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Tiger Shrimp
LSWI3652 - September 6, 2013
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An invasive species known as tiger shrimp have been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico over the last six years. Charlie Whinham talks with shrimpers and researchers about how these huge shrimp could cause big problems for Louisiana’s multi-billion dollar industry.

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Gay in Louisiana
LSWI3652 - September 6, 2013
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The new federal tax laws for same sex couples has put the state in a catch 22 situation and state officials are looking for solutions. We take a look at being gay in Louisiana.

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Prescription for Health - Childhood Obesity
LSWI3652 - September 6, 2013
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Louisiana leads the nation in kids who are overweight. On LPB’S Prescription for Health, Dr. Rani Whitfield takes a closer look at childhood obesity.

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50th Anniversary of March on Washington
LSWI3651 - August 30, 2013
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Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, is the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being realized in Louisiana? Activists from around the state were on the front line of the battle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and 60s as they fought for equal rights, jobs and justice. Today, the country and the state are grappling with serious issues dealing with voting rights, public education, jobs and justice. Is a new Civil Rights movement underway? Join Louisiana: The State We’re In’s Shauna Sanford and Charlie Whinham for an enlightening conversation about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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1963 Plaquemine Civil Rights Demonstration and Panel Discussion
LSWIE3650 - August 23, 2013
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington but there were many civil rights demonstrations in Louisiana. In fact, just three days after the march, the old Plymouth Rock Baptist Church in Plaquemine was the site of a tumultuous event in Louisiana history. State Police troopers stormed the church on horseback and shot teargas into the congregation looking for James Farmer, founder of CORE. That’s the Congress of Racial Equality. Troopers considered Farmer an outside agitator. Shauna Sanford will have an in-depth look at what happened in Plaquemine in the summer of 1963. The story will be followed by an insightful conversation with Ms. Ethel Edwards and Mr. Torris Armstead both of whom were teenagers at the time and were at Plymouth Rock the night of the unrest. Professor Lance Hill, a civil rights historian at the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University will be part of the panel as well.
| The March on Washington |

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Common Core in Louisiana
LSWIE3649 - August 16, 2013
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As students return to school across the state we will examine the controversial national math and English program Common Core being implemented for the first time this year. Louisiana, which helped develop the program, is among 22 states that will use standardized tests to measure the progress of students and teachers. But unlike other states using Common Core Louisiana has not developed a uniform process for using the program and that has many teachers on edge. Shauna Sanford will take a look at the details of the program followed by an in-depth discussion with Linda Johnson, a former member of the state’s top school board and was among the first in the state to start developing the program, Holly Boffy, current member of BESE and Steve Monaghan with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole – One Year Later
LSWI3648 - August 9, 2013
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August 3rd marked one year since a sinkhole formed near the communities of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou. The sinkhole has grown to roughly 28-acres and a mandatory evacuation remains in place for 150 households. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré has joined forces with residents to raise awareness of the issue and the plight of roughly 350 residents.

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Diplomas Now Program
LSWI3648 - August 9, 2013
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As another school year is about to begin, there are two new programs in Louisiana aimed at preventing kids from dropping out of high school. The key component is intervening with students during their middle school years to help make better choices.

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Speed Racer
LSWI3648 - August 9, 2013
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Louisiana native Knot Farrington has always loved fast cars. Fifty years ago his modified Ford Thunderbird set a speed record of 241.78 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. His record breaking sports car is currently displayed at the newly opened Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches. Charlie Whinham caught up to the 93-year-old racing legend.

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Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Dies
LSWI3647 - August 2, 2013
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Earl Barbry, Sr. passed away this week in Alexandria. A major force behind gaining federal recognition of the tribe, he was also named an LPB Louisiana Legend in 2006.

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Remembering Lindy Boggs
LSWI3647 - August 2, 2013
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Former U.S. Representative Lindy Boggs was laid to rest this week in New Orleans. As the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Louisiana, Boggs mixed Southern Charm with steely determination to champion legislation on affordable housing to ending discrimination against women seeking access to credit. Former Governor Kathleen Blanco calls Boggs, “My hero, my mentor.”

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French Honors
LSWI3647 - August 2, 2013
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Historian and CODOFIL President Dr. William Arceneaux earned high honors this week in Washington, D.C. at the French Embassy.

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Antiques Roadshow Rolls into Louisiana
LSWI3647 - August 2, 2013
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Thousands of fans of Antiques Roadshow carried, dragged or rolled their treasures into the Baton Rouge River Center. Charlie Whinham looks behind the scenes, talks with host Mark L. Walberg and finds out the secret to the success of this popular PBS program.

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Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield
LSWI3647 - August 2, 2013
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August is Cataract Awareness month. Almost half of all people over 75 have cataracts. Although the exact cause of cataracts remains a mystery, Dr. Rani Whitfield discusses the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this eye disease.

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Hurricane Special
LSWI3646 - July 26, 2013
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Historically, the greatest percentage of named storms since 1950 are concentrated between August and October. It’s time to get prepared as we dedicate this week’s program on hurricane preparedness with special guests Lt. General Russel Honoré (U.S. Army Ret.), National Weather Service Meteorologist Frank Revitte, and Entergy Customer Service Manager Will Johnson, III.

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Preventable: HIV/Aids in Louisiana
LSWI3645 - July 19, 2013
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Metro Baton Rouge has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS cases in the country. This month, Louisiana Public Square examines how the state is confronting the spread and control of the auto-immune disorder.

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Working at Sun Studio
LSWI3645 - July 19, 2013
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Barbara Sims wrote liner notes and press releases for the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis. She has a number of items from her past job including a collection of singles from Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Barbara will find out if she has hidden treasures when Antiques Roadshow comes to Baton Rouge on Saturday, July 27th.

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Red Stick Bodybuilding Challenge
LSWI3645 - July 19, 2013
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Many are familiar with the sport of bodybuilding, but at a recent contest in Baton Rouge videographer Virnado Woods discovered some special contestants in the field that includes a father and daughter duo as well as one bodybuilder who is blind.

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Affirmative Action and College Admissions
LSWI3644 - July 12, 2013
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The Supreme Court sidestepped a decision on the use of race-conscious school admission policies and sent it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Professor John Devlin of LSU Law Center and Herb Brown of the Southern Law School review the case and discuss what the future may hold on affirmative action policies in college admissions.

