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Health
4:05 am
Sun July 20, 2014

A YouTube Video Is Doctor's Secret Weapon Against Back Pain

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:45 pm

A woman in her late 20s came to see me recently because her back hurt. She works at a child care center in town where she picks up babies and small children all day long.

She felt a twinge in her lower back when hoisting a fussy kid. The pain was bad enough that she went home from work early and was laid out on the couch until she came to see me the next day.

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Business
11:20 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms

The drone in Potter's promotional video on Kickstarter. "Now I'm looking at other models (and a second drone) because some people have threatened to shoot it down," Potter says.
via Kickstarter

An independent journalist says he's found a way around the so-called "ag-gag" laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.

Will Potter, a Washington D.C.-based author and blogger, recently raised $75,000 on Kickstarter to buy the drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S.

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Bayou Garden
6:19 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Pop Go the Mushrooms

Mushrooms often pop up in lawns following heavy rainfall.
Credit LSU AgCenter

After a rainy period in summer we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere in the Baton Rouge area. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:19 am
Fri July 18, 2014

FRIDAY: Author Edward Haslam; Robert Seeman; NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ed Haslam, author of Dr. Mary's Monkey joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss his book. The 1964 murder of a nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for his gripping expose of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations over the course of three decades. Learn more at http://doctormarysmonkey.com.

Baton Rouge Green Program Director Robert Seeman drops by the studio to talk with Jim about the Plant Smart Baton Rouge Green Education Event. The event is tomorrow July 19th at the Hilltop Arboretum. Learn more at http://batonrougegreen.com/content.cfm?id=39.

Also, NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins he show for the last segment of the day to discuss everything politics in Louisiana. He and Jim discuss the upcoming Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy; key issues in the upcoming elections, such as the state of Louisiana's economy; as well as Governor Bobby Jindal's popularity around the nation amidst his political goal of reaching the White House.


Politics
5:21 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Insight: Lots of Forgiveness in Congressional Elections; Lots of Money in Senate Race

A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District. Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness. 

Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor. And Alford says this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.


The Jim Engster Show
10:05 am
Thu July 17, 2014

THURSDAY: SNAPNetwork Director David Clohessy; Attorney Michael Wolf; Author Suzi Parker

David Clohessy, the Executive Director of the Snap Network (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) joins Jim for the first part of today's show to discuss the Louisiana Supreme Court's 6-1 ruling against seal of confessional in a recent case against a Baton Rouge Priest. Also, Attorney Michael Wolf joins the conversation in studio to discuss the recent court decision and explain the legal action taken.

Author Suzi Parker joins the show to talk with Jim about her book Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt. Her book takes the reader on a private journey to an eccentric side of sin where Southerners secretly (and not-so-secretly) defy sexual convention.


Health
3:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

Dr. Charu Sawhney examines patient Mang Caan. Sawhney supports the Affordable Care Act, but has been frustrated by how difficult it is to find specialists who accept some of the plans her patients bought.
Carrie Feibel for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 7:02 pm

The Hope Clinic in southwest Houston is in the very heart of Asia Town, a part of the city where bland strip malls hide culinary treasures — Vietnamese pho, Malaysian noodles, Sichuan rabbit and bubble tea.

Inside the clinic, internist Charu Sawhney sees patients from many countries and circumstances. She's a big believer in the Affordable Care Act since most of her patients have been uninsured. She actively pushed many of them to sign up for the new plans.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire complained about a Democratic effort to reaffirm a contraceptive mandate at a Tuesday news conference
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 3:34 pm

A Democratic effort to override the Supreme Court's recent ruling on contraceptive coverage failed in the Senate on Wednesday.

Bill sponsors fell four votes short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the measure.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Wed July 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Columnist Quin Hillyer & LA Budget Project Jan Moller; Casey Phillips of BR Walls Project

Columnist for The Advocate Quin Hillyer and Director for the Louisiana Budget Project Jan Moller join Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss recent updates concerning Common Core, and much, much more.

Also, Executive Director of BR Walls Project Casey Phillips talks with Jim about the projects and murals his non-profit has set up around the city. 


Business
7:28 am
Wed July 16, 2014

EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new guidance states that employers who allow parental leave must provide it to men and women equally.
Yuri Arcurs iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:32 am

Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week. For the first time in 30 years, the agency has updated its rules against pregnancy discrimination.

The agency clarified several policies, including one that spells out when businesses may have to provide pregnant workers light duty and another that bans employers from forcing a pregnant worker to take leave even in cases when she's able to continue on the job.

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