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Louisiana: The State We're In - Season 42

Governor Declares State of Emergency, Hurricane Season Forecast Model, Senator John Kennedy, Teens Against Gun Violence | 7/12/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Algae Overgrowth, Resolving Violence, Living in Peace, Giving Hope | 7/5/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

A Quest to End Violence, Innovation Park Turns 30, Incarcerated Women of Louisiana | 6/28/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Clearing Hurdles, Crude Oil, Sinking Cities Special Report | 6/21/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Dead Zone, Sinking Cities, Foster Care | 6/14/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Legislative Wrap-Up and Analysis, Remembering Leah Chase | 6/7/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Morganza Spillway, Ruston Update, Hurricane Season, World War II Museum | 5/31/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

LA SAFE, APSB Member Stanley Celestine, Jr., Chris Thomas King | 5/24/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

President Trump in Louisiana, A Lawsuit Against Drug Manufacturers, The State of TOPS Scholarships, Interview with Bubba Henry | 5/17/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Legislative Wrap, Potential Education Legislation, Old State Capitol Restoration Anniversary, Inside the LSU Tiger Marching Band | 5/3/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Legislative Wrap, Legislative Youth Advisory Council, Victims, Death Penalty, Robo Calls | 4/26/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Legislative Update, Mayor of Shreveport, Crowdfunding Churches | 4/19/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Start of the Legislative Session, St. Landry Church Fires, 2019 Gubernatorial Forum, Hotel Bentley | 4/12/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Governor's Address to Open Legislative Session | 04/08/19

Governor John Bel Edwards addressed the opening of the state legislative session.

State Budget Plans, Recovery in Monroe, New Effort for Road Funds | 4/05/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

The Mueller Report, LSU Controversy, Folk Art in Chauvin | 3/29/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Shortened School Week, Rising Mississippi River, Modern Architecture | 3/22/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Crime Fighting, Louisiana Legislature, Survey Rankings, Mary McBride | 3/15/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Gender Pay Gap,Opioid Addiction, Opera | 3/8/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

CPRA Debt, Incarcerated, Prescription Drugs, Museum Tour | 3/1/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Leak Containment | Hazing | Carnival Masks | 2/22/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Louisiana Hayride, Lower Car Insurance, Coastal Restoration, 2019 Louisiana Young Heroes | 2/15/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Drinking Water in Melville, Biodegradable Mardi Gras Beads, 600 Year Old Canoes (Update) | 2/8/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

The Tax Break Trade-Off, Reducing Domestic Violence, Elementary Math + Good Grades = Success in Life | 02/01/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Governor's Race, Charter Schools, New Tech Infrastructure | 01/25/2019 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Farm Tariffs, Georgia-Pacific Layoffs, Government Shutdown | 1/18/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Spanish Lake Contamination, Louisianan's Limiting Incomes, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum | 1/11/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Governor John Bel Edwards Interview | 1/4/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

The Year in Review | 12/28/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Fiscal Cliff, Gun Violence in Schools, Sexual Harassment in State Government, Admissions Exceptions, Blanco Public Policy Center

Affordable Care Act, Economic Outlook, St. Joseph Cathedral, Governor’s Holiday Decorations | 12/21/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

State Department of Health, Climate Change, Sunshine Bridge Update | 12/14/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Governor's Race, Financial Aid, Poverty's Mortal Enemy, Pearl Harbor | 12/07/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

State Revenue Forecast, Mental/Addictive Crisis Options, Mary Manhein, Steele Burden | 11/30/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Report Cards, Admissions, Veterans, Jimmy Fitzmorris | 11/23/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

State of Journalism, Bastion, Admission Standards, Book Panel | 11/16/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Election Recap, Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan, Dr. Julian Bailes, Chitimacha Powwow | 11/09/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Synagogue Shootings, Real ID, Oil and Gas, Veteran’s Coming Home | 11/02/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Sunshine Bridge Closure, Election Day November 6, North Louisiana Hospitals, Louisiana Veterans Back Home | 10/26/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Sunshine Bridge, Unanimous Juries, Smartphone APP Detects Cancer Gene, Jim Taylor, Chitimacha Baskets | 10/19/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Secretary of State Candidates, Louisiana in DC, Voter Rights, Define Your Selfie | 10/12/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

Airport Proposal Cancelled, PAR Amendment Guide, Dicamba Controversy, Wish to Fish | 10/05/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab Program, Political Polarization, Revisiting Reform, Fasting Rats | 09/28/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

State Contracts, Reducing Recidivism, Stand for Life, Chitimacha Canoe | 09/21/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In

AG Speaks on Client Change, SNAP Work Requirements, Blanco Policy Center, Louisiana: The State We're In - 42 Years! | 09/14/18 | Louisiana: The State We're In


Hemp & CBD Education | Kristy Hebert | 06/05/19 | Newsmakers

Hemp & CBD Education

Tourism Initiatives Update | Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser | 05/29/19 | Newsmakers

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser provides an update on state tourism initiatives.