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McMains Muskets Mystery
LSWI3644 - July 12, 2013
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Antiques Roadshow is coming to Baton Rouge on Saturday, July 27th and antique gun collector Chuck McMains has a pair of 200 year old British muskets to show appraisers of the popular PBS program. Could one of the muskets be from the Battle of New Orleans?

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Irish Film Festival Preview
LSWI3644 - July 12, 2013
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For five years, the Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival has hosted an eclectic group of films that covers a wide spectrum of Irish culture. Photographer Rex Q. Fortenberry offers a preview.

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Life Following DOMA Decision
LSWI3643 - July 5, 2013
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Following the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), what is next for Louisiana and the country? Joining Charlie Whinham for a panel discussion are Gene Mills from the Louisiana Family Forum and attorney Brandon Robb from the law firm of Delaney and Robb. The Delany and Robb Law Firm focuses on legal issues for the gay and lesbian community.

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LA Sports Hall of Fame Grand Opening
LSWI3643 - July 5, 2013
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Natchitoches rolled out the red carpet for the Grand Opening of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Shaquille O’Neal was among the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees. Natchitoches was temporarily re-named “Shaq-a-tish” over the weekend during the entertaining induction ceremony and unveiling of the new museum. The new facility also houses the NW Louisiana Historical Museum.

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LSU Law Saluting Our Veterans
LSWI3643 - July 5, 2013
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As we celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, we pay tribute to the rich military history of LSU and the LSU Law School. Re-airs Friday on LPB2 at 9:30pm. We preview one distinguished serviceman, WWII veteran and U.S. District Judge Thomas Stagg of Shreveport.

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DNA Testing and Privacy Rights
LSWI3642 - June 28, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court has issued several important rulings this month. Among them, the court has ruled that it is constitutional for police officers to swab someone for DNA who has been arrested for serious crimes. Louisiana has been doing this since 2003 for felony arrests and some misdemeanors. But the ACLU says it’s an invasion of privacy and a violation of the 4th Amendment. The Louisiana District Attorney Association says taking a person’s DNA is the same as taking a picture or a fingerprint. Shauna Sanford talks with both sides.

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Free Health Clinic Returns to Louisiana
LSWI3642 - June 28, 2013
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A major free health clinic will be held this weekend for the uninsured in the state. Hosted by The National Association of Free Clinics, volunteers are needed to meet the demand of patients who are expected to travel from across Louisiana and nearby states. Dr. Rani Whitfield and the Executive Director of the NAFC will be on the show to talk about why these clinics are so important.

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Summer Science Camp
LSWI3642 - June 28, 2013
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There are plenty of camps underway in Louisiana this summer, but only one is a science camp that included a six-time Space Shuttle astronaut talking universal topics with the kids. Charlie Whinham introduces us to the St. George Observatory in Terrebonne Parish and 30-year astronaut Story Musgrave.

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Safety along the Chemical Corridor
LSWI3641 - June 21, 2013
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After three serious chemical accidents recently, we will look at the safety issues along the chemical corridor in South Louisiana. Dan Borne of the Louisiana Chemical Association and Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade will be on hand to discuss the events.

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Meeting the Demand
LSWI3641 - June 21, 2013
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Despite the accidents, the chemical manufacturing industry in general has a very low rate of fatal accidents compared to other industries nationwide. The pay is more than double the median income for Louisiana residents and the jobs in science, technology, engineering and math are plentiful. But is the state doing enough to prepare students and the current workforce to meet the demand?

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Bikers in Louisiana
LSWI3641 - June 21, 2013
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Meet a group of bikers who not only take in the sights in Louisiana – they also give back to communities in need along the way.

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Chemical Plant Explosion in Geismar
LSWI3640 - June 14, 2013
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State Police blocked off an area within a two mile radius after an explosion Thursday at the Williams Olephins Plant in Geismar, just south of Baton Rouge. The company produces about 1.3 billion pounds ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene each year. We will have an update.

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The Voting Rights Act of 1965
LSWI3640 - June 14, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on a major section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is due this month. It could have a significant impact on whether states that currently must get federal approval before making any changes to election or voting laws will have to continue to do so. Shauna Sanford will have a look at the issue before the Court.

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National WWII Museum Opens US Freedom Pavilion
LSWI3640 - June 14, 2013
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It holds six WWII aircraft, a Sherman tank and the stories of the 436 WWII National Medal of Honor recipients. Charlie Whinham gives us a tour of the newly-opened U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

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Legislative Wrap-Up Week 8
LSWI3639 - June 7, 2013
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The State Legislative Session wrapped up this week. In the final hours, lawmakers agreed to a final $25 billion budget that begins on July 1st. Charlie Whinham recaps the session. Plus, Rep. Patricia Smith (D-Baton Rouge), Rep. Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge) and Sen. Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) will be in the studio to review the ups and downs of the session.

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Post-Session Discussion
LSWI3639 - June 7, 2013
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Three lawmakers join LPB in the studio to discuss the 2013 regular session. Rep. Patricia Smith (D-Baton Rouge), Rep. Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge) and Sen. Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) review the ups and downs of this year’s regular session.

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Rosenwald Schools
LSWI3639 - June 7, 2013
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Little is known about the Rosenwald Schools. but they are responsible for educating thousands of African American children throughout the South including Louisiana. The schools were the result of an amazing relationship between noted African American author and educator Booker T. Washington and the CEO of Sears and Roebuck, Julius Rosenwald. More than 5000 schools were built - but where are they? Shauna Sanford discovers how one curious museum curator stumbled upon an old wooden school house that opened the door to an historic treasure.

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Hurricane Season Begins
LSWI3638 - May 31, 2013
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June 1st marks the beginning of the hurricane season. After more than 37 years service, Retired Army Lt. General Russel Honore is committed to spending his “second half” of his life creating a culture of preparedness in America. He discusses what you need to know as we head into this hurricane season.
| Are You Prepared? Survival Planning |

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Legislative Wrap-Up Week 7
LSWI3638 - May 31, 2013
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It’s getting down to the wire as lawmakers are one week away from the end of the regular session. This week’s agenda included creating new drug court programs and debate over one of the Governor’s key components of his education reform package. Shauna Sanford recaps this week at the Capitol.
| Capitol Beat |

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The Lew Carter Collection
LSWI3638 - May 31, 2013
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At age 90, radio broadcaster and community leader Lew Carter is showing no signs of slowing down. Throughout his 63 years in broadcasting, Carter has accumulated over 50,000 albums during his career. The Lew Carter Collection includes Lindbergh recordings, Dixieland Jazz, classic rock and simply classics. Charlie Whinham asks, exactly where will all these albums end up?

