid

    YOUR TURN: FEMA Disaster Aid

    Friday, September 9 2016 11:34 AM EDT2016-09-09 15:34:38 GMT

    Sean Moran and others reacted to a story on our Facebook page where FEMA officials reminded people that disaster aid would be based on each person’s individual needs. The comment did not sit well with people who think their needs are not being met.

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    Sean Moran and others reacted to a story on our Facebook page where FEMA officials reminded people that disaster aid would be based on each person’s individual needs. The comment did not sit well with people who think their needs are not being met.

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  • YOUR TURN: Dump Truck Hero

    YOUR TURN: Dump Truck Hero

    Friday, September 2 2016 9:52 AM EDT2016-09-02 13:52:07 GMT

    Darryles Simmons used his dump truck to evacuate many flooded families in his neighborhood until the truck itself flooded. Tammy Coleman is one of the many who Simmons helped.

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    Darryles Simmons used his dump truck to evacuate many flooded families in his neighborhood until the truck itself flooded. Tammy Coleman is one of the many who Simmons helped.

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  • YOUR TURN: 'Cajun Navy' Legislation

    YOUR TURN: 'Cajun Navy' Legislation

    Friday, August 26 2016 10:52 AM EDT2016-08-26 14:52:52 GMT

    Laura Lavergne and many other people revolted at the idea proposed by a Louisiana lawmaker who wanted to pass legislation concerning the "Cajun Navy" that helped so many people during the flood.

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    Laura Lavergne and many other people revolted at the idea proposed by a Louisiana lawmaker who wanted to pass legislation concerning the "Cajun Navy" that helped so many people during the flood.

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  • OUR TURN: Raising Hope Telethon

    OUR TURN: Raising Hope Telethon

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 11:55 AM EDT2016-08-23 15:55:52 GMT

    Two of the charities we look to as bedrock institutions to help lift us up in times of crisis were themselves washed out in the flooding - the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

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    Two of the charities we look to as bedrock institutions to help lift us up in times of crisis were themselves washed out in the flooding - the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

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  • YOUR TURN: National media coverage of the area floods

    YOUR TURN: National media coverage of the area floods

    Friday, August 19 2016 11:46 AM EDT2016-08-19 15:46:11 GMT

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Jeremy Cronan. Cronan is one of many people who believe the national news media has ignored the historic flooding that has harmed thousands families in our area.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Jeremy Cronan. Cronan is one of many people who believe the national news media has ignored the historic flooding that has harmed thousands families in our area.

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  • YOUR TURN: Town Hall

    YOUR TURN: Town Hall

    Friday, August 5 2016 8:12 AM EDT2016-08-05 12:12:20 GMT

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Pam Strickland. She and hundreds of other people sent in comments this week in response to our town hall meeting, "Where Do We Go From Here?"

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Pam Strickland. She and hundreds of other people sent in comments this week in response to our town hall meeting, "Where Do We Go From Here?"

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  • YOUR TURN: Law Enforcement Deaths Increase

    YOUR TURN: Law Enforcement Deaths Increase

    Friday, July 29 2016 12:13 PM EDT2016-07-29 16:13:00 GMT

    Marcia Barton and many others reacted on our Facebook page to a story about the fact that the shooting deaths of law enforcement officers have increased 78 percent during the first half of 2016 compared to last year.

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    Marcia Barton and many others reacted on our Facebook page to a story about the fact that the shooting deaths of law enforcement officers have increased 78 percent during the first half of 2016 compared to last year.

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  • OUR TURN: Donation Drive for Officers

    OUR TURN: Donation Drive for Officers

    Tuesday, July 26 2016 11:19 AM EDT2016-07-26 15:19:18 GMT

    WAFB is supporting a donation drive to benefit the three law enforcement officers who were killed and the one who remains hospitalized in critical condition.

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    WAFB is supporting a donation drive to benefit the three law enforcement officers who were killed and the one who remains hospitalized in critical condition.

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  • YOUR TURN: BR Violent Tragedies

    YOUR TURN: BR Violent Tragedies

    Friday, July 22 2016 11:02 AM EDT2016-07-22 15:02:03 GMT

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Poppy Rodney. He emailed us because he is concerned about the recent violent tragedies that have impacted Baton Rouge.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Poppy Rodney. He emailed us because he is concerned about the recent violent tragedies that have impacted Baton Rouge.

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  • OUR TURN: Honoring Law Enforcement Officers

    OUR TURN: Honoring Law Enforcement Officers

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 11:48 AM EDT2016-07-19 15:48:02 GMT

    We want to honor all of the Baton Rouge Police officers and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies who were injured or gave their lives in the service of protecting all of us.

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    We want to honor all of the Baton Rouge Police officers and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies who were injured or gave their lives in the service of protecting all of us.

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  • YOUR TURN: Black Lives Matter and Back the Blue coming together for peace

    YOUR TURN: Black Lives Matter and Back the Blue coming together for peace

    Friday, July 15 2016 11:00 AM EDT2016-07-15 15:00:21 GMT

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Debbie Comeaux. Comeaux and many other people reacted on our Facebook page story about a show of unity in Dallas in the wake of the ambush of police officers there. A Black Lives Matter group and a Back the Blue group came together in prayer. Comeaux and others were thrilled to see it. 

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Debbie Comeaux. Comeaux and many other people reacted on our Facebook page story about a show of unity in Dallas in the wake of the ambush of police officers there. A Black Lives Matter group and a Back the Blue group came together in prayer. Comeaux and others were thrilled to see it. 

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  • OUR TURN: Gov. Edwards' handling of the Alton Sterling shooting

    OUR TURN: Gov. Edwards' handling of the Alton Sterling shooting

    Tuesday, July 12 2016 1:03 PM EDT2016-07-12 17:03:33 GMT

    The Alton Sterling shooting and everything else that’s happened since then has created a challenging time for all of us. It’s in difficult times like these that we all learn what we’re made of, and we get to see whether the leaders we have selected are up to the task.

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    The Alton Sterling shooting and everything else that’s happened since then has created a challenging time for all of us. It’s in difficult times like these that we all learn what we’re made of, and we get to see whether the leaders we have selected are up to the task.

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  • YOUR TURN: Violence is not the answer

    YOUR TURN: Violence is not the answer

    Friday, July 8 2016 11:34 AM EDT2016-07-08 15:34:15 GMT
    Friday, July 8 2016 11:34 AM EDT2016-07-08 15:34:15 GMT

    Many people are reacting to the tragic violence of the past week on our Facebook with comments, which include quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Many people are reacting to the tragic violence of the past week on our Facebook with comments, which include quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • OUR TURN: Home for Good

    OUR TURN: Home for Good

    Tuesday, July 5 2016 11:51 AM EDT2016-07-05 15:51:56 GMT

    The Capital Region Builders Association is again building a "Home for Good." This year, the group chose Woman’s Hospital as its charity to benefit from the "Home for Good" raffle.

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    The Capital Region Builders Association is again building a "Home for Good." This year, the group chose Woman’s Hospital as its charity to benefit from the "Home for Good" raffle.

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  • YOUR TURN: Raising Cane's Murder

    YOUR TURN: Raising Cane's Murder

    Friday, July 1 2016 11:43 AM EDT2016-07-01 15:43:33 GMT

    Alyssa Chavers and many others reacted on our Facebook page to the death of the Raising Cane’s manager in Kenner. They want justice.

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    Alyssa Chavers and many others reacted on our Facebook page to the death of the Raising Cane’s manager in Kenner. They want justice.

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  • OUR TURN: Tax Revenue Overhaul

    OUR TURN: Tax Revenue Overhaul

    Tuesday, June 28 2016 11:16 AM EDT2016-06-28 15:16:13 GMT

    The Louisiana Legislature completed its work on our state budget deficit and their results are sure to make almost no one happy. 

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    The Louisiana Legislature completed its work on our state budget deficit and their results are sure to make almost no one happy. 

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  • YOUR TURN: Spanking

    YOUR TURN: Spanking

    Friday, June 24 2016 12:07 PM EDT2016-06-24 16:07:40 GMT

    A Baton Rouge mother was arrested for disciplining her three sons when they broke into a neighbor’s home. She was charged with a felony because officials say the discipline went too far. Some people are not so sure.

