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3:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Edwards Political Tradition Lives On (At Least Another Month)

Edwin Edwards, with wife, Trina, addresses crowd after news of runoff.

  

   

It'll be Governor Bobby Jindal's former coastal chief, Garrett Graves, who faces former governor Edwin Edwards in the runoff for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat. 

As the only prominent Democrat in the 6th district race, Edwin Edwards had always been expected to make the runoff.  

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Health
2:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

On the Ballot: Tying Up Hospital Funding

Should Louisiana hospitals be guaranteed a set amount of state health care funding—if they put up part of the money themselves? That’s what Constitutional Amendment 2 on Tuesday’s ballot is asking voters to decide.

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Bayou Garden
6:50 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Stretch Before You Dig

Credit GardeningQuicknEasy.com

The strenuous activity of gardening can cause problems, especially for those of us who get very little exercise during the week. Sore muscles, aching backs, and even sprains are common complaints of the weekend gardener.


The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Fri October 31, 2014

FRIDAY: John Wirt; Denny McLain; Ernest J. Gaines; and Rabbi Barry Weinstein

Louisiana native and world-renowned author, Ernest J. Gaines.
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 Entertainment writer for The Advocate, John Wirt, joins us in studio as our first guest this morning to discuss the release of his first book, the biography of Huey "Piano" Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues. John will be at the Louisiana Book Festival this Saturday, November 1st, and he and Jim discuss what you can expect to find at the Book Fest.

Former MLB pitcher and the last man to win 30 games in one season, Denny McLain joins us as the day's second guest. He and Jim discuss the San Francisco Giants third World Series Championship in five years, and the performance by Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. They also get Denny's opinion on the DH; they compare the pitchers of today with the pitchers of yesteryear; and much, much more.

Louisiana native and world renowned author Ernest J. Gaines continues where Denny left off and reminisces with Jim about being in San Francisco the day the Giants moved from New York. Gaines tells Jim that he loved San Francisco and California, but that his heart was always in Louisiana. And tomorrow, on the Capitol grounds in Baton Rouge, Ernest J. Gaines will be at the Louisiana Book Festival.

Rabbi Barry Weinstein closes out the show today with Jim as both a spiritual advisor, listener, guest, and friend.


Education
6:51 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Election of New Smaller School Board Could Result in Old Gridlock

Members of the existing East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.

Tuesday marks the first East Baton Rouge Parish school board election since a redistricting plan was passed this summer, shrinking the board from 11 members to 9.

Charles Lussier is a reporter for The Advocate and has been following the races for the six contested seats.


The Jim Engster Show
10:14 am
Thu October 30, 2014

THURSDAY: Leo Honeycutt; Suzanne Terrell; and Steve Myers

Louisiana native and CenturyLink founder, Clarke Williams.
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Biographer Leo Honeycutt is with us on his birthday this morning to discuss the release of his upcoming biography Nice Guy Finishes First: The Clarke Williams Story. Leo's biography tells the story of how Clarke took over his parents Oak Ridge Telephone company after serving in WWII, and turned it into today's third largest network provider in the country: CenturyLink.

Suzanne Terrell, the former elections commissioner and U.S. Senate candidate, joins us as our second guest this morning. In 2002 Suzie lost to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in a December runoff, and today she talks with Jim about the need for more female politicians in Louisiana politics.

Also, here to follow up on Mark Ballard's article written in The Advocate concerning Bill Cassidy's lakefront home in Baton Rouge is local attorney and realtor Steve Myers. Steve closes out the show today with Jim to discuss property taxes, property tax exemptions, and much more.

  

Politics
6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Hurry Up and Vote!

Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News

Voters all over the state are facing unusually lengthy ballots on Election Day. Between the Senate race, all the congressional races, judicial races, school board and other contests, there are more than 4,400 candidates for more than 2,400 offices statewide. No matter where you are in Louisiana, you can expect to see at least 20 items on your ballot. And once you’re in the voting booth, you won’t have much time to decide.


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Politics
2:11 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Senate Debate: Fireworks at LSU

 With less than a week left before Election Day, the leading candidates for U.S. Senate unloaded their verbal firepower during Wednesday night’s final debate.

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Politics
8:52 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

FULL AUDIO: The Final Louisiana Senate Debate

Col. Rob Maness, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu at the Final Louisiana Senate Debate on LSU's campus Wednesday evening.
Credit theadvocate.com

The LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication hosted a final debate Wednesday, Oct. 29, between the top three contenders in Louisiana's Senate race on Nov. 4. 


The Jim Engster Show
10:40 am
Wed October 29, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron & Jennifer Shoub; Mark Ballard; John Pierre & Pamela Meanes

YWCA-USA CEO, Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron.
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Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of the YWCA-USA, and Jennifer Shoub, CEO of the YWCA Baton Rouge, both join us in studio for the first segment of today's show. From the abolition of slavery to equal and fare minimum wages, the YWCA has worked 156 years to end racism and empower women, and today they discuss their efforts to end domestic violence in Louisiana communities and the country.

Mark Ballard, the Editor of the Capitol News Bureau for The Advocate, is with us to discuss the possible candidate runoffs we could see after November 4th, and what the housing situation is with most of the candidates running for office. With the big fuss being made over U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's official residency status, Mark addressed the broader issue and wrote an article discussing the houses of all of the major candidates. 

Also, Southern University Law Center Vice Chancellor John Pierre and National Bar Association President Pamela Meanes are with us for the last portion of today's show to discuss the upcoming Wiley A. Branton Symposium at the Southern University Law Center on October 30th & 31st. The event marks the 25th Anniversary of the National Bar Association's Symposium, and the main topic will be focusing on education as the new civil right. For more info, visit sulc.edu.


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