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The Jim Engster Show
7:01 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

THURSDAY: Political Strategist Raymond Strother, Photographer Howard Schatz

Jim talks with political strategist Raymond Strother about the election spending, the election results, Gov. Bobby's Jindal's post-election turn to the political center and his possible aspirations for the White House in 2016.

Then, Jim visits with renowned photographer Howard Schatz, who explains his fascination with boxing, as detailed in his pictoral book, "At The Fights: Inside The World of Professional Boxing".


Costs of Incarceration
6:02 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Regulators Cut Rate for Calls from Prison

The Louisiana Public Service Commission voted to roll back the rate charged to inmates by about 25 percent. With an amendment made Wednesday, the lowered rate only applies to calls to family members, clergy, legal counsel, and some government entities, including schools. The charge for calls will drop when existing prison phone service contracts end or in two years.

The five commissioners approved the rate change without objection after an unusually lengthy and at times tense debate.

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Turnaround Schools
2:57 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Mississippi School Leaps from 'F' to 'B' in One Year

Reading scores at Heidelberg have skyrocketed. Principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones watches third graders interact with their teacher during a reading lesson.
Credit Annie Gilbertson / Southern Education Desk

Failing schools can flounder for years. But occasionally a school will buck the trend and turn things around. Heidelberg Elementary in Clarksdale, Mississippi was once a failing magnet school.  In a year’s time, it’s made one of the biggest test score gains in the state.

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What We're Reading
4:40 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

'Pushed Times, Chewing Pepper': Where Louisiana and California Collide

Myra Jolivet, author of 'Pushed Times, Chewing Pepper'
Credit Myra Jolivet

Author Myra Jolivet is a lot of things. She’s a former TV personality, a communications strategist, a brain tumor survivor, and above all a California native with Louisiana Creole roots.

In Jolivet's new murder-mystery novel, a family therapist from California survives her fiancé’s plot to kill her, embraces her gift of psychic visions and learns her Creole heritage is the foundation of her survival.


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Turnaround Schools
4:37 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Tennessee Elementary School Overcomes Low Test Scores and Violence

Inskip Principal Elisa Luna with third grade student Sarah Lawrence. “It’s a good school,” Lawrence says. “It’s gonna take me to good places –- like good colleges, and good places to work.”
Credit Christine Jessel / Southern Education Desk

In Knoxville, Tennessee, one school climbed from the state’s failing list to a top ten list in three years. The Southern Education Desk reports, as a new principal, Elisa Luna had inherited a violent inner-city school.


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Baton Rouge Schools
4:23 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

How to Improve North BR Schools Debated

A lot of different ideas are being tried out to improve schools in north Baton Rouge. The civic group Better Baton Rouge brought together some of the major players Monday night to discuss the path to educational excellence.


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The Jim Engster Show
11:50 am
Tue December 11, 2012

WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Politico Vincent Bruno, Child Prodigy Polite Stewart

Jim talks with longtime Louisiana politico Vincent Bruno about the departure of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, and Carlos Marcello's influence on Louisiana politics of the past.

And, Jim chats with child prodigy Polite Stewart, who enrolled at Southern University at 12 years of age. Stewart graduates from Southern this month.


The Jim Engster Show
3:35 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

TUESDAY: Economist Robert Kahn, Politico Editor David Mark

Jim talks with Robert Kahn, economist for Council on Foreign Relations on budget maneuvers between Congress and the White House. 

Then, David Mark, editor at Politico and former editor of Campaigns and Elections, discusses negative advertising and its effect on 2012 election.


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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Official Use of Private Email Prompts Call for Records Law Revisions

Top Jindal administration officers used personal email accounts to come up with a media strategy around cuts to Medicaid.

LSU Mass Communications Professor Craig Freeman says the new revelations point to a need for Louisiana to update its public records laws.

"We haven’t really, effectively updated public records laws in probably 30 years. But we’re essentially using a 1960’s remedy for a new millennium problem," Freeman said.

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Turnaround Schools
2:40 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

In Georgia, Turnaround High School Looks to Sustain Progress

Josey High School principal Ronald Wiggins helps students in Shannon Moore’s chemistry class.
Credit Maura Walz / Southern Education Desk

Three years ago, a group of the lowest-performing schools in Georgia began receiving millions of dollars in federal money to fund an ambitious attempt to improve dramatically. As those schools enter their final school year receiving that money, the Southern Education Desk reports on one school’s progress.


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