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Deltas 2013 Vietnam Conference
LSWI3637 - May 24, 2013
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Over 300 experts from around the world converged in Vietnam this week to discuss saving the world’s wetlands.

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole Update
LSWI3637 - May 24, 2013
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After promising to buyout residents forced from their homes because of 15-acre sinkhole, Texas Brine is not going to make any offers. Now Governor Bobby Jindal is having the company investigated to determine if it can continue operating in the state. Shauna Sanford has the update.

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This Week at the Capitol
LSWI3637 - May 24, 2013
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NW Louisiana Senator Robert Adley is gaining praise and criticism for going around the Board of Regents in order to secure 250-million dollars for 28 projects for the state’s Technical and Community College System. Lawmakers debate the MFP, or minimal foundation program, which is the amount of money the state determines per public school student. Charlie Whinham recaps this week at the Capitol.
| Capitol Beat |

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Medicaid Expansion Debate
LSWI3637 - May 24, 2013
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Should Louisiana expand Medicaid benefits to subsidize national health coverage or not? Governor Bobby Jindal has chosen to opt out of the program citing Louisiana would pay up to $1.7 billion over the next ten years. Supporters say the expansion would offer healthcare for up to 400,000 Louisiana uninsured residents. We preview this month’s Louisiana Public Square topic “Medicaid Expansion: Take it, or Leave it?”

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Honoring the Fallen
LSWI3636 - May 17, 2013
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Twenty-six Louisiana State Troopers have died in the line of duty since 1925. This week marked the annual memorial ceremonies at the Louisiana State Trooper Headquarters.

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Legislative Wrap-Up Week 6
LSWI3636 - May 17, 2013
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Governor Jindal rallied with parents and students who support the school voucher plan on the steps of the State Capitol this week. But the Senate Education Committee denied the $3.5 billion dollar funding request for public schools by the state’s top school board. Shauna Sanford will have a recap.

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Elio Motors to Begin Production in Shreveport
LSWI3636 - May 17, 2013
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Executives with Elio Motors rolled out a three-wheel prototype vehicle that will be produced in Shreveport next year. It could mean 1500 jobs to the Ark-La-Tex region. Charlie Whinham has more.

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Debbie Allen Dance Residency Enters Sixth Year
lswi3636 - May 17, 2013
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The legacy of one of the country’s greatest arts administrators and Baton Rouge born Derek Gordon lives on with the Sixth Annual Debbie Allen Dance Residency. Students danced to his favorite songs choreographed by Ms. Allen. This year is a tribute from her to him.

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Legislative Wrap-Up Week 5
LSWI3635 - May 10, 2013
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The battle of the annual budget is brewing between the House and Governor Jindal. Bossier City Representative Jeff Thompson wants to criminalize anyone who publishes the names of concealed handgun permits. Bogalusa Senator Ben Nevers makes a plea to lawmakers to expand Medicaid and accept Federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Charlie Whinham recaps the week at the capitol.

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Voucher Funding Ruled Unconstitutional
LSWI3635 - May 10, 2013
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The state Supreme Court ruled 6-1 the funding mechanism of Louisiana’s school voucher program is unconstitutional. Steve Monaghan with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, Eric Lewis with Black Alliance for Education Options and Falesha Augustus who has a child participating in the state voucher program, discuss what the future holds in public education.

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Prescription for Health - Know the Signs of a Stroke
LSWI3635 - May 10, 2013
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In our monthly health segment, Dr. Rani Whitfield discusses the importance of speed in responding to stroke emergencies. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association wants you to know the signs of a stroke and call 911 immediately for help.

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Legislative Wrap-Up Week 4
LSWI3634 - May 3, 2013
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A battle over the use of one-time money sources to help the state pay for recurring expenses is brewing between the Governor and a group of conservative Republicans known as the “Fiscal Hawks.” Hundreds of protestors also gathered at the steps of the capitol to protest the Governor’s cuts to higher education, public school reform measures and the privatization of the state’s charity hospital system. Charlie Whinham recaps this past week at the Capitol.

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New Opportunities Waiver Funding
LSWI3634 - May 3, 2013
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Ten thousand disabled children in Louisiana are currently on the waiting list to receive much needed services through the New Opportunities Waiver. Shauna Sanford introduces us to some families who need the waivers and has the latest on where the issue is at the state legislature.

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Meet One of Our 2013 Young Heroes-Hunner Monceaux
LSWI3634 - May 3, 2013
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Meet One of Our 2013 Young Heroes

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Legislative Wrap-Up Week 3
LSWI3633 - April 26, 2013
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Shauna Sanford recaps the past week at the capitol that included Bogalusa Representative Harold Ritchie pushing to increase the state’s cigarette tax. Also, protestors gathered at the steps of the capitol to pressure Governor Bobby Jindal to negotiate with the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage.
| Capitol Beat |

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Coastal Concerns: BP and Beyond
LSWI3633 - April 26, 2013
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It has been three years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. This month’s Louisiana Public Square takes a look at the health of Louisiana’s fragile coastline. What are we doing to address coastal erosion as a result of sea level rise, hurricanes and oil spills?

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Overcoming Gridlock in Government
LSWI3633 - April 26, 2013
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The McLeod Lecture Series on the campus of McNeese State University in Lake Charles featured political experts discussing the rise of partisan politics on both the federal and state level. We preview this year’s McLeod Lecture Series program which airs Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00pm on LPB-HD.

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In Memoriam - Dr. Huel Perkins
LSWI3632 - April 19, 2013
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Louisiana is mourning the loss of Dr. Huel Perkins who is being remembered as a man of great integrity and intellect by those him. Dr. Perkins, a longtime administrator at Southern University and LSU, passed away this week at the age of 88.

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Legislative Recap - Week 2
LSWI3632 - April 19, 2013
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Week Two at the Capitol wraps up and Charlie Whinham reports on the debates on gun ownership rights, tax swap plans and determining road regulations for a new three wheel vehicle that will be produced in Shreveport next summer by Elio Motors.

