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State Budget 2013
3:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Fiscal Hawks to Pick at Budget

The group of legislators that routinely opposes Governor Bobby Jindal's use of one-time money in his proposed budgets met over the weekend, and may soon have an alternate way to fund some of higher education's budget. 

Last year, the fiscal hawks proposed over $160 million of cuts to lower priority areas of the budget. Representative Kirk Talbot, a leader of the group, says those weren’t considered until the mid-year shortfall. They’ll try again this year.


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The Jim Engster Show
2:31 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

TUESDAY: Author Leo Honeycutt, Attorney Julie Baxter, LSU's Matthew Lee, Author Michael Hainey

Journalist and Author Leo Honeycutt (formerly with WBRZ News) and attorney Julie Baxter (formerly with WAFB News) discuss the legacy of Judge Frank Polozola, who passed away late Sunday.

LSU Criminologist Dr. Matthew Lee discusses problems with crime in Baton Rouge.

Author Michael Hainey discusses his book, "After Visiting Friends", his very personal story of investigating the mysterious circumstances of his father's death.


State Budget 2013
2:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Dept. of Health and Hospitals Proposed Budget Depends on Contingencies

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed $24.7 billion state budget for the next fiscal year seemingly leaves the state Department of Health and Hospitals relatively unscathed.

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Re-segregation
8:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Clinton After Segregation: A Small Southern Town’s Struggle With The Past

Statues of the “Clinton 12″ look out over downtown Clinton, TN.
Credit Christine Jessel / Southern Education Desk

Ever since the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional in Brown-versus-Board-of-Education in 1954, the racial makeup of our schools has been in flux.

Forced integration made the South’s public schools some of the most integrated in the country. But now, here and across the nation, schools are re-segregating.

Some of the earliest desegregation efforts played out in  Clinton, TN.


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Bayou Garden
7:42 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Fertilizer: Vitamins for Plants

Bat guano fertilizer.
Credit Chiot's Run / Flickr

Plants get essential nutrients from the soil, but if they're in short supply fertilizer is the supplement.


Politics
5:26 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Jindal Budget Questioned by Ally

A group of thirty legislators have vocally opposed use of "one-time funds" in Jindal's budget. Now opposition is coming from legislators that have been closer to the governor.

 Governor Bobby Jindal wants to utilize one-time funds to keep the state afloat. Jindal's proposed budget was unveiled Friday to the Legislature's Joint Committee on the Budget.

The Governor's budget it $24.7 billion in size. One-time funds make up only $424 million of it – but last year, the budget’s use of one-time funds was smaller than that, and those funds not coming through were partially to blame for mid-year budget cuts.


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Resegregation
10:49 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Carving Up The Elephant: Resegregation In Louisiana

Students in a Baton Rouge public school.
Credit Sue Lincoln / Southern Education Desk

It’s been nearly 60 years since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, and the subsequent flurry of lawsuits forcing the desegregation of schools. Two recent studies—one from Stanford University, the other from UCLA—say that schools, particularly in the South, are becoming re-segregated after the lawsuits are settled. Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish appears to be part of that pattern.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Fri February 22, 2013

MONDAY: Blues Artist Kenny Neal, LSU's Joey Watson, Glasgow Middle's STEM Night

Jim visits with local bluesman Kenny Neal, who talks about his love of the blues and the musical heritage of his family.

From LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts, Joey Watson talks about the 2013 Oscar Awards Show, and the upcoming "TEDxLSU" event.

From Glasgow Middle School, Dean Jessica Mitchell and science teacher Lauraleigh Cefalu talk about the school's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics) night.


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The Jim Engster Show
9:09 am
Fri February 22, 2013

FRIDAY: Opera Star Ashraf Sewailam, The Advocate's John Wirt

Egyptian opera star Ashraf Sewailam discusses his upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge, and the current unrest in his home country.

Advocate entertainment writer John Wirt talks about the Louisiana connection at this Sunday's Academy Awards show.


Tax Reform
7:25 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Jindal Plans Media Campaign For Tax Swap Proposal, But Why Now?

Governor Bobby Jindal wants to eliminate the state income tax and make up for the lost revenue by increasing state sales taxes. He is seeking money to run a media campaign in support of his proposal.

But Louisianians are not likely to be asked to vote on the tax reforms until late 2014. So why lobby support from the general public now?  

WRKF’s Ashley Westerman put that question to LSU professor and director of the Manship School’s Public Policy Research Lab Kirby Goidel.


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