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    A Baton Rouge mother was arrested for disciplining her three sons when they broke into a neighbor’s home. She was charged with a felony because officials say the discipline went too far. Some people are not so sure.

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  • OUR TURN: LSU Band Policy

    OUR TURN: LSU Band Policy

    Tuesday, June 21 2016 12:20 PM EDT2016-06-21 16:20:18 GMT

    LSU officials found a way to reverse their embarrassing policy preventing the marching bands from visiting schools from performing at halftime of the football games.

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    LSU officials found a way to reverse their embarrassing policy preventing the marching bands from visiting schools from performing at halftime of the football games.

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  • YOUR TURN: Paying Back TOPS

    YOUR TURN: Paying Back TOPS

    Friday, June 17 2016 11:40 AM EDT2016-06-17 15:40:15 GMT

    A viewer sent us an email expressing concern about the state’s TOPS program to fund college scholarships. She thinks the program could be a waste of taxpayers’ money and she wants us to investigate.

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    A viewer sent us an email expressing concern about the state’s TOPS program to fund college scholarships. She thinks the program could be a waste of taxpayers’ money and she wants us to investigate.

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  • Your Turn: Children who die after being left in hot vehicles

    Your Turn: Children who die after being left in hot vehicles

    Thursday, June 9 2016 4:53 PM EDT2016-06-09 20:53:06 GMT

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Lydia Pike. Pike and many other people reacted on our Facebook page to the story about the eight-month-old child who died this week after being left in a hot car. 

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Lydia Pike. Pike and many other people reacted on our Facebook page to the story about the eight-month-old child who died this week after being left in a hot car. 

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  • OUR TURN: Hurricane Emergency Plan

    OUR TURN: Hurricane Emergency Plan

    Tuesday, June 7 2016 12:02 PM EDT2016-06-07 16:02:59 GMT

    Hurricane season comes with its own special warning this year. Tropical Storm Colin created history. We must remember that each of us bear responsibility for our family’s own personal emergency plan.

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    Hurricane season comes with its own special warning this year. Tropical Storm Colin created history. We must remember that each of us bear responsibility for our family’s own personal emergency plan.

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  • OUR TURN: Domestic Abuse

    OUR TURN: Domestic Abuse

    Tuesday, May 31 2016 11:22 AM EDT2016-05-31 15:22:22 GMT
    Tuesday, May 31 2016 11:22 AM EDT2016-05-31 15:22:22 GMT

    We were reminded again last week just how tragic and predictable violent cases of domestic abuse can be. WAFB Lead Investigator Kiran Chawla shared with us a behind-the-scenes look at a domestic violence case from St. Landry Parish.

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    We were reminded again last week just how tragic and predictable violent cases of domestic abuse can be. WAFB Lead Investigator Kiran Chawla shared with us a behind-the-scenes look at a domestic violence case from St. Landry Parish.

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  • YOUR TURN: Amite High Valedictorian

    YOUR TURN: Amite High Valedictorian

    Friday, May 27 2016 10:14 AM EDT2016-05-27 14:14:44 GMT
    Friday, May 27 2016 10:14 AM EDT2016-05-27 14:14:44 GMT

    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Bo Bienvenu. He has a different take on the story of the Amite High School valedictorian who was barred from his graduation ceremony because he has a goatee.

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    This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Bo Bienvenu. He has a different take on the story of the Amite High School valedictorian who was barred from his graduation ceremony because he has a goatee.

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  • OUR TURN: Havard Bill Stripper Joke

    OUR TURN: Havard Bill Stripper Joke

    Tuesday, May 24 2016 12:36 PM EDT2016-05-24 16:36:01 GMT
    Tuesday, May 24 2016 12:36 PM EDT2016-05-24 16:36:01 GMT

    State Representative Kenny Havard of East Feliciana Parish was way out of line with his so-called joke which he played during consideration of a new law which was designed to help curb human trafficking - the sex slave trade.

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    State Representative Kenny Havard of East Feliciana Parish was way out of line with his so-called joke which he played during consideration of a new law which was designed to help curb human trafficking - the sex slave trade.

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  • YOUR TURN: TOPS Cuts and Healthcare

    YOUR TURN: TOPS Cuts and Healthcare

    Friday, May 13 2016 11:46 AM EDT2016-05-13 15:46:12 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 11:46 AM EDT2016-05-13 15:46:12 GMT

    Louisiana lawmakers voted in the House to move $72 million from the TOPS scholarship program to fund the state’s safety net hospitals for the uninsured. People are passionate on both sides of the issue.

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    Louisiana lawmakers voted in the House to move $72 million from the TOPS scholarship program to fund the state’s safety net hospitals for the uninsured. People are passionate on both sides of the issue.

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  • OUR TURN: BRCC Auto Technology

    OUR TURN: BRCC Auto Technology

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 12:43 PM EDT2016-05-10 16:43:08 GMT

    One project that clearly has the potential to spur economic enterprise in the north Baton Rouge area and throughout the region is the new McKay Automotive Technology Center, the cornerstone of the planned Ardendale development.

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    One project that clearly has the potential to spur economic enterprise in the north Baton Rouge area and throughout the region is the new McKay Automotive Technology Center, the cornerstone of the planned Ardendale development.

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  • YOUR TURN: Victim Offender Dialog

    YOUR TURN: Victim Offender Dialog

    Friday, May 6 2016 11:46 AM EDT2016-05-06 15:46:58 GMT

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Laurrie Perrilloux. Perrilloux reacted to our story about the meeting between Danette Aydell and the convicted killer who murdered her 13-year-old daughter.

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    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Laurrie Perrilloux. Perrilloux reacted to our story about the meeting between Danette Aydell and the convicted killer who murdered her 13-year-old daughter.

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  • OUR TURN: Graduation Rates

    OUR TURN: Graduation Rates

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 12:07 PM EDT2016-05-03 16:07:34 GMT

    New statistics show that the state’s high school graduation rate improved to an all-time high last year of almost 78 percent. For East Baton Rouge Parish, the statistical gains are not as impressive.

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    New statistics show that the state’s high school graduation rate improved to an all-time high last year of almost 78 percent. For East Baton Rouge Parish, the statistical gains are not as impressive.

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  • OUR TURN: NBR Holden

    OUR TURN: NBR Holden

    Tuesday, April 26 2016 12:14 PM EDT2016-04-26 16:14:54 GMT
    Tuesday, April 26 2016 12:35 PM EDT2016-04-26 16:35:41 GMT

    Mayor Kip Holden vetoed the council’s creation of an economic development district. We applaud the mayor for at least tapping the brakes on this plan and we hope council members will seriously consider his objections.

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    Mayor Kip Holden vetoed the council’s creation of an economic development district. We applaud the mayor for at least tapping the brakes on this plan and we hope council members will seriously consider his objections.

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  • Your Turn: State Parks

    Your Turn: State Parks

    Friday, April 22 2016 12:19 PM EDT2016-04-22 16:19:43 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 12:19 PM EDT2016-04-22 16:19:43 GMT

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Pat Bartholomew. Like many other people, Bartholomew is also concerned about cuts to the Louisiana state budget, especially the possibility of closing some state parks.

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    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Pat Bartholomew. Like many other people, Bartholomew is also concerned about cuts to the Louisiana state budget, especially the possibility of closing some state parks.

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  • Our Turn: Governor Edwards' first 100 days

    Our Turn: Governor Edwards' first 100 days

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 12:15 PM EDT2016-04-19 16:15:32 GMT
    Tuesday, April 19 2016 12:15 PM EDT2016-04-19 16:15:32 GMT

    As we arrive at the end of the first 100 days in office for Governor John Bel Edwards, it’s fair to ask how he has done in terms of meeting the challenge.

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    As we arrive at the end of the first 100 days in office for Governor John Bel Edwards, it’s fair to ask how he has done in terms of meeting the challenge.

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  • YOUR TURN: Charity Hospital Cuts

    YOUR TURN: Charity Hospital Cuts

    Wednesday, April 13 2016 2:53 PM EDT2016-04-13 18:53:52 GMT
    Friday, April 15 2016 11:00 AM EDT2016-04-15 15:00:13 GMT

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Robert Strahan. He is upset that the reductions may affect the state’s charity hospitals and because sees that as a higher priority than the TOPS program.