Offender Intervention in Louisiana | Edward Shihadeh | 05/22/19 | Press Club

Smarter and Safer: Offender Intervention in Louisiana

Common Sense | Janet Simmons | 05/08/19 | Newsmakers

Common Sense Isn't Common Anymore - Understanding the Learned Behaviors of Differing Socio-Economic Classes

Master Plan for Higher Ed. | Kim Hunter Reed | 05/01/19 | Newsmakers

Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D. is Louisiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education. Her appointment in April of 2018 made Reed the only female in the country currently serving as a state higher education lead who has led higher ed in more than one state. She presented the "Master Plan for Higher Ed."

Lack of Civility in Today's Politics | Henson Moore | 04/24/19 | Newsmakers

Lack of Civility in Today's Politics | Henson Moore | 04/24/19 | Newsmakers

PAR Conference | 04/11/19 | Newsmakers

PAR Conference | 04/11/19 | Newsmakers

A Perspective on Inner City Baton Rouge | Raymond Jetson | 04/10/19 | Newsmakers

Data, Dashboards and Determination; A Perspective on Inner City Baton Rouge

Effective Prevention in the #Metoo Era | Racheal Hebert | 04/03/19 | Newsmakers

Racheal Hebert, LCSW is the founder, president & chief operating officer of Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response, or STAR, a non-profit organization that provides support to survivors of sexual trauma, improves systems response and creates social change to end sexual violence. Since 2012, Racheal has served as the CEO of STAR, where she grew the organization from a small operation with two employees in Baton Rouge to a multi-branch agency with 39 full and part time staff. STAR currently has offices in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and New Roads.

Heroin Epidemic / Opiods | Dr. Beau Clark | 03/27/19 | Newsmakers

Life Lessons | Rotary Club Past President Albert Fraenkel | 3/20/19 | Newsmakers

Past Baton Rouge Rotary Club President Albert Fraenkel comes back to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club to share “Every Important Thing I Have Learned in 91 Years in 15 Minutes”

Walk-On's Story | Brandon Landry | 03/13/19 | Newsmakers

Brandon Landry, CEO of Walk-On’s Bar & Bistreaux, got his start on the hardwood floors of LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center where he was a walk-on for the LSU Tigers’ basketball team. As Brandon traveled with the team he noticed the lack of good family-friendly sports bars across the nation. That realization sparked a vision, which led Brandon to open the first Walk-On’s in Baton Rouge, at the South Gates of LSU, in 2003.

Fighting Public Corruption | Stephen Street | 02/27/19 | Newsmakers

Stephen Street, Louisiana's Inspector General since January of 2008, speaks on "Fighting Corruption -- Successes and Challenges."

A Year in Review | Christopher Tyson | 2/20/19 | Newsmakers

Christopher J. Tyson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority where he leads Baton Rouge’s land development and blight elimination efforts. He is currently on leave from his position as the Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center. As a noted local government law scholar, Chris has published numerous articles, book chapters and editorials, including an internationally syndicated New York Times op-ed on the Alton Sterling shooting. He has previously worked at Accenture, Jones Walker and in the Washington, DC Office of Senator Mary Landrieu. Chris earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Howard University, his Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

War and Peace: Building Peace, Piece by Piece | Dr. Christopher Zambakari | 02/06/19 | Newsmakers

Dr. Christopher Zambakari is a South Sudanese-American, who immigrated to the United States in 2001 as a refugee from South Sudan.

Criminal Justice Reinvestment | Sen. Dan Claitor | 01/30/19 | Newsmakers

Senator Dan Claitor spoke to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club on Criminal Justice Reinvestment.

Louisiana Eats! A Delicious Slice of Food History - Louisiana Style | Poppy Tooker | 01/23/19 | Newsmakers

Food personality, radio host, teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table. Poppy brings all of these elements together in her weekly NPR affiliated radio show, ***Louisiana Eats!

Community Coffee Company Celebrating 100 Years | Matt Saurage | 01/16/19 | Newsmakers

Matt Saurage, fourth-generation owner of Community Coffee Company, currently serves as the Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Matt has been involved with the family business since 1995 in a variety of roles including; coffee selection and roasting, brand marketing, coffeehouse operations, and new product development.

