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The Jim Engster Show
12:37 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

THURSDAY: Former Congressman Jim McCrery, Author Leo Honeycutt, Photographer C.C. Lockwood

Former northwestern Louisiana congressman Jim McCrery talks about the country's spiraling debt, and which party is handling the crisis better.

Author, journalist and Governor Edwin Edwards' biographer Leo Honeycutt talks about Governor Jindal's recent op-ed piece in Politico, critical of Republicans and Democrats alike.

Photographer C.C. Lockwood discusses his career and his recent switch to the world of digital photography.

 

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Education
6:19 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Some Funds Slated for Districts to Go to 'Course Choice'

The state's top school board has approved $2 million in financing to pay for students to take individual classes elsewhere if their public school is underperforming or doesn't offer a course they want.

The money for the "Course Choice" program will be drawn from a state education trust fund stemming from an old oil drilling settlement, including $1 million that had been slated for local districts.

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Coastal Restoration
12:44 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Fisherman, Scientists Continue to Clash on Miss. River Diversions

Caernarvon Pass is 15 miles downriver from New Orleans. Built in the early 1990s to grow oyster beds, many argue it isn't a good example for what the state's planned diversions will do.
Credit Army Corps of Engineers

State plans to restore the coastline are trying to mimic the way the Mississippi built the coast. Thousands of years ago the river dumped sediment from the plains upriver into the marsh. But some fishermen are worried the plans will displace the saltwater fish they catch to make a living.

Fishermen voiced their opposition at a community meeting in St. Bernard Monday.

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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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