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Louisiana Eats!
1:00 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Fathers, Sons, Mothers & Daughters

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we'll hear a pair of heartfelt stories about the bonds of family. First, David Guas talks about the trip he took to his father's homeland of Cuba. Then, mother-daughter team Grace and Kate Bauer collaborate on a book that documents desserts in Los Angeles. Plus, Frank McMains visits a great boudin and cracklin' spot near Baton Rouge.

Bayou Garden
7:35 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Winter Garden Chores

Tools of the trade.
Credit Mike Carroll / Flickr

While the pace of things in the garden is slow, it's a good time to clean-up and repair tools and tuck plants in for cooler, wetter weather.

Dan Gill offers a winter gardening to-do list.

Turnaround Schools
2:27 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

School Turnaround: How Did George Hall Do It?

George Hall kindergarteners learn writing basics in Samantha Laubenthal’s class.
Credit Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

Before the Mobile County school system reconstituted George Hall in 2004, less than half its students were on grade level. Discipline problems spilled out into the neighborhood. Its reputation had plummeted to the level of its test scores.

But as state Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice puts it, “It’s remarkable to think where they were eight years ago and where they are today. The demographics of the students have not changed at all, but their academic achievement has soared.”


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Politics
11:02 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Jindal Calls for 'End of Birth-Control Politics'

In a Wall Street Journal opinion column, Gov. Bobby Jindal says birth control pills should be available over-the-counter.  

If women were allowed to get birth control without a prescription, Jindal argues, employers with moral objections would not have to pay for it and Democrats could no longer accuse Republicans of being against contraception.  

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Affordable Care Act
3:44 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Jindal Presses Obama to Talk Medicaid with GOP Governors

Jindal, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, wrote to the president Thursday after a request from the Louisiana governor and 10 others went unanswered.

Republican governors, including Jindal, want flexibility on expanded eligibility criteria for Medicaid recipients, according to The Hill.

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Turnaround Schools
3:32 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

School Turnaround in Alabama: From Disaster To National Leader

George Hall relies on school-wide lesson plans and behavior policies, not to mention constant striving for improvement.
Credit Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

The positive reinforcement that is a mainstay of classes at Mobile, Alabama’s George Hall Elementary mirrors the praise coming in from around the country. At least 95 percent of students here consistently score at or above grade level in math and reading. Educators from other districts come to observe and learn. It’s been a national Blue Ribbon school, a state Torchbearer School, and according to tech giant Intel, it has the best elementary math instruction in the United States.

But it wasn’t always like this. Before 2004, its chronic “low-performing” status, behavior problems, and failure to teach the most basic skills were the norm.


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The Jim Engster Show
11:33 am
Thu December 13, 2012

FRIDAY: BRAC's Adam Knapp, QBQ's John Miller, Musician Martin Flanagan

Jim talks with Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp about economic development hits and misses in 2012, and projections for 2013.

QBQ founder John Miller talks about his latest book, "Parenting the QBQ Way."

Musician Martin Flanagan, who says he is the illegitimate son of legendary country music star Hank Williams, stops by. Martin performs Dec. 15 at the Red Dragon in Baton Rouge.


The Jim Engster Show
7:01 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

THURSDAY: Political Strategist Raymond Strother, Photographer Howard Schatz

Jim talks with political strategist Raymond Strother about the election spending, the election results, Gov. Bobby's Jindal's post-election turn to the political center and his possible aspirations for the White House in 2016.

Then, Jim visits with renowned photographer Howard Schatz, who explains his fascination with boxing, as detailed in his pictoral book, "At The Fights: Inside The World of Professional Boxing".


Costs of Incarceration
6:02 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Regulators Cut Rate for Calls from Prison

The Louisiana Public Service Commission voted to roll back the rate charged to inmates by about 25 percent. With an amendment made Wednesday, the lowered rate only applies to calls to family members, clergy, legal counsel, and some government entities, including schools. The charge for calls will drop when existing prison phone service contracts end or in two years.

The five commissioners approved the rate change without objection after an unusually lengthy and at times tense debate.

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Turnaround Schools
2:57 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Mississippi School Leaps from 'F' to 'B' in One Year

Reading scores at Heidelberg have skyrocketed. Principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones watches third graders interact with their teacher during a reading lesson.
Credit Annie Gilbertson / Southern Education Desk

Failing schools can flounder for years. But occasionally a school will buck the trend and turn things around. Heidelberg Elementary in Clarksdale, Mississippi was once a failing magnet school.  In a year’s time, it’s made one of the biggest test score gains in the state.

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