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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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The Jim Engster Show
5:26 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

MONDAY: Inaugural Attendee Colleen Temple, Pollster Elliot Stonecipher, Jean Armstrong

Jim chats with former LSU sports pioneer Collis Temple and his daughter Colleen, who were at the inauguration of President Obama last month.

Shreveport pollster Elliot Stonecipher discusses Gov. Jindal's declining popularity numbers in two recent public opinion polls.

Political activist Jean Armstrong talks with Jim about her parting of the ways with the local League Of Women Voters, and her new group, Leaders With Vision.


Politics
6:22 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Jindal Shrugs Off Polls, Denies ALEC Association

Governor Jindal touched on many political topics, but also recounted his first Valentine's Day with his wife, Supriya Jindal.
Credit Gage Skidmore

Governor Bobby Jindal held an impromptu press conference at a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion honoring the longest-married couples in Louisiana on Valentine’s Day.

When reporters asked about the polls released by the Louisiana Medical Society and Public Policy Polling, which showed approval of the governor below 50 percent, Jindal shrugged off the numbers.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Thu February 14, 2013

FRIDAY: Advocate Columnist Danny Heitman, Pollster Margie Omero, LSU's Joey Watson

Jim talks with Advocate columnist Danny Heitman about Mayor Kip Holden, Gov. Bobby Jindal, the legislature and more.

Democratic pollster and consultant Margie Omero discusses the political temperature in Washington D.C., Sen. Mary Landrieu's re-election next year, proposed gun legislation and other matters.

From LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts, Joey Watson talks about the "TEDxLSU" conference, coming up March 9.


Mardi Gras
9:39 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Pink Chicken Feet Honor Spanish Town Parade Mainstay

The Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana float rolls through downtown Baton Rouge during the Spanish Town parade, Feb. 9, 2013.
Credit Jarondakie Patrick / WRKF

Pink plastic chicken feet were tossed from several floats at the 33rd Spanish Town parade. The unusual throws were an homage to a board member of the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana who knew how to be creative with limited resources.

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Education
5:57 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Voucher Program Set to Grow Despite Court Battle

Applications for vouchers are available for the upcoming school year. The statewide program is continuing into its second year.


A district court judge ruled in November that the voucher program could not be funded with the same pool of money that supports public education in Louisiana.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Could Obama's Gas Policies Bring Jobs to La.?

In President Obama's State of the Union address, he spoke about the place of oil and gas in a time of climate change and growing green energy.
Credit Pete Souza

President Barack Obama touched on the oil and gas industry in his State of the Union. Some of these initiatives may benefit Louisiana’s economy.

First, the President suggested loosening regulation. “My administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits,” Obama said. “That’s got to be a part of an all-of-the-above plan.” 


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The Jim Engster Show
11:50 am
Wed February 13, 2013

THURSDAY: Senator Sharon Broome, Authors Liel Lowndes and Marilyn Yalom

Jim chats with state  Senator  and Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Weston Broome about the coming Legislative session.

Author Leil Lowndes on her book, "How To Create Chemistry With Anyone"

Author Marilyn Yalom, talks about her book, "How The French Invented Love"


High School Athletics
1:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Long-Time HS Football Coach: 'Playoff Split Changes What LHSAA Is All About'

Dale Weiner, Baton Rouge Catholic High School Head Football Coach
Credit Baton Rouge Catholic High School

At the end of January, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted to separate high school football playoffs into two divisions: one for select admission schools – such as private and parochial schools – and another for non-select public schools. 

Baton Rouge Catholic High School Head Football Coach Dale Weiner is a graduate of Baton Rouge High and has been coaching high school football in Louisiana for 38 years. Although most of his career has been spent at private and parochial schools, he was an assistant coach for two years at a public school.

Weiner said he never conceived the association would take a step like this.

“This kind of came out of left field for me and so, you know, I was a little shocked at the outcome and am disappointed in it," said Weiner.

Weiner says the move essentially changes what LHSAA is all about.


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The Jim Engster Show
11:53 am
Tue February 12, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Father Jeff Bayhi; Analyst Gus Weill; Executive Director Racheal Hebert

Jim talks with Father Jeff Bayhi about the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict.

Political analyst Gus Weill joins the program to discuss last night's State of the Union Address as well as other current topics in Louisiana politics.

Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center Executive Director Rachel Hebert previews tomorrow's One Billion Rising event.


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