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The Jim Engster Show
11:45 am
Tue June 18, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Jeff Landry, Political Consultants Scott Wilfong and Trey Ourso, The Manship Theatre

Former U.S. Congressman Jeff Landry talks about his career after Congress, and what political activities he's been up to since exiting the U.S. House

Jim talks with Republican consultant Scott Wilfong, and Democratic consultant Trey Ourso, about Governor Bobby Jindal's statewide tour and recent statements by Mr. Jindal that the GOP "needs to stop bed-wetting" and "kick around the other guys".

John Kaufman, with the Manship Theatre, discusses the Flamenco Rouge performance tonight. Performers Lena and Chris Jacome join in.


Education
4:29 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

BESE to Consider Alternative Funding for 'Course Choice'

State Supt. John White wants to reallocate $2 million from a state education trust fund to pilot the “Course Choice” program. The program will let students take individual classes elsewhere if their public school is underperforming or doesn’t offer the course they want. The state’s top school board will consider the alternative funding request Tuesday.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

TUESDAY: Mayor Kip Holden, Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham

A visit with East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden

Tiger Rag Magazine Editor Cody Worsham talks LSU baseball, and today's elimination game at the College World Series in Omaha.

 

 

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Bayou Garden
6:22 am
Sat June 15, 2013

To Pick, or Not to Pick? That is the Question

Summer squash, fresh from the garden.
Credit Tim Sackton / Flickr

June is the peak month for harvesting early summer vegetables in south Louisiana. Harvesting at the right stage is essential to getting the best quality out of your garden.


Environment
8:19 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Second Deadly Industrial Accident in Ascension Parish in as Many Days

UPDATE 10:14 p.m. CST WRKF's Kelly Connelly on the scene in Donaldsonville:

An industrial accident at North America’s largest nitrogen complex in Donaldsonville, La. has left one dead and at least five injured.

A little after 6 p.m. Friday, a crew at the CF Industries plant loaded too much nitrogen into a transportation tank, causing it to rupture. Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson described the mangled piece of equipment as a popped balloon. Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain told the Associated Press a fire sparked by the blast was quickly extinguished.

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Environment
4:20 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Geismar Plant Explosion Claims a Second Life

Thursday’s chemical plant explosion in Geismar, La. has claimed another life. Seven remained hospitalized Friday with burns and respiratory complications.

Williams Companies CEO Alan Armstrong visited with workers and their families Friday. He called the incident a “major” explosion.

“This is a terrible and unprecedented tragedy," Armstrong said. "I’ve talked with a few of our employees and I know they are hurting, however, I’ve also seen and been inspired by their courage.”

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The Jim Engster Show
12:43 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

MONDAY: DOTD's Dustin Annison, Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker, Author Daniel Bergner

DOTD spokesman Dustin Annison and EBR Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker, talk about the future of LA Swift bus service  between here and New Orleans ... or the lack thereof. 

Author Daniel Bergner on his book, "What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire."


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Education
5:49 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Seeds Planted for Chess Culture in Baton Rouge Schools

Clairborne Elementary gifted resource teacher Chris Wilson (front right) plays special education resource teacher Annie Fox in the chess tournament as Audubon Elementary computer lab teacher Contessa Hunt (back left) and Melsrose Elementary fourth grade teacher Michelle Vinson (back right) scrutinize their moves.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

About 200 teachers from 42 schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish district have signed up for workshops this summer to learn how to start chess clubs and use the game in their classrooms. The first batch of teachers capped off their training with a mini tournament Thursday.


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The Jim Engster Show
5:40 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

FRIDAY: Film Producer John Hardy, Dr. Erin Greenwald, Blanche Lincoln, Author Nathan Tan

Film producer John Hardy discusses his collaboration with Steven Soderbergh on the ground-breaking film "Sex, Lies & Videotape"; made 25 years ago.

Former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, who is now with the It's My Business Coalition.

From the Historic New Orleans Collection, Dr. Erin Greenwald PhD talks about the  remarkable discovery of a manuscript that unveils life in New Orleans in the 18th century. It's all in the new book, "A Company Man"

Author Nathan Tan on his new book, "The Forgetful Gentleman".


Environment
1:18 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Deadly Chemical Plant Explosion in Geismar

The plant on fire after it reportedly exploded Thursday in the town of Geismar, La.
Credit Ryan Meador / AP

UPDATED 9:22 p.m. CST:

The injured count is up to 77  and a 29-year-old man is dead after a chemical explosion in Geismar, La. Thursday. 

300 people were evacuated from the Williams Olefins plant, which produces over a billion pounds of propylene and ethylene a year for use in the production of other chemical and plastic products. It was propylene that caught fire after the explosion. Ten workers stayed behind to monitor a burn-off.

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