The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Tue January 21, 2014

TUESDAY: Sidney Coffee, Val Marmillion, Tony Guarisco, Vincent Bruno, & Michael Mann

Jim Engster interviews Sidney Coffee & Val Marmillion of America's Wetlands about coastal erosion, former Democratic state senator Tony Guarisco and Republican Vincent Bruno discuss Senator Vitter's announced intent to run for the Governor's office  in 2015 and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's scandals, and Michael Mann of the Better Government Party on his organization's goals.


Politics
9:43 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Vitter Enters Race for Louisiana Governor

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.

Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana."

The Associated Press obtained the announcement from Vitter's staff.

Vitter's announcement ends months of speculation. His decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Mon January 20, 2014

MONDAY: Southern University's Dr. Albert Samuels, Pelican Institute's Kevin Kane

Jim Engster speaks with Dr. Albert Samuels, Southern University Department of Political Science, about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New Jersey governor Chris Christie, as well as other issues, and Kevin Kane of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy about political matters.


Education
10:48 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Ruling May Mean Bankruptcy For New Orleans School System

An appeals court ruled against the New Orleans public school system this week — a decision that could bankrupt the Orleans Parish public schools. The five-judge panel ruled that the school board wrongly terminated some 7,000 teachers and other school employees after Hurricane Katrina. For more information, Melissa Block speaks with education reporter Sarah Carr, who has written a book on the changes to the New Orleans school system after Katrina.

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Bayou Garden
6:51 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Celebrating Trees in Louisiana

Credit LSU AgCenter

Friday was Arbor Day in Louisiana, when we show our appreciation for trees by planting them.

Trees are especially important in urban areas, absorbing heat, reducing air pollution, and cutting utility bills -- and that's just for starters.

Hurray for trees!

The Jim Engster Show
10:28 am
Fri January 17, 2014

FRIDAY: John N. Kennedy, La. State Treasurer

Jim Engster speaks with John N. Kennedy, Louisiana State Treasurer, about state budget matters including his support of a plan to reduce state consulting contracts to help improve funding of higher education.


Politics
6:03 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Insight: An Almost Balanced Budget Mid-Year

The Revenue Estimating Conference, which crunches the numbers on the state’s income every year, announced on Wednesday that revenues are $35 million short of what was expected for 2013-2014. But for the first time since Gov. Bobby Jindal took office, there should be no mid-year cuts to Louisiana's budget.
 


The Jim Engster Show
10:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

THURSDAY: Raymond Strother, Dr. Denise Reed, & Jeff Kuehny

Jim Engster speaks with political consultant, Raymond Strother, and Dr. Denise Reed of the Water Institute of the Gulf about coastal marsh erosion, and Jeff Kuehny of the LSU AgCenter about Arbor Day events.


The Jim Engster Show
10:18 am
Wed January 15, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Baseball Great Denny McLain, Dr. David B. Argus

Jim Engster speaks with baseball great, Denny McLain about his memories and recent baseball scandals, and also Dr. David B. Argus, author of "A Short Guide To A Long Life."


The Jim Engster Show
10:45 am
Tue January 14, 2014

TUESDAY: Ed Shihadeh, Ara Rubyan, 'Buckets' Blakes

Jim Engster interviews Professor Ed Shihadeh about trends in crime, Ara Rubyan regarding the Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival, and Harlem Globetrotter, 'Buckets' Blakes about entertaining people all over the world.


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