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01/07 - Louisiana Speaks: Our Voice. Our Plan. Our Future (Special Presentation)

What can we so to help shape the future of land use, transportation, economic policy, housing, and wetland loss?

Want to help shape the future of land use, transportation, economic policy, housing, and wetland loss in Louisiana? For the past year, some of the best regional planners in the world have come to the Bayou State to gather hard data and talk with local residents and leaders about how these issues can best be addressed. See the fascinating results of this research and find out the benefits - and consequences - of pursuing alternative futures. You'll get to vote on specific options that will affect every citizen's future.

Louisiana Speaks: Our Voice, Our Plan, Our Future wants to know what you think the future of South Louisiana should be. LPB is airing a special documentary on the major issues facing the state and possible changes that could help make our future brighter. The documentary aired on Wednesday, January 24 at 7PM, Friday, January 26 at 7PM and Sunday, January 28 at 4PM. It repeats Monday, February 5th, at 9:00 pm. & Friday, February 9th, at 4:00 pm on LPB PLUS. It is available online, as well. There is a list of proposals in four areas and you have a chance to give your opinion about what is the best alternative.

Hosted by Lynn Whitfield The subjects are:

* Coastal protection and Restoration
* Community development and Transportation
* Safety
* Economic Development

Online polling will run from January 22 through February 10 on the Louisiana Speaks website (http://www.louisianaspeaks.org).and there will also be an 800 number for you to take the poll. You can also access the site through the LPB website (http://www.lpb.org). Ads containing ballots will also be placed in newspapers around the state and it will be in the LPB e-newsletter in January.
NOTE: The January Public Square will air one week later than usual, on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 pm. The program airs on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 pm, on Friday, January 26, ans on Sunday repeat January 28th at 4 pm. Repeats Monday, February 5th, at 9:00 pm. & Friday, February 9th, at 4:00 pm. on LPB Plus.

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LPB acknowledges the assistance provided to the producers of "Louisiana Speaks" by the LSU Center for Computation and Technology. The Center graciously allowed a portion of its film "Katrina Revealed" [(c)Louisiana State University 2006] to be used in the production of "Louisiana Speaks." Thanks to the creative team of Werner Benger, Shalini Venkataraman, Amanda Long and Stephen David Beck, from the Center for Computation & Technology at LSU.

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What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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