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome | Newsmakers | 1/9/19

Sharon Weston Broome is a firm believer in achieving unity and equality through her dedication to public service. During her time in office, Broome has placed a heavy focus on improving the quality of life within the citizenry. Her areas of focus are specifically in developing areas such as infrastructure, public safety, economic growth, and education, among many other areas. Before becoming the first female to hold the position of Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, Broome served as a Baton Rouge Metro City Council Member, a Louisiana State Representative, and a Louisiana State Senator.


Short-Term Property Rentals | Tara Wicker | 06/17/19 | Press Club

East Baton Rouge Councilwoman Tara Wicker will be today’s speaker at the Press Club of Baton Rouge. She will discuss a proposed ordinance on short-term property rentals across the parish. The discussion started with Spanish Town and now is expected to include the entire city-parish.

Louisiana Higher Education | Jim Henderson | 06/10/19 | Press Club

Jim Henderson, president of the University of Louisiana System, spoke at Press Club of Baton Rouge addressing the state of higher education and efforts to boost graduation rates in Louisiana, where fewer than one in four adults has a college degree.

2019 Louisiana Election | John Couvillon | 06/03/19 | Press Club

Pollster and data analyst John Couvillon spoke at today’s Press Club of Baton Rouge luncheon meeting. His topic is the 2019 Louisiana election and how candidates can use data to help them win.

100 Black Men Programs | Brace B. "Trey" Godfrey III | 05/20/19 | Press Club

Brace B. "Trey" Godfrey III, executive director of the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, will speak at the Press Club of Baton Rouge today about the group’s programs and services and how they are making an impact on the success of black men and boys and the community at large.

Finances and Unclaimed Property | John Schroder | 05/13/19 | Press Club

Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder speaks about the state’s finances and legislation to protect “unclaimed property."

Vaccines & Immunizations | Dr. Alexander Billioux | 05/06/19 | Press Club

Dr. Alexander Billioux, assistant secretary for Louisiana’s Office of Public Health, speaks about vaccines and immunizations and explain how the Department of Health is working to prevent outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases in Louisiana.

Education Legislation | Sen. Blade Morrish | 04/29/19 | Press Club

State Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, chair of the Senate Education Committee, speaks on legislative bills pertaining to education filed this session.

Keep It Local | Together Baton Rouge | 04/22/19 | Press Club

Edgar Cage and the Rev. Lee Wesley, both representing Together Louisiana/Together Baton Rouge, will be the guest speakers at the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday, April 22. Cage is a community activist, and Wesley is pastor at the Community Bible Baptist Church. Their topic is “keep it local.”

Gas Tax Increase | Erich Ponti | 04/01/19 | Press Club

Erich Ponti, president of the Louisiana Coalition to Fix Our Roads, will be the speaker at today’s Press Club to push his organization’s plan for incremental 6-cent increases in gasoline taxes to fund road improvements. A former legislator, he is also executive director of the Louisiana Asphalt Pavement Association.

Flood Control and Coastal Restoration | State Sen. Eddie Lambert | 03/25/19 | Press Club

State Senator Eddie Lambert of Prairieville spoke to the Press Club. As vice chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, he discussed the state’s master plan for flood control and coastal restoration. Because of the historic flooding along the Mississippi River, Sen. Lambert is working with state officials to review options to lessen the growing danger and repeat occurrences of high water in Louisiana.

Infrastructure Update | DOTD Sec. Shawn Wilson | 3/18/19 | Press Club

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson will speak to the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday, March 18. He will discuss statewide infrastructure and ongoing projects. Press Club meets on Mondays at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, which is located at 102 France St., in the East and West Baton Rouge Room. Parking is free in the garage off Mayflower Street. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.

2019 Elections | Barry Erwin | 03/11/19 | Press Club

Barry Erwin, President and CEO of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), was guest speaker at the Press Club. He discussed the 2019 state elections and a first-time collaboration between CABL, the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) and the Committee of 100 to develop and promote a shared agenda for use by those running for office. They will also establish a vision for the future in critical issue areas, along with a resource center for candidates.

Legislative Session | Daniel Erspamer | 3/04/19 | Press Club

Daniel Erspamer, Chief Executive Officer of the Pelican Institute, was guest speaker at the Press Club. He discussed how the New Orleans-based think tank is preparing for the 2019 Legislative Session and reviewed the impact of criminal justice reform, which passed with the assistance of his group. He addressed such issues as the budget, criminal reform, complicated tax issues, and certification of many jobs that are not certified in other states.

Legislative Session | John White | 02/25/19 | Press Club

John White, superintendent of the Louisiana Department of Education, was guest speaker at the Press. He discussed the upcoming legislative session.

