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11:26 am
Thu January 24, 2013

LSU Cuts Ties with Truancy Intervention Program

Louisiana State University will end its affiliation with the Truancy Assessment and Service Center because of mid-year budget cuts.

Last year after Cecile Guin, the head of TASC, convinced the Legislature to preserve funding for the program.

TASC intervenes in elementary school students’ lives when it’s reported that they’ve missed school.

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Environment
11:16 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Coastal Group Leader's Interest Questioned

The state-affiliated Water Institute, founded in 2011, touts itself as an independent organization that’s bringing the best scientists in the nation together to conduct research and recommend policies to the state on how to preserve the eroding coast.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

FRIDAY: Comic Bill Maher, Politico Bernie Pinsonat, Actress & Singer Gloria Loring

Jim shares more from his chat with comic and host of "Real Time" on HBO, Bill Maher. Maher will perform at the River Center on Jan. 27.

Jim talks with political pollster and analyst Bernie Pinsonat about proposed bills for the upcoming regular session of the state legislature.

And veteran actress, singer and composer Gloria Loring visits. She has a new book out, "


High School Athletics
12:54 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

State High Schools to Vote on Playoff Changes

2009 Football Jamboree
Credit Kevin Domingue / Kiwanis Club of Lafayette

The issue as to whether public and private high schools should compete in separate playoffs is a major topic at the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association conference in Baton Rouge this week.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:48 am
Wed January 23, 2013

THURSDAY: Politico Ray Strother, U.S. Energy Policies, Author Wiley Cash

Jim talks with veteran Democratic political consultant Ray Strother about President Obama's second term, Hillary in 2016, women in combat and more.

Former White House energy advisor Jack Refuse discusses federal energy policies; what will work and what may not.

Author Wiley Cash talks about his book, "A Land More Kind Than Home"

Politics
10:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Borrowing for Rural Road Projects Spread Out

The state legislature approved $325 million dollars worth of  road improvement projects for rural areas of the state  last year. The projects are slated to be completed over a three year span. The Department of Transportation announced on Friday evening that they’ll borrow the money in chunks, instead of all at once, as planned. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said in a statement that’s to relieve the state budget of baring the three-year fiscal load in one year.

But State Treasurer John Kennedy said borrowing money in stages doesn’t make financial sense.

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Education
9:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

No 'Plan B' for Funding School Vouchers

The finance chief for the Louisiana Department of Education had a hard time answering questions Friday about alternate plans for funding the 4,900 low-income elementary and secondary students attending private schools.
 


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The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Tue January 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY: EBR Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor; Politicos Melissa Flournoy and Scott Wilfong

Jim visits with new East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Bernard Taylor to talk about the state of public schools.

Then Chair of Louisiana Progress Melissa Flournoy and Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong debate several political issues including Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Louisiana.


The Jim Engster Show
10:16 am
Mon January 21, 2013

TUESDAY: Public Service Commission Chairman Foster Campbell, Roe Versus Wade Plus 40 Years

Former state legislator, gubernatorial candidate and current Chairman of the Public Service Commission Foster Campbell will discuss Governor Jindal's tax reform proposals for this year's legislative session, and other matters on Mr. Campbell's mind.

A discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, forty years later, with Sally Campbell, former head of the Louisiana Christian Coalition and Reverend Chris Andrews.


The Jim Engster Show
9:21 am
Mon January 21, 2013

MONDAY: Journalist Maxine Crump, Government Watchdog C.B. Forgotston

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jim talks with Maxine Crump, President and CEO of Dialog On Race Louisiana,  about President Obama's Second Term Inauguration.

Political blogger C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the corruption indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Jindal's tax reform plan, which would eliminate income taxes while raising sales taxes and fees.


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