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March 7, 2014
LSWI3726 - March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014 - Legislative Preview, Green Army Fighting for the Environment, Legislators Weigh in on Session, Louisiana Historian Key to “12 Years a Slave” Success

Legislative Preview (0:40) PAR President Robert Travis Scott talks with Charlie Whinham for an overview of topics lawmakers will be facing including the debate on Common Core, higher education funding, Medicaid expansion and balancing the budget. SHARE

Green Army Fighting for the Environment (5:17) Known for our festivals, a new one has been added to the lineup, the Louisiana Water Festival. But this is not about passing a good time. This festival will shed light on a common concern statewide, the safety of drinking water. Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore and his Green Army have put together an ambitious legislative agenda that addresses everything from the Department of Natural Resources, to lawmakers working in the oil and gas industry who push legislation favoring the industry, to monitoring the health of residents living near chemical and industrial plants. Shauna Sanford talks with the General this week. SHARE

Legislators Weigh in on Session (10:22) Rep. Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge) and Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) discuss the upcoming session with co-hosts Shauna Sanford and Charlie Whinham. SHARE

Louisiana Historian Key to “12 Years a Slave” Success (19:26) Director Steve McQueen praised Louisiana historian Dr. Sue Eakin this week when his film “12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for best picture. Dr. Eakin spent her life making certain the story by Solomon Northup would not be forgotten. Last fall, Eakin’s son Frank, along with Oscar winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. attended the Louisiana Book Festival to discuss Northup’s 1853 memoir and Dr. Eakin’s passion to keep his story alive. SHARE

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