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    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Robert Strahan. He is upset that the reductions may affect the state’s charity hospitals and because sees that as a higher priority than the TOPS program.

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  • OUR TURN: Urban Congress

    OUR TURN: Urban Congress

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 12:39 PM EDT2016-04-12 16:39:05 GMT
    Tuesday, April 12 2016 12:39 PM EDT2016-04-12 16:39:05 GMT

    Let’s talk about something positive that is happening in our community this weekend. MetroMorphosis, a non-profit in Baton Rouge, is hosting a conference on the state of African American males in our community.

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    Let’s talk about something positive that is happening in our community this weekend. MetroMorphosis, a non-profit in Baton Rouge, is hosting a conference on the state of African American males in our community.

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  • YOUR TURN: TOPS

    YOUR TURN: TOPS

    Friday, April 8 2016 12:09 PM EDT2016-04-08 16:09:58 GMT
    Friday, April 8 2016 12:09 PM EDT2016-04-08 16:09:58 GMT

    Many people have commented on our Facebook page about some of the ideas Louisiana lawmakers have for reducing the cost of the TOPS program.

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    Many people have commented on our Facebook page about some of the ideas Louisiana lawmakers have for reducing the cost of the TOPS program.

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  • OUR TURN: Changing Votes

    OUR TURN: Changing Votes

    Tuesday, March 29 2016 12:38 PM EDT2016-03-29 16:38:30 GMT
    Tuesday, March 29 2016 12:38 PM EDT2016-03-29 16:38:30 GMT

    Our leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives have found a way to erode public confidence even more. House lawmakers can change their votes after bills have passed or failed, as long as the switch doesn’t change the outcome.

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    Our leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives have found a way to erode public confidence even more. House lawmakers can change their votes after bills have passed or failed, as long as the switch doesn’t change the outcome.

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  • YOUR TURN: Burl Cain

    YOUR TURN: Burl Cain

    Friday, March 25 2016 11:33 AM EDT2016-03-25 15:33:41 GMT
    Friday, March 25 2016 11:33 AM EDT2016-03-25 15:33:41 GMT

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Sue Talley. In an email, Talley blasted the news media, including WAFB, and the state government for the treatment of longtime Angola Prison Warden Burl Cain.

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    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Sue Talley. In an email, Talley blasted the news media, including WAFB, and the state government for the treatment of longtime Angola Prison Warden Burl Cain.

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  • OUR TURN: Kennedy Budget

    OUR TURN: Kennedy Budget

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 12:13 PM EDT2016-03-22 16:13:57 GMT
    Tuesday, March 22 2016 12:13 PM EDT2016-03-22 16:13:57 GMT

    Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy knows how to get people riled up on Facebook. Last week, he posted this picture of himself on his Facebook page standing next to a new sculpture at the new medical center in New Orleans.

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    Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy knows how to get people riled up on Facebook. Last week, he posted this picture of himself on his Facebook page standing next to a new sculpture at the new medical center in New Orleans.

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  • YOUR TURN: Red Cross Help

    YOUR TURN: Red Cross Help

    Friday, March 18 2016 11:51 AM EDT2016-03-18 15:51:16 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 12:00 PM EDT2016-03-18 16:00:32 GMT

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Robbie Sanchez. She took the time to comment on our Facebook page about WAFB’s Storm Relief donation drive.

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    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Robbie Sanchez. She took the time to comment on our Facebook page about WAFB’s Storm Relief donation drive.

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  • Your Turn: 'Unfortunately, police officers are not always right'

    Your Turn: 'Unfortunately, police officers are not always right'

    Friday, March 11 2016 11:34 AM EST2016-03-11 16:34:04 GMT

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Debbie Amacker. Amacker is one of several people who went to our Facebook page to post a comment about the excessive force lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department. 

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    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Debbie Amacker. Amacker is one of several people who went to our Facebook page to post a comment about the excessive force lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department. 

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  • Your Turn: Viewers say thank you to St. Elizabeth Hospital for treating tornado victims

    Your Turn: Viewers say thank you to St. Elizabeth Hospital for treating tornado victims

    Friday, February 26 2016 11:02 AM EST2016-02-26 16:02:28 GMT

    For this week’s "Your Turn" segment, we're sharing accolades for another group -- the doctors and nurses at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

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    For this week’s "Your Turn" segment, we're sharing accolades for another group -- the doctors and nurses at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

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  • Our Turn: State leaders need to dedicate themselves to reviewing taxes and spending

    Our Turn: State leaders need to dedicate themselves to reviewing taxes and spending

    Tuesday, March 1 2016 11:21 AM EST2016-03-01 16:21:14 GMT

    "I held my nose and voted for it." That’s how state representative Stephen Dwight described his path to casting a vote for a one-cent increase in the state sales tax. This move will go a long way toward solving Louisiana’s immediate budget crisis, but it means that everyone here will be paying the highest average sales tax in the nation when state and local taxes are both taken into account. 

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    "I held my nose and voted for it." That’s how state representative Stephen Dwight described his path to casting a vote for a one-cent increase in the state sales tax. This move will go a long way toward solving Louisiana’s immediate budget crisis, but it means that everyone here will be paying the highest average sales tax in the nation when state and local taxes are both taken into account. 

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  • YOUR TURN: 'There is a problem with the Department of Children and Family Services'

    YOUR TURN: 'There is a problem with the Department of Children and Family Services'

    Friday, February 19 2016 3:35 PM EST2016-02-19 20:35:15 GMT

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Tammy Pearl. Pearl reacted on our Facebook page to a news story about foster children in Baton Rouge being kept overnight in office buildings because of a shortage of foster parents.

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    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Tammy Pearl. Pearl reacted on our Facebook page to a news story about foster children in Baton Rouge being kept overnight in office buildings because of a shortage of foster parents.

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  • Our Turn: Lawmakers need to get rid of the nonsense when it comes to tax credits

    Our Turn: Lawmakers need to get rid of the nonsense when it comes to tax credits

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 12:52 PM EST2016-02-16 17:52:52 GMT
    You hear a lot things about Louisiana’s state budget problems that leave you scratching your head, saying how could that be? Well, here’s one. According to a published report on NOLA.com, since November, the state has given out $229 million more in tax credits and other incentives than it has received from corporations in corporate income tax. More >>

    You hear a lot things about Louisiana’s state budget problems that leave you scratching your head, saying how could that be? Well, here’s one. According to a published report on NOLA.com, since November, the state has given out $229 million more in tax credits and other incentives than it has received from corporations in corporate income tax.

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  • YOUR TURN: Hundreds express disappointment after TOPS payments suspended

    YOUR TURN: Hundreds express disappointment after TOPS payments suspended

    Friday, February 12 2016 11:23 AM EST2016-02-12 16:23:08 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Robin Gordon. Gordon and hundreds of other people took to our Facebook page last night to express their shock and disappointment about TOPS payments being stopped. More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Robin Gordon. Gordon and hundreds of other people took to our Facebook page last night to express their shock and disappointment about TOPS payments being stopped.

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  • OUR TURN: The process begins to find a way out of the state's budget deficit

    OUR TURN: The process begins to find a way out of the state's budget deficit

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 6:07 PM EST2016-02-09 23:07:17 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 6:07 PM EST2016-02-09 23:07:17 GMT

    And so now, the rubber meets the road. Louisiana’s new governor has called the legislature into special session and beginning this weekend, they will start the process of trying to find a way out of our state’s huge budget deficit.

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    And so now, the rubber meets the road. Louisiana’s new governor has called the legislature into special session and beginning this weekend, they will start the process of trying to find a way out of our state’s huge budget deficit.

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  • Your Turn: Concerns about the Zika virus making its way to Baton Rouge

    Your Turn: Concerns about the Zika virus making its way to Baton Rouge

    Friday, February 5 2016 11:38 AM EST2016-02-05 16:38:54 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 11:38 AM EST2016-02-05 16:38:54 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Sandy Shaneyfelt. Shaneyfelt and others are expressing their concern on our Facebook page about what will happen if the Zika virus spreads to the Baton Rouge area. More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Sandy Shaneyfelt. Shaneyfelt and others are expressing their concern on our Facebook page about what will happen if the Zika virus spreads to the Baton Rouge area.

