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10:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Borrowing for Rural Road Projects Spread Out

The state legislature approved $325 million dollars worth of  road improvement projects for rural areas of the state  last year. The projects are slated to be completed over a three year span. The Department of Transportation announced on Friday evening that they’ll borrow the money in chunks, instead of all at once, as planned. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said in a statement that’s to relieve the state budget of baring the three-year fiscal load in one year.

But State Treasurer John Kennedy said borrowing money in stages doesn’t make financial sense.

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Education
9:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

No 'Plan B' for Funding School Vouchers

The finance chief for the Louisiana Department of Education had a hard time answering questions Friday about alternate plans for funding the 4,900 low-income elementary and secondary students attending private schools.
 


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The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Tue January 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY: EBR Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor; Politicos Melissa Flournoy and Scott Wilfong

Jim visits with new East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Bernard Taylor to talk about the state of public schools.

Then Chair of Louisiana Progress Melissa Flournoy and Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong debate several political issues including Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Louisiana.


The Jim Engster Show
10:16 am
Mon January 21, 2013

TUESDAY: Public Service Commission Chairman Foster Campbell, Roe Versus Wade Plus 40 Years

Former state legislator, gubernatorial candidate and current Chairman of the Public Service Commission Foster Campbell will discuss Governor Jindal's tax reform proposals for this year's legislative session, and other matters on Mr. Campbell's mind.

A discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, forty years later, with Sally Campbell, former head of the Louisiana Christian Coalition and Reverend Chris Andrews.


The Jim Engster Show
9:21 am
Mon January 21, 2013

MONDAY: Journalist Maxine Crump, Government Watchdog C.B. Forgotston

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jim talks with Maxine Crump, President and CEO of Dialog On Race Louisiana,  about President Obama's Second Term Inauguration.

Political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the corruption indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Jindal's tax reform plan, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales taxes and fees.


Southern Education Desk
9:16 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Remembrances of Civil Rights, Confederate Leaders Combined

Gen. Robert E. Lee and Dr. Martin Luther King are remembered together in Mississippi on
Credit Library of Congress

Schools around the country are closed Monday in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. But schools in the Deep South are also observing the birthday of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. 

Though Louisiana doesn't, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama all officially roll the holidays together and leave it to schools to communicate the confusing marriage to students. From the Southern Education Desk, Annie Gilbertson, reports on a Mississippi community college that has decided to name the combined observance, "Heritage Day."

 


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Special Coverage
9:04 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Inauguration 2013

Louisiana Eats!
1:00 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

From the Big Apple to the Big Easy

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, Poppy hears expert advice from a bartender, a culinary historian, and a doctor. First, New York City bartender Don Lee discusses the science of mixing drinks in the Big Apple. Then, Michael Twitty talks about his travels along the Southern Discomfort tour. Finally, Dr. Gourmet returns with advice about keeping healthy in the new year.


Bayou Garden
7:36 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Follow the Long, Slimy Trail

A slug snacking.
Credit Christine Majul / Flickr

The rain brings out the snails and slugs. Dan Gill explains how to trap them in your garden.


The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Thu January 17, 2013

FRIDAY: Politico John Maginnis, LSU Hilltop Arboretum, MLK Day of Service

Jim visits with longtime capitol watcher and publisher of LAPolitics.com, John Maginnis. They discuss Governor Jindal's tax reform proposal, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales and other taxes.

From LSU's Hilltop Arboretum, Dr. Jeff Keuhny and Peggy Coates talk about the Annual Symposium & Edible Garden Tour, happening tomorrow.

Keisha Thomas and Erica Green discuss the Annual MLK Day of Service, coming Monday in Baton Rouge.

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