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The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Wed February 20, 2013

THURSDAY: CPRA Chair Garret Graves, Southern's Dr. James Llorens and Michelle Hill

Jim talks with Garret Graves, Chairman of the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority of Louisiana, and Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities.

From Southern University, Chancellor James Llorens and Admissions and Enrollment Director Michelle Hill discuss budget and enrollment challenges on The Bluff.


Education
8:24 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Gearing Up for Bout Over Breakaway School District

Belinda Davis, head of One Community, One School District, urges an audience at Baton Rouge's Unitarian Church to sign a petition opposing a breakaway school district.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

A constitutional amendment allowing for an independent school district in Southeast Baton Rouge fell fewer than 10 votes short of making it out of the legislature and onto the statewide ballot last year. The proponents, fed up with the shortcomings of the C-rated parish district, intend to try again. Opponents of the split are also readying for round two.
 


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Politics
5:18 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Legislature to Consider Bayou Corne Buy Out, Saltdome Regulation

The sinkhole that put many nearby residents under a mandatory evacuation order has grow in area and fluctuated in depth since it first appeared on August 3rd.
Credit Assumption Parish

It’s been 200 days since a sinkhole forced residents of Bayou Corne to evacuate their homes. 

Homeowners are fed up. Some testified at a Joint Committee meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Some are calling for Texas Brine – the company responsible for the failed salt-mining cavern that allegedly caused the sinkhole – to buy out their properties. 

State lawmakers have an eye on legislation aiming to amend constituents' problems and assure Louisianians won't meet the same situation in the future.

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Deepwater Horizon
10:58 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Judge Approves Transocean Civil Settlement

A federal judge has approved Transocean Ltd.'s agreement with the Justice Department to pay $1 billion in civil penalties for its role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in his ruling Tuesday that he found "no just reason for delay" in approving the civil settlement.

Last week, a different judge approved Transocean's criminal settlement with the federal government. The company pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and will pay an additional $400 million in criminal penalties.

Deepwater Horizon
10:23 am
Tue February 19, 2013

BP Ready for Trial in Civil Case

BP says it has failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week's civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.'s biggest environmental disaster.

Rupert Bondy, the group's general counsel, said in a statement Tuesday that settlement demands were "not based on reality or the merits of the case."

Billions are at stake in the Feb. 25 trial in New Orleans to determine BP's civil liability. BP already agreed to a $4.5 billion settlement of federal criminal charges.

The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Tue February 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY: State Rep. John Bel Edwards, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle

State Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite, head of the Democratic Legislative Caucus, talks about Gov. Jindal's budget and tax reform plans and announces his intentions to run for governor in 2015.

Then, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle discusses the firing of Police Chief Dwayne White and her push to make that job an elected one -- rather than an appointed one.


The Academy Awards
7:55 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Quvenzhané Wallis on Being From Louisiana, Being Hushpuppy

Quvenzhané Wallis as the lead character, Hushpuppy, in "Beasts of the Southern Wild".
Credit Fox Searchlight Pictures

The 85th Academy Awards are this coming Sunday, and Louisiana is very well represented in terms of movies filmed in the Bayou State as well as actors with roots here.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was shot in the Terrebonne Parish town of Montegut, has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation.

At 9, Houma native Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee ever for Best Actress for her lead role in the film. In the film, Wallis plays Hushpuppy - a rambunctious child who must overcome a great deal of adversity when her world falls apart.


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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

New Gun Rights Group Gets Off the Ground

Defend Louisiana feels that the "Sportsman's Paradise" has a tradition of gun ownership that the national government may not grasp.
Credit Defend Louisiana

A new statewide gun rights advocacy group gathered about 3,000 signatures in support of its legislation to protect the Second Amendment this weekend. State Representative Jeff Thompson, founder of Defend Louisiana, outlined the group’s initiatives at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday afternoon.

Defend Louisiana has filed two bills for the upcoming session. One would protect the identities of concealed and carry permit holders. Another would nullify future federal laws that infringe on gun rights. 


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The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Mon February 18, 2013

TUESDAY: YDOA President Rod Snyder, Defense Lawyer John DiGiulio, Minister Nathan Ryan

Jim has a chat with Rod Snyder, President of Young Democrats of America, about the Obama Presidency, and the GOP's hopes of re-taking the White House in 2016.

Local criminal defense attorney John DiGiulio discusses the death penalty in Louisiana.

A visit with Nathan Ryan, who is about to be ordained as a minister of the Unitarian church, something that doesn't happen frequently in Baton Rouge.

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Conversations in Medicine
9:39 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Psychologist Infuses Art Into Clinical Practice

Dr. Mary Kathryn Rodrigue is the owner and mental health therapist at the innovative The Wellness Studio in Baton Rouge.


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