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Deepwater Horizon
10:58 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Judge Approves Transocean Civil Settlement

A federal judge has approved Transocean Ltd.'s agreement with the Justice Department to pay $1 billion in civil penalties for its role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in his ruling Tuesday that he found "no just reason for delay" in approving the civil settlement.

Last week, a different judge approved Transocean's criminal settlement with the federal government. The company pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and will pay an additional $400 million in criminal penalties.

Deepwater Horizon
10:23 am
Tue February 19, 2013

BP Ready for Trial in Civil Case

BP says it has failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week's civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.'s biggest environmental disaster.

Rupert Bondy, the group's general counsel, said in a statement Tuesday that settlement demands were "not based on reality or the merits of the case."

Billions are at stake in the Feb. 25 trial in New Orleans to determine BP's civil liability. BP already agreed to a $4.5 billion settlement of federal criminal charges.

The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Tue February 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY: State Rep. John Bel Edwards, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle

State Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite, head of the Democratic Legislative Caucus, talks about Gov. Jindal's budget and tax reform plans and announces his intentions to run for governor in 2015.

Then, Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle discusses the firing of Police Chief Dwayne White and her push to make that job an elected one -- rather than an appointed one.


The Academy Awards
7:55 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Quvenzhané Wallis on Being From Louisiana, Being Hushpuppy

Quvenzhané Wallis as the lead character, Hushpuppy, in "Beasts of the Southern Wild".
Credit Fox Searchlight Pictures

The 85th Academy Awards are this coming Sunday, and Louisiana is very well represented in terms of movies filmed in the Bayou State as well as actors with roots here.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was shot in the Terrebonne Parish town of Montegut, has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation.

At 9, Houma native Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee ever for Best Actress for her lead role in the film. In the film, Wallis plays Hushpuppy - a rambunctious child who must overcome a great deal of adversity when her world falls apart.


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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

New Gun Rights Group Gets Off the Ground

Defend Louisiana feels that the "Sportsman's Paradise" has a tradition of gun ownership that the national government may not grasp.
Credit Defend Louisiana

A new statewide gun rights advocacy group gathered about 3,000 signatures in support of its legislation to protect the Second Amendment this weekend. State Representative Jeff Thompson, founder of Defend Louisiana, outlined the group’s initiatives at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday afternoon.

Defend Louisiana has filed two bills for the upcoming session. One would protect the identities of concealed and carry permit holders. Another would nullify future federal laws that infringe on gun rights. 


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The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Mon February 18, 2013

TUESDAY: YDOA President Rod Snyder, Defense Lawyer John DiGiulio, Minister Nathan Ryan

Jim has a chat with Rod Snyder, President of Young Democrats of America, about the Obama Presidency, and the GOP's hopes of re-taking the White House in 2016.

Local criminal defense attorney John DiGiulio discusses the death penalty in Louisiana.

A visit with Nathan Ryan, who is about to be ordained as a minister of the Unitarian church, something that doesn't happen frequently in Baton Rouge.

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Conversations in Medicine
9:39 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Psychologist Infuses Art Into Clinical Practice

Dr. Mary Kathryn Rodrigue is the owner and mental health therapist at the innovative The Wellness Studio in Baton Rouge.


Louisiana Eats!
1:00 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

The Importance of Being Slow

On this week's Louisiana Eats! Poppy sits down for an extended chat with Richard McCarthy, a homegrown hero who provided leadership to the Crescent City Farmer's Market for more than fifteen years. Richard speaks about the work he's done in New Orleans and discusses his recent appointment as Slow Food USA's executive director. Poppy also hears how David Buchanan locates, preserves, and harvests local flavors in the remote villages of Maine. 

Bayou Garden
6:53 am
Sat February 16, 2013

When Leaves Yellow, Your Plant Could Have a Fever

Yellow azalea leaves.
Credit Dendroica cerulea / Flickr

Yellow leaves and leaf drops are a rather ambiguous symptom in plants. A range of problems and normal cycles cause it. 


Politics
6:11 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Jindal Promotes Changes to Juvenile Justice Program

Changes may be coming for a state program aimed at keeping kids at risk of delinquency out of the corrections system. Governor Bobby Jindal proposed tighter more “common sense” regulations for the Families in Need of Service Program, or FINS, at a press conference Friday morning. 

The governor built off of a legislative commission’s study of FINS that found children were being moved through the system without enough attention.

Children are referred to FINS for being ungovernable, for bullying or substance use, among other reasons. There’s worry that kids referred to FINS for non-criminal offenses are propelled into the delinquent system, and then more likely to enter the state’s prisons – the opposite of the program’s goal.

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