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The Jim Engster Show
11:52 am
Mon March 25, 2013

TUESDAY: LDOR's Doug Baker, Political Blogger C.B. Forgotston, LELA's Joni Leggio

Jim talks with Doug Baker, of the state Department of Revenue on the show, who explains more about Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms plan.

Government watchdog and blogger C.B. Forgotston (cbforgotston.com) talks about the tax swap plan and the coming Legislative session, which starts in two weeks.

Joni Leggio, with the LA Education Loan Authority, discusses how students can access federal student loan aid...and a new scholarship competition.

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Conversations in Medicine
7:34 am
Sun March 24, 2013

Neurologists Move Toward Oral Therapies, Injectables for MS Patients

Dr. April Erwin, with the Neuromedical Center, explains the latest drug therapies and clinical trials that may give Multiple Sclerosis patients hope for a more normal lifestyle.

Dr. April Erwin

Bayou Garden
7:35 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Pollen, Pollen Everywhere

Spring has sprung, and with it comes pollen and allergies.  But what is pollen?

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The Jim Engster Show
11:41 am
Fri March 22, 2013

MONDAY: Pennington Center's Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Blogger Stephen Sabludowsky

Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Executive Director the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, discusses the health of Baton Rouge and Louisiana in general.

Political blogger Stephen Sabludowsky talks about the health of Governor Jindal's tax reforms proposal.

Award winning author Amy Stewart on her new book, "The Drunken Botanist"

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Early Childhood Education
6:13 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Pre-K: Politics and Poverty

Pre-K students raise their hands to answer a question in an LA-4 class.
Credit Sue Lincoln / Southern Education Desk

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for universal pre-K.

The President singled out Georgia and Oklahoma as states that have already made pre-K a priority.

Louisiana should also be ahead of the curve.

The state enacted a universal pre-K promise in 2008. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, LA-4 classes are supposed to be provided at no cost to every eligible child.


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LSU Hospitals
3:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Bond Issues For Privatized LSU Hospitals No Longer Tax-Exempt

Plans to privatize most of LSU’s public hospitals are making repairs and construction to the facilities more expensive.

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Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
3:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Bond Commission Takes No Action On Citizens' Request

Representatives from the state-established Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation told the State Bond Commission on Thursday that if they operated like a regular insurance company and another storm hit, they’ll be insolvent.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:57 am
Thu March 21, 2013

FRIDAY: LSU Professor Stephen Andes, Medicaid and Budget Issues, Buddhist Monk Anam Thubten

Jim talks with LSU Latin American Studies professor Stephen Andes, about Pope Francis I, the first South American pontiff, and the first from the western hemisphere.

Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, talks about the 62nd annual Gridiron show this weekend, which skewers local politics and events. Jan is joined by Sophia Kunen and Michael Stagg, with Forward Louisiana, to talk about Governor Jindal's tax reform proposal and why Louisiana should accept the Medicaid expansion that's part of the federal health care reforms.

Buddhist monk Anam Thubten discusses the recent rash of self-immolations among monks and holy men in his home country. He''ll speak locally this weekend at the Agame Meditation Center on Acadian.


Education
6:25 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Pre-K Access: Good Program, Few Spots

Stephanie Berry and her son Cameron.
Credit Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

When it comes to enrollment rates, neither the South nor the U.S. is anywhere near “universal Pre-K.” Only eight states provide it to more than half their four-year-olds. Georgia is one of them. Louisiana enacted legislation in 2008 promising to provide pre-K to every eligible child through the state-run LA-4 program starting with the 2013-14 school year.

Alabama's state-funded pre-K program has been recognized as one of the country's best. But as the Southern Education Desk's Dan Carsen reports, just six percent of eligible kids are enrolled.


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State Budget 2013
3:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

La. State Police Defend Remaining Operating Budget

State police officials came before the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to defend what's left of their proposed operating budget.

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