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Bayou Garden
6:29 am
Sat May 31, 2014

What's Missing From Your Soil?

Credit LSU Ag Center

Plants get certain nutrients from the soil, elements like nitrogen and phosphorus. Using fertilizer ensures there's an ample supply of these nutrients.


The Jim Engster Show
2:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

FRIDAY: La. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon; Political Consultant Gus Weill

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon talks about the start of this years Hurricane Season which begins June 1st. Donelon warns that although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting a possible six hurricanes this season, all it takes is one to devastate communities along coastal waters. Donelon also talks about steps one can take to prepare for possible hurricane landfall (i.e.: making an inventory of one's personal possessions), and the importance of Flood Insurance.

Also, famed and legendary Louisiana Political Consultant Gus Weill talks with Jim about the passing of John Maginnis; a loss that not only affects Louisiana Journalism, but the state of Louisiana as a whole.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Pull the Plug

“We have to err on the side of life and give that baby a voice.”

That’s the philosophy behind a bill to require keeping a pregnant woman on life support until her child can be born. HB 1274 is headed to conference committee after its author, New Orleans Representative Austin Badon, urged the full House Thursday to reject an amendment added by the Senate earlier this week.

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Politics
1:24 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Insight: When Dust Settles on Legislative Session, Will Jindal's Legacy Be Intact?

State lawmakers have been showing an independent streak this session. Defying Gov. Bobby Jindal on some of his most defining policy positions that he’s hoping to keep on his resume as he looks beyond his time in the governor’s mansion. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Thu May 29, 2014

THURSDAY: LAE President Debbie Meaux; Poet Chancelier Xero Skidmore; Cyclist George Hincapie

President of the Louisiana Association of Educators Debbie Meaux talks with Jim about recent legislature at the capitol concerning education in the state. She as well talks about Common Core and the expectations that she and others like her have concerning its implementation.

The 2013 Slam Poetry World Champion Chancelier Xero Skidmore talks about his work around town with teaching students the art of poetry. He closes out his talk with Jim by performing a powerful, moving poem titled Ice Scream, about the execution of a fourteen-year-old black boy in the south.

Also, George Hincapie talks with Jim about his stunningly candid autobiography The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris. In the book, Hincapie tells of riding alongside Lance Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France Championship victories, and all the scandal that came about after-the-fact.


Culture
6:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Meet the Neighbors: Franklin Brown's Bayou Café is 'a Weather Forecaster'

Franklin Brown, owner, Bayou Café
Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF news

Meet The Neighbors introduces you to some of the remarkable people who live and work in the Baton Rouge area. Do you know someone we should meet? E-mail us at news@wrkf.org and keep up with Meet The Neighbors, follow us on Tumblr.

Franklin Brown has owned Bayou Café at 5688 Airline Highway in Scotlandville since 2000.

Brown says his first love is Southern University, where he graduated in 1975. He says the entire North Baton Rouge community comes in close second. In his last 14 years of business, Bayou Café has become something of a meeting place. In the mornings, the place is slammed.

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Politics
4:34 am
Thu May 29, 2014

EBR School District Revamp Back to the Drawing Board

The state House has rejected a proposal to restructure the East baton Rouge Parish School District. 

In making his closing argument for the bill in the House, Rep. Steve Carter rattled off dire statistics about test scores and arrests at parish schools. 

“The entire business community recognizes the fact we need to do something," Carter said. 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber offered the plan to restructure the parish district. 

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Tax Amnesty Grab: Unicorns and Fairy Dust

Senators saw a pile of unallocated potential money as part of a House bill to extend the tax amnesty program, and they jumped at it.

“Let’s do something we can go home and say, ‘Yes! We did something for economic development’,” Delhi Senator Francis Thompson urged.

“My amendment will give 25-million dollars to the Board of Regents, to higher education,” New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson offered.

“Let’s put it where we got a 12-billion dollar backlog. Put everything we got into those roads,” Benton Senator Robert Adley pushed for infrastructure funding.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Novelist Greg Iles; Michael Waldman; Steven Bickmore

Greg Iles is out with his first book in five years, and critics and authors alike are praising his 790 page novel Natchez Burning​. The novel is the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secret past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, talks with Jim about his new book The Second Amendment: A Biography. A legal scholar on the history of the Constitutional right to bear arms, he argues that current gun laws are the result of political lobbying and distort the original intent of the Second Amendment.

Steven Bickmore is an assistant professor of English Education with a joint appointment in the School of Education and the English Department at LSU, and he talks with Jim about the upcoming week long Young Adult Literature Conference celebrating young adult literature authors and readers.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Taking a Closer Look at State Contracts

Louisiana has billions of taxpayer dollars tied up in thousands of contracts—for goods and services, consulting, privatization and more. Lawmakers, frustrated by the continuing battles to balance the state budget, are pushing to take a closer look at those contracts.

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