Louisiana News

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3:02 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Session Starting: What's the Plan?

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 8:12 am

The 2014 Louisiana legislative session convenes today. Beyond the opening gavel, the big event of the day is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s speech to the full legislature. 

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6:17 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Getting the Light Just Right

Plants are solar-powered organisms. To be a successful gardener, you have to learn the light preferences of each plant, from direct sun to full shade.


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10:57 am
Fri March 7, 2014

FRIDAY: Jim Nickel and Representative Dalton Honore

Jim Engster interviews lobbyist Jim Nickel who is former chairman of the Louisiana Democratic party on politics including Senator Mary Landrieu, Governor Edwin Edwards, Senator David Vitter, the Koch brothers, and the upcoming Louisiana legislative session.  Representative Dalton Honore discusses issues surrounding his bill regarding medical marijuana and also his bill to reduce sentences for simple marijuana possession.


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10:04 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana organizes Shreveport enrollment event

Louisiana’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, expects hundreds of people to turn out for an information fair Saturday in Shreveport. Organizers aim to help people better understand their options in the federal healthcare marketplace, according to James Bustillo, regional marketing director for Blue Cross. Dozens of Blue Cross staff will work the event, Bustillo says, and are qualified to answer questions about available subsidies and insurance plans. 

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7:36 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Gary Borders: Late folk music legend Pete Seeger made each day matter

Singer/songwriter/activist Pete Seeger, who died in January at age 94, recently was awarded the first Woody Guthrie Prize. Commentator Gary Borders appreciated Seeger’s music, but he most admired Seeger’s inability to turn a blind eye on the politics of the day.

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6:03 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Insight: Jindal to Open Session with Short To-Do List

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:47 pm

The state legislative session kicks off Monday, March 10, with the traditional address by the governor.


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10:42 am
Thu March 6, 2014

THURSDAY: Stephanie Riegel and John Bell Edwards.

Jim Engster interviews "The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report" editor, Stephanie Riegel about legislation to reform political fundraising activities in Louisiana, her responsibilities at the magazine, the rise of digital media tools and platforms in publishing, the St. George movement to break away from Baton Rouge to create their own city and other current topics.  State Representative John Bell Edwards discusses his run for governor in 2015, a recent poll of his appeal to voters compared to other candidates, his West Point education, military service, his LSU Law School education, his political career, his views of Governor Jindal's record, and pending legislation in the upcoming legislative session.


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10:14 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Dinosaur-era paddlefish once again inhabit Caddo Lake

Close to 50 paddlefish are once again swimming around in Caddo Lake. Scientists and researchers from a half dozen federal and private agencies are collaborating on an effort to evaluate the health of the Caddo Lake watershed, and the dinosaur-era paddlefish will be a leading indicator. 

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10:22 am
Wed March 5, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore

Retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore joins Jim in the studio to discuss a plethora of issues and topics. In his usual passionate, loud and outspoken manner, the General talks about leading the Green Army, a loose network of environmental groups which tackles environmental issues such as saltwater intrusion in the Baton Rouge aquifer, the sinkhole at Bayou Corne, coastal erosion, and wetlands preservation. He touches on Louisiana's HIV problem, the seafood industry, and "holding Louisiana politicians accountable" for what they say and do, and specifically what they don't. The General wraps up the show by chiming in on Russia's invasion of the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and  what might ensue as a result of Putin's actions.


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8:55 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Six collegiate rowing teams train in Natchitoches this month

Hundreds of collegiate rowers from six states will spend their week-long spring break in Natchitoches, training on Cane River Lake from dawn to dusk. 

The head crew coach at Northwestern State, Jason Stelly, says Natchitoches is a haven for collegiate teams.

“We have 33 miles of dammed up river, so there’s almost no boat traffic. No current. It’s protected by the wind, just the way the course is set," Stelly said.

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