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4:00 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

ProPublica: FEMA Flood Maps Fraught with Error

A new FEMA flood map of Burnet County, Texas has mistakenly placed the house marked 501 shown here in a high-risk flood area.
Credit Burnet County Environmental Services Department via ProPublica

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new preliminary flood maps.

Louisiana’s delegation in Washington, D.C. is griping over FEMA’s disregard of local flood protection measures when it drew them.

Meanwhile, unless Congress succeeds in passing a delay, federal flood insurance rates are set to go up dramatically as soon as October. Many in Louisiana are facing increases of 20 percent or more.

And, as ProPublica reporter Theo Meyer has found, some may end up paying for insurance they don’t need.

Read the ProPublica article: Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

Share your story: Tell ProPublica About Flood Map Problems Where You Live

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The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Thu August 8, 2013

FRIDAY: Lt. General Russel Honore (U.S. Army, ret.), Author Lolis Eric Elie

Gneral Honore with Jim
Credit Kevin Gallagher

Jim has a chat with Lt. General Russel Honore about the Bayou Corne sinkhole and other matters.

Author and former Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie on his book, "Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans"

 


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The Jim Engster Show
9:49 am
Thu August 8, 2013

THURSDAY: A Discussion of Hatred Against LGBT People with John Hill, John Weimer & John Denison

John Denison (l), John Hill (c), John Weimer Jr. (r)
Credit Kevin Gallagher

Jim talks about acts of anger and hatred against LGBT citizens in Louisiana with former Capitol correspondent John Hill, his partner John Weimer and former Monroe area news anchor John Denison.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:58 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

WEDNESDAY: PBRC's Dr. Stephen Heymsfield, Historian Leo Honeycutt

Dr. Stephen Heymfield

Dr. Stephen Heymsfield, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, talks about obesity and the latest research on how to avoid it, or reverse it.

On the 86th birthday of former Governor Edwin W. Edwards, Leo Honeycutt  talks with Jim about Edwards' newborn son Eli and the new reality show "The Governor's Wife".


The Affordable Care Act
6:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Proponents Urge Small Businesses To Get Educated While They Can

Bertha Bethley holds the bag of many medicines she must give to her cerebral palsy patient at precise times of the day.
Credit WRKF

Last month the Obama Administration pushed back the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act by one year. Employers with 50 or more full-time workers now have until 2015 to either provide their workers with health insurance or face a penalty.

In states that are expanding Medicaid as part of the the new health law’s roll-out, businesses have more flexibility in deciding how to make sure their workers are covered. And though Louisiana is not participating, proponents of expanding Medicaid in the state see the delay of the employer mandate as a chance to rally some small business support.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Mon August 5, 2013

TUESDAY: GOP Senate Candidate Rob Maness, Biographer David Meyer

Rob Maness

Jim talks with St. Tammany Parish business man and farmer Rob Maness, who is running for U.S. Senate in 2015 against incumbent Mary Landrieu and fellow GOP contender Congressman Bill Cassidy.

Author David Meyer talks about his book, "The Bee Gees", a biography of the pop group who sold nearly a quarter-billion records worldwide.

Environment
8:47 am
Mon August 5, 2013

UPDATE: Clean-up of Train Derailment Underway

About 100 homes remain evacuated as officials work to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

State police say crews are working Monday to clear U.S. 190 which is blocked by the accident. The Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday afternoon.

A company spokeswoman says one of the railcars was leaking sodium hydroxide, which can cause injuries or even death if it's inhaled or touches the skin. The other was leaking lube oil. But state police say the leaks were contained.

Environment
8:57 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Train Derailment Prompts Precautionary Evacuation

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office says about 50 homes have been evacuated because of a railroad derailment.

The homes are within a mile of the spot where state police say at least 26 cars derailed about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, closing U.S. 190 east of Lawtell.

Master Trooper Daniel "Scott" Moreau says authorities have not reported any injuries, and the evacuation is a precaution.

He says some cars hold corrosive and flammable materials, including at least one flammable liquid.

Bayou Garden
6:40 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Spanish Moss: A Beauty, Not a Parasite

Rowing between some Spanish moss in a Louisiana bayou.
Credit jc.winkler / Flickr

The picturesque staple of the Louisiana landscape gets everything it needs from light, rainwater, and air.

The Jim Engster Show
11:02 am
Fri August 2, 2013

MONDAY: EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore, EBR Schools' Dr. Carlos Sam

District Attorney Hillar Moore III
Credit Kevin Gallagher

Jim talks with East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore about the sheriff's office's recent false arrest controversy and other matters of law & order.

A visit with East Baton Rouge Parish Associate School Superintendent Carlos Sam

 

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