Michael Grunwald, Senior National Correspondent for Time Magazine talks with Jim about his new book "The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era".
Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General under President Clinton, talks with Jim about the AIDS virus and how New Orleans and Baton Rouge are among the top three cities in the U.S. in the rate of transmission.
Mayor Kip Holden, who is seeking a third term, and his leading opponent, Councilman Mike Walker, tussled over traffic, economic development, and crime at a debate hosted by Southern University Monday night.
The state is pledging $50 million to expand and renovate LSU's College of Engineering. The school has to match the state's contribution with $50 million in private funds. It has already raised $8 million.
Bernard Taylor came into East Baton Rouge Parish as the new superintendent of schools officially in June. He arrived amidst a wave of state education reforms, for which the parish is arguably ground zero.
Roughly a third of Baton Rouge public schools, threatened with state takeover, face new competition from private school vouchers and independent charter schools.
Accountability measures for teachers and administrators are adding to the pressure.
Speaking with WRKF's Amy Jeffries, Taylor does not mince words in his critique of state reforms or the potential of East Baton Rouge public schools.