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Bayou Garden
7:34 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Going on Vacation? Don't Forget the Plants

Plants ready for vacation.
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Get a friend with a green thumb to care for your leafy pets if you'll be away for few days.


The Jim Engster Show
11:20 am
Fri May 24, 2013

MONDAY: Highland's Cemetary's Kenny Kleinpeter, The Lens' Tyler Bridges, CFAP's Lawrence Korb

Jim talks with Kenny Kleinpeter, of the historic Highland Cemetary.

Tyler Bridges, journalist with The Lens, talks about the Legislative Session and maneuvers to balance the state budget.

Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow with the Center For American Progress, discusses U.S. Foreign Policy.

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Capitol Access
5:30 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ban on Red Snapper Needed?

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According to federal regulations, Louisiana’s nine-day recreational red snapper fishing season legally starts next weekend. But some fishermen have been landing snapper since the state season started in March — at the risk of also landing a ticket from federal authorities.

The discrepancy between state and federal red snapper authorities is the subject of a bill sponsored by Sen. Bret Allain. Allain wants to put an all-out ban on red snapper, reasoning that if the fisheries are in such dire straits, maybe they shouldn’t be fished at all.

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The Jim Engster Show
3:55 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

FRIDAY: Oklahoma Reporter Matt Skinner, Blogger C.B. Forgotston, Author James Lacey

Jim talks with veteran Oklahoma reporter Matt Skinner about the devastation in the wake of this week's deadly tornado.

State government watchdog and political blogger C.B. Forgotston and Jim discuss goings-on at the Capitol.

Author James Lacey on his book, "Moment Of Battle"


Education Overhaul
8:57 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Dust Settled, Lawmakers More Measured on Education Reforms

Baton Rouge Democrat Rep. Ted James (left) and New Orleans Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot have both proposed bills this session moderating the education overhaul of 2012.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

Earlier this month, Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled that the way the state's private school voucher program was paid for was unconstitutional. It can't be paid for through the Minimum Foundation Formula, or MFP -- the pool of money that supports public education.

Rep. Kirk Talbot, a Republican from New Orleans who voted in favor of the education overhaul Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed hard for last year, says the missteps in the funding of the voucher program gave some in the legislature, " a little bit of heartburn."

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Capitol Access
8:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Frugal Committee Backs Capital Investment for Community Colleges

The House Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved $60 million in capital spending for the state’s technical colleges over the next five years — despite the state’s tight purse-strings.

Chairman Jim Fannin insisted that investing in the technical college system will grow the economy and the tax base.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:46 am
Wed May 22, 2013

THURSDAY: Former State Lawmaker Vic Stelly, Columnist Quin Hilyer

Jim talks with former state lawmaker Vic Stelly, architect of the Stelly Tax Swap Plan which was enacted and repealed within a decade.

Conservative columnist and commentator Quin Hilyer on the trials of the Obama White House

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Capitol Access
5:30 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Public School Funding Plan Rejected Twice

Next year’s method for funding for public schools is a bit up in the air after the Senate Education Committee rejected the proposed formula from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program, or the MFP, was shot down last week because of a clerical error: BESE sent the legislature a draft of the MFP rather the final version.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:12 am
Tue May 21, 2013

WEDNESDAY: AARP's Joan Ruff, Hugh Buckingham On The Oklahoma Tornado Disaster, Author James Scott

AARP Board Member Joan Ruff on the future of Social Security. and Louisiana's resistance to the Medicaid Expansion in the Affordable Care Act.

Jim talks with former LSU professor Hugh Buckingham, who was very near the tornado disaster in Moore, Oklahoma.

Author James Scott on his book, "The War Below", about three submarines that battles Japanese forces during World War II.


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Capitol Access
5:30 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Lawmakers Weigh Medicaid Options

A House bill that aims to secure state health care spending passed out of the Senate Finance committee yesterday.

The measure would create the "Hospital Stabilization Fund," which would utilize some hospital profits to draw down more federal dollars to help with uninsured patients.

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