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The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Wed April 3, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Political Pollster Bernie Pinsonat

Jim talks with pollster Bernie Pinsonat, with Southern Media and Opinion Research, about Governor Bobby Jindal's sagging approval ratings.


Budget 2013
6:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Appropriations Committee Frowns on BESE Transparency Efforts

The House Appropriations Committee is questioning the number and necessity of contracts that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education maintains with private entities.

At a committee meeting Tuesday Chairman Jim Fannin told BESE President Chas Roemer that contracts should be reviewed more often, so that the board can ensure the funds are being spent wisely. BESE cut costs last year by reducing the number of meetings from ten to seven a year, which gave them less time to review contracts.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:48 am
Tue April 2, 2013

TUESDAY: State Representative Franklin J. Foil, Former MLB Pitcher Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain

Jim talks with Republican State Representative Franklin J. Foil about the upcoming legislative session and Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed tax plan.

Former MLB Pitcher Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain discusses his experience as the pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and also the upcoming MLB season.


Tax Reforms
9:36 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Robideaux Covers Tax, Budget Reform

Representative Joel Robideaux has been a part of nine legislative sessions. He spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday about this session's initiatives.
Credit Louisiana House of Representatives

The lawmaker sponsoring Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax reform package is saying the administration has learned from his mistakes last session. 

After the blow back from the abbreviated debate on education reform in 2012, Representative Joel Robideaux said discussions on the Governor's initiatives got underway sooner this year. “Some may say that wasn’t a good way to go," Robideaux told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday, "because we’ve taken two months of opposition, but from a legislative standpoint, I think it’s great because we’ve had two months of debate we wouldn’t have otherwise been afforded.”

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The Jim Engster Show
8:32 am
Tue April 2, 2013

MONDAY: Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel, Author Scott Taylor Smith

Jim talks with Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel about economic development expansions and the latest political news.

Author Scott Taylor Smith talks about his latest book "When Someone Dies".


The Affordable Care Act
5:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Rep. Cassidy On Affordable Care Act, Offers Up Alternative Reforms

Rep. Bill Cassidy, LA-6th District
Credit Bill Cassidy

News broke Tuesday that 6th District Rep. Bill Cassidy will announce his candidacy for Senate Wednesday.

While Congress has been off last week and this week for their annual April recess, Cassidy has spent some of his time off here in Baton Rouge.

Cassidy recently co-sponsored the Defund Obamacare Act, which is part of the Republican handling of the Affordable Care Act three years after the healthcare overhaul was signed into law.


 

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Bayou Garden
7:35 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Should You Fertilize Your Lawn?

The last week of March is ideal for fertilizing lawns in South Louisiana, but how do you know if you should fertilize?


High School Athletics
12:08 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

High School Football Playoff Split Issue Heads to the Legislature

A state lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that aims to make it illegal for an association or organization to prohibit any school from participating in athletic activities based on its admissions criteria.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:36 am
Thu March 28, 2013

FRIDAY: BRAC's Adam Knapp, Pro Bono Attorneys Emily Ziober and Ken Mayo, Author Marina Adshade

Jim talks with Baton Rouge area Chamber President and CEO Adam Knapp about IBM's plans to build a service center in Baton Rouge; employing 800 people. Adam also talks about other economic development news.

Attorney's Emily Ziober and Ken Mayo discuss the importance of doing pro bono legal work for those that erstwhile could not afford representation. 

Economist Marina Adshade talks about her latest book, "Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love".


The Jim Engster Show
9:10 am
Thu March 28, 2013

THURSDAY: Blogger Jeff Sadow, Physicist and Author Leonard Mlodinow

LSU-Shreveport political science professor and blogger Jeff Sadow talks with Jim about Governor Jindal's policies and his support for the Governor.

Physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow discusses his new book, "Subliminal: How Your Subconcious Mind Rules Your Behavior"


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