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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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The Jim Engster Show
12:35 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

THURSDAY: Insurance Expert Robert Zirkelbach, Filmmakers Tom Anton & Sandi Russell. LSU's Kevin Cope

Jim talks with Robert Zirkelbach, VP of America's Health Insurance Plans, about budget challenges facing Medicare.

Filmmakers Tom Anton and  Sandi Russell, discuss their new film "The Pardon",  the true story of the last woman to be executed in Louisiana, back  in the 1942.

LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope, who's at odds with the LSU  Board of Supervisors over the secrecy in choosing a new university president.

Also, LSU horticulturist Carl Motsenbocker talks with Jim about the 3rd Annual Dinner In The Field & Farm Tour, and the virtues of eating "slow foods".


Pensions
12:27 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Jindal's Pension Overhaul Reaches State Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s pension overhaul passed by the legislature last session.

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Vouchers on Trial
7:45 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Whether Vouchers Short Public Schools Argued in La. Supreme Court

Louisiana's state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the case challenging the statewide school voucher program.

The justices' questions focused on whether the state constitution allows vouchers for private school tuition to be paid for through the MFP -- the formula used to calculate support for public schools.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:31 am
Tue March 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Author Charles Riddle, Red Baraat's Sunny Jane, Dr. Sara Gottfried

Jim talks with Avoyelles Parish District Attorney  and former state legislator Charles Riddle III about his book, "The Outhouse Report".

Musician Sunny Jane, with the group Red Baraat, who'll perform tonight at the Manship Theatre.

Dr. Sara Gottfried, discusses her new book, "the Hormone Cure".


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Education
9:03 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Vouchers Threaten Public School's Turnaround

Winbourne Elementary Principal Brenda Wilkinson
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

The state Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case against the statewide school voucher program.

At issue is whether private school tuition can be paid for with the funds that would otherwise go to struggling public schools.

At Hosanna Christian Academy, the tuition is being used in the battle to bring voucher students up to grade level. Hosanna's intervention strategies were inspired by the turnaround efforts at public Winbourne Elementary.
 


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