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  • Our Turn: LSU students' vulgar chant becomes embarrassment on national TV

    Our Turn: LSU students' vulgar chant becomes embarrassment on national TV

    Tuesday, February 2 2016 12:26 PM EST2016-02-02 17:26:45 GMT
    Tuesday, February 2 2016 12:26 PM EST2016-02-02 17:26:45 GMT
    LSU vs. OU at the PMAC in Baton Rouge (Source: WAFB)LSU vs. OU at the PMAC in Baton Rouge (Source: WAFB)
    Part of the joy of being a college student is having the ability to misbehave a bit and chalk it up to youthful indiscretion. Saturday, youthful indiscretion made the short leap to national embarrassment when LSU students engaged in a vulgar chant while their basketball team played the top ranked team in the country on ESPN. More >>

    Part of the joy of being a college student is having the ability to misbehave a bit and chalk it up to youthful indiscretion. Saturday, youthful indiscretion made the short leap to national embarrassment when LSU students engaged in a vulgar chant while their basketball team played the top ranked team in the country on ESPN.

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  • Your Turn: Plan for Baton Rouge tram line sparks spirited debate on social media

    Your Turn: Plan for Baton Rouge tram line sparks spirited debate on social media

    Friday, January 29 2016 11:50 AM EST2016-01-29 16:50:06 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Travis Richter. Richter and others engaged in a spirited debate on our Facebook page about the prospect of building a tram line that would run between State Capitol Park and LSU. Some people like the idea; others hate it. More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Travis Richter. Richter and others engaged in a spirited debate on our Facebook page about the prospect of building a tram line that would run between State Capitol Park and LSU. Some people like the idea; others hate it.

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  • Our Turn: 'You can't handle the truth'

    Our Turn: 'You can't handle the truth'

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 12:36 PM EST2016-01-26 17:36:29 GMT
    Tuesday, January 26 2016 12:36 PM EST2016-01-26 17:36:28 GMT
    "You can’t handle the truth!" It was the beginning of one of the great movie monologues of all time, a scene from the film, A Few Good Men. The movie was about U.S. Marines accused of murder, but now we use the expression all the time as we talk about people not being entitled to the truth. And nowhere do we slaughter the truth more often than in American politics. More >>

    "You can’t handle the truth!" It was the beginning of one of the great movie monologues of all time, a scene from the film, A Few Good Men. The movie was about U.S. Marines accused of murder, but now we use the expression all the time as we talk about people not being entitled to the truth. And nowhere do we slaughter the truth more often than in American politics.

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  • Your Turn: Response to the death of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee

    Your Turn: Response to the death of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee

    Friday, January 22 2016 11:17 AM EST2016-01-22 16:17:30 GMT
    Friday, January 22 2016 11:17 AM EST2016-01-22 16:17:30 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Laura Burks. Burks and hundreds of other people left comments on our Facebook page about the death of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. Most of the comments were in support of the families whose lives were changed forever by Lee’s brutality. More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Laura Burks. Burks and hundreds of other people left comments on our Facebook page about the death of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. Most of the comments were in support of the families whose lives were changed forever by Lee’s brutality.

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  • YOUR TURN: Woman’s Hospital employees remember beloved co-worker

    YOUR TURN: Woman’s Hospital employees remember beloved co-worker

    Friday, January 15 2016 11:40 PM EST2016-01-16 04:40:04 GMT
    Friday, January 15 2016 11:40 PM EST2016-01-16 04:40:04 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Tracy Nicolosi. Nicolosi and many of her associates at the neonatal intensive-care unit at Woman’s Hospital wrote to us about the accidental death of one of their beloved co-workers.  More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Tracy Nicolosi. Nicolosi and many of her associates at the neonatal intensive-care unit at Woman’s Hospital wrote to us about the accidental death of one of their beloved co-workers. 

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  • Your Turn: A concern about safety of pedestrians and bicyclists

    Your Turn: A concern about safety of pedestrians and bicyclists

    Friday, January 8 2016 1:30 PM EST2016-01-08 18:30:49 GMT
    Friday, January 8 2016 1:30 PM EST2016-01-08 18:30:48 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Walter Weselak. Weselak wrote to us because he is very concerned about safety for pedestrians and people riding bicycles.  More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Walter Weselak. Weselak wrote to us because he is very concerned about safety for pedestrians and people riding bicycles. 

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  • Our Turn: The state of Louisiana's budget is shaky

    Our Turn: The state of Louisiana's budget is shaky

    Tuesday, January 5 2016 12:19 PM EST2016-01-05 17:19:13 GMT
    Tuesday, January 5 2016 12:19 PM EST2016-01-05 17:19:13 GMT
    So Governor Bobby Jindal leaves office next week, proud of his accomplishments as our governor, and especially proud that he says he balanced the state budget every year he was in office. And now comes Governor-elect John Bel Edwards who says not only is the state’s budget not really balanced, he says it’s in even worse shape than he thought it was when he was elected just a month earlier. More >>

    So Governor Bobby Jindal leaves office next week, proud of his accomplishments as our governor, and especially proud that he says he balanced the state budget every year he was in office. And now comes Governor-elect John Bel Edwards who says not only is the state’s budget not really balanced, he says it’s in even worse shape than he thought it was when he was elected just a month earlier.

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  • YOUR TURN: Higher Taxes

    YOUR TURN: Higher Taxes

    Friday, January 1 2016 11:14 AM EST2016-01-01 16:14:09 GMT
    Friday, January 1 2016 11:14 AM EST2016-01-01 16:14:09 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment is about the reaction to the prospect of higher state taxes. More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment is about the reaction to the prospect of higher state taxes.

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  • OUR TURN: Drive Safe and Sober

    OUR TURN: Drive Safe and Sober

    Tuesday, December 29 2015 12:58 PM EST2015-12-29 17:58:03 GMT

    Our message is very simple this week: Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive buzzed.

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    Our message is very simple this week: Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive buzzed.

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  • YOUR TURN: Secret Santa

    YOUR TURN: Secret Santa

    Friday, December 25 2015 6:25 AM EST2015-12-25 11:25:33 GMT
    Friday, December 25 2015 12:18 PM EST2015-12-25 17:18:22 GMT

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Deborah Lowry Long. Long and others reacted on our Facebook page to the story about the secret Santa who wrote a check for nearly $70,000 to pay off the layaway balances of customers at a Wal-Mart store.

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    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Deborah Lowry Long. Long and others reacted on our Facebook page to the story about the secret Santa who wrote a check for nearly $70,000 to pay off the layaway balances of customers at a Wal-Mart store.

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  • OUR TURN: Community Giving

    OUR TURN: Community Giving

    Tuesday, December 22 2015 11:59 AM EST2015-12-22 16:59:20 GMT
    Tuesday, December 22 2015 12:03 PM EST2015-12-22 17:03:16 GMT

    We want to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of our partners who worked with us on charitable projects over the past year. Christmas is a time when our thoughts naturally turn to the spirit of giving.

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    We want to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of our partners who worked with us on charitable projects over the past year. Christmas is a time when our thoughts naturally turn to the spirit of giving.

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  • YOUR TURN: Secret Santa pays off layaway balances

    YOUR TURN: Secret Santa pays off layaway balances

    Friday, December 18 2015 11:56 AM EST2015-12-18 16:56:13 GMT
    Friday, December 18 2015 11:56 AM EST2015-12-18 16:56:13 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Deborah Lowry Long. Long and others reacted on our Facebook page to the story about the secret Santa who wrote a check for nearly $70,000 to pay off the layaway balances of customers at a Wal-Mart store.  More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Deborah Lowry Long. Long and others reacted on our Facebook page to the story about the secret Santa who wrote a check for nearly $70,000 to pay off the layaway balances of customers at a Wal-Mart store. 

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  • OUR TURN: Congratulations to high school football champions

    OUR TURN: Congratulations to high school football champions

    Tuesday, December 15 2015 2:49 PM EST2015-12-15 19:49:15 GMT
    Tuesday, December 15 2015 2:49 PM EST2015-12-15 19:49:15 GMT
    The football seasons for the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints may not be going as well as we would have liked, but how about our high school teams? For the first time in history, one parish produced four state champions in the LHSAA Prep Classic.More >>

    The football seasons for the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints may not be going as well as we would have liked, but how about our high school teams? For the first time in history, one parish produced four state champions in the LHSAA Prep Classic.

