Capitol Access
3:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Mixed Feelings and Messages About Sex Education

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.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

TUESDAY: Swede White, Dr. Sarah Becker, Sammy Hanna, Dr. William Arceneaux

We start the show discussing a bit of controversy regarding the apology Councilman Ryan Heck issued over comments he made on Facebook. Stephanie Riegel wrote a piece in The Baton Rouge Business AM Daily Report Monday indicating Heck asked LSU graduate student (and former WRKF reporter) Swede White if he wanted him "to come over there and kick his ass" over social media. Mr White joins us in studio to talk about the cease and desist letter he sent to Heck. LSU Sociology Professor Dr. Sarah Becker also chimes in and addresses this form of online bullying. 

We also celebrate the life of retired LSU journalism professor Dr. Jesse Dale Thorn who passed away on Thursday May 8th. Sammy Hanna from The Ouachita Citizen was a good friend of Dr. Thorn as was Dr. William Arceneaux, President of CODOFIL. The two discuss the life of Dr. Thorn, his time as a reporter and his job as the first press secretary for former Governor Edwin Edwards. Thorn was 71. 

Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Effort to Elevate TOPS Standards Ends

“It it’s not broken, let’s don’t try to fix it,” Senator Francis Thompson of Delhi summed up the sentiment of a majority of the Senate regarding TOPS.

TOPS isn’t broken, but many lawmakers see curbing the cost of the college scholarship program as part of the fix for the state budget. A measure that would have saved an estimated $24-million per year, by raising the standards for TOPS was argued on the Senate floor Monday.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Drive to Get St. George Petition Signers to Remove Their Names

A campaign to incorporate a new city in the southeastern part of East Baton Rouge Parish is aiming to collect 18,000 signatures by July 23 to get the issue on the November ballot.

Monday, opponents with the group Better Together, announced a drive to get some of the thousands who have already signed on to remove their names.

Lionel Rainey, spokesman for the incorporation effort called the withdrawal campaign the latest in a series of tactics to maintain the status quo.

“I guess they think these people are too stupid to understand what they are doing," Rainey said.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

MONDAY: Pastor Chris Andrews, Col. Rob Maness and Author Peter Stark

Pastor Chris Andrews talks about Governor Jindal's speech at Liberty University commencement over the weekend. Colonel Rob Maness talks about his endorsement by Sarah Palin for the United States Senate. Author Peter Starks talks to Jim about his new book Astoria.  


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Raising the TOPS Bar

Senator Jack Donahue, author of SB 520

Every year, lawmakers look at the climbing cost of TOPS--$217-million this year, $235-million next year—and then start looking for ways to rein in the runaway expense. Dozens of bills are filed, and all usually die in committee.

Of the 20 TOPS bills filed for the current session, one has broken out of the usual pattern. SB 520, by Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue, is being heard by the full Senate today.

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Jay Field is a reporter for MPBN Radio based in the network’s Bangor bureau. In his reporting for the network’s flagship program, Maine Things Considered, Field enjoys exploring how real people’s lives are impacted by the unique policy challenges, economic, education, natural resource and otherwise, that come with daily life in a rural state.

Conversations in Medicine
4:36 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Why Cocoa is Good Medicine

Cocoa has been used as a health elixir for centuries, going back to the Incas. Dr. John Finley discusses the LSU AgCenter's study that revealed some of the compounds that make cocoa so beneficial.

Dr. John Finley, School of Nutrition & Food Science

The Jim Engster Show
10:33 am
Fri May 9, 2014

FRIDAY: Bobby Theriot; Kristy Nichols; Renee Chatelain; Christopher Guith

Former LSU Baseball player Bobby Theriot discusses the team that won the 1961 SEC Championship, and what it was like to be a part of it.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols talks with Jim about Medicaid, the budget revenue, and whether or not there really is a budget crisis.

Renee Chatelain, Executive Director of the Manship Theatre, stops by the studio to promote the European Film Festival which is being held tonight, May 9th at 6:30pm at the Manship Theatre downtown.

Vice President for Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, Christopher Guith, talks with Jim about the "shale revolution" happening in La. and what it means for the country environmentally and economically.

The Kid's Orchestra Executive Director Jody Hanet and Artistic Director Dr. Jovan Zikovic stop by to promote the Kid's Orchestra Spring Concert being held at the Christian Life Academy May 10th at 4:00pm.

  

Politics
6:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Insight: Over Hospital Deals, Louisiana and CMS at Loggerheads Again

A week ago, the federal Centers for Medicaid Services once again threw a wrench in Louisiana’s works, giving a thumbs down to the privatization of the LSU charity hospital system, which is nonetheless charging forward.

 

 


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