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. 

Capitol Access
3:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bill Snuffed Out

Former state senator Tony Guarisco testifies on medical marijuana bill.
Credit Sue Lincoln


Louisiana’s legislature approved medical marijuana for certain diseases in 1991. Twenty-three years later, a bill that would finally set up a prescription system for dispensing the drug was heard in Senate Health and Welfare Wednesday.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Wed April 30, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Rick Edmonds; Political Consultant Scott Wilfong and NCBW Chair Dr. E. Faye Williams

Vice President of Louisiana's Family Forum Rick Edmonds stops by the studio to promote Over the Edge for Adoption Event. The event, which takes place May 9th, is designed to bring awareness of the nearly 400 adoption eligible children in the state of Louisiana.

Also, Republican Political Consultant Scott Wilfong and National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women Dr. E. Faye Williams join the show to discuss and debate sports. Topic: the recent decision by NBA Commissioner  Adam Silver to ban L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life, based on alleged racist remarks.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Senate Drones Bill Crashes in House Committee

A Senate-approved bill to prohibit the camera-equipped unmanned aircraft known as drones from overflying chemical plants and refineries crashed and burned in the House Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday.

“Drones are becoming more and more prevalent,” explained the bill’s author, Baton Rouge Senator Bodi White. “And it’s just an effort to try to at least have some rules or laws for the state of Louisiana with our critical infrastructure.”

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The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Tue April 29, 2014

TUESDAY: Dr. Katara Williams, Collis Temple Jr., Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham & David Precise

The Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Board of Regents, Dr. Katara Williams, joins Jim to talk about Louisiana Online - a fully online degree program. She says anyone could take these courses (provided you are accepted to the University), but this offering aims to target those people who may have started college but didn't finish for whatever reason. Dr. Williams says these people may be working so these types of degrees can be obtained from home with the stroke of a keyboard. You can get more information by calling 225-342-4253 or visit LouisianaOnline.org.

 Also Former LSU basketball star Collis Temple Jr. chats with Jim to talk about the racial controversy surrounding Clippers owner and billionaire Donald Sterling. Should he be removed from the NBA family after tape was released of him making insensitive remarks towards minorities? Temple Jr. was the first African-American LSU basketball player. 

Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham, with the DHH's Office of Behavioral Heath, and David Precise with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, come in studio to talk about House Bill 1155.

Culture
6:20 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Poet Laureate Spreads the Word About Louisiana Poetry

Ava Leavell Haymon

 In honor of National Poetry Month, Ann Marie Awad sat down to talk with Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana’s Poet Laureate. She’s on a mission to change the way the rest of the world looks at the state of Louisiana through poetry. 

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Coastal Restoration Fund Maneuver Used to Balance Budget

  “There’s no one-time money for recurring expenditures in the budget,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols guaranteed from the start of this year’s budget process. Yet as the House Appropriations Committee worked to modify and approve Governor Jindal’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, the secret behind “no one-time money” was revealed.

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