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Rep. Karen St. Germain
D-Plaquemine

State Representative Karen St. Germain was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2003, and has served her constituents in District 60 for the past ten years. Representative St. Germain serves as the Chair fo rhte House Transportation Committee. She is also a member of the House Executive Committee, the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the Joint Committee on Homeland Security. In addition, Representative St. Germain serves as a member of the Acadian Delegation, the Capital Region Legislative Delegation, the Democratic Caucus, and the Louisiana Rural Caucus. She is also chairwoman of the Atchafalaya Basin Sub committee, as well as of the Louisiana Woman's Caucus. She was also appointed to the Louisiana Fire and Emergency Training Commission in 2012, by Governor Jindal. Prior to her election into the Louisiana House of Representatives, she worked as a legislative aide for former Representatives Charlie Melancon and Audrey McCain.

Throughout her term, Representative St. Germain has been named Legislator of the year by the Child Care Association of Louisiana, Inc., the Louisiana State Troopers Association, the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana, and the Louisiana State Firemen's Association. She was also named Conservation Legislator of the year by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation.

Representative St. Germain is married to Kenneth St. Germain, and together they have three sons. They reside in Pierre Part.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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