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Professor Nancy Rabalais of LSU's Energy, Coast and Environment Department talks about the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico and its impact on the environment.


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With just over nine weeks to go till the state Treasurer election, it’s been very quiet. What’s going on? Primarily fundraising.


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Former Gov. Edwin Edwards reflects on his upcoming 90th birthday. Edwards is Louisiana's only four-term governor. He went to trial as a defendant four times, was convicted once, and served eight years in prison.

He discusses his complex legacy and offers insights on state and national politics. He assesses the performance of Gov. John Bel Edwards and of President Donald Trump.


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Actor Carl Palmer is an LSU graduate. He talks about the impact Sam Shepard had on his life and career. Shepard, the actor and Pulitzer Prize winning writer, died this week at age 73.


Former Mike the Tiger caretaker Paul Marx, a well-known lawyer in Baton Rouge, remembers caring for Mike II and even bringing him to his family home one night. LSU is apparently close to unveiling Mike VII, but the mascot will not be present at LSU games this fall.


TOPS Task Force Named

Aug 4, 2017
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What to do about TOPS? The popular college scholarship program has grown from $50-million in 1999, to a cost of nearly $300-million this year, and Louisiana is facing a $1.2-billion drop in revenues next year.

“Doing nothing is not an option moving forward,” says Representative Franklin Foil of Baton Rouge.


LSU Law professor Chris Tyson talks about preparations by President Donald Trump's Justice Department to examine affirmative action policies on college campuses.

Tyson also talks with us about the BRAVE program and where funding is going locally for violence prevention.


LSU mass communications professor Bob Mann talks about Louisiana U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy's decisions to cast votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Cassidy, a medical doctor, had said any repeal of Obamacare would have to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test. 


The dead zone is an area in the Gulf of Mexico where the oxygen is so low that fish and shrimp can’t live.

 

Scientists say this year’s dead zone is 8,776 square miles now -- about the size of New Jersey. Over the last five years it’s averaged 5,543 square miles.

 

It’s caused largely by agricultural runoff from the Midwest, and brought downstream by the Mississippi River. That runoff is high in nitrates, from fertilizer, which causes algae to bloom. When the algae dies, it sucks oxygen out of the water.

Such A Deal?

Aug 3, 2017
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This Friday and Saturday, it’s Louisiana’s back-to-school sales tax holiday!

But before you hit the stores expecting a deeply discounted total on your bill, Joe Henchman with the national non-profit Tax Foundation says buyers should be aware of what they’re really saving with this “tax holiday”.


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