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10:27 am
Wed October 22, 2014

WEDNESDAY: State Representatives John Bel Edwards & Chris Broadwater + Stephanie Riegel

Rep. Chris Broadwater and Rep. John Bel Edwards.

Editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report,  Stephanie Riegel, takes time out of her busy day to join us in studio for the first half of today's show. She and Jim start off by discussing the recently developed feud that's emerged between Mayor Kip Holden and his one-time Chief Administrative Officer Walter Monsour, over funding for the Redevelopment Authority. Monsour, the RDA Executive Director, announced Monday his plan to refill the RDA's shrinking budget with $3 million from the city; a move that overruled Mayor Holden. And Holden, in retaliation, came out accusing Monsour and the RDA of reckless spending and an inability to work well with others; Holden also then criticized Monsour's annual salary of $350,000. Stephanie also discuss an article she wrote pertaining to the upcoming closure of Highland Coffees.

Also, two Tangipahoa natives and State Representatives from different parties join us over the phone for the last half of today's show: Rep. Chris Broadwater (R) and Rep. John Bel Edwards (D). They join us in a rare display of bipartisanism to discuss their efforts to help fix some of the problems surrounding the Office of Group Benefits since its funding has been depleted. They also discuss the upcoming Amendments on the November 4th ballot that deal with changes to Louisiana's hospitals and healthcare system.


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9:09 am
Wed October 22, 2014

MLK Health Center in Shreveport unveils new clinic headquarters

The new MLK Health Center is almost 6,000 square feet and houses two waiting rooms and a vital signs area.

The Martin Luther King Health Center in Shreveport officially opened its new clinic and pharmacy in a renovated building with a ribbon cutting ceremony held Tuesday.

The building, purchased from Christus Schumpert Health System, underwent a $250,000 renovation over the past eight months, according to executive director Janet Mentesane.

She says the charity health clinic’s board of directors decided to take out a loan to pay for the renovation because it was under a tight deadline to vacate its leased location.

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11:24 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Shreveport 'Ebola 101' forum: Experts allay fears, promote common sense hygiene - hand washing

Dr. Gerald Capraro, director of LSU Health Shreveport's microbiology lab, Dr. Martha Whyte, Region 7 medical director, and Dr. John Vanchiere, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at LSU Health Shreveport took audience questions at Sci-Port's Ebola 101 forum.

Infectious disease experts at LSU Health Shreveport say the hospital is carrying out practice drills on how to care for an Ebola patient should the situation arise at University Health. Physicians, nurses and medical staff continue to practice using protective gear, according to Dr. John Vanchiere.

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10:30 am
Tue October 21, 2014

TUESDAY: Former La. Congressman Don Cazayoux; LSU Libraries Dean, Stanley Wilder; and Kirk Lippold

Former Congressman and U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux.

Former Louisiana Congressman and U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux is in studio this morning with Jim for the better portion of today's show. They discuss former President Bill Clinton's visit to Baton Rouge yesterday to attend a campaign rally for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and how much his appearance will help Landrieu in her bid for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Don also talks with Jim about his loyalty to the Democratic Party, even after his failed bid at a full term in Congress back in 2008 to now U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. He and Jim as well discuss some of the issues surrounding the upcoming elections like fracking, free trade, social security, minimum wage, and others.

Also, the new LSU Dean of Libraries Stanley Wilder joins us today to talk about his recently appointed position that he's held now for almost four months. He and Jim talk about the libraries on campus, and the new Smith-Lever Act Exhibit at the famous Hill Memorial Library.

And Kirk S. Lippold, the Commander of the USS Cole, joins us in studio for the last few minutes of today's show to discuss his book Front Burner: Al Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole. His book details the true accounts of what happened aboard the USS Cole when it was bombed by Al-Qaeda on October 12, 2000.


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7:35 am
Tue October 21, 2014

History Matters: Understanding pandemic disease through the eyes of history

With the Ebola virus in the headlines every day, commentator Gary Joiner gives an overview of pandemic disease through the ages.

Copyright 2014 KDAQ-FM. To see more, visit http://www.redriverradio.org/.

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3:01 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Top 6th District Candidates’ Meet in Forum

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 6:26 am

The Baton Rouge Press Club hosted a forum Monday for the top five contenders in the 6th congressional district race. It’s one of the only times these candidates will get together, to each answer the same questions on issues including the minimum wage and healthcare.


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4:19 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Along with Better Traffic Flow, Better Healthcare Flow

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:17 am

Between Essen, Bluebonnet, Perkins and I-10 in Baton Rouge, there’s a whole bunch of health clinics and medical facilities – including Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General, The Baton Rouge Clinic, and Pennington Biomedical. 

Chances are you'll get stuck in traffic when you drive through that corridor. 

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has set out to address that problem by creating a new Health District that would not only mean you sit through fewer traffic lights, but that health care is delivered more efficiently. 

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10:32 am
Mon October 20, 2014

MONDAY: Attorney General Buddy Caldwell; Author Jules Witcover; and LSU English Prof. Gerald Kennedy

Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Columnist and author Jules Witcover is with us today to discuss his recent book The American Vice Presidency. Jules talks with Jim about the American Vice Presidents throughout history and discusses which ones were the most influential, the most powerful, and the worst.  

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell joins us to discuss the recent court issued restraining order on the dumping of the incinerated ashes of Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan in Louisiana. Buddy cites the health and safety concerns surrounding the Ebola virus to be the key deciding factor in the courts decision. In short: Buddy says it's better to "Err on the side of caution" and keep it out of the state of Louisiana.

Also, LSU English Professor Dr. Gerald Kennedy closes out the last segment of today's show with us to discuss and compare two of America's greatest authors: Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. This Thursday night, October 23rd at 7:00pm, Dr. Kennedy will give the Fall Community Lecture for the Literary Circle of LSU entitled "Post-War Paris and the Tangled Friendship  of Hemingway and Fitzgerald." The event will be held at the new Digital Media Center on LSU's campus. For more information, visit english.lsu.edu.


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7:26 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Abundant and Long-Lasting Color to Plant Now

Mesa Bicolor gaillardia

Mesa series gaillardias have proven themselves as superior choices for Louisiana gardeners.

The large three-inch daisy flowers are produced in amazing abundance through an exceptionally long blooming season.


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12:04 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Red River Rasio Spotlight: Movie Masterpieces III by the Shreveport Symphony

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Moonbot Studios

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 1:17 pm

Aired Friday, October 17 at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett was joined by conductor Michael Butterman from the Shreveport Symphony to talk about Movie Masterpieces III, a concert featuring two premieres of MOONBOT STUDIOS’ animated short films, The Cask of Amontillado and Silent, plus more exciting music from the world of film, including Star Wars, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The X-Files, Superman, and more! Music by Williams, Waxman, Hunter, Mancini, and Shostakovich will be among the works. Seva May will be guest vocalist for this concert. Complete details and ticket information can be found online at Shreveport Symphony or at 318-227-TUNE (8863).

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