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Louisiana: The State We're In - Season 26 »»»

SWI 2601 August 30, 2002

The 26th season of LPB's statewide news magazine opens with a report from Byron Henderson who follows the hunt for a serial killer in Baton Rouge. Also, follow the course of West Nile Virus through Louisiana.

SWI 2602 September 6, 2002

Jeff Duhé reports on the threat of coal mining near a Civil War battlefield in Mansfield, Byron Henderson looks at security against terrorism at industrial plants, and Charles Bush reviews the Japanese art exhibit at NOMA.

SWI 2603 September 13, 2002

Jeff Duhé reports on the U.S. Senate race and on Monroe's Grand Street Italianate buildings which are disappearing. Byron Henderson asks why auto insurance rates are increasing.

SWI 2604 September 20, 2002

Grambling University near Ruston is under fire from auditors and threatened with closure A look at recycling computers for classrooms. Plus, in Lafayette, a woodcarver creates fanciful animals with a chainsaw.

SWI 2605 September 27, 2002

The race the Fifth Congressional District has four major candidates. Grambling passes an important audit and keeps standing.

SWI 2606 October 4, 2002

Continuing coverage of the race for U.S. Senate on the eve of the vote.

SWI 2607 October 11, 2002

Jeff Duhé talks with Jim Brown on the eve of his incarceration and tours Shreveport's McNeil Street Pumping Station (Victorian waterworks). Byron Henderson tours Mercedes, asks why Louisiana not chasing car makers.

SWI 2608 October 18, 2002

Byron Henderson investigates the push for a cargo airport near Donaldsonville. Jeff Duhé previews state budget shortfall and reviews Mississippi book by Douglas Brinkley and late the Stephen Ambrose.

SWI 2609 October 25, 2002

Karen Henderson details a schism between federal and state education reforms. Jeff Duhé continues coverage of candidates for U.S. Senate. Byron Henderson hears complaints of LA shrimpers on price and competition.

SWI 2610 November 1, 2002

On the eve of a statewide vote for U.S. Senate, Jeff Duhé travels with the candidates in last-minute campaigning. Plus, a statewide vote Tuesday could eliminate sales taxes and Duhé talks with Vic Stelly about this plan.

SWI 2611 November 8, 2002

Election results, hurricane damage, under-use of emergency FEMA help in South Louisiana, and the 75th anniversary of the ornate Saenger Theater.

SWI 2612 November 15, 2002

The soft gambling market, how a new boat proposed for Lake Charles may fare in a saturated gambling market, and an interview with Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senate runoff candidate.

SWI 2613 November 22, 2002

Correspondent Byron Henderson details proposed cuts in rail service and Jeff Duhé interviews Suzanne Terrell, U.S. Senate runoff candidate.

SWI 2614 November 29, 2002

New DEQ Secretary Hall Bollinger, travels with nutria hunters as they collect a new bounty, a visit to Trinity Church in Cheneyville, built 1860.

December 6, 2002

SWI pre-empted by Winterfest.

SWI 2615 December 13, 2002

The Legislative Auditor points to weaknesses in the TOPS scholarship program that may allow fraud. Jeff Duhé collects comments on the election for U.S. Senate.

SWI 2616 December 20, 2002

Training for terrorism and maybe desert war at Fork Polk in Leesville. A tour of the School for the Deaf as it marks 150 years and Henri Matisse works at the U.S. Mint Museum.

SWI 2617 December 27, 2002

An end of year conversation with Governor Mike Foster.

SWI 2618 January 3, 2003

Jeff Duhé reviews the political headlines of 2002 with veteran Capitol reporters.

SWI 2619 January 10, 2003

An education forum including major candidates for Governor, investigation of the use of Atrazine on sugarcane, an herbicide with questionable health dangers, and the poor upkeep of a vintage steam train.

SWI 2620 January 17, 2003

Attorney General Ieyoub discusses a class action consumer law suit in New Orleans suing cigarette makers. The US Supreme Court reviews state laws involving sex and privacy; the effects on Louisiana. A review of a new musical in honor of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial.

SWI 2621 January 24, 2003

An interview with Dan Kyle as he resigns as state auditor to run for Governor, the unfulfilled promises of a technology park, and a large collection of roadside art in Chauvin.

SWI 2622 January 31, 2003

Karen Henderson asks if Louisiana's Strategic Petroleum Reserves should be tapped to lower prices or filled as reserves on the advent of Iraq war. Byron Henderson documents worries on Smallpox vaccination of health workers. Jeff Duhé visits a century-old sawmill south of Alexandria.

SWI 2623 February 7, 2003

Possible Congressional changes to wetland preservation rules and controversy over motorcycle helmet laws, previewing a possible legislative rewrite.

SWI 2624 February 14, 2003

The release of state budget figures showing large deficit, "Racinos” which are horse racing tracks with slot machines that are a new addition to the gambling industry, and the annual LSU Livestock Expo.

