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9:32 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

SUV Carrying Jindal Struck; Governor Uninjured

Louisiana State Police say a sport utility vehicle carrying Gov. Bobby Jindal was hit by a large truck, but the governor was not hurt.

State police said in a news release Sunday night that a second SUV swerved to avoid the large rental truck and then hit a utility pole. The release says the trooper driving that SUV had minor injuries, but no one else was hurt in the wreck that happened around 5 p.m. in Baton Rouge.

Bayou Garden
7:48 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Termite Protection and Gardens Don't Mix

Termite damage in a New Orleans home.
Credit Bart Everson / Flickr

Planting flower beds can compromise the termite protection around your home if you're not careful.


Tax Reform
3:41 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Film Tax Credits Roll Out Jobs, Not State Revenue

Governor Jindal’s tax overhauls, presented to the legislature Thursday morning, include nixing almost 200 exemptions, and tweaking a few others – like the Motion Picture Industry Development Tax Credit.

Some members of the industry are worried the incentives will be at risk during upcoming debate in the legislature.


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The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

MONDAY: Actor, Author, Humorist Carl Reiner, Sports Historian John Rosengren

Jim chats with legendary actor, comic, producer & director Carl Reiner

Sports historian and author John Rosengren discusses his book, "Hank Greensburg: Hero of Heroes"

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Jim Engster
9:11 am
Fri March 15, 2013

FRIDAY: WAFB's Matt Williams, Advocate Columnist Ed Cullen, CNN's Bryan Monroe

WAFB Channel 9 morning news anchor and Crimestoppers reporter Matt Williams drops by, to talks about...everything.

A visit with Advocate columnist, and former  "All Things Considered" host Ed Cullen, who is retiring after 40 years with the paper.

CNN Politics editor Bryan Monroe, who'll be keynote speaker at the Diversity in Media forum Monday night at BRCC.  Jim will moderate that forum.


Affordable Care Act
5:43 am
Fri March 15, 2013

PAR: More Info Needed to Make Medicaid Expansion Decision for Louisiana

Don Gregory, Principle Health Adviser for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana
Credit WRKF

The state legislature’s Joint Insurance Committee met Wednesday to discuss the Affordable Care Act and two crucial, yet voluntary, measures: setting up state health insurance exchanges and expanding Medicaid.

At that meeting a representative from the Public Affairs Research Council said Louisiana doesn’t have enough information to make a truly informed decision on implementing the healthcare reform law.

PAR’s Principle Health Advisor Don Gregory recently authored a study about the research done so far on the implications of expanding Medicaid in Louisiana. He says other states have worked to figure out not just the costs, but also the benefits of insuring the uninsured.


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Education
3:25 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

School Turnaround Funds Repurposed

Federal funds dedicated to the turnaround of struggling Louisiana public schools have been repurposed.

The state Department of Education is using $5 million to issue grants to conceive new schools and allow high-performing schools to take on more students.

Almost 200,000 students are attending schools rated D or F. State Supt. John White said traditional public school systems that have been getting turnaround money are not drawing down that number.

“The pace of change has just not been fast enough for us not to consider a new path,” White said.  

Politics
3:23 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jindal Addresses Bayou Corne's Sinkhole Problem

Gov. Bobby Jindal and other state and local officials met with Texas Brine representatives on March 13. The company responsible for a giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish is sending appraisers to some evacuated homes in Bayou Corne on Monday.

The Governor said company officials will also meet with the State Attorney General’s office on Monday. He said Texas Brine owes state and local governments 4 million dollars, combined, for costs incurred dealing with the disaster.

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Tax Reforms
1:31 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jindal Promises Revenue Neutral Tax Swap

Gov. Bobby Jindal went before the legislature Thursday to unveil his tax proposal. He wants to eliminate the income tax and says the state can make up the gap with a higher and more expansive sales tax.

The proposal would make Louisiana the state with the highest sales tax in the nation. Combined with local sales taxes, Louisianians would pay an average of 10.75 percent in sales tax. And the state would start taxing things that haven’t been taxed before – like landscaping, haircuts, and cable and Internet services.

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Conversations in Medicine
10:57 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Physicians Explore Alternative Approaches to Alzheimer's Care

Physicians treating patients with Alzheimer's are exploring new approaches to caring for people with the disease. Barbara Auten, Executive Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, is looking forward to the Keynote Address to be given by Dr. G. Allen Power at the 20th Annual Education Conference on Alzheimer's Disease: "Thinking  Outside the Medicine Bag: Alternative Approaches to Care for People with Alzheimer's."

Barbara Auten

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