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The Jim Engster Show
10:32 am
Mon March 18, 2013

TUESDAY: Medicaid Expansion, Composer David Lang, Satirist Roy Zimmerman, Bishop Robert Muench

Former state Rep. Melissa Flournoy and former Health Secretary David Hood, who disagree with Gov. Jindal on the Medicaid Expansion.

Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang, who'll perform at LSU tonight with the Wind Ensemble.

A visit with satirist Roy Zimmerman, who'll appear tonight at the Unitarian Church.

Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench talks about the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.

Vouchers on Trial
4:58 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Voucher Program Transforms Christian School

A voucher student considers an editing worksheet in Beverly Ortego's English intervention session.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

Tuesday, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments in a suit from local school boards and teachers unions wanting Louisiana's school voucher program thrown out.

The legal challenges came almost as soon as the program was passed last year as part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education overhaul.

Despite that, Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge went all in.

The school took on almost 300 voucher students, nearly doubling its enrollment. And Hosanna is doing everything it can to make sure all those students can perform at grade level.


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Politics
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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