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  • YOUR TURN: Another traffic snarl on I-10

    YOUR TURN: Another traffic snarl on I-10

    Wednesday, December 9 2015 8:40 AM EST2015-12-09 13:40:28 GMT
    Friday, December 11 2015 1:19 PM EST2015-12-11 18:19:41 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Kathryn Campesi. Campesi and many others reacted on our Facebook page to yet another big traffic snarl this week on Interstate 10. More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Kathryn Campesi. Campesi and many others reacted on our Facebook page to yet another big traffic snarl this week on Interstate 10. 

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  • YOUR TURN: Convicted sex offender pleads guilty to lesser charge for sex crimes against 12-year-old

    YOUR TURN: Convicted sex offender pleads guilty to lesser charge for sex crimes against 12-year-old

    Friday, December 4 2015 11:29 AM EST2015-12-04 16:29:26 GMT
    Friday, December 4 2015 11:29 AM EST2015-12-04 16:29:25 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Michele LeJeune. LeJeune and many others reacted harshly to the story about a convicted sex offender in East Baton Rouge Parish who was allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges. Ivy Martin was accused of sex trafficking and raping a 12 year-old girl.More >>

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to Michele LeJeune. LeJeune and many others reacted harshly to the story about a convicted sex offender in East Baton Rouge Parish who was allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges. Ivy Martin was accused of sex trafficking and raping a 12 year-old girl.

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  • OUR TURN: Evaluating the Les Miles situation

    OUR TURN: Evaluating the Les Miles situation

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 1:33 PM EST2015-12-01 18:33:22 GMT
    It's the time of year for all of those great holiday movies, and last week, it seemed like we were all watching a new version of "It's a Wonderful Life."LSU Football Coach Les Miles was starring as George Bailey and Athletic Director Joe Alleva was playing the role of Henry F. Potter. More >>

    It's the time of year for all of those great holiday movies, and last week, it seemed like we were all watching a new version of "It's a Wonderful Life."LSU Football Coach Les Miles was starring as George Bailey and Athletic Director Joe Alleva was playing the role of Henry F. Potter. 

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  • YOUR TURN: Les Miles Situation

    YOUR TURN: Les Miles Situation

    Friday, November 27 2015 11:26 AM EST2015-11-27 16:26:13 GMT
    Friday, November 27 2015 11:26 AM EST2015-11-27 16:26:12 GMT
    LSU head coach Les Miles (Source: WAFB)LSU head coach Les Miles (Source: WAFB)

    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to C. Landreneau. Landreneau and many others in our community are talking about whether Les Miles should be retained as LSU’s football coach.

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    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to C. Landreneau. Landreneau and many others in our community are talking about whether Les Miles should be retained as LSU’s football coach.

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  • OUR TURN - Lt. Governor's Positive Campaign

    OUR TURN - Lt. Governor's Positive Campaign

    Tuesday, November 24 2015 11:07 AM EST2015-11-24 16:07:52 GMT
    Tuesday, November 24 2015 11:30 AM EST2015-11-24 16:30:30 GMT
    It seems that every election is nastier than the one before. The race for Louisiana governor's job was so hateful and mean-spirited, one of the candidates even stepped across party lines to hurt his opponent in the runoff.More >>

    It seems that every election is nastier than the one before. The race for Louisiana governor's job was so hateful and mean-spirited, one of the candidates even stepped across party lines to hurt his opponent in the runoff.

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  • YOUR TURN: School bus seat belts

    YOUR TURN: School bus seat belts

    Friday, November 20 2015 11:01 AM EST2015-11-20 16:01:04 GMT
    Friday, November 20 2015 11:51 AM EST2015-11-20 16:51:49 GMT
    (Source: WAFB)(Source: WAFB)

    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Tanya Businelle. Businelle and many others reacted on our Facebook page this week about the idea of installing seat belts on public school

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    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Tanya Businelle. Businelle and many others reacted on our Facebook page this week about the idea of installing seat belts on public school buses in East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Businelle and many others were opposed to the idea. 

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  • Our Turn: Remembering Charles Barney

    Our Turn: Remembering Charles Barney

    Tuesday, November 17 2015 12:32 PM EST2015-11-17 17:32:41 GMT
    Tuesday, November 17 2015 12:32 PM EST2015-11-17 17:32:41 GMT
    We want to use our time this week to remember Charles Barney. Barney was only 33-years-old when he was shot and killed Friday night trying to protect his family in the Gardere neighborhood.Witnesses say Barney confronted a man trying to sell drugs in the neighborhood, telling him not to do that.More >>
    We want to use our time this week to remember Charles Barney. Barney was only 33-years-old when he was shot and killed Friday night trying to protect his family in the Gardere neighborhood.Witnesses say Barney confronted a man trying to sell drugs in the neighborhood, telling him not to do that.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: EBR firing of Scotlandville principal

    YOUR TURN: EBR firing of Scotlandville principal

    Friday, November 13 2015 11:10 AM EST2015-11-13 16:10:47 GMT
    Friday, November 13 2015 11:27 AM EST2015-11-13 16:27:52 GMT
    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Dirlean Tate Mason. Mason is one of many people who reacted on our Facebook page to the firing of a principal in East Baton Rouge schools.More >>
    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Dirlean Tate Mason. Mason is one of many people who reacted on our Facebook page to the firing of a principal in East Baton Rouge schools.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: The dangers of lung cancer

    YOUR TURN: The dangers of lung cancer

    Friday, November 6 2015 12:39 PM EST2015-11-06 17:39:04 GMT
    Friday, November 6 2015 12:41 PM EST2015-11-06 17:41:48 GMT
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to B. Miller. Miller sent us an email because she’s concerned that more needs to be done to warn people about the danger of lung cancer. More >>
    This week’s "Your Turn" segment goes to B. Miller. Miller sent us an email because she’s concerned that more needs to be done to warn people about the danger of lung cancer. More >>
  • OUR TURN - Sid Ortis' Death

    OUR TURN - Sid Ortis' Death

    Tuesday, November 3 2015 10:59 AM EST2015-11-03 15:59:34 GMT
    We pause to remember the life of Sid Ortis this week. Sid was a 16-year-old teenager from Mountain Brook, Alabama. He fought a valiant battle against cancer, but over the weekend he died.More >>
    We pause to remember the life of Sid Ortis this week. Sid was a 16-year-old teenager from Mountain Brook, Alabama. He fought a valiant battle against cancer, but over the weekend he died.More >>
  • YOUR TURN - DMV Notices

    YOUR TURN - DMV Notices

    Friday, October 30 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-10-30 15:05:44 GMT
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Larry Babin, one of dozens of people who commented on our editorial this week, taking the state to task for the way it sent delinquent auto insurance notices.More >>
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Larry Babin. Babin is one of dozens of people who commented on our editorial this week, taking the state to task for the way it sent out 1.2 million delinquent auto insurance notices this month. Babin is out of state serving in the military and he’s not happy aboutMore >>
  • OUR TURN - OMV Notices

    OUR TURN - OMV Notices

    Tuesday, October 27 2015 11:28 AM EDT2015-10-27 15:28:58 GMT
    I’m holding in my hand a copy of a letter that the Office of Motor Vehicles sent out October 13, demanding that this gentleman pay a delinquent debt.More >>
    I’m holding in my hand a copy of a letter that the Office of Motor Vehicles sent out October 13, demanding that this gentleman pay a delinquent debt for allowing his auto insurance to lapse.More >>
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  • Your Turn: Paul Gates

    Your Turn: Paul Gates

    Tuesday, June 21 2016 5:23 PM EDT2016-06-21 21:23:50 GMT

    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Sandie Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux is one of hundreds of people on our Facebook page who reacted to Donna Britt's story on Paul Gates' battle with Alzheimer's.

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    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Sandie Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux is one of hundreds of people on our Facebook page who reacted to Donna Britt's story on Paul Gates' battle with Alzheimer's.

