Friday is the deadline for pre-filing bills for the Louisiana legislative session that starts March 10. So far, the proposals include renewed attempts at state retirement reform, constitutional amendments to expand Medicaid, and the return of the electric chair.
Jim Engster interviews Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne about his run for governor in 2015, other candidates in the race, and the movement of St. George to incorporate as a city apart from Baton Rouge, among other topics. Erica Crenshaw, President/CEO of 'Execute Now!' speaks about her former private sector experiences in the corporate world and discusses her thoughts regarding non-profits improving their accountability, and making result-driven and measurable plans.
Baton Rouge's WAFB Channel 9 Morning Show Host Matt Williams joins Jim in the studio to talk about Bobby Jindal's recent comments at the White House, the proposed city of St. George, what life is like at the new WAFB station, and much, much more. Also, Executive Editor for NPR News Madhulika Sikka discusses her latest book A Breast Cancer Alphabet which details her personal struggle with battling breast cancer.
Jim Engster interviews author Mark Kram Jr. about the time leading up the boxing match when Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston. Jason Berry discusses tonight's episode of PBS' 'Front Line: Secrets of the Vatican." Author, Susan RoAne talks about the fourth revision of her number one best selling book from 20 years ago called, "How To Work A Room."
Jim Engster interviews Dr. Steven Barnes , Director Division of Economic Development talks about the economic output of the state, while Louisiana State Treasurer, John Kennedy speaks of food stamp fraud and other economic issues, and author Linda Barnickel discusses her book called "Milliken's Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory" about African American slave soldiers in the Milliken's Bend battles.
Award winning journalist and author John Rosengren talks with Jim about his new book The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption. Professional golfer and LSU Alum, David Toms chats with Jim about life on the PGA tour, what its like to win, and much more. Tim Muffett, the longest serving conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, talks about the exciting upcoming concert in which the BRSO will perform alongside renowned musician Lang Lang. Also, New York Times Best Selling author Wiley Cash joins Jim to talk about his latest novel This Dark Road to Mercy.
As reporters and analysts dug deeper into the state budget proposal this week, the plan was scrutinized for it's creative financing, including using the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund as a pass-through account.
Jim Engster interviews political consultant, Gus Weill about former Governor Edwin Edwards possible run for the 6th congressional district. Former LSU basketball player Rudy Macklin and current Director of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports talks about the Golden Gloves boxing program. Author J. Boyce Gleason discusses his book, "Anvil of God."