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Some famous ideas may have been launched from a single idea scribbled on a napkin – but for start-up companies looking for funding to take an idea off of the paper and into the world of real products, prototyping is an important step.

Louisiana State University

While Louisiana State University’s live tiger mascot, Mike VI, is a fan favorite, he doesn’t always pounce at the opportunity to make public appearances. According to LSU vets, it’s a decision that’s completely up to him because he’s never sedated nor forced to go into the stadium.

The adult male tiger arrived on LSU’s campus in 2007. Since then, he’s appeared in 32 of the 43 home games and welcomed by roaring fans. 

College football season is upon us. The first regular season game for the LSU Tigers is in two weeks. Playoffs debut this year. And the Tigers will have a new starting quarterback. There are major shifts happening off the field for Division I programs too.

Brad Wolverton is a reporter with the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington D.C. and has been following the NCAA action.

Bassist and composer Rufus Reid has been playing jazz for half a century. He's worked with just about everyone, from saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz to singer Nancy Wilson and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

Former governor Edwin Edwards and his biographer Leo Honeycutt will be on stage at LSU’s Union Theater Sunday with renowned talk show host Larry King.

Dan Borne, the "Voice of the Valley" at LSU's Tiger Stadium for 28 seasons.

Sports Author Samuel Friedman on his book, "Breaking the Line", about Grambling State University



The Baton Rouge newspaperman who covered LSU football and basketball for 35 years is coming to Shreveport. From Sam King’s beginnings in the mid-50s at the "State-Times" before it merged with "The Advocate," he’d spend night and day hammering out stories. His signature cigar in his mouth. He’s the author of  "Tiger Beat." It’s an illustrated history of LSU’s football and basketball programs through King’s eyes.

After five years of steep budget cuts, some members of LSUnited, the faculty union, are hoping the legislature’s budget negotiations will raise enough revenue to prevent further cuts.

Lawmakers are looking at plans to cut tax exemptions and get rid of one-time funds, which might provide more stability to the state’s universities.

Michael Russo, a librarian and an instructor, said LSU’s finances are dismal.

"A half billion here, a half billion there," Russo said, "I don’t know what else they can cut."

Dr. Karen Elkind-Hirsch is part of a group of researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Woman's Hospital who will be following 306 pregnant women with smartphones.

A visit with former state lawmaker Reverend Raymond Jetson, to discuss efforts to repeal incomes taxes at the State Capitol, and the Reverend's grassroots efforts to improve public schools in Baton Rouge.

Former LSU Journalism Professor Jay Perkins talks about media coverage of Governor Bobby Jindal, and the state of modern journalism in general.

Jim chats with Dr. Daphne Cain, of the LSU School of Social Work.