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October 21, 2016
LSWI4006 - October 21, 2106

U.S. Senate Debate, Veterans Coming Home - Flood Recovery, Fonville Winans, Battle of Leyte Gulf

U.S. Senate Debate Recap (3:07) This week marked the first statewide debate for U.S. Senate to replace the seat to be vacated by retiring Senator David Vitter. LPB and the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) hosted a live debate Tuesday from the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. The five candidates to participate included U.S. Representatives Charles Boustany and John Fleming, state treasurer John Kennedy, New Orleans attorney Caroline Fayard and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. Here’s an excerpt from the debate. To see the debate in its entirety, go online at http://video.lpb.org/. SHARE

Veterans Coming Home – Flood Recovery (11:37) The catastrophic Louisiana floods of 2016 have seriously impacted residents across the state including veterans. The state’s only private Veterans’ Home in Louisiana is the Magnolia Care Center in Baton Rouge. Owner Byron Comeaux hopes to reopen his facility within the next few weeks. The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) says there are financial assistance funds available through the Military Family Assistance Fund. Alex Juan with LDWA and Byron Comeaux are in the studio to discuss these important issues veterans are facing. Continued local support for Veterans Coming Home is provided by Entergy. For more stories online visit veterans.lpb.org. SHARE

Fonville Winans’ Louisiana (17:47) In Louisiana, our politics are so vibrant, they’re often referred to as a spectator sport. Fonville Winans, a photographer, documented its cast of characters in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Cyril Vetter has a new book out featuring Winans’ portraits. LPB’s Kelly Spires sat down with Vetter to reminisce about the colorful figures of the past. Fonville Winans’ Louisiana is published by LSU Press and can be found at: http://lsupress.org/books/detail/fonville-winans-louisiana/ SHARE

USS Kidd & The Battle of Leyte Gulf (24:13) The USS Kidd proudly docks along the shore of the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge but do you know the heroic story behind this WWII vessel? Seventy-two years ago this month the USS Kidd played a key role to help defeat the Japanese Imperial Navy along the coast of the Philippines. SHARE

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