Higher Education Update | Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner | 02/18/19 | Press Club

Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education, Kim Hunter Reed, was guest speaker at the Press Club. She provided an update on her first seven months on the job and describe ongoing efforts to update the Master Plan for Higher Education in the state, which outlines minimum admissions requirements for students and serves as a visionary document for colleges and universities across Louisiana.

Louisiana Green Army Update | Ret. Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré | 02/11/19 | Press Club

He will discuss the key issues his organization wants addressed in the upcoming Louisiana Legislative session.

ITEP | Stephen Waguespack | Press Club | 02/04/19

Stephen Waguespack, president and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), spoke about the Industrial Tax Exemption Program, known as ITEP.

Thinking Bigger in 2019 | Adam Knapp | Press Club | 01/28/19

Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, spoke to the Press Club about “Thinking Bigger in 2019." A new Mississippi River Bridge and improving community relations are this year’s major priorities for the Chamber. He also addressed the pending layoffs by Georgia-Pacific, BASF and Thompson Pipe Group, suggesting that people should regard the situation as a regional problem.

Adam Knapp | CEO Baton Rouge Area Chamber | 01/22/18 | Press Club

This week, Adam Knapp, CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser | Press Club | 01/14/19

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser addressed the Press Club. He spoke about the many efforts that the Louisiana Office of Recreation and Tourism have worked on to bring more visitors to our state.

Gov. John Bel Edwards | Press Club | 01/07/19

Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the Press Club. He discussed highlights from 2018 and what to expect in 2019 as he enters his last year of his term and a heated battle for re-election. He discussed his goals of teacher and school support pay, increasing the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and protection of the current healthcare system.


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Louisiana Public Square - 2019

Legislative Wrap 2019 | June 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Teacher pay raises. A boost to the minimum wage. Legalizing sports betting. Advancing or abolishing Louisiana’s death penalty? These were some of the major issues considered over the course of the legislature’s 2019 Regular Session that began in April. For the first four months of the year, Louisiana Public Square thoroughly examined these topics through thoughtful conversation among stakeholders on both sides. This month, Louisiana Public Square takes a look back at the issues that made headlines and how each fared at the state capitol.

Sinking Louisiana | May 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Many scientists argue we are nearing a tipping point to save the coast, which demands “connecting the dots,” significant investment and a change in priorities. Louisiana Public Square, in partnership with public radio station WWNO, brings together coastal stakeholders, NGOs, researchers and industry leaders to explore strategies that reduce coastal land loss and protect lives. This program is made possible in part through funding from WNET and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Penalty of Death | April 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Louisiana Public Square brings together proponents and opponents of capital punishment to explore the debate.

What are the Odds? Sports Betting in Louisiana | March 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Last May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law prohibiting sports betting in all states but Nevada. Efforts in the legislature to allow sports gaming in Louisiana failed in 2018. This session will see a renewed push by lawmakers to allow sports betting with some supporting dedicating proceeds to early childhood education. What are the pros and cons of legalizing sports gaming? How would it be implemented in Louisiana? How much revenue could state government hope to see? And what are the challenges of dedicating another revenue stream? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “What are the Odds? Sports Betting in Louisiana” airing Wednesday, March 27 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Beyond the Minimum Wage | February 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Louisiana has the third highest poverty rate in the country. This year Governor John Bel Edwards will attempt once again to raise the minimum wage for Louisiana workers. His goal is $8.50 an hour phased in over two years. But is raising the minimum wage the answer to helping Louisiana residents get out of poverty? Or does the solution involve something more? Large numbers of high wage jobs go unfilled because employers can’t find qualified applicants. Nearly 55% of Louisiana adults lack a college degree or postsecondary credential. What is the state doing to train and further educate its citizens to obtain the skills to get a well-paying job? What programs are working and what challenges remain? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Beyond the Minimum Wage” Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

The Value of Teachers | January 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Louisiana public school teachers returning to the classroom in January, may see a pay increase on the horizon. Governor John Bel Edwards says his top priority for the 2019 legislative session is funding a teacher pay raise. Educators in the South earn an average of $50,955 annually, In Louisiana, the average is $49,745. But, some teacher advocates already are complaining that the Governor’s proposed $1,000 bump in pay is too low. So, what is an adequate raise? How will a salary increase and teacher retirement costs be funded? Should support staff be included in the mix? And what can local communities expect in exchange for higher teacher pay? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “The Value of Teachers” Wednesday, January 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Program recording Wednesday, January 16.) The panelists are: - Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie; Senate Education Committee - Michael Faulk, Louisiana Association of School Superintendents - Debbie Meaux, Louisiana Association of Educators - Donald Songy, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor John Bel Edwards Beth Courtney, LPB CEO, and Barry Erwin, president of the Council for A Better Louisiana, will host.



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