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  • OUR TURN - Our Support of Tax Renewals

    OUR TURN - Our Support of Tax Renewals

    Tuesday, October 20 2015 12:32 PM EDT2015-10-20 16:32:49 GMT
    If you’ve already done your civic duty by voting early in this Saturday’s election, congratulations and thank you. For those who have not yet voted, please accept this as a friendlyMore >>
    If you’ve already done your civic duty by voting early in this Saturday’s election, congratulations and thank you. For those who have not yet voted, please accept this as a friendly reminder to go to the polls this Saturday. The State of Louisiana faces some very difficult issues and it’s critical for us to eleMore >>
  • OUR TURN - Derrick Bland Sentence Overruled

    OUR TURN - Derrick Bland Sentence Overruled

    Tuesday, September 29 2015 10:53 AM EDT2015-09-29 14:53:03 GMT
    Two years ago Derrick Bland got into an argument with his nephew, James Stockton. Bland left the apartment where the two men were staying, waited for Stockton to come out ...More >>
    Two years ago Derrick Bland got into an argument with his nephew, James Stockton. Bland left the apartment where the two men were staying, waited for Stockton to come out, and when he did. Bland shot him three times.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: Commuter Rail Service

    YOUR TURN: Commuter Rail Service

    Friday, September 25 2015 10:52 AM EDT2015-09-25 14:52:53 GMT
    Jerry Broussard sent us an email responding to our commentary about the possibility of building a commuter rail line between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.More >>
    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Jerry Broussard. Broussard sent us an email responding to our commentary about the possibility of building a commuter rail line between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.More >>
  • OUR TURN: Commuter Train

    OUR TURN: Commuter Train

    Tuesday, September 22 2015 11:38 AM EDT2015-09-22 15:38:55 GMT
    There’s a lot to be said for knowing what you want and working to make your dream become a reality. inMore >>
    There’s a lot to be said for knowing what you want and working to make your dream become a reality.More >>
  • EDITORIAL - Recognition for Marshall Josie Wells

    EDITORIAL - Recognition for Marshall Josie Wells

    Friday, September 18 2015 11:08 AM EDT2015-09-18 15:08:41 GMT
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Lee Semien. Semien represents a group made up of black elected and appointed officials from Louisiana and Mississippi. More >>
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Lee Semien. Semien represents a group made up of black elected and appointed officials from Louisiana and Mississippi.More >>
  • OUR TURN - Governor's Race

    OUR TURN - Governor's Race

    Tuesday, September 15 2015 12:03 PM EDT2015-09-15 16:03:23 GMT
    They're officially off and running as nine people filed paperwork to seek the office of Louisiana governor.More >>
    They're officially off and running as nine people filed paperwork to seek the office of Louisiana governor. Four of the nine have major campaign resources and a shot at replacing our current governor, Bobby Jindal.More >>
  • YOUR TURN - Life Beyond Katrina

    YOUR TURN - Life Beyond Katrina

    Friday, August 28 2015 11:50 AM EDT2015-08-28 15:50:23 GMT
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Sharon LeCoq. LeCoq sent us a very complimentary email regarding our special documentary, “Life Beyond Katrina.” More >>
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Sharon LeCoq. LeCoq sent us a very complimentary email regarding our special documentary, “Life Beyond Katrina.”More >>
  • YOUR TURN - Airman & Katrina Victim Reunite

    YOUR TURN - Airman & Katrina Victim Reunite

    Friday, September 4 2015 11:30 AM EDT2015-09-04 15:30:37 GMT
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Prenellia Thompson who reacted on our Facebook page this week after she saw the story about the airman being able to reunite with the girl he saved during Hurricane Katrina.More >>
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Prenellia Thompson. Thompson and many others reacted on our Facebook page this week after they saw the story about the airman being able to reunite with the girl he saved during Hurricane Katrina.More >>
  • Our Turn: Louisiana Worst Drivers

    Our Turn: Louisiana Worst Drivers

    Tuesday, September 1 2015 2:25 PM EDT2015-09-01 18:25:33 GMT
    We all get tired of these national lists that show our state ranking at the bottom. Unfortunately, there was another one this week. Bankrate.com completed research to determine the best states for drivers, and again Louisiana ranked dead last. More >>
    We all get tired of these national lists that show our state ranking at the bottom. Unfortunately, there was another one this week. Bankrate.com completed research to determine the best states for drivers, and again Louisiana ranked dead last. More >>
  • Your Turn - Lowering Academic Scores

    Your Turn - Lowering Academic Scores

    Friday, August 7 2015 3:37 PM EDT2015-08-07 19:37:44 GMT
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Michele Stead Lamar. Lamar joined dozens of others in an overwhelmingly negative reaction to the news about lowering academic standards to play sports in East Baton Rouge Parish schools.More >>
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Michele Stead Lamar. Lamar joined dozens of others in an overwhelmingly negative reaction to the news about lowering academic standards to play sports in East Baton Rouge Parish schools.More >>
  • EDITORIAL-YOUR TURN Hot School Buses

    EDITORIAL-YOUR TURN Hot School Buses

    Friday, August 14 2015 11:03 AM EDT2015-08-14 15:03:57 GMT
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Gary Dunaway. Dunaway thinks it’s too hot for our school buses not to be air conditioned, and he took the time to write us a letter about it.More >>
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Gary Dunaway. Dunaway thinks it’s too hot for our school buses not to be air conditioned, and he took the time to write us a letter about it.More >>
  • OUR TURN - Men's Health Conference

    OUR TURN - Men's Health Conference

    Tuesday, August 18 2015 12:57 PM EDT2015-08-18 16:57:07 GMT
    We often joke about the cultural differences between men and women, but there’s one difference between the sexes that’s not a laughing matter.More >>
    We often joke about the cultural differences between men and women, but there’s one difference between the sexes that’s not a laughing matter. Men don’t go to see a doctor when they should.More >>
  • OUR TURN: Officer LaValley

    OUR TURN: Officer LaValley

    Tuesday, August 11 2015 12:28 PM EDT2015-08-11 16:28:46 GMT
    He was a humble, young man who did not want to be the center of attention, but this past week, he was.More >>
    He was a humble, young man who did not want to be the center of attention, but this past week, he was. Friends, family members and fellow law enforcement officers from all over the state and nation focused their thoughts and prayers on 29-year-old Thomas LaValley.More >>
  • OUR TURN - Body Cameras

    OUR TURN - Body Cameras

    Tuesday, August 4 2015 12:00 PM EDT2015-08-04 16:00:02 GMT
    It's a shame we live in a world where we have to talk about putting body cameras on police officers, but that is where we live. More >>
    It's a shame we live in a world where we have to talk about putting body cameras on police officers, but that is where we live. The indictment of an Ohio police officer for murder last week reminds us of the value of these cameras.More >>
  • YOUR TURN - Poor Ranking Schools

    YOUR TURN - Poor Ranking Schools

    Friday, July 31 2015 12:31 PM EDT2015-07-31 16:31:29 GMT
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Debra Nance, one of dozens of people who reacted to the story about Louisiana public schools ranking poorly when compared to other states.More >>
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Debra Nance. Nance is one of dozens of people who reacted to the story about Louisiana public schools ranking poorly when compared to other states.More >>
  • OUR TURN: Mentally Ill Access to Guns

    OUR TURN: Mentally Ill Access to Guns

    Tuesday, July 28 2015 12:44 PM EDT2015-07-28 16:44:13 GMT
    We’ve all had the opportunity to learn about two extremely promising young women -- Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson. We owe it to them, their family and friends to take all reasonableMore >>
    We’ve all had the opportunity to learn about two extremely promising young women -- Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson. We owe it to them, their family and friends to take all reasonable steps to at least minimize the number of mass shootings that occur in the future.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: Lafayette Theater Shooting

    YOUR TURN: Lafayette Theater Shooting

    Friday, July 24 2015 3:14 PM EDT2015-07-24 19:14:50 GMT
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Tracey Stephens Chidester. Chidester is one of hundreds of people who went to our Facebook page to post a comment in the wake of the theater shooting in Lafayette. She offered high praise for Lafayette’s first responders.More >>
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Tracey Stephens Chidester. Chidester is one of hundreds of people who went to our Facebook page to post a comment in the wake of the theater shooting in Lafayette. She offered high praise for Lafayette’s first responders.More >>
  • OUR TURN: ACT Test Scores

