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3:02 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Voucher Eligibility: “C” is for “Choice”

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:54 pm

  A bill that would take students attending “C” rated public schools out of eligibility for the voucher program failed to get out of the House Education Committee Wednesday.

“Either ‘C’ schools are failing schools, or they’re not,” stated Amite Representative John Bel Edwards, explaining the proposed program change as simple logic. “This program was premised upon giving choices to parents whose kids were trapped in failing schools. A ‘C’ school is not a failing school. It’s just that simple.”

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1:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Col. Rob Maness; Sam A. Hanna Jr.; Doug Daigle

Retired USAF Colonel Rob Maness talks about his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate, and his  platform in which he is running. Publisher of the Ouachita Citizen, Sam A. Hanna Jr. joins the show to discuss how his small newspaper uncovered and published a now nationwide story based on a video showing U.S. Representative Vance McAllister (who campaigned for office last fall as a devout Christian, family man and devoted husband) kissing and embracing a member of his congressional staff. Also, environmentalist Doug Daigle joins Jim in the studio to discuss his twenty-plus years working toward improving Louisiana's environment, as well as his involvement in the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

*Note: Due to a recording error, this episode of The Jim Engster Show begins three minutes into the show.


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9:38 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Yu Museum in Shreveport moves ahead, campaign underway to fund seven exhibits

Real estate developer James Yu holds up new blueprints for the Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation in downtown Shreveport.

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 1:20 pm

A dramatic transformation of a 1950s former YWCA building in downtown Shreveport is moving forward. The 36,500 square-foot building, vacant since 2010, was left in rough shape. It will house the Marlene Yu Museum and be the headquarters for the Rainforest Art Foundation.

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WRKF
3:03 am
Wed April 16, 2014

State Education Superintendent: Elect or Appoint?

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White

  State Representative Joe Harrison of Houma wants the people to decide whether to elect the next state superintendent of education, or let the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education keep making that appointment. Harrison is the author of that constitutional amendment, now headed to the House floor.

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10:58 am
Tue April 15, 2014

TUESDAY: Actress Pam Grier, HIV/AIDS Alliance Rep. Timothy Young, Blogger Tom Aswell

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:21 am

Actress Pam Grier speaks on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how citizens can contribute to the cause through awareness and prevention.

HIV/AIDS Alliance Representative Timothy Young touches on HIV/AIDS in the Baton Rouge community.  HAART's Dining Out for Life fundraiser will be held on April 24. For more information, visit diningoutforlife.com.

Blogger and former comic Tom Aswell speaks on the scandal swirling around Congressman Vance McAllister and other political issues.

The Rotary of Baton Rouge member Chris Ciesielski speaks with the honoree Morgan Gautreau and her efforts to bring Spina Bifida awareness to her community. 


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10:46 am
Tue April 15, 2014

TUESDAY: Actress Pam Grier,HIV/AIDS Alliance Represenative Timothy Young and Blogger Tom Aswell

Actress Pam Grier speaks on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how citizens can contribute to the cause through awareness and prevention. HIV/AIDS Alliance Representative Timothy Young touches on HIV/AIDS in the Baton Rouge community.  HAART's Dining Out for Life fundraiser will be held on April 24. For more information, visit diningoutforlife.com. Blogger and former comic Tom Aswell speaks on the McAllister scandal and other political issues. The Rotary of Baton Rouge member Chris Ciesielski speaks with the honoree Morgan Gautreau and her efforts to bring Spina Bifida awareness to her community. 

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10:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

MONDAY: LSU's Manship School Professor Bob Mann, State Rep. John Bel Edwards

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:45 pm

LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication Professor Bob Mann talks about Congressman Vance McAllister's scandal and what it means for the GOP. He also touches on Edwin Edwards' congressional campaign and Senator David Vitter.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards speaks on his candidacy for governor of Louisiana.

Live broadcast of The Jim Engster Show

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Red River Radio
9:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

ArtBreak celebrates 30 years of promoting arts education

Shreveport Regional Arts Council executive director Pam Atchison has ushered ArtBreak through 30 years of promoting arts education in schools.

A student art festival that began 30 years ago at the Municipal Auditorium as a political statement to support art education in Louisiana public schools is bigger than ever today. Organizers of ArtBreak held a press conference Monday to herald the seven-day festival that is expected to attract 50,000 families over one weekend.

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8:26 am
Tue April 15, 2014

History Matters: Don't forget the RMS Titanic on Tax Day

Commentator Gary Joiners remembers the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic, 102 years later. One of the most famous shipwrecks in history, it's memorialized in books, movies, songs and exhibits around the world.

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

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3:02 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Coastal Restoration Spending Advances

Scientists' rendering of the Louisiana coastline in 2100--if land loss is not reduced or halted.

 

   Members of the House Transportation Committee put their stamp of approval on the Coastal Restoration Spending Plan for the upcoming fiscal year. Jerome Zeringue, director of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, says they’ll spend $725-million. Most of that money is oil-spill funds from BP.

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