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12:38 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Bill to Ban Social Network Updating While Driving Advances

A bill seeking to expand the state's ban on texting-while-driving to include posting statuses on social networks has advanced in the legislature.

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The Jim Engster Show
9:27 am
Mon May 6, 2013

MONDAY: Former Congressman Charlie Melancon, Forum 35's Jacquie Stalls & Eric Dexter

Jim talks with Jacquie Stalls and Eric Dexter, of Forum 35, who is hosting a panel discussion on same sex marriage (moderated by Jim) this Wednesday night.

Former U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon talks about what he's been doing since leaving Congress in 2010, and what's going on now in the nation's capital.


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Capitol Access
6:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Budget Cuts Take Toll on Higher Ed

After five years of steep budget cuts, some members of LSUnited, the faculty union, are hoping the legislature’s budget negotiations will raise enough revenue to prevent further cuts.

Lawmakers are looking at plans to cut tax exemptions and get rid of one-time funds, which might provide more stability to the state’s universities.

Michael Russo, a librarian and an instructor, said LSU’s finances are dismal.

"A half billion here, a half billion there," Russo said, "I don’t know what else they can cut."

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Bayou Garden
7:27 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Too Late for Tomatoes, Still Time for Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe growing at a home garden in north Georgia. June 2010
Credit April Sorrow / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science

May is a transitional month for Louisiana gardeners as the intense heat arrives this month. The ideal planting season for hearty trees and shrubs is over, many heat tolerant vegetables can be planted now.

The Jim Engster Show
9:37 am
Fri May 3, 2013

FRIDAY: State Senator Ben Nevers, Journalist Jeffrey Marks, Olympian Carl Lewis

Bogalusa Senator Ben Nevers (D) discusses the state's reluctance to accept the Medicaid expansion included in the federal Affordable Care Act, an his proposed legislation to accept the Medicaid money. 

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jeffrey Marks and his friend, Olympic track &  field Gold Medalist  Carl Lewis, talk about sports & achievement...and about their support for organ donation.

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Capitol Access
4:03 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Deal in the Works

 

Thursday House Speaker Chuck Kleckley endorsed a plan that would raise revenue and cut spending.

Earlier this week, the budget was on track to avoid much debate on the floor, but it hit a snag on Tuesday.

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Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
8:15 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Proponents of Community-Based Waiver Supports Call For More Funding

Decked out in yellow shirts, proponents of community-based waiver supports for the developmentally disabled rallied at the state capitol.
Credit WRKF

Despite the threat of rain, proponents of state-funded supports that allow developmentally disabled individuals to live at home – rather than in institutions or group homes – rallied at the state capitol Wednesday.

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Capitol Access
6:05 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Education Overhaul Revisions Get Mixed Reviews

 

The governor announced Wednesday that 8,000 children have been offered a private school voucher for the second year of the program -- 3,000 more than enrolled with this year’s inaugural crop.

The voucher program, passed last session, allows parents of low-income families to take their kids out of schools rated C, D and F and send them to private schools on the state’s dime.

The program’s funding mechanism is awaiting judgement by the State Supreme Court, as are accountability measures, another part of the overhaul.

Meanwhile, bills are popping up this session to refine the overhaul.

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LSU Hospitals
5:38 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Unanswered Questions Remain Weeks After Charity Hospital Closes

Staff and physicians of Earl K. Long Medical Center's Emergency Room on their last day of work.
Credit Lauren Richard

Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge closed its doors for good last month. The cooperative endeavor agreement between the hospital, the state and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for the take-over and eventual shutdown of EKL was reached more than two years ago.

Erica Barham, Kimberly Burkett and Lauren Richard are all former Registered Nurse Supervisors in the EKL Emergency Room. Mental Health Emergency Room Extension Supervisor Amy Germain also used to work there.

They tell WRKF’s Ashley Westerman the transition was bungled and even on closing day, critical questions about how patients would get care and follow-up remained unanswered.


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The Jim Engster Show
12:36 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

THURSDAY: Composer Robert Kyr, State Rep. Henry Burns, The Advocate's John Wirt

A visit with noted composer Robert Kyr, who will perform his work "Waging Peace" this Sunday at the Broadmoor Baptist Church.

Jim talks with Haughton state Representative  Henry Burns about his bill allowing concealed carry gun permits holders to take their weapons into restaurants that serve liquor.

Advocate entertainment writer John Wirt drops by to discuss the passing of country music legend George Jones, and the purchase of the Advocate by John Georges.

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