    OUR TURN: ACT Test Scores

    Tuesday, July 21 2015 1:52 PM EDT2015-07-21 17:52:33 GMT
    Air: Tuesday, July 21, 2015Congratulations to educators, parents and high school students on the second consecutive year of improvement among students taking the ACT test.The ACT is one of two tests used by colleges as an entrance exam. State officials were quick to attribute the small increase in the test scores to what they called "raised expectations" for students to do better in math and English. The state's news release did not mention Common Core by name, but there ...More >>
    Air: Tuesday, July 21, 2015Congratulations to educators, parents and high school students on the second consecutive year of improvement among students taking the ACT test.The ACT is one of two tests used by colleges as an entrance exam. State officials were quick to attribute the small increase in the test scores to what they called "raised expectations" for students to do better in math and English. The state's news release did not mention Common Core by name, but there ...More >>
  • YOUR TURN: Entergy Power Outages

    YOUR TURN: Entergy Power Outages

    Friday, July 17 2015 11:23 AM EDT2015-07-17 15:23:53 GMT
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Sterling Kidder. Kidder and many others commented about our story on the investigation into all the power outages we’ve had recently.More >>
    This week’s “Your Turn” segment goes to Sterling Kidder. Kidder and many others commented about our story on the investigation into all the power outages we’ve had recently.More >>
  • OUR TURN: Uniform For Kids

    OUR TURN: Uniform For Kids

    Tuesday, July 14 2015 12:10 PM EDT2015-07-14 16:10:56 GMT
    Can you imagine being the only kid in your class who is not wearing a school uniform? This can have a devastating impact on the self-esteem of a young child. To make sure that does not happen, WAFB is partnering again this year with St. Vincent de Paul and Keans Fine Dry Cleaning for the Uniforms for Kids campaign.More >>
    Can you imagine being the only kid in your class who is not wearing a school uniform? This can have a devastating impact on the self-esteem of a young child. To make sure that does not happen, WAFB is partnering again this year with St. Vincent de Paul and Keans Fine Dry Cleaning for the Uniforms for Kids campaign.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: Miss USA Controversy

    YOUR TURN: Miss USA Controversy

    Friday, July 3 2015 11:40 AM EDT2015-07-03 15:40:04 GMT
    This weeks Your Turn segment goes to CM Morganson. Morganson is one of many people who disagreed with our take on the Miss USA pageant controversy. She and many others put the blame squarely on the NBC television network, not Donald Trump.More >>
    This weeks Your Turn segment goes to CM Morganson. Morganson is one of many people who disagreed with our take on the Miss USA pageant controversy. She and many others put the blame squarely on the NBC television network, not Donald Trump.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: State Police Says Smile

    YOUR TURN: State Police Says Smile

    Friday, June 26 2015 12:30 PM EDT2015-06-26 16:30:59 GMT
    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Tara Tarleton. Tarleton's post on Facebook generated dozens of comments on the WAFB Facebook page this week as it went viral throughout the social media universe. More >>
    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Tara Tarleton. Tarleton's post on Facebook generated dozens of comments on the WAFB Facebook page this week as it went viral throughout the social media universe. More >>
  • OUR TURN: Garret Graves I-10 Comments

    OUR TURN: Garret Graves I-10 Comments

    Tuesday, June 23 2015 1:07 PM EDT2015-06-23 17:07:05 GMT
    Let's hear it for U.S. Representative Garret Graves. Congressman Graves on Monday said what we've all been thinking – the spot on Interstate 10 where eastbound traffic effectively narrows to one lane is "ridiculous." More >>
    Let's hear it for U.S. Representative Garret Graves. Congressman Graves on Monday said what we've all been thinking – the spot on Interstate 10 where eastbound traffic effectively narrows to one lane is "ridiculous." More >>
  • OUR TURN: St. George Petition

    OUR TURN: St. George Petition

    Tuesday, June 16 2015 11:19 AM EDT2015-06-16 15:19:13 GMT
    Air: Tuesday, June 16, 2015While we believe Baton Rouge is “Better Together,” we certainly understand why the plan to create the city of St. George was attractive to thousands of area residents.The East Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters says the St. George organizers came up 71 signatures short of the number required to force a vote on the issue. Some of the St. George supporters are threatening legal action, and if they have real evidence of wrongdoing, we hope they follow through on the threa...More >>
    Air: Tuesday, June 16, 2015While we believe Baton Rouge is “Better Together,” we certainly understand why the plan to create the city of St. George was attractive to thousands of area residents.The East Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters says the St. George organizers came up 71 signatures short of the number required to force a vote on the issue. Some of the St. George supporters are threatening legal action, and if they have real evidence of wrongdoing, we hope they follow through on the threa...More >>
  • OUR TURN: Grover Norquist Tax Reform

    OUR TURN: Grover Norquist Tax Reform

    Tuesday, June 9 2015 4:59 PM EDT2015-06-09 20:59:20 GMT
    Air: Tuesday, June 9, 2015Let me preface our comments by commending the hard work of Louisiana lawmakers as they try to plug the $1.6 billion dollar hole in the state budget.I'm holding here a copy of a letter that state legislators sent to Grover Norquist to ask him if Governor Bobby Jindal's tax plan is OK. Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform, a group based in Washington DC. It's been widely reported that Jindal vowed to veto any tax plan that did not have Norquist's bless...More >>
    Air: Tuesday, June 9, 2015Let me preface our comments by commending the hard work of Louisiana lawmakers as they try to plug the $1.6 billion dollar hole in the state budget.I'm holding here a copy of a letter that state legislators sent to Grover Norquist to ask him if Governor Bobby Jindal's tax plan is OK. Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform, a group based in Washington DC. It's been widely reported that Jindal vowed to veto any tax plan that did not have Norquist's bless...More >>
  • YOUR TURN: Medical Marijuana

    YOUR TURN: Medical Marijuana

    Friday, June 5 2015 4:27 PM EDT2015-06-05 20:27:17 GMT
    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Morgan McGraw. McGraw joined in a spirited debate with many other people on our Facebook page over the legislation involving medical marijuana.More >>
    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Morgan McGraw. McGraw joined in a spirited debate with many other people on our Facebook page over the legislation involving medical marijuana.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: Too Much Tragic News

    YOUR TURN: Too Much Tragic News

    Friday, May 15 2015 12:22 PM EDT2015-05-15 16:22:56 GMT
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Jane Honeycutt. Honeycutt sent us an email last week expressing concern about our news coverage. Specifically, she believes we're showing too much news about tragedies, and especially reporting on funerals.More >>
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Jane Honeycutt. Honeycutt sent us an email last week expressing concern about our news coverage. Specifically, she believes we're showing too much news about tragedies, and especially reporting on funerals.More >>
  • Our Turn: Sewer Problems

    Our Turn: Sewer Problems

    Tuesday, May 12 2015 6:32 PM EDT2015-05-12 22:32:51 GMT
    It's not quite an inalienable right, but it's pretty darn close. We're talking about the right to live our lives free from untreated raw sewage in our homes and neighborhoods.More >>
    It's not quite an inalienable right, but it's pretty darn close. We're talking about the right to live our lives free from untreated raw sewage in our homes and neighborhoods.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: Mother Murdered in Baton Rouge

    YOUR TURN: Mother Murdered in Baton Rouge

    Friday, May 8 2015 11:58 AM EDT2015-05-08 15:58:22 GMT
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Tiffany Lynn Musso. Musso is one of dozens of people on our Facebook page who reacted to the story about the kidnaping of the two-year-old girl and the murder of her mother. More >>
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Tiffany Lynn Musso. Musso is one of dozens of people on our Facebook page who reacted to the story about the kidnaping of the two-year-old girl and the murder of her mother. More >>
  • OUR TURN: LSU Students Protest Cuts

    OUR TURN: LSU Students Protest Cuts

    Tuesday, May 5 2015 12:09 PM EDT2015-05-05 16:09:42 GMT
    It's not hard to get LSU students excited about their football team on a fall afternoon, but they were having some difficulty getting worked up about the threat of huge funding cuts to their university. That changed last week when hundreds of students marched on the state capital to fight for their future.Louisiana's $1.6 billion state budget shortfall has put higher education in the crosshairs.More >>
    It's not hard to get LSU students excited about their football team on a fall afternoon, but they were having some difficulty getting worked up about the threat of huge funding cuts to their university. That changed last week when hundreds of students marched on the state capital to fight for their future.Louisiana's $1.6 billion state budget shortfall has put higher education in the crosshairs.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: Entergy Workers Threatened

