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The Jim Engster Show
10:36 am
Mon February 11, 2013

TUESDAY: Former LSU Coastal Scientist Ivor Van Heerden, Novelist Ruta Sepetys

Jim talks with former LSU Coastal Research scientist Ivor Van Heerden, who has settled a suit against the university for his firing - allegedly for speaking the truth about the Army Corps of Engineers and levee protection in and around New Orleans.

Author Ruta Sepetys discusses her latest book, "Out Of The Easy", which takes place in New Orleans in the 1950's.

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Louisiana Eats!
1:00 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

On this week's Louisiana Eats, we're talking about the American food truck phenomenon on a national and local level. Writer John T. Edge will speak about his new book, Truck Food Cookbook. And then we'll discuss the different food truck scenes in New Orleans and Baton Rouge by speaking with two different food truck operators.


Bayou Garden
7:08 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Deciding Why You Want a Tree the First Step to Planting One

A shovel in the ground.
Credit Ville Misaki / Flickr

Now's the time to do it. The cool winter months are the best to plant trees.


The Jim Engster Show
10:28 am
Fri February 8, 2013

MONDAY: LSU's Stanley Roberts. the GOP's Mike Chittom & John Treen, Novelist Jackie Collins

Jim talks with former LSU basketball great Stanley Roberts, who went back and got his degree from the Old War Skule at age 42.

Michael Chittom and John Treen join Jim to talk about the current state of the Republican Party.

Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins visits with Jim to discuss her latest book, "The Power Trip"


Opinion
12:59 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

It's Easier to Buy a Gun than a Used Guitar

In Louisiana, the wait for a Glock 19 like this one can be just 30 minutes, while it's 30 days for a used guitar.
Credit Keith LaFaille / Flickr

In a national poll released Thursday, Quinnipiac University found no significant voter opposition to background checks for all gun buyers.

It didn’t take long for commentator J. Cullens to pass the background check when he bought a gun in December.

But after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, he’s not sure if buying a firearm in Louisiana should be so easy.


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Medicaid
11:47 am
Thu February 7, 2013

DHH Secretary on Healthcare Cuts: It's All About Efficiency

Bruce Greenstein, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Credit Dept. of Health and Hospitals

Almost $83 million in cuts to healthcare programs and services went into effect Friday to shore up a mid-year deficit in the state budget. These are separate from a previous round of cuts made in July.

The latest round of reductions includes cuts to services for at-risk children and low-income moms, as well as a one percent drop in the rate paid to hospitals and physicians for non-primary Medicaid services. 


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The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Thu February 7, 2013

FRIDAY: Blue Cross Blue Shield's David Carmouche, BR Sympony Conductor Tim Muffett

Dr. David Carmouche, Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana, and BCBSLA economist Mike Bertaut talk about state Medicaid cuts and how they'll affect folks,  and changes this year brought about by the Patient Protection & Affordable Care act, also called "Obamacare".

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Conductor Tim Muffett discusses Diana Ross's sold out performance tonight, and the symphony's 2013 season.


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Politics
4:06 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Tax Rebate Proposals May Move to Odd Years

Louisiana lawmakers are limited to what topics they may consider when - one senator hopes his amendment would better categorize tax rebates.
Credit Jack Cox

State Sen. Dan Claitor wants to add tax rebates to the list of matters that can only be considered in odd-numbered years, when the constitution mandates lawmakers take up fiscal issues. Generally, even-numbered years are reserved for non-fiscal deliberations. The constitutional amendment would require two-thirds approval in the legislature and a vote of the people.

Tax exclusions, exemptions, deductions, credits, and refunds are already limited to fiscal years.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Legislators Again Aim for Executive Branch Transparency

Lawmakers will consider a bill that could curtail the Governor's privilege to classify documents.

After running on a platform of increased transparency, the Gov. Bobby Jindal has relied on a law that shields gubernatorial documents from public view to dodge open records requests from the press.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Wed February 6, 2013

THURSDAY: Project Purr's Peggy Polk, Former State Lawmaker Michael Jackson

Former state Representative Michael Jackson discusses the firing of Police Chief Dwayne White,  crime in the Capital City and other matters of importance.

Peggy Polk, with the shelter cat advocacy group Project Purr, talks with Jim about a recent article detailing how many birds are killed yearly by cats.


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