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Condoleezza Rice Visits Louisiana
LSWI3632 - April 19, 2013
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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in town talking education. She recently collaborated on a report linking the nation’s education problems to national security problems. What’s the connection? Secretary Rice explains how the lack of a good education for all children is putting the nation in jeopardy. Shauna Sanford will have more.

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State Health Care Update
LSWI3632 - April 19, 2013
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It has been one week since the state closed the first major public hospital within the LSU System. How have things gone and what are the potential statewide implications? State Senator Sharon Weston Broome and David Hood, the former Secretary of the Dept. of Health and Hospitals will join us in-studio to discuss where public health care could be headed in our state.

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EKL Hospital Closure
LSWI3631 - April 12, 2013
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It’s a major move in Baton Rouge that could have a far reaching impact statewide. After decades of caring for the working poor and uninsured, Earl K. Long Medical Center will shut down for good on Monday, April 15.

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Lawmakers Begin Regular Session
LSWI3631 - April 12, 2013
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The 2013 legislative session jumped to a surprising and contentious start. Governor Bobby Jindal dropped his controversial tax swap plan and told state lawmakers to come up with one of their own. Meanwhile, tempers flared over the closing of Earl K. Long Hospital and turning the public facility over to the privately owned Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. It’s the first major hospital to be shut down under the state’s private public partnership deal between LSU and the Lake. It’s certain to affect others statewide. Shauna Sanford reviews the first week at the capitol.
| Capitol Beat |

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BP Oil Spill Nears 3rd Anniversary
LSWI3631 - April 12, 2013
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As the three year mark of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster nears, a National Wildlife Federation report gives a snapshot of the Gulf’s wildlife and wetlands. Charlie Whinham reports NWF officials are concerned about possible long term damage to the environment.

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State Medicaid Expansion Debate
LSWI3631 - April 12, 2013
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Louisiana Hospital Association president John Matessino is in the studio to discuss the expansion of Louisiana’s Medicaid program. LHS is the latest group to support the program that would allow up to 400,000 Louisiana residents to be covered under the expansion, also known as Obamacare. The Jindal Administration opposes expansion, claiming it is too costly and does not provide enough flexibility.

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2013 Legislative Preview
LSWI3630 - April 5, 2013
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Tax shifts, budgets for health care, higher education and public schools are among the many issues that will be discussed in the legislative session that begins next week. Shauna Sanford previews some of the important topics facing lawmakers.

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Ron Guidry Profile
LSWI3630 - April 5, 2013
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This week marks the start of major league baseball and we pay a visit to New York Yankees legendary pitcher Ron Guidry. The illustrious 14-year career that included two World Series championships and a Cy Young Award, almost did not happen. As Charlie Whinham explains, Guidry’s baseball life actually began with a lie just to play on a Lafayette Little League team.

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Prescription for Health
LSWI3630 - April 5, 2013
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In LPB’s monthly health segment, Dr. Rani Whitfield talks about Autism Awareness Month.One percent of children in the US have an autism spectrum disorder and over one million Americans live with autism.

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Tax Reform Debate
LSWI3629 - March 29, 2013
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Governor Jindal is proposing to eliminate state personal and corporate income taxes. What would these changes mean for Louisiana’s low and middle income families? We take a look at the 2013 Tax Reform debate, this month’s topic on Louisiana Public Square.

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Panel Discussion-Religion and Public Policy
LSWI3629 - March 29, 2012
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A group of religious leaders from around the state have voiced their opposition to the Governor’s tax reform proposals. We sit down with members of various clergy to discuss what role religion should play in shaping public policy.

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La. Supreme Court Hears Voucher Arguments
LSWI3629 - March 29, 2013
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The Louisiana Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the statewide voucher program this week, while voucher students and public school students took their annual high stakes tests. But are the stakes the same? A Southern Ed Desk report shows us the similarities and differences.

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Headlines March 22, 2013
LSWI3628 - March 22, 2013
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Headlines for the week ending March 22, 2013

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Governor Visits Bayou Corne Sinkhole
LSWI3628 - March 22, 2013
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This week, Governor Jindal got a firsthand look at the 13-acre sinkhole near the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities. The sinkhole formed in northern Assumption Parish last August and roughly 350 residents were forced to leave their homes. Jindal pledged to hold Texas Brine, LLC accountable for damages.

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Southern Education Desk - Getting Ahead with Early Ed
LSWI3628 - March 22, 2013
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The Southern Education Desk examines whether quality pre-school programs are the way to close the achievement gap and help disadvantaged youth escape poverty. LaTonya Turner of Nashville Public Television, our station partner, shows us how they are grappling with this issue.

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Lake Charles Lecture Series
LSWI3628 - March 22, 2013
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The McLeod Lecture Series at McNeese State University is celebrating its 10th and final year of examining what it takes to make government work in Louisiana. Shauna Sanford takes a look back at how some of the major policymakers have worked together despite their political differences to reform government at the state and national levels.

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“Sunshine by the Stars” Piano Donated
LSWI3628 - March 22, 2013
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Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne accepted the donation of one of the pianos used in Harry Connick, Jr.'s performance of "You Are My Sunshine" in LPB's program Sunshine By The Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music for the Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge on March 21. On hand for the presentation were donors Beth Courtney of Baton Rouge and Norma Ann Hardy, Virginia Hendrick Haddad and Joey Haddad of Monroe. The artwork on the piano was done by Heady Parde specifically for the music video which featured Connick second-lining through the New Orleans French Quarter. Picture attached (left to right): LPB President and piano donor Beth Courtney, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, and donors Norma Ann Hardy, Virginia Hendrick Haddad and Joey Haddad of Monroe

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UL-Lafayette Solar Home Celebrates Anniversary
LSWI3627 - March 15, 2013
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BeauSoleil, which means “sunshine” in Cajun French, is the name of the solar house designed and built by the team from the University of Lafayette, first-time competitors in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. Charlie Whinham reports on the five-year reunion recently held at the school and what’s happening since the solar home debuted in Washington, DC.

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Southern Education Desk Report
LSWI3627 - March 15, 2013
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President Obama is pushing for a universal pre-K program, something Louisiana has promised to provide by 2014. Southern Ed Desk reporter Sue Lincoln shows us how the pre-K program is working in the state's poorest parishes.

