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3:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The 54-Million-Dollar Question: FY 2015

Louisiana Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield urges Revenue Estimating Conference to keep questioned income in forecast.
Credit Sue Lincoln

The Revenue Estimating Conference, the state’s official income predictors, met Monday afternoon to adopt new revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.

LSU economist Dr. Jim Richardson had immediate concerns about the Jindal administration’s numbers, which included $54-million extra in anticipated tax collections.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:13 am
Mon May 19, 2014

MONDAY: LSU Alumni Assc. Lod Cook, Jack Andonie, & Charlie Roberts; Political Blogger CB Forgotston

The LSU Alumni Association takes over the first half of Jim's show today. He talks with past chair of the Alumni Association Jack Andonie; current president of the Alumni Association Charlie Roberts; and Alumni Association Board member and well known figure Lod Cook. Also, U.S. Army Trumpet Soloist and LSU Alum Graham Breedlove joins them to play a tune and promote a concert he will be performing in tonight at 7pm at the new LSU Band Hall.

Political blogger and frequent guest C.B. Forgotston talks with Jim about the recent education cuts made by the Louisiana Legislature, and much, much more.

Sashika Baunchand founder of OMG and Youth Advocate (Outstanding Mature Girls), promotes her OMG Conference on May 31st at Southern University's campus beginning at 9:30am. The event is in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Register to join online at www.omgyouthconference.com.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

20/20 Hindsight: Dedicating State Funding Streams

 “I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about this,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Jack Donahue said, regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to help Higher Ed.

The House-approved measure that would have dedicated state funding for colleges and universities was shot down in Donahue’s committee late last week. Donahue, who also serves on the Senate Education Committee, said he supported the concept but was reluctant to lock up any more state dollars.

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Bayou Garden
6:40 am
Sat May 17, 2014

The Hearty Hibiscus

Strawberry Swirl hibiscus.
Credit Allen Owings

Louisiana gardeners have long loved the tropical hibiscus, but as this past winter has shown us, they're not reliably hearty. But there are hearty hibiscuses, that will take the cold and come back and bloom year after year.


The Jim Engster Show
10:21 am
Fri May 16, 2014

FRIDAY: David Dodson; BR Area Chamber President Adam Knapp; Author Earl Swift; Pam Vinci & Joy Smith

Executive Editor at Louisiana Business Inc., David Dodson talks with Jim about moving back to Baton Rouge after twenty-four years. He talks about his time living in Washington D.C. and Houston, as well as working external communications for TransCanada U.S. Pipelines West, also known as the Keystone Pipeline.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp talks with Jim about Senate Bill 636 created by BRAC, as well as the recent incorporation of the Mall of Louisiana by the city of Baton Rouge.

Author Earl Swift talks with Jim about his latest book Auto Biography which follows a felon motorhead as he attempts to restore a single 1957 Chevy from a rusted-out piece of junk to its former glory.

Pam Vinci and Joy Smith with the LSU Textile and Costume Museum talk with Jim about the latest happenings and upcoming events at the museum.

  

Business
5:45 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Insight: Baton Rouge 'Beyond Shovel Ready'

The Baton Rouge Profile from the Brookings Institution report, Beyond Shovel Ready.

 

The Brookings Institution's latest analysis of metro economic data, "The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure jobs," focuses on infrastructure employment for the first time.

The Baton Rouge area is ranked 15th nationally for the share of overall employment made up by infrastructure jobs. 


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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Rules for Environmental Damage Suits Advance

They’re called “legacy lawsuits”—when property owners sue oil and gas companies for environmental damage done in decades past. Thursday, Louisiana’s House spent hours hearing—and ultimately approving—two bills dealing with legacy lawsuits.

“When we get to court, we know there’s an issue,” explained Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo, while introducing his bill, which would let parties on either side ask the Department of Natural Resources to come up with a remediation plan for the polluted or otherwise damaged property.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

THURSDAY: Pollster Bernie Pinsonat; Jenny Nadler Thomas

 Bernie Pinsonat with Southern Media and Opinion Research has a new poll out. He chats with Jim about the current Senate race numbers and how things aren't looking so great for the incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu right now. But Governor Bobby Jindal? His numbers are on the rise according to the poll. Also if the 2015 race for Governor were held when the question was asked 10 days ago, the survey shows Senator David Vitter pulling out the victory. 

Jenny Nadler Thomas is the Program Director at The Angola Museum and she stops by the studio with information about the traveling Smithsonian exhibit coming to Louisiana. "The Way We Worked" will hold it's grand opening at Angola on May 18th and the exhibit runs through June 29th. You can get more information online at angolamuseum.org

Politics
3:04 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Metro Council Approves Annexations that May Stymie St. George Effort

Members of the group Better Together, which advocated in favor of the annexations, fill the front row of the Metro Council chamber, May 15, 2014.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

 

The Baton Rouge Metro Council has approved the annexation of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General Hospital, and the Mall of Louisiana. 


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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Louisiana Senate Approves House Abortion-Restriction Bill

 With a 34 to 3 vote, the full Senate has approved HB 388, requiring doctors who perform any abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

“There are parts of the state where there is no hospital within 30 miles, period,” protested New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell. “That would make it impossible for there to be procedures done in rural areas.”

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