The Jim Engster Show
10:08 am
Tue May 6, 2014

TUESDAY: Renée Areng, John Kennedy, Timothy Muffitt, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou

Today on the show, Visit Baton Rouge Executive Vice President Renée Areng talks about the city's tourism and the huge events coming like the Miss USA Pageant and Bayou Country Superfest. 

State Treasurer John Kennedy calls in with his concerns about the fact that Governor Bobby Jindal's financing plan to privatize state-owned hospitals has been rejected by the federal government. Kennedy is also on a mission to get people on board to support a bill that would cut the number of consulting contracts in Louisiana. 

Timothy Muffitt brings in violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou who will perform during the Baton Rouge Symphony's Thursday concert. We also get an amazing sample of Hou's playing in-studio. Muffitt says they'll be using Twitter to express what is happening during the show. You can follow on Twitter: @BRSymphony or by using the hashtag #brsoravel. 

 

 

Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Feds Give LSU Hospital Deals Thumbs Down

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols explains turn down of LSU hospitals deals.
Credit Sue Lincoln

Louisiana got some bad news from the federal Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) late last Friday. CMS says “no deal” on six of the LSU hospital public-private partnerships.

“I don’t know what their issue is, but it appears that the basis for the denial is related to the means of financing—specifically as it relates to the advance lease payments,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told the House Appropriations committee Monday.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:49 am
Mon May 5, 2014

MONDAY:Reporter Tyler Bridges, Sen. Ben Nevers and Head of Innovations for Superbowl Chris Garrity

Reporter Tyler Bridges speaks to Jim about Governor Bobby Jindal's legislation for state hospitals  and other LA political news. Senator Ben Nevers of Bogalusa speaks on Louisiana's national reputation for having the most wasted tax dollars. Head of Innovation for the Superbowl, Chris Garrity, speaks to Jim about the LA International Film Festival to be held in Baton Rouge May 8-11. 


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Death Penalty Drugs Bill Advances

 If you can’t get lethal injection drugs, how do you impose the death penalty?

"We have the death sentence. Whether some of you agree with that or disagree with it, that's what we have,” said House Criminal Justice committee chairman Joe Lopinto. “If we're going to have that we need to be able, as a state, to follow through with that order."

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Bayou Garden
6:24 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Blooming in the Shade

Baby Wing Pink begonia.
Credit Allen Owings

If you want to provide color on your patios and porches, there are lots of bedding plants that will bloom their hearts out through the heat of summer.


The Jim Engster Show
10:20 am
Fri May 2, 2014

FRIDAY: Film Historian & Author Scott Eyman; Director Bernard Rose; Psychotherapist Leslie Todd

John Wayne was one of Hollywood's most famous actors and Scott Eyman joins Jim to discuss his latest biography John Wayne: The Life and Legend. Eyman's biography takes us from Wayne's early life as a football player at USC, to his first start in the film industry as an extra, and all the way through his life which included over 170 films.

Film Director Bernard Rose joins the show to discuss his latest film The Devil's Violist, about 19th century violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini who claimed he sold his soul to the devil to be able to play the violin. The film will be showing at the Louisiana International Film Festival, May 8-11 at the Cinemark in Perkins Rowe.

Leslie Todd, psychotherapist and family mediator, talks with Jim about her work around town including her her push for folks to mediate their disputes instead of litigate them. She also touches on the AFCC-LA (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - Louisiana Chapter), an interdisciplinary non-profit association of judges, attorneys and mental health professionals working to improve family court. 


Politics
5:50 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Insight: What Goes Up (for Debate) Often Comes Down

A couple of high-profile bills were on the Louisiana legislature's docket in the past week, both were dashed. A proposal to allow for medical marijuana was rejected and the possibility for the return of the electric chair was commuted to a more palatable proposal for shielding suppliers of lethal injection drugs.

Capitol Access
3:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Senate Committee Turns Down the MFP

 

The Senate Education Committee took testimony on the MFP Thursday, and ended up rejecting the formula for funding public schools.

The formula included $150-million in new spending: for a growing number of students, for career education and for kids with special needs. On a conference call following the committee meeting, state Superintendent John White said he’s not worried about students losing out, despite the formula being turned away. That’s because House Appropriations already added the extra money to HB 1, the next state budget.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Thu May 1, 2014

THURSDAY: Frank Brian, Garrett Temple, Bill Medley, Riley Berthelot

Celebrating his 91st birthday with Jim this morning is legendary LSU basketball guard Frank Brian. 

We also spoke with NBA star guard Garrett Temple with the Washington Wizards who is the son of former LSU great Collis Temple Jr. Garrett chats about his thoughts on the Donald Sterling situation including a conversation he had with Glen "Big Baby" Davis on his feelings about the Clippers suspended owner. 

Bill Medley, "blue-eyed soul" and one half of the Righteous Brothers, calls in to talk about his book 'The Time of My Life.' We also get to hear a clip from Medley's new album, "Your Heart To Mine." 

Later in the show, West Baton Rouge Parish President Riley Berthelot  shares with us their efforts to improve traffic on the West Side and the proposed LA 1 Connector project. 

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