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Interview Guest - Diane Ravitch
LSWI3627 - March 15, 2013
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Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch served under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She sits down with Shauna Sanford to discuss the state’s public school voucher program and other education reform efforts led by Governor Jindal.

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Honoring Jimmy Taylor
LSWI3626 - March 8, 2013
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame came to Baton Rouge on Thursday to honor LSU and Green Bay Packers football legend Jimmy Taylor.

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Teacher Tenure Case
LSWI3626 - March 8, 2013
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A district court judge has ruled Governor Bobby Jindal’s teacher tenure law unconstitutional. It’s the second part of his signature education reform measure to be struck down by the court. But the governor’s office says they will appeal. Steve Monaghan with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and Chas Roemer, president of the state board of education (BESE), will be in studio to discuss what the ruling means and the state’s next move.

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Southern Education Desk
LSWI3626 - March 8, 2013
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The Southern Education Desk continues its look into the struggles to balance race and diversity in public schools without court-ordered desegregation. This week we take you to Nashville, Tennessee where Latonya Turner reports that many parents are opting to send their children to neighborhood schools rather than to schools long distances away, even if it’s a higher quality program.

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Moonbot Studios Update
LSWI3626 - March 8, 2013
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One year ago, Shreveport’s Moonbot Studios won an Oscar for the 2012 best animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” Charlie Whinham visits with Academy Award winners William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg and previews some of the latest Moonbot projects that includes creating video games.

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BP Trial Update
LSWI3625 - March 1, 2013
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The BP trial has started with a flurry of finger pointing. Who is to blame? The answer to that question and many more could have huge ramifications for the states, individuals and businesses impacted by the worst environmental disaster in U.S. History. Loyola Law Professor Blaine LeCesne explains why this trial is so important.

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2013-2014 Budget Proposal
LSWI3625 - March 1, 2013
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The Jindal Administration has presented its $24.7-billion dollar budget for 2013-2014 to state lawmakers. The Commissioner of Administration says they are proud of the proposal - but the Louisiana Budget Project calls it unbalanced and devastating.

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Prescription for Health - Race for the Cure
LSWI3625 - March 1, 2013
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Hundreds of breast cancer survivors and their families and friends will be part of the huge Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event this weekend. On LPB’s “Prescription for Health,” Dr. Rani Whitfield shares the latest information about breast cancer and where we are in the race for the cure.

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Congressman Cassidy Interview
LSWI3624 - February 22, 2013
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The bickering in congress continues as the budget debate close in on the March 1st deadline or face $85 billion in automatic spending cuts. Shauna Sanford sits down with Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) for his thoughts on the budget, gun reform and health care.

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Bayou Corne Update
LSWI3624 - February 22, 2013
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Emotional testimony charged a four hour meeting this week at the capitol as residents of the Bayou Corne community look for answers regarding the large sinkhole that developed over six months ago in north Assumption Parish. It has been over 200 days since many residents have been forced out of their homes. Charlie Whinham has an update.

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HIV/AIDS in Louisiana
LSWI3624 - February 22, 2013
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Baton Rouge and New Orleans rank second and third respectively among America’s largest metropolitan areas for the rate of new HIV diagnoses. For AIDS cases, Baton Rouge and New Orleans rank first and fifth. Catch a preview of this month’s Louisiana Public Square “Preventable: HIV/AIDS in Louisiana” airing Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm on LPB-HD.

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State of the Union Reaction
LSWI3623 - February 15, 2013
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Tuesday’s State of the Union speech by President Obama dealt with many issues including the economy, gun control measures and immigration. Shauna Sanford gets feedback from north Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander (R-Quitman).

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Dog Biscuit with Purpose
LSWI3623 - February 15, 2013
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Would you buy a specific dog treat if it could also help save Louisiana’s wetlands? There is a new dog biscuit made with nutria, the invasive species responsible for destroying thousands of acres of Louisiana marshland. Charlie Whinham sniffs out what’s going on at Marsh Dog, LLC, and their new product called “Barataria Bites.”

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Resegregation
LSWI3623 - February 15, 2013
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Two recent studies show that U.S. schools are resegregating. In the first part of a Southern Education Desk series about resegregation, reporter Sue Lincoln looks at the changes in Baton Rouge, ten years after the end of their federal desegregation case.
| Southern Education Desk |

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Prescription for Health
LSWI3622 - February 8, 2013
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Dr. Rani Whitfield is in the studio for LPB’s monthly “Prescription for Health.” This month Dr. Whitfield addresses heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women.

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Immigration Reform
LSWI3622 - February 8, 2013
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Congress is exploring comprehensive immigration reforms. Shauna Sanford examines the debate and how this could affect Louisiana.

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School Performance Scores
LSWI3622 - February 8, 2013
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Two new statistical analyses of statewide school performance scores dispute the state's claims they are proof of true student progress. Southern Ed Desk reporter Sue Lincoln digs into the data.
| Southern Education Desk |

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Oil Spill Update
LSWI3621 - February 1, 2013
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Oil giant BP pleaded guilty to killing eleven men in the 2010 Gulf Oil spill and was ordered to pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties. Keith Jones, the father of one of the men killed, joins us to discuss what this means to the families of the victims.

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Big Game in the Big Easy
LSWI3621 - February 1, 2013
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New Orleans is abuzz as it prepares for the ultimate championship football game. Shauna Sanford shows us how the Crescent City is gearing up for Super Bowl XLVII.

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Ernest Gaines at 80 – Part Two
LSWI3621 - February 1, 2013
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His works have been read by millions around the world including “In My Father’s House” and “A Gathering of Old Men.” Louisiana author Ernest Gaines turned 80 recently. In part two of his conversation with Charlie Whinham, Mr. Gaines touches on leaving Louisiana at 15 in order to get an education, how he writes his novels, and his wishes on his final resting place.

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January 25, 2013
LSWI3620 - January 25, 2013
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Lawmakers met this week to hear more details on possible public/private partnerships agreements with the LSU Hospitals System. Shauna Sanford talks to Rep. Frank Hoffman (R-West Monroe) and Rep. Patrick Williams (D-Shreveport) to weigh out the options facing state health care.

