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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Student Data: Private Property or Shared Resource?

Louisiana parents gave the House and Senate education committees an earful last week.

“There seems to be no effective safeguard in law to protect our children’s information from the whim and will of BESE and LDE,” said Sara Wood of Mandeville.

She was talking about data privacy. Seven bills have been filed this session, each trying to prohibit how much individual information about Louisiana students is shared—and with whom.

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Bayou Garden
7:15 am
Sat March 22, 2014

The Time is Nigh for Fertilizing Your Lawn

Centipede grass
Credit LSU AgCenter

The reason why we wait till late March to feed the grass is it's best to allow it to wake up, grow a strong new root system, and fungal diseases tend to be worse if we fertilize too early.


The Jim Engster Show
12:54 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

FRIDAY: Planned Parenthood's Raegan Carter; AHIP's Clare Krusing; Sam Irwin; Darlene Rowland

Raegan Carter of Planned Parenthood talks with Jim about House Bill 388 written by Katrina Jackson, which Carter says could shut down three of the five abortion clinics in the state.

Deputy Press Secretary for America's Health Insurance, Plans Clare Krusing, joins us from Washington to discuss the Medicare program's budget cuts to the states, and what it means for senior citizens.

Sam Irwin joins Jim in the studio to discuss his new book Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, and Darlene Rowland with the Red Stick Farmer's Market drops by the studio to talk about new things you can expect from the Red Stick Farmers Market in the near the future.

This edition of The Jim Engster Show was originally broadcast on March 21, 2014.

Politics
6:03 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Insight: On Ethics, Things Have Changed, Dilligence Needed to Keep it That Way

This week the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana put out a commentary on state ethics policies.

PAR President Robert Travis Scott says tweaks are needed to require officials to disclose their reasons when they recuse themselves from a debate or vote. And he says the state needs to be careful not to create an environment ripe for corruption by allowing even modest gifts worth up to $25, as is being considered by the legislature this session.

The discussion comes in light of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who was convicted of racketeering, announcing a Congressional run and Gov. Bobby Jindal touting his record on ethics reform.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core

Credit Bill Feig / The Advocate

Whether you love it--like Vera Collins of Jefferson Parish, who says, “Louisiana’s Common Core State Standards is vital to making the dream a reality”—or hate it, like Ralph Roshto of Lacombe, who says, “Supporting Common Core is like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders,”—Common Core is driving parents to the state capitol in droves.

But just what is this education issue that’s polarizing Louisiana moms and dads?

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The Jim Engster Show
10:31 am
Thu March 20, 2014

THURSDAY: Dr. Katie Cherry, Dr. Karl Roider, and Yigal Bander

Jim Engster interviews LSU Professor of Psychology, Dr. Katie Cherry about tonight's speaking presentation by Auschwitz child prisoner and Dr. Mengele medical experiment twin survivor, Eva Mozes Kor who authored the book, "The Triumph of the Human Spirit, from Auschwitz to Forgiveness."   LSU History Professor, Dr. Karl Roider speaks of the escalating Crimean crisis in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin's role, and the various political responses and potential economic implications.  Baton Rouge trial attorney Yigal Bander talks about the recent arrest of his client Baker school teacher, Deborah Anderson for simple battery of a 13 year old student by Baker police.

Capitol Access
3:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Abortion Restrictions Advance in the House

Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), center, and Louisiana Family Forum president Gene Mills, right.

A bill that would impose tighter restrictions on abortion providers is headed to the House floor. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson is the author of the measure, HB 388, which requires any doctor who performs more than five abortions annually to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of his or her practice. That rule is not just for those who perform surgical abortions, either. It’s required for doctors prescribing the so-called “abortion pill”, also known as RU-486.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

State turns over roads to BR, unlocking possibilities

Photo by Ann Marie Awad

After long negotiations with the state regarding the turnover of some roadways to local authority, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden announced Wednesday that Government street will be getting a makeover.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller; Composer Gwyneth Walker

Louisiana Budget Project Director , Jan Moller, speaks on Louisiana Politics. Moller touches on Governor Bobby Jindal's decline for 16 Billion Dollars from  the federal government for Medicaid funding and Jindal's candidacy for president in 2016.  Also composer Gwyneth Walker talks about her time in Louisiana. She will be hosting a concert on March 22 at the University Methodist Church at 6:30 PM. 


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