Bayou Garden
6:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

For Roses, It's Ugly Season

Credit Mark Claesgens

Rose bushes generally don't look their best this time of year.

Heat takes its toll.   


5:04 am
Fri August 29, 2014

After Charity Hospital Privatization, Trouble for BR General was Expected

Baton Rouge General's Mid City campus.

The closure of Earl K. Long hospital last year with the privatization of Louisiana’s charity hospital system sent a wave of uninsured patients to Baton Rouge General.

Under the strain of their care, the hospital had decided to close its emergency room. But Baton Rouge General’s ER was rescued at the last-minute Wednesday.

Don Gregory, health policy advisor for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, explains whether that deserves a sigh of relief. 

2:55 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

DHH Steps in to Save Baton Rouge General's ER

Baton Rouge General's mid-city emergency room at night.
Credit Sue Lincoln

The state Department of Health and Hospitals has found funds to allow Baton Rouge General Hospital to keep its emergency room open after an imminent threat of closure.

Several local media outlets reported Wednesday morning that the hospital administration had notified staff that the ER would close Nov. 1.

DHH preempted any official closure announcement with a last-minute deal, providing the hospital $18 million in state and federal money to care for the uninsured. Hospital President Mark Slyter called the deal a “hail Mary pass”.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Wed August 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Political Consultant Roy Fletcher; Bruce Herschensohn

Political Consultant Roy Fletcher is our guest for the two segments of today's show and he joins us in studio to talk about what he knows best: political elections and campaigns. Being the former National Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator John McCain during his bid for president in 2000, Roy comments on Senate candidates Rob Maness, Mary Landrieu, and Bill Cassidy, as well as David Vitter and his bid for Governor of Louisiana.

Former Pepperdine University Professor and Conservative Commentator Bruce Herschensohn joins us by phone to close out today's show and he expresses his concern with passion for what is happening in the Middle East, and our country's involvement. He comments on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley at the hands of ISIL, what he thinks we should do about ISIL, his opinion on President Obama's actions, and much, much more.

The Jim Engster Show
10:29 am
Tue August 26, 2014

TUESDAY: Former State Senator Tony Guarisco; and Author Katy Simpson Smith

Former Louisiana State Senator Anthony "Tony" Guarisco, Jr. is our lead off guest and he stays with us for the first two segments of today's show. Tony served as State Senator from 1976-1988 and while in office he successfully sponsored a bill permitting physicians in Louisiana to prescribe medical marijuana for glaucoma and chemotherapy patients, which ultimately did not come to fruition. He and Jim discuss this, as well as other bills Tony pushed for while in office. They also talk taxes, partisanship in Washington, Edwin Edwards, and much more.

Tulane Professor, Author and New Orleans resident Katy Simpson Smith is with us today to promote her debut novel The Story of Land and Sea​. The novel follows three generations of family through the years following the American Revolution and how they come to find redemption amidst slavery and war. She talks with Jim about what she went through in writing her novel, her feeling of responsibility to represent the wide range of experiences women have had historically, and much more. She'll be at the Columns Hotel in New Orleans, La. on Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 at 7:00pm.

The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Mon August 25, 2014

MONDAY: U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu + GOP Consultant Sally Nungesser

In the midst of campaigning for a fourth term as a U.S. Senator, Mary Landrieu joins us for the first segment of today's show. She and Jim discuss how her campaign is coming along, her involvement in the Energy Committee, her resume thus far in Washington, what her expectations are for the upcoming November elections, and much more. She even makes a few comments regarding statements made about her in recent TV ads supporting U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Also, GOP Political Consultant Sally Nungesser closes out the rest of today's show in studio with Jim, and they talk about her early career in politics (which began in her early twenty's), the upcoming elections in November, what she thinks needs to change in Washington, and how she thinks that change can occur with a new president and a new Republican majority-run Senate.

Bayou Garden
6:42 am
Sat August 23, 2014

It's Been a Hot, Dry Week

This rose bush is an example of how summer drought and heat can create problems for many plants in the landscape.
Credit Allen Owings

This kind of weather is really stressful to plants. It doesn't take long for things to start drying out when the daytime highs are in the mid 90s and the heat indexes are reaching the 100s. 

3:35 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

McAllister Makes a Splash on Last Day of Qualifying

Congressman Vance McAllister takes the A-L-S challenge
Credit Sue Lincoln

Embattled Congressman Vance McAllister  made quite a splash when he appeared at the Secretary of State’s office first thing Friday, signing up to run again.  Even after facing down calls for his resignation earlier this year McAllister was quite gracious about the nine challengers seeking to unseat him.

“C’mon! More! The more the merrier!” McAllister said, adding by way of explanation, “When you have more ideas, more people, more views, you learn from it.”

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The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Fri August 22, 2014

FRIDAY: Theologian Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox; Author Frank Miniter; Krisiti Williams with LED

Theologian Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, the author of 30+ books, joins us to promote his recent work Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation

The Executive Editor of American Hunter Magazine and New York Times Best Selling Author Frank Miniter talks with Jim about his most recent book The Future of the Gun. He and Jim discuss gun rights, what's happening right now in Ferguson, MO., training courses for gun owners, etc...

Also, Kristi Williams with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development stops by the studio to discuss the new Louisiana Job Connection website She describes the newest website as a "dating site" which seeks to match the right job seeker with the right employer looking to hire.

8:46 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Also on Louisiana's Ballot... 14 Constitutional Amendments


Candidates for office, from Constable to Senate, have been parading through the Secretary of State’s Office and the Clerk of Court Office this week, qualifying to get their names on the November ballot.

But it’s not just names that we’ll be voting on.

Robert Travis Scott, President of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, explains why we’ve got so many constitutional amendments to decide on too.


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