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7:41 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Ochsner's Transplant Team Heralded

The Multi-Transplant Institute Team at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans was recognized as Number One in the U.S. for the year 2012 by CareChex, based on mortality and complication rates. Dr. Nigel Girgrah, Liver Transplant Director, says Ochsner's Living Donor Program helps prevent deaths of patients on the waiting list by reducing wait times. 


Bayou Garden
7:20 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Reliable Summer Color in the Shade

Caladium sprouting from its tuber.
Credit Laura Anne Heller / Flickr

Caladiums' colorful foliage emerges from the ground on arching stems. Their elegant beauty also makes the plant a staple in the most accomplished gardener's landscape.


Breaking
5:28 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

House Overwhelmingly Backs Budget Compromise

With a 95-3 vote, a nearly $25 billion budget is heading to the Senate for approval after days of negotiations. But it’s not the plan Gov. Bobby Jindal wanted.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:51 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

MONDAY: Author and Professor J. Michael Desmond, Tim Young From The HIV Alliance of BR

Author and Professor J. Michael Desmond talks about his book, The Architecture Of LSU"

Tim Young, with the HIV Alliance of Baton Rouge, on why the Capital area has such an alarmingly high HIV rate.


The Jim Engster Show
11:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

FRIDAY: Blogger C.B. Forgotston, TV Legend Donna Douglas, Seafood Spokesman Ewell Smith And More

Government watchdog and political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the battle over the state budget and other going on at the Capitol.

Donna Douglas, TV's Ellie Mae, from "The Beverly Hillbillies" pays a visit to talk about her new cookbook, "Southern Favorites With A Taste Of Hollywood"

Ewell Smith, with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, discusses legislation that would turn oversight of his industry over to the Lt. Governor's Office.

Gwen Jones and Jodi Hanet, with the Kid's Orchestra of Baton Rouge pop in to talk about Saturday's concert at the Christian Life Fellowship.


LSU Hospitals
6:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Lake Officials Say Cooperative Endeavor Agreement About Education

Credit Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center says the reasons why the hospital agreed to take over Earl K. Long charity hospital’s patient load begin with Hurricane Katrina.

OLOL Vice President of Mission Coletta Barrett said immediately post-Katrina there were 325 residents, fellows, medical students that showed up at Our Lady of the Lake looking for a place to practice. She and Vice President of Operations Stephanie Mason tell WRKF’s Ashley Westerman that from that point forward, OLOL decided to assume an active role in solidifying the pipeline of physicians for Louisiana.

Taking over EKL, they said, is a step in that direction. 


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Capitol Access
7:33 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Legislators Arrive at New Budget Compromise

Legislators from across the political spectrum stood on the Capitol steps Thursday afternoon touting their independence and a seeming conclusion to budget negotiations.


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Capitol Access
9:18 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Clears House Committee

Department of Health and Hospitals Interim Secretary Kathy Kliebert faces scrutiny from a wing of yea-voters.
Kelly Connelly WRKF

With a one-vote margin, a bill that would force Louisiana to accept federal Medicaid Expansion advanced through the House Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday.

Governor Bobby Jindal has opposed the Expansion, claiming it would be too expensive and that the federal program doesn’t meet Louisiana’s needs.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:08 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

THURSDAY: LFT President Steve Monaghan, Author Claire Manes, Reporter & Author Bob Sullivan

Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan discusses the state Supreme Court ruling against Louisiana's private school vouchers program.

Author Claire Manes talks about her book, "Out Of The Shadow Of Leprosy", about her grandfather's struggle with Hanson's Disease at the Carville Hospital.

NBC investigative reporter and author Bob Sullivan on his book, "The Plateau Effect"

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Capitol Access
8:59 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Jindal Promises Continued State Funding for Vouchers

The State Supreme Court has ruled that the state can't pay private school tuition through the same funding channel as it uses to support public schools.

Now, Gov. Bobby Jindal is going to have to find another way to keep the voucher program going.

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