Louisiana News http://wwno.org en FRIDAY: Red Shtick Magazine Publisher Jeremy White; Reverend Reginald Pitcher http://wwno.org/post/friday-red-shtick-magazine-publisher-jeremy-white-reverend-reginald-pitcher Jeremy White, publisher of Baton Rouge's Red Shtick Magazine, joins Jim in the studio for the first half of today's show to discuss Wednesday's Metro Council forum on the Fairness Ordinance. While he does shed a comedic light on the issue, he also brings a fresh perspective and some serious thoughts to the much debated subject surrounding Baton Rouge at the moment.<p>Reverend Reginald Pitcher joins Jim on the air to discuss his new position on the Fairness Ordinance. Just a few days ago, the Reverend stated openly on the air that he was an opponent of the ordinance, but on Wednesday at the EBR Metro Council meeting he openly changed his mind, and today on the show he discusses with Jim just why he changed his mind.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/JES_072514.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:06:00 +0000 Jim Engster 65282 at http://wwno.org Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement http://wwno.org/post/insight-common-core-dispute-probes-policymaking-through-procurement Competing lawsuits were filed over the Common Core state standards in Louisiana this week, and specifically over the contracts for testing related to those standards.<p>Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/072514_Insight_Melinda_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 65278 at http://wwno.org THURSDAY: Activist Joe Traigle & Judge Darrell White; and Actress Lee Grant http://wwno.org/post/thursday-activist-joe-traigle-judge-darrell-white-and-actress-lee-grant Judge Darrell White and Activist Joe Traigle join Jim in studio to discuss/debate the Fairness Ordinance. The ordinance, which was to be voted on last night at the EBR Metro Council Meeting and was not, is an ordinance which seeks to not discriminate against members of the LGBT community when it comes to housing and employment.&#160;<p>Veteran Actress Lee Grant joins Jim for the second half of today's show to discuss her life in films and her new memoir "I Said Yes to Everything."<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/JES_072414_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Jim Engster 65222 at http://wwno.org Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait http://wwno.org/post/vote-fairness-ordinance-will-have-wait <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Barrington Neil, who spoke of experiencing discrimination for being in an interracial marriage, listens to the hearing on the &quot;Fairness Ordinance&quot; at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, July 23, 2014. " data-attribution="Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/photo_1-3.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the meeting time expired before the council could vote.&#160;</span><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/072414_FairnessOrdinanceHearing_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 65200 at http://wwno.org WEDNESDAY: Attorney Mike Wolf & Kevin Serrin; Former WAFB Anchor George Sells http://wwno.org/post/wednesday-attorney-mike-wolf-kevin-serrin-former-wafb-anchor-george-sells Former President and CEO of Capital City Alliance Kevin Serrin and Libertarian Attorney Mike Wolf join Jim in the studio to further debate yesterday's topic of the Fairness Ordinance. The ordinance, written up by EBR Council Member C. Denise Marcelle, will be voted on today.<p>Also, former WAFB Anchorman George Sells joins Jim in the studio to discuss the happenings in &#160;Ukraine and its relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the recent international terrorist attack on flight MH17.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/JES_072314_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Jim Engster 65157 at http://wwno.org TUESDAY: EBR Council Member C. Denise Marcelle & Reverend Reginald Pitcher http://wwno.org/post/tuesday-ebr-council-member-c-denise-marcelle-reverend-reginald-pitcher <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px;">On Wednesday, the Metro Council will again be asked to vote on an ordinance that will impact LGBT people in the capital city. The proposal, which is similar to laws passed in Shreveport and New Orleans, is a local law that bans discrimination</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px;">&#160;of gays, lesbians and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations.</span><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px;">East Baton Rouge City Council Member C. Denise Marcelle&#160;who is backing the ordinance, and Reverend Reginald Pitcher debate the subject while the phone lines explode.</span><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/JES_072214.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:09:00 +0000 Jim Engster 65084 at http://wwno.org MONDAY: La. State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson; The Advocate's John Wirt http://wwno.org/post/monday-la-state-police-superintendent-mike-edmonson-advocates-john-wirt Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson&#160;joins Jim in studio to discuss the happenings of the state police, recent legislation concerning the state police, and much, much more.<p>The Advocate's entertainment writer John Wirt&#160;joins Jim in studio to talk about recent entertainment events around the state, like the Essence Festival which set a record turnout.<p>Also, Christy Kirby and Pamela Vannorman stop by the studio to discuss their involvement with the 4th Annual BRAND Charity Golf Tournament coming up which is being held to raise money for disabled veterans.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/JES_072114.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:06:00 +0000 Jim Engster 65025 at http://wwno.org Pop Go the Mushrooms http://wwno.org/post/pop-go-mushrooms <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Mushrooms often pop up in lawns following heavy rainfall." data-attribution="Credit LSU AgCenter" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/Mushrooms09a2.jpg" alt="" /><p>After a rainy period in summer we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere in the Baton Rouge area.&#160;<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/071914_BayouGarden_Fungi.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:22:00 +0000 Dan Gill 64925 at http://wwno.org FRIDAY: Author Edward Haslam; Robert Seeman; NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin http://wwno.org/post/friday-author-edward-haslam-robert-seeman-nprs-political-junkie-ken-rudin Ed Haslam, author of Dr. Mary's Monkey joins Jim for the better part of today's show to discuss his book. The 1964 murder of a nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for his gripping expose of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations over the course of three decades. Learn more at&#160;<a href="http://doctormarysmonkey.com">http://doctormarysmonkey.com</a>.<p>Baton Rouge Green Program Director Robert Seeman&#160;drops by the studio to talk with Jim about the Plant Smart Baton Rouge Green Education Event. The event is tomorrow July 19th at the Hilltop Arboretum. Learn more at&#160;<a href="http://batonrougegreen.com/content.cfm?id=39">http://batonrougegreen.com/content.cfm?id=39</a>.<p>Also, NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins he show for the last segment of the day to discuss everything politics in Louisiana. He and Jim discuss the upcoming Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu&#160;and Rep. Bill Cassidy; key issues in the upcoming elections, such as the state of Louisiana's economy; as well as Governor Bobby Jindal's popularity around the nation amidst his political goal of reaching the White House.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/JES_071814.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Jim Engster 64829 at http://wwno.org Insight: Lots of Forgiveness in Congressional Elections; Lots of Money in Senate Race http://wwno.org/post/insight-lots-forgiveness-congressional-elections-lots-money-senate-race A couple of this fall’s congressional races could be particularly entertaining — with the “kissing Congressman”, Vance McAllister running for re-election in the 5th District in northern Louisiana, and ex-con/ex-governor Edwin Edwards running here in the 6th District.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeremy Alford, publisher of&#160;</span><a href="http://www.lapolitics.com" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">LaPolitics.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says both will be asking voters for forgiveness.&#160;</span><p>Meanwhile, the Republican field in the senate race got a little thinner this week, with State representative Paul Hollis of St. Tammany dropping out. Congressman Bill Cassidy, of course, is still the GOP frontrunner to unseat Mary Landrieu. But another Republican, retired Air Force Col. Rob Manness, who has Tea Party support, is proving to be a factor.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Alford says&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">this Senate race is already the most expensive Louisiana has ever seen.</span><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/071814_Insight_Jeremy.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 64740 at http://wwno.org