Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 11:25 am
Pay attention to the quarters in your pocket. You may find a new one that is a tribute to the Kisatche National Forest.
The U.S. Mint officially releases its next quarter April 22 in Alexandria as part of its America the Beautiful Quarters Program. It’s the 27th coin to be released as part of this program that began in 2010 honoring national sites in all 50 states.
Kisatchie National Forest public affairs officer Jim Caldwell says the tail’s side design features a wild turkey in flight over blue stem grass with long leaf pine in the backdrop.
While the Senate Finance Committee began working through the budget Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee was taking public testimony on it.
“Thank you for coming today for this testimony,” Appropriations chair Jim Fannin said in welcome, noting the weather made it more difficult than usual for many who turned up to add their input to the process. “We are appreciative for that,” he said.
Much of the public testimony went as expected: requests for higher allocations to cover jobs and services.
Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:49 am
Repeat Broadcast - Aired Thursday, April 16 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer hosted a conversation on Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. His guests were Dr. Meghan Harris, neurologist with the Highland Clinic, and Dr. Jessica Wilden, Assistant Professor and Director of Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.
Bill Beckett Spoke with Ashley Havird and Carlos Colón about “Much Ado About Nothing,” an open mic event celebrating poetry and the joy of the spoken word. This even takes place in the Algur Meadows Museum on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and at Shreve Memorial Library in Broadmoor on Wednesday, April 22 also from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Bennett Sewell at 318-518-8321.
Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:22 pm
The 16 Louisiana state-run museums will be open a lot less – at least until June 30 – due to mid-year budget cuts. At the McNeill Street Pumping Station in Shreveport, this tiny museum operation is to be open to visitors one day a week – at most. Dale Ward has been a diehard volunteer at the waterworks museum since 1999. The cuts came down as the museum hit a record number of visitors last year – 4,800, according to Ward.
Bobby Jindal addresses the Louisiana legislature one last time as governor, kicking off the 2015 legislative session.
It’s a fiscal session, so lawmakers will be focused on finding solutions to close a $1.6 billion budget gap, with the future of higher education and healthcare services at stake. The governor has already made his “guardrails” clear: he won’t accept any tax increases.
Beyond the budget, Jindal is aiming to yank Common Core education standards from Louisiana’s public schools. And he’s looking to frame the debate around a religious freedom bill filed in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling on the marriage of same-sex couples.
With host Amy Jeffries, Michael Henderson, director of LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab, and political scientist Robert Hogan provide context and analysis as Gov. Bobby Jindal lays out his agenda for the 2015 legislative session.
For the past eight years, Professor Zhijun Liu of LSU’s AgCenter has been focusing on a chemotherapy drug called Taxol, used to treat ovarian and breast cancer. It’s a potent drug, and the body struggles to dissolve and absorb it. Liu is looking for ways to fix that.