    YOUR TURN: Entergy Workers Threatened

    Friday, May 1 2015 12:00 PM EDT2015-05-01 16:00:50 GMT
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Tanya Businelle. Businelle is one of hundreds of people on our Facebook page who reacted to the story about the Entergy power crew being threatened in the Glen Oaks neighborhood.More >>
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Tanya Businelle. Businelle is one of hundreds of people on our Facebook page who reacted to the story about the Entergy power crew being threatened in the Glen Oaks neighborhood.More >>
  • Our Turn: Thank You WAFB Weather Watchers

    Our Turn: Thank You WAFB Weather Watchers

    Tuesday, April 28 2015 7:03 PM EDT2015-04-28 23:03:46 GMT
    We want to take our time this week to thank all of our viewers who helped us with the coverage of Monday's storms.More >>
    We want to take our time this week to thank all of our viewers who helped us with the coverage of Monday's storms.More >>
  • Our Turn: Paul Gates

    Our Turn: Paul Gates

    Tuesday, April 21 2015 3:10 PM EDT2015-04-21 19:10:12 GMT
    This Thursday on WAFB 9News at 10:00 p.m. we're presenting an update on the health of Paul Gates.More >>
    This Thursday on WAFB 9News at 10:00 p.m. we're presenting an update on the health of Paul Gates.More >>
  • Our Turn: Welcome Back Lawmakers

    Our Turn: Welcome Back Lawmakers

    Thursday, April 16 2015 3:41 PM EDT2015-04-16 19:41:02 GMT
    We'd like to welcome Louisiana lawmakers back to Baton Rouge and we hope they are returning with a renewed sense of energy to tackle the state's problems.More >>
    We'd like to welcome Louisiana lawmakers back to Baton Rouge and we hope they are returning with a renewed sense of energy to tackle the state's problems.More >>
  • YOUR TURN: Teacher Shelly Dufresne

    YOUR TURN: Teacher Shelly Dufresne

    Friday, April 10 2015 3:41 PM EDT2015-04-10 19:41:15 GMT
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Jessie Loyd. Loyd is one of dozens of people on our Facebook page who commented about the plea deal given to the Destrehan teacher who had sex with a 16-year-old student.More >>
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Jessie Loyd. Loyd is one of dozens of people on our Facebook page who commented about the plea deal given to the Destrehan teacher who had sex with a 16-year-old student.More >>
  • Our Turn: Acacia Fraternity

    Our Turn: Acacia Fraternity

    Tuesday, April 7 2015 5:33 PM EDT2015-04-07 21:33:27 GMT
    Air: Tuesday, April 7, 2015If there was any question about whether the Acacia fraternity members at LSU were getting a raw deal, it seems like that question answered itself over the Easter Holiday weekend. Fraternity members apparently trashed their frat house as an act of defiance on their way out.Last month, the University expelled the Acacia fraternity from campus due to allegations regarding hazing and other infractions. At the time, some fraternity members complained LSU was treating the...More >>
    Air: Tuesday, April 7, 2015If there was any question about whether the Acacia fraternity members at LSU were getting a raw deal, it seems like that question answered itself over the Easter Holiday weekend. Fraternity members apparently trashed their frat house as an act of defiance on their way out.Last month, the University expelled the Acacia fraternity from campus due to allegations regarding hazing and other infractions. At the time, some fraternity members complained LSU was treating the...More >>
  • Your Turn: Lance Miller Common Core

    Your Turn: Lance Miller Common Core

    Friday, March 20 2015 12:31 PM EDT2015-03-20 16:31:03 GMT
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Lance Miller. Miller is one of many of people on our Facebook page who reacted to Governor Bobby Jindal's plan to repeal and replace the Common Core curriculum in public schools.More >>
    This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Lance Miller. Miller is one of many of people on our Facebook page who reacted to Governor Bobby Jindal's plan to repeal and replace the Common Core curriculum in public schools.More >>
  • Our Turn: State Budget Problems

    Our Turn: State Budget Problems

    Tuesday, March 10 2015 3:53 PM EDT2015-03-10 19:53:02 GMT
    This week's political courage award goes to a couple of Louisiana lawmakers who are not afraid to speak their minds when it comes to the state's budget problems. State Rep. Jay Morris is a Republican from Monroe.In an email to his supporters, Morris called Governor Bobby Jindal's approach to balancing the state budget “insane.” Morris claims he attended a budget briefing where administration officials made it clear that the governor would veto any tax plan that did not have the approval of th...More >>
    This week's political courage award goes to a couple of Louisiana lawmakers who are not afraid to speak their minds when it comes to the state's budget problems. State Rep. Jay Morris is a Republican from Monroe.In an email to his supporters, Morris called Governor Bobby Jindal's approach to balancing the state budget “insane.” Morris claims he attended a budget briefing where administration officials made it clear that the governor would veto any tax plan that did not have the approval of th...More >>
  • Our Turn: Jindal's Budget

    Our Turn: Jindal's Budget

    Tuesday, March 3 2015 12:46 PM EST2015-03-03 17:46:13 GMT
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal presented his annual budget proposal last week, and understandably, many people are unhappy about it. More >>
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal presented his annual budget proposal last week, and understandably, many people are unhappy about it. More >>
  • Your Turn: Common Core Implementation

    Your Turn: Common Core Implementation

    Friday, February 27 2015 12:36 PM EST2015-02-27 17:36:00 GMT
    Gordon is one of many people complaining about Common Core, and some parents are opting their children our of the associated PARCC test.More >>
    Gordon is one of many people complaining about Common Core, and some parents are opting their children our of the associated PARCC test.More >>
  • Our Turn: Business Incentives

    Our Turn: Business Incentives

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 12:41 PM EST2015-02-24 17:41:03 GMT
    No other state in the union has given out more money in business incentives in recent years than Louisiana. More >>
    No other state in the union has given out more money in business incentives in recent years than Louisiana. More >>
  • Your Turn: Higher Ed Budget Cuts

    Your Turn: Higher Ed Budget Cuts

    Friday, February 20 2015 1:27 PM EST2015-02-20 18:27:57 GMT
    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Bo Bienvenu. Bienvenu replied by email to our commentary this week on how Louisiana state budget cuts are affecting higher education. 
    More >>
    This week's "Your Turn" segment goes to Bo Bienvenu. Bienvenu replied by email to our commentary this week on how Louisiana state budget cuts are affecting higher education.More >>
  • Our Turn: Jindal Education Budget

    Our Turn: Jindal Education Budget

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 12:56 PM EST2015-02-17 17:56:29 GMT
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal attracted the attention of the national media last week when he told reporters that Louisiana's higher education budget is now slightly higher than it was when he took office seven years ago. For some reporters, his claim did not ring true. The Washington Post in fact, declared his statement to be misleading, and then granted him their three Pinocchio award for significant factual errors and/or obvious contradictions. At the same time,...More >>
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal attracted the attention of the national media last week when he told reporters that Louisiana's higher education budget is now slightly higher than it was when he took office seven years ago. For some reporters, his claim did not ring true. The Washington Post in fact, declared his statement to be misleading, and then granted him their three Pinocchio award for significant factual errors and/or obvious contradictions. At the same time,...More >>
  • Your Turn: Tapping Into Cell Phone

    Your Turn: Tapping Into Cell Phone

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 12:42 PM EST2015-02-17 17:42:19 GMT
    Friday, February 13, 2015This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Caleb Walls. Walls went to the WAFB Facebook page to post his reaction to Cheryl Mercedes' Investigators report on local police acquiring technology to tap into our cell phones. Walls is one of many people who don't like that. In his words: What ever happened to the judicial system and warrants? It's not constitutional to allow such an intrusion on privacy to occur. We've gotten so used to the federal government spying on us tha...More >>
    Friday, February 13, 2015This week's “Your Turn” segment goes to Caleb Walls. Walls went to the WAFB Facebook page to post his reaction to Cheryl Mercedes' Investigators report on local police acquiring technology to tap into our cell phones. Walls is one of many people who don't like that. In his words: What ever happened to the judicial system and warrants? It's not constitutional to allow such an intrusion on privacy to occur. We've gotten so used to the federal government spying on us tha...More >>
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