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.”
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.
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.
“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.
Department of Environmental Quality lead Scientist Michael Vince speaks on Louisiana's ozone levels and air quality control. Ann Shaneyfelt speaks to Jim about truck stop innovations and the effects of gasoline, ethanol and diesel to LA's air quality. Congressman and Former U.S. Attorney, Don Cazayoux, talks about his time spent in Congress and as the U.S. Attorney. He also touches on other political topics such as the presidential race in 2016.
Although they didn’t actually “hold hands and sing Kumbayah”, there was a brief moment of peace and accord between the Jindal administration and teachers unions last week. After more than two years of name-calling, angst and lawsuits, they found common ground around a bill to modify the process for terminating tenured teachers who receive “ineffective” ratings.
Stock Market Analyst Andy Anderson joins Jim to talk about the state of money and markets. What to buy, what to sell.
Children's literature writer Kimberly Willis Holt chats about her books and the way she's been inspired by Louisiana and her childhood home, Forest Hill. Her first novel is titled, "My Louisiana Sky," which was also made into a film. Holt has a new book out, Dinner at the High Brows, and will be a keynote speaker at the LSU Young Adult Literature Conference & Seminar June 2nd-6th. Kimberly and Jim attended LSU together and they share a few old memories.
Opelousas State Senator Elbert Guillory tells Jim he's "all in" for a run at Lt. Governor. Of course he also addresses the famous "chicken boxing" issue which was recently highlighted by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert. Guillory continues to defend the legitimate sport of "chicken boxing" as a bill moves through the legislature that seeks to expand the state's ban on cockfighting.
Joe Bastian & Lisa Creasman with the Nature Conservancy go on-air to discuss conservation threats at the largest scale and in Louisiana.