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The Jim Engster Show
11:08 am
Wed March 6, 2013

THURSDAY: Author Jeffrey Frank, Singer Mary Wilson, Playwright John Biguenet

Author Jeffrey Frank discusses his new book, "Ike & Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage"

Legendary singer Mary Wilson, formerly of the Supremes, talks about her career and her upcoming performance Saturday at the LSU Union Theater in "Stormy Weather", a tribute to Lena Horne.

Playwright John Biguenet talks about his play "Rising Water", about the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, running now through the 17th at LSU's Swine Palace"

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Tax Reforms
10:05 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Jindal Agrees to Tax Plan Due Date

Representative Chuck Kleckley was picked by Governor Jindal to become Speaker of the House in 2011, but lately, they've been butting heads.
Credit Louisiana House of Representatives

 Governor Jindal’s administration has agreed to finish and release its proposal to overhaul the state’s tax system by the end of next week. In a reversal of the usual power-dynamic, Jindal is now yielding to pressure from legislators.

Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley, who was hand-picked by the governor sent Jindal an open letter yesterday evening pressing for the release of details of his tax overhaul. He asked that the plan be released to legislators by March 15 so that committees could properly debate it before session starts.

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High School Athletics
2:37 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Football Playoff Split Goes Before Legislative Commitee

Members of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association met Tuesday with lawmakers to discuss the recent vote to split high school football playoffs into two separate divisions; one for public schools and another for select-admission schools, such as private or parochial schools.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:18 am
Tue March 5, 2013

WEDNESDAY: State Rep. Ted James, American Cancer Society's Andrew Muhl

Rev. Timothy Keller gets the show started by discussing Christianity in America and the world today.

Jim talks with Baton Rouge state Representative Ted James and Andrew Muhl, with the American Cancer Society, about Governor Jindal's plans to raise tobacco taxes as part of his big tax reforms.


Tenure Laws
5:42 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

On Second Thought, Tenure Changes Tossed

Judge Michael Caldwell heard this case in the 19th District Court for the first time in December. Then, he upheld parts of the law - now he's struck down the whole thing.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

A state judge has thrown out rules passed last session tying teacher tenure and pay to classroom performance. Monday's decision is a turnaround from the same judge’s previous ruling.

In December, Judge Michael Caldwell threw out parts of what’s been called the “Teacher Tenure Act,” – parts that didn’t directly address teacher tenure, but made rules for school boards, visiting teachers, superintendents and principals.

That day, the governor touted the ruling as a success because it kept his tenure overhauls. Now the judge is saying the whole thing has to go. 

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The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Mon March 4, 2013

TUESDAY: LDOR's Tim Barfield, Jazz Trumpeter Wayne Bergeron

A visit with Louisiana Department Of Revenue head Timothy Barfield, to talk about Governor Jindal's proposed tax reform plan.

Jazz trumpter Wayne Bergeron, who'll perform tonight at the LSU Union Theatre

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Bayou Garden
7:18 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Without Pruning Tropical Plants May Get Overgrown

A banana plant growing in Baton Rouge's Spanish Town.
Credit Matthew Levine / Flickr

So far, this has been a relatively mild winter, as a result many of the tropical plants in our landscape get really big by July.


The Jim Engster Show
10:19 am
Fri March 1, 2013

MONDAY: Filmmaker Zack Godshall with Susan Schaller, Professors Geoff Nagle and Kirby Goidel

Jim chats with south Louisiana filmmaker Zack Godshall, director of the documentary "A Man Without Words", and author Susan Schaller, who wrote the non-fiction book upon which the film is based.

Tulane University's Dr. Geoff Nagle and LSU's Dr. Kirby Goidel discuss a recent joint study on early childhood development in Louisiana.

Jim talks with Dr. Jeff Carney, with LSU's Coastal Sustainability Studio.


The Jim Engster Show
9:56 am
Fri March 1, 2013

FRIDAY: State Treasurer John Kennedy, Nutrition Expert Neal Barnard

Jim talks with State Treasurer John Kennedy about Governor Jindal's proposed 2013 state budget. Kennedy thinks aspects of it will not work.

Nutrition expert Dr. Neal Barnard on his book "Power Foods for the Brain".


Re-segregation
9:25 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Nashville Wrestles With Re-Segregation

Kindergarten students at Jones Paideia Magnet learn about the Civil Rights movement.
Credit Southern Education Desk

In Nashville, public school officials are finding it a challenge to balance school improvement plans with a desire for racial diversity.


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