SWI 2625 February 21, 2003

The latest school accountability efforts, Louisiana troop movements with tearful family farewells on the eve of Iraq war, and the first-ever exhibit of Expressionist woodcutter Hans Grohs.

SWI 2626 February 28, 2003

Louisiana-based international crisis consulting agency, changes to school lunch rules that may catch cheats, and African-Americans in WWII exhibit at D-Day Museum.

SWI 2627 March 7, 2003

Jeff Duhé previews the Foster Administration legislative agenda including conversation with new Chief of Staff Andy Kopplin.

SWI 2628 March 14, 2003

Byron Henderson explains why a state fund to pay court cases involving bad roads has ballooned to a billion dollars. Jeff Duhé follows the candidates for Governor at a forum. Charles Bush has a preview of the book companion to Louisiana: A History TV series.

SWI 2629 March 21, 2003

Byron Henderson visits Barksdale Air Base in Bossier City and finds the crews and B-52s reading for Iraq war. Jeff Duhé details Association of Business and Industry agenda for upcoming legislative session. Donna LaFleur profiles a doctor who makes art of microscopy.

SWI 2630 March 28, 2003

Jeff Duhé details Trial Lawyers Association agenda for upcoming session. Byron Henderson asks if development promises made by gambling riverboats have been met in two downtowns, Shreveport and Baton Rouge. Plus, a review of “Earl Long In Purgatory,” a one man show with John McConnell.

SWI 2631 April 4, 2003

Jeff Duhé reports from Baton Rouge on the first week of the legislative session. The first week of the legislative session, movie production in Louisiana, and “Louisiana Purchase,” Irving Berlin musical revival.

SWI 2632 April 11, 2003

Jeff Duhé reviews "Napoleon and Jefferson," a major museum exhibit of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial and reports from Baton Rouge on the second week of the legislative session. Byron Henderson looks at school vouchers ideas proposed in the session.

SWI 2633 April 18, 2003

Jeff Duhé reports from Baton Rouge on the third week of the legislative session and talks with Political Consultant Ray Strother, just out with an autobiography. Byron Henderson visits Belle Chase, site of the nation's only charter school on a military base, established as alternative to local schools.

SWI 2634 April 25, 2003

Jeff Duhé reports from Baton Rouge on the fourth week of the legislative session. Byron Henderson concludes a series on education alternatives debated in session with a review of “takeover” legislation. Charles Bush updates a feature story on Ruston artist Sarah Albritton.

SWI 2635 May 2, 2003

Jeff Duhé reviews the fifth week of the 2003 legislative session underway in Baton Rouge and interviews State Police Colonel Terry Landry on serial killer hunt. Byron Henderson explores how foreign workers compete for low-skill Louisiana jobs, example: oyster shuckers.

SWI 2636 May 9, 2003

Jeff Duhé reviews the sixth week of the 2003 legislative session underway in Baton Rouge. Byron Henderson reviews child custody issues in the session.

SWI 2637 May 16, 2003

Seventh week of the 2003 legislative session underway in Baton Rouge, eulogy for U.S. Senator Russell Long, and renovations to New Orleans City Park.

SWI 2638 May 23, 2003

Jeff Duhé reviews the eighth week of the 2003 legislative session. Byron Henderson examines how cuts to public health would affect one center for developmentally disabled. Karen Henderson asks why river pilots are now asked to patrol for terrorism.

SWI 2639 May 30, 2003

The capture of a suspect in the serial killer case and a new Louisiana planetarium opens in Baton Rouge.

SWI 2640 June 6, 2003

"Poverty Point Trade Days," a country arts market in Delhi, is featured. Legislation to reform the state s juvenile justice system and a review of the “Do Not Call” program as legislation offers some companies exemptions.

SWI 2641 June 13, 2003

Jeff Duhé talks with Senate Finance Chair Jay Dardenne on the eve of budget rewrites. A bill to ban organ donations to prison inmates and a conference on the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott's anniversary.

SWI 2642 June 20, 2003

Lawmakers from throughout the state recap the politics of the 2003 legislative session in an annual roundtable reviewing session.

SWI 2643 June 27, 2003

Details how new legislation allows more money to be invested in police workers and firefighters retirement pensions, the effect of the Stelly tax swap as full phase-out of the sales tax on food begins in July, and a pair of shoeshiners turned artists.

SWI 2644 July 11, 2003

The push for a cargo airport near Donaldsonville, travel with nutria hunters as they collect a new bounty on the marsh-eating animals, and a large collection of roadside art in Chauvin.

SWI 2645 July 18, 2003

A tour of a Mercedes plant in Alabama and asking why Louisiana is not chasing car makers. Plus, a review if a Mississippi River book by Douglas Brinkley and the late Stephen Ambrose. Jeff Duhé visits Trinity Church in Cheneyville, built 1860.


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