Louisiana News

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BATON ROUGE, LA - The Louisiana  Senate  will consider  proposals  to  whittle  away  at  Louisiana's  tax break  programs  to  keep  more  money  in  the  state treasury  for  spending.     Yesterday,  the  Senate  Revenue  and  Fiscal  Affairs  Committee  advanced  a  handful  of  bills  to  the  full  Senate  that  would  lessen or  eliminate  tax  breaks.

Airs Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week Commentator Gary Joiner reflects on the birth of the Atomic Age and its repercussions today with the resurgence in use of nuclear power as an energy source coupled with the proliferation of warheads by North Korea. The Atomic Age began at the University of Chicago on Dec. 2, 1942, with the creation of the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

As House members continue to dither over how to – or even if to – move ahead with comprehensive tax reform, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced several bills along those lines Monday.


Kaddish

Apr 17, 2017

Airs Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 6 p.m. This moving program draws, in the main, upon the reminiscences of survivors of the Holocaust, recorded in conversation with APM classical music host Mindy Ratner. Each story is unique, and yet all contrast tragedy with a sense of courage, resilience, and serendipity, often in astonishing circumstances. The narrative is scored throughout with works by composers whose lives were, in some way, touched by the Holocaust An unforgettable listening experience!

Airs Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 12 noon. Anna Netrebko returns to the Met in her acclaimed interpretation of the heroine Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s romantic tragedy Eugene Onegin, opposite Peter Mattei in the title role, which he has also sung with the company to great praise. Robin Ticciati conducts the performance of Deborah Warner’s production, which also features Alexey Dolgov as Onegin’s friend Lenski, Elena Maximova as Tatiana’s sister Olga, and Štefan Kocán as Prince Gremin.

Dr. Neil Johannsen of Pennington Biomedical Research Center speaks with us about the impact of exercise on chronic disease and the influence of Louisiana heat on summer workouts.


LOUISIANA STATE PARKS MAY CLOSE - With summertime vacations coming up,  some Louisiana state parks operating in the red may close due to state budget woes.  Hodges Gardens and North Toledo Bend State Parks in Sabine Parish have been put on notice for closure after June 30th unless the state intervenes.  A bill to be put before the Louisiana Senate would give Lt. Governor, Billy Nungesser authority to seek public-private partnerships to help make state parks more financially stable.  


For decades, lawmakers have complained about how complicated the state school funding formula – the MFP -- is, so we recently asked State Superintendent John White if he could explain it.


Gardeners have become more environmentally concious over the past few decades. They're employing more environmentally sound principles in the landscape, such as using less pesticide, composting more, and even instlaling rain gardens.


Bruce Feiler writes the "This Life" column for the New York Times and wrote "The First Love Story: Adam Eve and Us." He joines to talk about the misconceptions about Adam and Eve on Good Friday.


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