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Grading Teachers
4:12 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

EBR Schools Official: Teacher Evaluations Difficult, But Necessary

Compass -- the evaluation system being rolled out in public schools across the state -- has raised the stakes. Teachers who don’t score highly effective under the new measures face the loss of salary and tenure. Ineffective teachers could lose their jobs.

The state Department of Education says so far attrition has remained steady, but the East Baton Rouge Parish School District is still wary of turnover. Beanka Williams, the coordinator of support programs for EBR, says the district is having job fairs monthly to make sure schools are fully staffed.

Williams has also been fielding questions from anxious teachers since last summer when they were first asked to set goals for what their students would learn this year.
 


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Business
3:41 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Baton Rouge Patent Growth Lags Behind Cities Nationwide

Patent production isn’t growing as quickly in Baton Rouge as in other metro areas, according to a new national study.

The Brookings Institution ranks Baton Rouge 141st out of over 350 metro areas for patent production. The capitol city averaged 71 new patents yearly between 2007 and 2011. But it is on the bottom of the list for patent growth.

High patent production typically coincides with low unemployment. And patent growth can indicate coming industry expansion.

Politics
12:26 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Vitter's New Clout Could Bring Changes to Army Corps

The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for many flood control projects around the state - like the Morganza floodway.
Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meets Thursday to discuss reforms to the Army Corps of Engineers.

One of Louisiana’s senators, David Vitter, now sits as the ranking minority member of the committee.

Vitter saif the Corps has a history of putting projects on the back burner because of cost and bureaucratic entanglements.

“Important projects take twenty years or more, deadlines are almost never met,” Vitter said. “It’s just one paper shuffle after another.”

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The Jim Engster Show
11:29 am
Tue February 5, 2013

WEDNESDAY: BTR's Jim Caldwell, Author Kim Marie Vaz, Commentator Bruce Herschensohn

Jim Caldwell, with Baton Rouge Metro Airport,  shares what's going on there.

Kim Marie Vaz, author of "The Baby Dolls", talks about the African American heritage of Mardi Gras.

Political commentator Bruce Herschensohn shares his concerns over the selection of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.


Politics
9:36 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tobacco Tax Could Nearly Close Budget Gap

Credit Geierunite / Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax reform proposals may include raising the tobacco excise tax. Health officials have suggested raising the tax by a dollar per pack. A study shows raising the tax by that much would raise $223 million a year – that’s almost enough to have closed this year’s $240 million budget gap. 

Jindal has said his tax reforms would be revenue neutral, replacing the income tax with higher sales tax.

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Super Bowl 2013
3:42 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

BR Gets Tourism Bump From Super Bowl Spill-Over

Baton Rouge promoted its accommodations to Super Bowl fans.
Credit Visit Baton Rouge

Preliminary data from the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation shows Super Bowl XLVII brought an estimated 150,000 visitors to New Orleans, and is expected to rake in an estimated $432 million for the city’s economy.

Just about 80 miles up the road here in the capital city, tourism spill-over from the Super Bowl-boom gave Baton Rouge a bit of an economic bump as well.

Visit Baton Rouge President and CEO Paul Arrigo says Baton Rouge started planning for Super Bowl 2013 in 2009, when New Orleans was initially chosen for the site.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:32 am
Mon February 4, 2013

TUESDAY: Political Science Professor Pearson Cross, Blogger Tom Aswell

Political blogger Tom Aswell of LouisianaVoice.com and U.L.-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross join Jim to talk about Governor Jindal, the Spring Legislative Session and other political matters in Louisiana.

Chuck Goodwin, with the Baton Rouge Gridiron Club, talks about the 18th Annual Bayou Bash LSU recruiting day event, tomorrow at the River Center.


Louisiana Eats!
3:54 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

From Snout to Tail

This week we'll take an extended investigation into the meat markets of Louisiana. First, we'll hear from the owners and operators of Cleaver & Company, a new boutique butcher shop in New Orleans.Then, Dr. Lawrence Powell discusses the consequences of the 1873 U.S. Slaughterhouse Cases, which inadvertently paved the way for Jim Crow laws to be enacted in the 20th century. Plus, Poppy spends time with Wynton Marsalis and chats with foodie Betty Fussell.

 


Bayou Garden
7:11 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Let Sleeping Lawns Lie

Credit green.thumbs / Flickr

Lawns are still dormant now, so don't judge them too harshly. But you can tend to areas where grass has died out completely.


LSU Football
4:55 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Winning Coach of the Tigers Gets Raise

LSU football coach Les Miles has been with the Tigers since 2005, and hasn't gotten a raise since 2007.
Credit Louisiana State University

 

LSU's governing board has approved a $549,000 annual pay raise for football coach Les Miles.

The change has bumped Miles' salary to $4.3 million a year and extended his contract through the 2019 season.

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