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10:29 am
Fri April 26, 2013

For or Against: Votes in the Medicaid Expansion Debate

Lawmakers face an onslaught of decisions every day at the capitol: vote up or down, pass this amendment, defer that bill... A few key players in this week's Medicaid expansion debate explain why they voted the way they did.

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Business
7:27 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Baton Rouge's Family Definition Ruled Unconstitutional

Since 1954, the definition of family has prohibited more than two people not related by blood, marriage, or legal adoption from sharing a house in East Baton Rouge Parish.

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The Jim Engster Show
5:19 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

FRIDAY: Pennington Center's Dr. Jeffrey Keller, Author Marcus Cox, Bluesman Johnny Palazzotto

Dr. Jeffrey Keller, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, talks about Alzheimers and dementia research.

Local blues music producer and aficionado Johnny Pallazzotto on the upcoming Slim Harpo Music Awards

Author Marcus Cox on his book, "Segregated Soldiers"


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Politics
3:58 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Food Banks Appeal for State Funding

The Louisiana Food Bank Association is asking lawmakers for $5 million dollars in state funds to assist with the purchase of food from farmers, fishermen, and vendors. Food banks have hit a wall with many grocers finding more efficient ways to keep food fresher longer and giving away less of their inventory.

The $5 million dollars would buy more than 2 million pounds of food. Historically the association has received state funding, but didn’t receive any funding for food last year.

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Politics
1:14 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Bill To Create Mental Health Courts Heads To House

Legislation seeking to allow for more mental health courts to be set up in Louisiana has been approved by the Senate. These new problem-solving courts would work much like drug courts do now.

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Education
10:50 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Lawmakers Endorse Delay of Teacher Evaluation Consequences

The House Education Committee has agreed to a proposal that would delay the disciplinary effects of a new teacher evaluation system for another year while school districts work out any kinks.

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Capitol Access
9:13 am
Thu April 25, 2013

House Turns Down Medicaid Expansion

The legislature technically decided Wednesday to put off accepting federal funding for health care expansion, which would include more low-income individuals under Medicaid.  A series of bills were voluntarily deferred, both in the House and Senate, to be taken up next week. A bill by Rep. Barbara Norton was involuntarily deferred - that’s typically a death sentence for a bill. 

The representatives that voted to shelve Norton’s bill did so because they’re unsure of what will happen if they accept the money - despite that the Legislative Fiscal Office testifying that the program would initially save the state money.

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Education
3:21 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Committee Backs Delay of School Performance Score Changes

Performance scores starting with the current school year are set to rely heavily on the ACT. Results from the college entrance exam would account for 25 percent of a public high school’s score.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:21 am
Wed April 24, 2013

THURSDAY: BRAC's Erin Wesley, Civil Suit Opponents Steve Myers and Paul Naquin

Erin Monroe Wesley, C.O.O. of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, discusses her group's legislative agenda for this year and other matters.

Local businessman Steve Myers and Paul Naquin, a resident concerned about occupants of some of Myers' rental properties in his neighborhood. Myers recently won a court case on the matter and they'll talk with Jim about it.

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Capitol Access
9:50 am
Wed April 24, 2013

On Tobacco Taxes, Medicaid, Lawmakers Clutch Purse Strings

Polls show that the people of Louisiana and the legislature are at odds. Tuesday a constitutional amendment to raise the cigarette tax failed in committee – though recent polls by the American Cancer Society show 73 percent of Louisianians would approve of a tobacco tax increase.


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