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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Associate Dean for undergraduate studies and admissions at LSU, Dr. Andrea Miller, joins Jim to discuss her new book she co-authored Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deep Water Horizon Disaster. Within a five-year span Louisiana experienced a natural disaster and a manmade catastrophe, and the authors of Oil and Water explore the media-fed experiences, the visuals and the narratives associated with both disasters.
Former East Baton Rouge School Board member Noel Hammatt discusses Senate Bill 636 which has moved within one step of final approval. The bill, which Noel is adamantly opposed to, would overhaul the EBR Parish school system by giving principals broad new powers. The bill would give principals new authority by allowing them to craft budgets, hire and fire personnel, and oversee instruction and curriculum.
Also, Author Porter Shreve talks about his latest novel from LSU Press, The End of the Book, about an aspiring contemporary novelist who may or may not be writing a sequel to a forgotten classic, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio.
Louisiana’s full House approved “Erin’s Law” on Monday. Approved in 20 other states, it requires schools to teach kids what constitutes sexual abuse and sexual assault. There was no debate, and the votes for passage were unanimous.
Tuesday, the House Education Committee began hearing a bill to require schools to teach comprehensive sex education. Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith is the author, and she made reference to the previous day’s approval of “Erin’s Law”.
“It came out of this committee; passed the House floor. My question to you is, how can you teach sexual assault without talking about sexual education?” Smith queried her fellow committee members.