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6:47 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Nostalgic for Third Street, Not Jim Crow

Maxine Crump

I saw a photograph of Third Street in the 1940s posted on Facebook recently where many people posted comments of their fond memories of Third Street from those days.

I have fond memories of Third Street in the 1950s.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:58 am
Tue January 15, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Biographer Leo Honeycutt, Treasurer John Kennedy, Jewish Film Festival CoChair Ara Rubyan

Author and biographer Leo Honeycutt visits with Jim to talk about the passing of Marion Edwards, the brother of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and about what news with the governor, his wife Trina and their cable reality show. 

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy drops by the program, to discuss Governor Jindal's proposed tax swap--eliminating income taxes while raising sales taxes. 

Ara Rubyan discusses this year's Jewish Film Festival and Bobbie Robertson talks about the upcoming Pre-K Round Up for the East Baton Rouge School System.


Politics
11:26 am
Tue January 15, 2013

State Treasurer Questions Jindal's Tax Plan

State Treasurer John Kennedy released no comment supporting or denouncing Governor Jindal's tax plan, but instead offered a list of questions for taxpayers to discuss.
Credit Louisiana Department of the Treasury

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy thinks taxpayers should question the Governor's new plan to eliminate personal and corporate income tax.

The state's treasurer is elected separately from the governor in Louisiana. Kennedy is a frequent critic of Gov. Jindal's policies, using his "Opinion Columns" as a venue to voice his thoughts.

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Grading Teachers
5:32 am
Tue January 15, 2013

BESE Expected to Approve Adjustments to Teacher Evaluations

State Superintendent of Education John White is advocating refinements to “Compass” – the program created by 2010 legislation to reform how public school teachers are evaluated. The changes stem from teacher input.
 

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The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Mon January 14, 2013

TUESDAY: Comedian Bill Maher, Author Ernest Gaines

Jim visits with comedian and host of HBO's "Real Time" Bill Maher to talk about current events and Maher's upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge on Jan. 27 at the River Center.

Jim talks with celebrated author Ernest Gaines on his 80th birthday (an anniversary he shares with the host).


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Conversations in Medicine
3:01 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Health Case Management Training Program a Success

In 2011, EQHealth Solutions created a pilot coaching program for Peoples Health Members and Nurse Case Managers at East Jefferson General Hospital. The success of that pilot, led to the Medicare Advantage Organization selecting the Health Care Coordination Program to provide training support for all it's Nurse Case Managers network-wide starting in late 2012.


Bayou Garden
6:53 am
Sat January 12, 2013

The Garden is Drowning

While you're singing, "Rain, Rain, Go Away," your plants are too.


Politics
2:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Economist Says Jindal's Tax Plan Doubles Rates

WRKF's Kelly Connelly sat down with Dr. James Richardson to discuss the repercussions of Governor Bobby Jindal's tax reform proposals. Dr. Richardson is an economist with LSU and a member of Louisiana's Revenue Estimation Committee.
Credit EJ Ourso Business School, Louisiana State University

Governor Bobby Jindal’s plan to eliminate income tax is raising eyebrows. Jindal’s office confirmed Thursday that the plan would make up for lost revenue by increasing the state sales tax.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:31 am
Fri January 11, 2013

MONDAY: Journalist Tyler Bridges, Committee of 100's Michael Olivier, AARP's Denise Bottcher

Jim chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tyler Bridges, who now writes for "The Lens", covering New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Jim and Tyler mostly discuss Gov. Jindal's plan to eliminate state income taxes and raise state sales tax to offset revenues.

Former Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Michel Olivier, now CEO of the Committee of 100, also shares his feelings on the tax plan.

Also, Denise Bottcher, with AARP of Louisiana, talks about recent news of interest to retirees in the Bayou State.

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Shoring Up Higher Ed
10:14 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Board of Regents Considers Raising Revenue

Many institutions have cut differed maintenance budgets to save core academic programs.
Credit Nicolas Larchet / Paul M. Hebert Law Center

The Board of Regents is thinking of ways to bring in new funds to make up for the past five years of budget cuts sustained by the Louisiana University System.

The Board of Regents met for the first time this year on Thursday morning. Newly appointed members Richard Lipsey, Joel Dupre, and Edward Markle were sworn in and got straight to business.

Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell addressed the Board with a presentation on the state of state higher education.

Chairman W. Clinton Rasberry requested the presentation.

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