Where does Louisiana stand in the national discussion on guns and mental health and how would national gun proposals affect the Louisianans who own guns?

Louisiana author Ernest J. Gaines turned 80 last week. The internationally-acclaimed writer of works including The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson Before Dying talked with Charlie Whinham recently about reaching 80, as well as watching this week’s Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

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State Health Care Options
LSWI3620 - January 25, 2013
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Lawmakers met this week to hear more details on possible public/private partnerships agreements with the LSU Hospitals System. Shauna Sanford talks to Rep. Frank Hoffman (R-West Monroe) and Rep. Patrick Williams (D-Shreveport) to weigh out the options facing state health care.

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Louisiana’s Gun Stance
LSWI3620 - January 25, 2013
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Where does Louisiana stand in the national discussion on guns and mental health and how would national gun proposals affect the Louisianans who own guns?

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Ernest J. Gaines Interview
LSWI3620 - January 25, 2013
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Louisiana author Ernest J. Gaines turned 80 last week. The internationally-acclaimed writer of works including The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson Before Dying talked with Charlie Whinham recently about reaching 80, as well as watching this week’s Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

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Tax Changes, Superintendent Evaluation, Gun Control
LSWI3619 - January 18, 2013
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Governor Jindal says he wants to eliminate Louisiana’s personal income taxes in order to bring more business and jobs to the state. Lawmakers say it’s a subject that will get plenty of debate on the upcoming legislative session. Charlie Whinham has the details. State Superintendent of Education John White has been on the job for a year. Southern Ed Desk reporter Sue Lincoln tells us what the state’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) thinks about his performance so far. As the debate over gun control heats up nationally, state lawmakers are reviewing what is working to keep schools safe and what improvements need to be made. Shauna Sanford talks with Representatives Rogers Pope (R) and Ted James (D) about proposals at the federal and state levels.

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Jindal Proposes Eliminating Income Taxes
LSWI3619 - January 18, 2013
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Governor Jindal says he wants to eliminate Louisiana’s personal income taxes in order to bring more business and jobs to the state. Lawmakers say it’s a subject that will get plenty of debate on the upcoming legislative session. Charlie Whinham has the details.

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BESE Rates State Superintendent’s Performance
LSWI3619 - January 18, 2013
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State Superintendent of Education John White has been on the job for a year. Southern Ed Desk reporter Sue Lincoln tells us what the state’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) thinks about his performance so far.
| Southern Education Desk |

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Gun Control Proposals
LSWI3619 - January 18, 2013
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As the debate over gun control heats up nationally, state lawmakers are reviewing what is working to keep schools safe and what improvements need to be made. Shauna Sanford talks with Representatives Rogers Pope (R) and Ted James (D) about proposals at the federal and state levels.

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Bayou Corne Update
LSWI3618 - January 11, 2013
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Five months ago, more than 300 people in Bayou Corne were evacuated from their homes because of a large sinkhole. While the company believed to be responsible for the sinkhole and the state investigate what happened, officials still have no idea when residents will be able to return to their homes. Shauna Sanford has the latest.

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Photographer J Henry Fair
LSWI3618 - January 11, 2013
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J Henry Fair is a globetrotting photographer with credits including National Geographic and Harpers. At first glance, his images resemble vivid works of abstract art. But Fair’s work also focuses on the bigger picture of global industrial pollution the depletion of natural resources.

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Cervical Health Awareness Month
LSWI3618 - January 11, 2013
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This month’s “Prescription for Health” with Dr. Rani Whitfield looks at the important topics of New Year’s resolutions and January as “Cervical Health Awareness Month.”

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Louisiana 2012 In Review and Looking Ahead
LSWI3617 - January 4, 2013
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In Louisiana, the year 2012 included numerous dramatic topics from education reform to budget deficits; from health care challenges to sinkholes. It’s time to review the year that just ended and look at what awaits Louisiana in 2013. Joining the conversation will include political columnist John Maginnis, radio talk show host Jim Engster, and Jan Moller, president of the Louisiana Budget Project.

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Direction of Louisiana K-12 Schools
LSWI3616 - December 28, 2012
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We dedicate our show to looking at the direction of Louisiana K-12 schools. Since the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, what steps are in place to keep Louisiana’s schools safe? We’ll also review the lawsuits challenging reform efforts by the Jindal administration and the state legislature. Our guests will include Superintendent of Education John White, as well as Joyce Haynes, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators, and Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan.

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School Safety Panel
LSWI3615 - December 21, 2012
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The deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, has raised questions about school safety and what, if any, gun control legislation should follow. Are stricter gun laws the answer or should guns be allowed in the schools for added protection? LPB put together a panel of experts for a thoughtful discussion on the issues.

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Health Care, Young Graduates, Christmas Journey
LSWI3614 - December 14, 2012
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Louisiana’s top health secretary testified before Congress this week. Congressman Bill Cassidy joins Shauna Sanford from Washington D.C. to discuss the state’s health care problems and whether Democrats and Republicans will be able to strike a deal in order to avoid the impending fiscal cliff. Would a national identification card improve safety at airports and federal buildings? This week we find out if the REAL ID Act will go into effect in January 2013. Louisiana is one of seven states that is not in compliance with a measure some say could prevent terrorist attacks. At an age when their peers are just starting college, two teens have just earned their bachelor's degrees. Southern Education Desk reporter Sue Lincoln has the story on Southern University's youngest-ever graduates. And Charlie Whinham continues his Christmas Journey. This week he travels to Lafayette for Christmas at Acadian Village.

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Pre-K Testing
LSWI3613 - December 7, 2012
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Part of Louisiana’s education overhaul includes unifying the oversight of all pre-k programs in the state and grading pre-schools. Southern education desk reporter Sue Lincoln has the latest on the state’s plans.

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AIDS and Louisiana
LSWI3613 - December 7, 2012
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We just marked World AIDS Day but more than a million people are still infected. Louisiana has one of the highest rates of reported AIDS case rates in the country. Now the HIV home testing kit is available. Shauna Sanford talks with a panel of experts on whether this will be a game changer.

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Christmas Roses
LSWI3613 - December 7, 2012
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We travel to north Louisiana for a Christmas classic. Charlie Whinham shows us why visitors flock each year to the American Rose Society in Shreveport for Christmas in Roseland.

