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4:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

First Bills Take Up Gun Regulations

State legislators are likely to consider gun regulation next session - but a recent constitutional amendment might hamper lawmaking.
Credit Alex C. Balla

Legislators have begun filing their bills for the upcoming session. The first three take up gun regulation.

 Because this is an odd-numbered year, legislators will concentrate on tax and appropriation bills. But each legislator is allowed to file five bills on other topics. Gun regulation is likely to be a recurring theme. 

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Medicaid
12:44 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Medicaid Cuts Take Effect Friday

Nearly $52 million in state cuts to Medicaid services go into effect Friday, Feb. 1. The reductions are part of the Dept. of Health and Hospitals’ response to a mid-year shortfall in Louisiana’s general fund.

The cuts include the elimination of dental benefits for pregnant women and a healthy parenting program for first-time mothers who qualify for Medicaid. Additionally, the rate paid to hospitals and physicians for non-primary care services through Medicaid will be dropped by 1 percent.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:18 am
Wed January 30, 2013

THURSDAY: Commentator Jack Germond, National Defense Advocate Will Bennett, Author Kevin Sites

A visit with veteran PBS commentator Jack Germond, who just turned 85. Jack talks gun control proposals, and the confirmation of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

Will Bennett, with the group Americans For A Strong Defense discusses their objections to Senator Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense.

Author and war correspondent Kevin Sites on his book, "The Things They Cannot Say",  about the horrific experiences of soldiers at war and the problems of post traumatic stress disorder.


LSU Hospitals
5:24 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Local Partnerships Key To LSU Hospital Privatization

As privatization moves forward, the LSU hospital system is focused on partnering with health care providers already operating in the communities where LSU facilities are.

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Fiscal Hawks
5:40 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Proposals Offered to Fix Holes in State Budget Process

A coalition of state representatives is pushing a slew of bills and amendments to reform Louisiana’s budget process. The lawmakers are fed up with rushed legislation, cutting higher education and healthcare year after year, and procedural tomfoolery.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:42 am
Tue January 29, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Guest Host Bob Mann, Author Sasha Issenberg, Researcher Costa Panagopolous

Guest Host Bob Mann, from the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, talks with Sasha Issenberg author of "The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns".

Bob also talks with Fordham University professor Costa Panagopolous, who has done of the leading experimental research into using behavior modification to increase voter turnout.


State Pensions
6:34 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Pension Actuaries Make Quick Return to Capitol

The state employee retirement reforms Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed last session were overturned in court last week. Monday, a state committee heard testimony about changes to the firefighters' retirement system that could be considered by the legislature this spring.

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Road to 2016
6:05 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Dollars will Show Success of Jindal's National Stumping

FILE: Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. in 2011.
Credit Gage Skidmore

Gov. Bobby Jindal spent the weekend in Washington, D.C., attracting widespread attention with a set of speeches. Many national pundits think Jindal is laying groundwork for a presidential bid in 2016.

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Grading Teachers
5:49 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

State Supt. Disputes Mass Exodus of Teachers

The Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana reported earlier this month that the number of its members retiring from jobs in K-12 education jumped by more than 25 percent last year. The spike came after the legislature passed changes to the way teachers are evaluated, compensated and awarded tenure.  

The retirement system’s figures include people retiring from food service, and other non-classroom jobs. And State Superintendent John White says the figures are misleading.

He says the number of teachers leaving the classroom for any reason – including promotion to administrative positions – has in fact remained steady at around 12 percent over the past three years.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:48 am
Mon January 28, 2013

TUESDAY: 49ers Archivist Jerry Walker, PBS Host Dennis Wholey, Former LABI Head Ed Steimel

Jim talks with San Francisco 49ers team archivist Jerry Walker about the Super Bowl.

A visit with Dennis Wholey, host of PBS's "This Is America"

Jim chats with former LABI and PAR head Ed Steimel about his life and times, at 91 years of age.


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