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11:33 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Republicans Gain Supermajority in State Senate

Another Louisiana State Senator has jumped the aisle to the Republican party.

Sen. Rick Ward, who represents parts of the Capitol Region, from Port Allen into Assumption Parish, gives the Republicans a supermajority in the Senate. Several kinds of measures are constitutionally required to pass with a two-thirds vote, like tax increases and procedural items after a certain date near the end of the session.

The Louisiana House alliance of fiscally conservative Republicans and Democrats may have a harder time facing the Senate next session.

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BP Oil Spill Impacts
5:30 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Why Finding Oil in Fish Organs Isn't as Bad as it Looks

Menhaden are measured and weighed before the dissection, to establish a catalog of weights and sizes.
Kelly Connelly, WRKF

Environmental remediation scientists at LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment have found remnants of crude oil in the hearts of pogy that live off Grand Isle.

Pogy, a baitfish more officially called menhaden, make up the second largest commercial catch in the United States. They’re not only resold as baitfish, but they’re also processed into fish oil and fish meal, making their way into vitamins, cosmetics and livestock feeds.

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The Jim Engster Show
2:52 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

TUESDAY: Attorney Mike Wolf, Investment Advisor B.F. "Andy" Anderson

Local attorney Mike Wolf and Southern University Law Professor Cleveland Coon discuss the George Zimmerman verdict.

Financial consultant Andy Anderson on whether the Bulls will continue to run on Wall Street.   


Conversations in Medicine
3:25 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Second Annual Conference Focuses on Parkinson's

Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge presents physicians and researchers investigating Parkinson's on Saturday, July 27. Carol Harrison, a researcher who has Parkinson's herself, has been instrumental in coming up with the line-up for the Parkinson's Disease Conference in its first two years.

More information is available at www.pbrc.edu/events/parkinsons.

Carol Harrison

Bayou Garden
6:31 am
Sat July 13, 2013

(Not) Too Close a Shave

Credit fotobydave / Flickr

It's tempting to let the days go by between mowing, but letting the grass get high and then cutting it back really short is bad for your lawn.


The Jim Engster Show
1:04 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

MONDAY: WAFB's Greg Meriwether, LSU Law Professor Andrea Carrol, DIG's Chris Brooks

Jim  talks with WAFB reporter Greg Meriwether about the George Zimmerman trial verdict and racial politics in news coverage.

LSU law professor Andrea "Andy" Carroll talks about her displeasure with some of Governor Bobby Jindal's vetoes, and the refusal of state lawmakers to call a veto override session.

"DIG" Magazine general manager Chris Brooks discusses Restaurant Week in Baton Rouge.

 

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Education
4:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Push for School Vouchers is Tactical

Louisiana lawmakers went out of their way to add a $46 million line item to the state budget to allow more students from under-performing public schools go to private school through the voucher program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal

Both Wisconsin and Ohio have just pushed through major expansions of their voucher programs too. And both states -- like Louisiana -- are headed by Republican governors.

Sarah Carr, a writer for the Hechinger Report, says these governors are being strategic in their support of vouchers.

"It’s a way for them to make a name for themselves pursuing an education agenda that’s typically been embraced by conservatives and trying even to some extent to one-up each other in creating a bigger and bolder voucher program."

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The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Thu July 11, 2013

FRIDAY: State Senator Elbert Guillory, LSUMOA's Fairleigh Cook Jackson

Another visit with Opelousas state Senator Elbert Guillory, who recently switched to the GOP; making him the only black Republican in the state legislature. Guillory's video explaining why has gone viral, and he's appeared on numerous national talk shows.

Also, Fairleigh Cook Jackson, from the LSU Museum of Art, talks about the 10th anniversary of Art Melt

 

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The Jim Engster Show
10:17 am
Thu July 11, 2013

THURSDAY: LDOR's Jason Decuir, Rock Historian Steve Miller

Jim talks with Louisiana Department of Revenue Executive Council Jason Decuir about the Governor's abandoned tax swap plan, the 2013 fiscal Legislative Session and the coming state Tax Amnesty program.

Author Steve Miller discusses his book, "Detroit Rock City", a series of stories of the Motor City's most famous and influential rock & rollers.


The Jim Engster Show
1:53 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Sally Nungesser, Tony Guarrisco, Erica Crenshaw

Jim chats with Sally Nungesser and Tony Guarrisco about the political futures of Bobby Jindal, David Vitter and Jay Dardenne and where those names fit into Fall elections in 2014 and 2015.

President and C.E.O of Execute Now Erica Crenshaw talks with Jim about her company and what's new for small businesses and non-profit organizations.


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