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Louisiana’s School Choice Act
LSWI3612 - November 30, 2012
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Louisiana’s School Choice Act is challenged in two separate courtrooms this week—first, as part of a federal desegregation case, then in state court on its constitutionality. Southern Education Desk reporter Sue Lincoln has trial coverage.
| Southern Education Desk |

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Louisiana Supreme Court District 5 Runoff
LSWI3612 - November 30, 2012
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There are a few runoff elections remaining in the state on December 8th, including the race for a seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court. Shauna Sanford talks with District 5 candidates John Michael Guidry (D) and Jeff Hughes (R).

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Rural Life Christmas
LSWI3612 - November 30, 2012
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This Sunday marks the annual “Rural Life Christmas” at LSU’s Rural Life Museum with all the sights, sounds and 19th century trimmings. Charlie Whinham takes us along on this Louisiana Christmas Journey.

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Oil Spill Panel
LSWI3611 - November 23, 2012
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BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill two and a half years ago. What does this mean to Louisiana and the Gulf region? A panel of experts will discuss the topic including Garret Graves with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of LA; Keith Jones, whose son was among the eleven killed in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and Melanie Driscoll with the National Audubon Society.

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High School Dropouts
LSWI3611 - November 23, 2012
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Louisiana’s high school dropout rate is nearly 15 percent and nearly 3-in-10 high school students do not graduate on time. We preview this month’s Louisiana Public Square that addresses the state’s dropout dilemma and what steps are being taken to improve the situation.

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Food Fair
LSWI3611 - November 23, 2012
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Seventh graders at Glasgow Middle School have been studying food in science class, and recently put on a show to share what they’ve learned. Southern Education Desk reporter Sue Lincoln takes us to “Food Day.”
| Southern Education Desk |

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Natchitoches Festival of Lights
LSWI3610 - November 16, 2012
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The holiday season in Louisiana kicks off this weekend with the Natchitoches Festival of Lights. Charlie Whinham explains how this central Louisiana event that began in 1927 captivates visitors and townfolk alike with over 300,000 Christmas lights along the Cane River, downtown horse drawn carriage rides, and a guarantee of snow!

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ASPIRE
LSWI3610 - November 16, 2012
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LSU-Shreveport students are helping inspire inner-city teens to become math and science geeks. Southern Education Desk reporter Sue Lincoln shows us how the A.S.P.I.R.E. program works.
| Southern Education Desk |

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LSU Healthcare System
LSWI3610 - November 16, 2012
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There is much debate in the state regarding Louisiana’s healthcare system. Shauna Sanford talks with Dr. Fred Cerise, former head of LSU’s Health System, who believes some leaders are more concerned with politics rather than the welfare of the state.

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The Future of Louisiana’s Health Care System
LSWI3609 - November 9, 2012
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What is the future of Louisiana’s health care system? Two key architects behind Governor Bobby Jindal’s health care reform plans, Dr. Frank Opelka of LSU Health Systems and Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein sits down with Shauna Sanford for an exclusive interview.

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2012 Election Recap
LSWI3609 - November 9, 2012
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Nearly two million people cast ballots in Louisiana on Tuesday. Charlie Whinham talks with political analyst Jim Engster for a recap on the state’s hottest races and constitutional amendments. Find out which Louisiana sporting event has successfully forecasted the U.S. Presidential race for the last eight elections.

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Prescription for Health - Lung Cancer Month
LSWI3609 - November 9, 2012
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Dr. Rani Whitfield joins us in the studio for LPB’s monthly health segment “Prescription for Health.” November is Lung cancer awareness month. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States.

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3rd Congressional District Race
LSWI3608 - November 2, 2012
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There’s a heated battle for the Congress in the 3rd District between five challengers including U.S. Reps Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry. The district pits two GOP incumbents against each other after Louisiana lost one of its seven congressional seats following the 2010 Census. Charlie Whinham reports from Lafayette for a highly anticipated Halloween night debate between Boustany and Landry.

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Constitutional Amendment Number 2
LSWI3608 - November 2, 2012
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Constitutional Amendment No. 2 pertains to the rights of each Louisiana citizen to keep and bear arms under the most stringent standard of judicial review known as “strict scrutiny.” Shauna Sanford talks with Senator Neil Riser (R-Columbia), the author of the proposal.

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Public Service Commission and Supreme Court Races
LSWI3608 - November 2, 2012
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Three political analysts will join the conversation on other state races including the open seat for the Public Service Commission and State Supreme Court. Our panelists are Fullbright Scholar and McNeese State Political Science professor Dr. Henry Sirgo, Advocate Capitol Bureau Editor Mark Ballard, and UL-Lafayette Political Science Chair Dr. Pearson Cross.

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Kevin Reilly, Sr.
LSWI3608 - November 2, 2012
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LPB pays tribute to Kevin Reilly, Sr. who passed away this week at the age of 84. Reilly was named a Louisiana Legend in 2007. Here is a clip from LPB’s Louisiana Legends Gala.
| Louisiana Legends |

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Constitutional Amendments
LSWI3607 - October 26, 2012
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There are nine constitutional amendments on the ballot this November. The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) created a guide for voters to help understand the issues. PAR President Robert Travis Scott is our in-studio guest.
| Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana |

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Youth Vote
LSWI3607 - October 26, 2012
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What role does the youth vote play in Louisiana and across the country? This month’s Louisiana Public Square explores what issues matter to the 18-25 year old voter and how they stand on the two parties’ platforms.
| Louisiana Public Square |

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School Performance Scores
LSWI3607 - October 26, 2012
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The Louisiana Department of Education released the 2012 school performance scores this week and says there are encouraging signs. Southern Education Desk reporter Sue Lincoln reviews the numbers.
| Southern Education Desk |

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Legislative Joint Budget Committee
LSWI3606 - October 19, 2012
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The Legislative Joint Budget Committee continues its fact-finding mission concerning the state’s budget problems. Shauna Sanford talks with Representatives Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) and Joe Harrison (R-Houma) about the latest from the committee and the proposal for a special session.

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BESE
LSWI3606 - October 19, 2012
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Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met this week and approved new rules for state licensing of private schools. Southern Ed Desk reporter Sue Lincoln takes us inside the issue.

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Early Voting
LSWI3606 - October 19, 2012
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Early voting in Louisiana is from October 23-30. Secretary of State Tom Schedler will discuss early voting as well as other helpful tips for voters prior to the November 6th elections.

