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The Jim Engster Show
2:31 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

TUESDAY: Journalists Kerim Balci & Bob Mann, Justice Kitty Kimball, Author Mary Anne Sternberg

Turkish Review Chief Executive Editor Kerim Balci discusses the current dynamic in the Middle East and journalism in his home country. Bob Mann, from LSU's Manship School of Mass Communications joins in the conversation

Former Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Kitty Kimball talks about her career and her involvement with a gala event this Thursday for Haitian relief efforts, at the Renaissance Hotel.

Author Mary Ann Sternberg talks about her latest work, "River Road Rambler: A Curious Traveler Along Louisiana's Historic Byway".


Politics
12:44 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Tobacco Tax Hike Proposals Shelved

All four bills seeking to increase taxes on tobacco products in the state have been voluntarily tabled amid legislative opposition to raising taxes.

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Capitol Access
9:24 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Women's Health Funding at Risk

Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley last week called on the legislature to restore funding to the state program that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured and underserved women, and Sen. Karen Carter Peterson chaired a committee focused on funding for women’s services.

Women testified about holes in funding for domestic violence shelters, pregnancy care, cancer screenings, and sexual health. Peterson called Governor Jindal’s budget proposal for next year irresponsible. According to Beth Meeks, from the Louisiana Coalition on Domestic Violence, the governor’s slashing of women’s services just doesn’t make fiscal sense.

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Bayou Garden
7:49 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Compact Lantanas, New Varieties of an Old Standby

A Lantana Bandana Cherry Sunrise attracts a butterfly.
Credit Dave Clark / Flickr

Lantanas are among our most reliable summer bedding plants. Louisiana gardeners have counted on them for decades as tough plants that bloom for a long time.

The Jim Engster Show
11:14 am
Fri April 19, 2013

MONDAY: Writer Rod Dreher, Attorney and Philanthropist John Hightower

Jim chats with noted write Rod Dreher, about his return to Louisiana and his book, "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming"

Community activist John Hightower discusses some of the many philanthropic ventures he's involved with, including an upcoming summit on diabetes at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, hosted by the Environment and Health Council of Louisiana, of which Hightower is a member.


Capitol Access
9:36 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Southeast School District Tries Again

The slice of east Baton Rouge between Interstates 10 and 12 may be a step closer to seeing its own school district.

A constitutional amendment that would have funded the district failed to pass in the House last year. The same measure passed through the Senate Education committee Thursday without much debate.

Parents that live from Inniswold to Shenndoah testified that they just want to make schools safer and more academically successful for their children, like Norman Browning, president of the pro-breakaway group ‘Local Schools for Local Children.’

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The Jim Engster Show
1:32 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

FRIDAY: State Treasurer John Kennedy, Race In Education, Photographer Bob Adelman

Jim chats with state Treasurer John Kennedy about the legislative session and money matters in Louisiana.

Journalist Maxine Crump and Lisa Teer, with LA Delta Service Corps, discuss this week's Dialog On Race, with a focus on race in education.

Jim visits with legendary photographer Bob Adelman, known for visually documenting much of the American civil rights movement, and his iconic shots of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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Capitol Access
12:51 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Legislature Picky on Spending

State lawmakers are being more sensitive to how they spend money.

A bill containing minor change to the state’s Enterprise Zone program failed to pass in the House Thursday.

The Enterprise Zone is an incentive program that works to encourage businesses to expand in rural parts of the state. The bill would have changed the definition of a “multifamily residential housing”, making bigger apartment complexes eligible for a tax credit. 

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Capitol Access
9:23 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Gun Rights Bills Progress at Capitol

Seven of eight bills to loosen restrictions on firearms passed through the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday.

One bill seeks to circumvent federal restrictions on semi-automatic firearms, despite several members questioning how it would stand up to the Supremacy Clause, which establishes federal law as the law of the land.

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Music
1:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Artists, New Sound, Still Authentically Louisiana

Credit The Oxford American

Festival season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to boogie down to Louisiana music - both old and new. Some new artists bringing a different sound to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year are Luke Winslow-King, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Alexis and the Samurai.

Alex Rawls, a New Orleans-based writer and editor who runs the music and culture website MySpiltMilk.com, was the guest editor of The Oxford American magazine’s 2012 Southern Music Issue, which was entirely dedicated to all things Louisiana music. He also helped put together its accompanying album.

And Rawls tells WRKF’s Ashley Westerman that even though this new music comes from a younger generation and may sound a little different - it is still authentically Louisiana.

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