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6:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

In Baton Rouge, the Closet is Crowded

FILE: A group from Baton Rouge's L Bar holds up a pride banner at the capitol, June 23, 2012.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

In its municipal survey released in November, the Human Rights Campaign scored Baton Rouge a two out of 100 based on the policies and services the city has in place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.   

Only Montgomery, Al., Frankfort, Ky. and Jefferson City, Mo. scored lower.

So we wondered if Baton Rouge’s dismal score is indicative of life for LGBT people here.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Wed January 9, 2013

THURSDAY: Reporter Stanley Nelson, College Journalist Kevin Thibodeaux, DIG Magazine's Chris Brooks

Concordia Sentinel editor and reporter Stanley Nelson talks about his investigation of unsolved hate crimes allegedly covered up in Louisiana in the 1960's. LSU journalism student Kevin Thibodeaux is helping Nelson with his investigations.

DIG Magazine General Manager and Associate Publisher Chris Brooks drops by to talk about the first-ever "Baton Rouge Restaurant Week", celebrating the Capitol City's many great places to dine.


Early Childhood Development
5:52 am
Wed January 9, 2013

New Study Maps Out Risks to Early Childhood Development

LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Kirby Goidel
Credit WRKF

A unique study released last week by the LSU/Tulane Early Childhood Policy and Data Center uses maps to show where certain risk factors that could impede early childhood development are most prevalent across the state.

LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Kirby Goidel and Epidemiologist Lina Brou said their study found that 55 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes have at least one high-risk factor that could impede childhood development such as high unemployment, high teen birth rate and high percentage of uninsured children. The nature of that risk was also found to differ from parish-to-parish.

Goidel said the initial step to addressing the needs of the children across Louisiana is to first understand the nature of the risk in each parish.


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Southern Education Desk
3:36 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Technical College Rethinks Approach to Remedial Education

Athens Technical College math professor Vidya Nahar assists a student in her newly re-designed learning support math course.
Credit Maura Walz / Southern Education Desk

Georgia higher education officials have a goal: by 2020, they want 60 percent of young adults in the state to earn some kind of college credential.

They’ve got a long way to go. In 2011, just over 36 percent of 24 to 34-year-olds in that state had earned an Associates Degree or better, about another 6 percent have a certificate.

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The Jim Engster Show
12:12 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Political Analyst Roy Fletcher; TV Personality Johnny Ahysen; Music Historian C. Heylin

Jim talks with political analyst Roy Fletcher about various current issues as well as former President Richard Nixon on what would be his 100th birthday.

WAFB Channel 9's Johnny Ahysen about his side-line as a CATS bus driver.

Music historian Clinton Heylin stops by to discuss his book about Bruce Springsteen.


The Jim Engster Show
6:49 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

TUESDAY: Former Secretary of State Jim Brown

Jim talks with talk show host, publisher, writer, former Secretary of State and former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown.

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Politics
5:34 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Vitter Slings Mud After Katrina Belittled

Even days after Katrina passed, parts of New Orleans and surrounding areas were still underwater.
Credit Lieutenant Commander Mark Moran / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Senator David Vitter made his opinion of Senator Harry Reid clear this morning via twitter. "Sadly," Vitter wrote, "Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot, this time gravely insulting Gulf Coast residents."

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Deepwater Horizon
4:17 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Transocean's Battle in Gulf Oil Spill Case Concludes

Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, April, 20, 2010.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off Louisiana’s coast in 2010, unleashing an unmatched oil spill from BP’s Macondo well.

About eight months later, the Justice Department filed suit to recover damages.

BP entered into a $4.5 billion settlement of criminal claims in November.

The owner of the rig, Transocean, has just agreed to plead guilty and pay $1.4 billion in criminal and civil penalties for violating the Clean Water Act. A federal judge is likely to sign off on the agreement at a hearing set for Feb. 14.

Carrie Johnson, NPR’s Justice Correspondent, has been following this case from the beginning.

WRKF's Amy Jeffries speaks with NPR's Carrie Johnson about the Transocean settlement.

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Bayou Garden
7:47 am
Sat January 5, 2013

What Plants Eat

The scientific process of photosynthesis.
Credit At09kg / Wikimedia Commons

It's not soil or fertilizer that sustains plants, it's sunlight.


School Safety
4:52 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Jindal Orders School Safety Review

Gov. Bobby Jindal has called for a state officials to look at safety measures at Louisiana public and private schools, from pre-K through college.

The governor issued the executive order Friday in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last month.

On the day of that shooting, State Police Col. Mike Edmonson, said his department immediately started talking about making sure they would be able to respond if something similar happened here.

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