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4:08 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Recalibrating Teacher Evaluations Tops New Union President's To-Do List

LAE President Debbie Meaux (right) standing with her predecessor Joyce Haynes at a rally.
Credit Louisiana Association of Educators

Many teachers are frustrated with the new evaluation system, Compass, which was introduced in public schools across the state this year.

"What we want is a more common-sense approach to this evaluation problem," said Debbie Meaux, new president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), who assumed the role July 15.

She's calling for the state to slow the timeline for the implementation of Compass.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:49 am
Thu August 1, 2013

FRIDAY: LA Democrats' Stephen Handwerk, Novelist George Bishop

Stephen Handwerk
Credit Kevin Gallagher

A visit with Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk talks about the current state of, and the future of, the Democrats in our state.

Novelist George Bishop on his latest work, "The Night of the Comet"

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The Jim Engster Show
9:24 am
Thu August 1, 2013

THURSDAY: Author John Barry, Crime Author Tony Thompson

John M. Barry

John M. Barry, author of "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927" and member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, talks about his group's lawsuit brought against nearly 100 energy companies for damage done to the state's coast.

True crime author Tony Thompson on his latest book, "Outlaws", about renegade biker gangs.

 

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The Jim Engster Show
11:40 am
Tue July 30, 2013

WEDNESDAY: BRAC's Adam Knapp, Author Rich Cohen

Adam Knapp
Credit brac.org

Jim talks with Baton Rouge Area Chamber head Adam Knapp about the end of LA Swift bus service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Author Rich Cohen talks about his book, "Sugar Love: A Not-So-Sweet Story" and American's addiction to sugar.

The Jim Engster Show
12:41 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

TUESDAY: Metro Councilman John Delgado, Activist Bruce Parker, Novelist David Madden

Bruce Parker (l) and Councilman John Delgado (r)
Credit Kevin Gallagher

A discussion of the flap over undercover sting arrests of gay men at area public parks, under the state's crime against nature law. The law was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2003. Bruce Parker, with Equality Louisiana, and Metro Councilman John Delgado will talk about it.

Jim visits with novelist and former Baton Rougean David Madden, who just turned 80.

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Conversations in Medicine
11:48 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Live Music Bring Smiles to Hospital Patients During Treatment

Students from the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts are now lending their talents to Baton Rouge General's Arts in Medicine Program launched a year ago.

Mary Malloy, Baton Rouge General music therapist

Politics
8:50 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Louisiana's First Elected Congresswoman Dies at 97

Lindy Boggs
Credit Lindy Boggs

Former Rep. Lindy Boggs of Louisiana, who used the soft-spoken grace of a plantation lady to fight for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress, has died. She was 97.

Her daughter, ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts, says her mother died Saturday of natural causes at her home in Chevy Chase, Md.

Boggs' years in Congress started with a special election in 1973 to finish the term of her husband, Hale, whose plane disappeared over Alaska six months earlier. Between them, they served a half-century in the House.

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Bayou Garden
6:37 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Something to Do with the Kids this Summer: Gardening

Credit Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Introduce your kids to the joy of gardening and get them some exercise of their bodies and brains at the same time.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:43 am
Fri July 26, 2013

MONDAY: Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle, Author B.J. Gallagher

Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle

Jim talks with BR Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle, who's upset with CATS and feels the entire transit system board should resign.

Author and speaker B.J. Gallagher on why men who behave badly are often rewarded for it.


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Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
4:49 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

DHH Secretary: Disability Services Still A Priority, Despite Funding Veto

Dept. of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert
Credit Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals

At the close of the recent legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed additional funding to pay for services for the developmentally disabled.

Two weeks ago, an effort to override the veto failed.

The $3.9 million would have covered a partial year of comprehensive at-home disability services for an additional 200 people through what are called "New Opportunity Waivers".

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