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Election Forecasts with Charlie Cook
LSWI3605 - October 12, 2012
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Political analyst and Shreveport native Charlie Cook will discuss Thursday night’s Vice Presidential Debate. Cook delivers election forecasts and rankings in his own publication, The Cook Political Report, as well as The National Journal and NBC.

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Health Care System Cuts
LSWI3605 - October 12, 2012
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Deeper cuts to the LSU Hospital System will mean less access to care according to the new system leader. But the health care system in Louisiana is already stressed and the impact is being felt by the insured and the uninsured. Shauna Sanford will take a closer look.

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Artist Kim Zabbia with the LPB Auction
LSWI3605 - October 12, 2012
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The LPB Art and Travel Auction is underway. Over 200 pieces of art have been donated by Louisiana artists. We profile one of these artists, Kim Zabbia of Ponchatoula.
| LPB Art and Travel Auction |

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Louisiana School for the Agricultural Sciences
LSWI3604 - October 5, 2012
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One of Louisiana's oldest charter schools consistently earns a "D" rating from the state. But as Southern Ed Desk reporter Sue Lincoln shows us, the Louisiana School for the Agricultural Sciences has a unique mission.
| Southern Education Desk |

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Jim Caldwell of the Kisatchie National Forest receives Smokey Bear Award
LSWI3604 - October 5, 2012
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The Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana is a natural and historic treasure for visitors year-round and one man plays a large role in its success. Meet 40-year U.S. Forest Service veteran Jim Caldwell, a recent Smokey Bear Award recipient for his lifetime efforts in forest fire prevention in Louisiana.

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Prescription for Health - Breast Cancer Awareness Month
LSWI3604 - October 5, 2012
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It’s the first Friday of the month and that means Dr. Rani Whitfield is in the studio for our monthly medical segment “Prescription for Health.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Whitfield will share some important and life saving information on the subject.

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Buddy Roemer on Budget Cuts
lswi3604 - October 5, 2012
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Louisiana has big budget problems. Health care is taking a big hit. Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer knows very well what it's like to deal with major state budget problems. In fact, the budget was in crisis during his time in office. He attempted to close several hospitals as well.

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Seven Years Later - Still Recovering From Rita
LSW3606 - September 28, 2012
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This week marks the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Rita. The eye of the Category 3 hurricane hit Johnson’s Bayou on September 24th, 2005, and left a path of destruction across southwest Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina had hit three weeks earlier and caught most of the national headlines, but Rita was actually more powerful than Katrina. Shauna Sanford traveled to Cameron Parish to find out how the region is recovering.

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Making a Difference in Dropout Rates
LSWI3603 - September 28, 2012
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A recent study says 7th and 8th grade can make the difference between a high school dropout and a high school graduate. Southern Education Desk reporter Sue Lincoln shows us three Louisiana public schools putting that information into action. We’ll also see how another southern state is facing the dropout crisis. Our Southern Education Desk partner in Nashville reports on how Tennessee is addressing this issue.
| Southern Education Desk |

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Benefits of Employing Workers with Disabilities
LSWI3603 - September 28, 2012
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There are approximately 427,000 working age adults with disabilities in Louisiana, yet 295,000 are not in the workforce. Brittany Howard with Louisiana Workforce Commission is in the studio to discuss nine statewide job fairs beginning in October designed to inform employers of potential tax benefits as well as help persons with disabilities find jobs.

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Phelps Correctional Center Closure
LSWI3602 - September 21, 2012
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Over 250 people will lose their job in southwest Louisiana this November. Last Friday, the Jindal Administration announced the closing of the C. Paul Phelps Correctional Facility in DeQuincy. While the Governor says the move will save the state over $12 million dollars next fiscal year, many are upset. Many local officials say the news came as a complete surprise, and residents there say they deserve better.

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Lawmakers Panel Discussion
LSWI3602 - September 21, 2012
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The Joint Budget Committee returned to the capitol this week to delve deeper into the problems that plague the state budget. Plus, what are lawmakers saying now that the state Attorney General’s Office says the governor needs legislative approval before a private company can be hired to manage the health plan for state employees? And why didn’t the Jindal administration include local and state officials about the closing of the prison in DeQuincy? A panelists of lawmakers speak out.
| Legislative Session |

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Dropout by the Numbers
LSWI3602 - September 21, 2012
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Louisiana’s school dropout rate has not improved much and the state is looking for answers. Southern Education Desk reporter Sue Lincoln examines the numbers.
| American Graduate |

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FEMA Funding
LSWI3601 - September 14, 2012
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A government shutdown has been avoided now that members of congress have approved a six month stopgap federal budget. Shauna Sanford spoke with Congressman Bill Cassidy about funding for the FEMA disaster relief fund and what it could mean for victims of hurricane Isaac.

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Derek Gordon
LSWI3601 - September 14, 2012
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Derek Gordon Obituary

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Prescription for Health - West Nile Virus Update
LSWI3601 - September 14, 2012
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Dr. Rani Whitfield joins Shauna and Charlie for LPB’s monthly health segment called “Prescription for Health.” This month Dr. Whitfield examines the high number of current West Nile Virus cases being reported in record numbers in Louisiana, and across the country.

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Curriculum Controversy
LSWI3601 - September 14, 2012
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A total of 116 private and parochial schools in Louisiana are now educating scholarship/voucher students, but controversy has arisen over the curricula some schools are using. Southern Ed Desk reporter Sue Lincoln looks into the issue.
| Southern Education Desk |

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Bonnie Kate Pourciau Recovery
LSWI3601 - September 14, 2012
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It’s been nearly two months since the deadly movie shootings in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 and wounded 58. A Baton Rouge teenager was among those seriously injured. The long road to recovery finds Bonnie Kate Pourciau back home in Louisiana facing a possible fifth surgery next week. Charlie Whinham tells us Bonnie Kate is finding strength from family, friends and faith.

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
LSWIE3651 - August 30, 2013
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Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, is the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being realized in Louisiana? Activists from around the state were on the front line of the battle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and 60s as they fought for equal rights, jobs and justice. Today, the country and the state are grappling with serious issues dealing with voting rights, public education, jobs and justice. Is a new Civil Rights movement underway? Join an enlightening conversation about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
| The March on Washington |


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