Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

Tax philosophies seem to be nearly as numerous as tax reform bills filed this session. As the House Ways and Means Committee took testimony on 20 measures dealing with corporate taxes Wednesday, those philosophies were on display.


Former State Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) and Faye Williams (D-Alexandria), President of National Congress of Black Women, discuss efforts by the Louisiana GOP to attract more Republicans. There are 22,000 black Republicans out of three million registered total voters in the state.

Also on today's program: Patrick Mulhearn on Louisiana's film industry, here.

Patrick Mulhearn, Executive Director of Celtic Studios, talks with us about the state of the film industry in Louisiana amid a host of budget cuts.


Director Paul Catalanotto of Hammond is a graduate of the University of New Orleans. He discusses his film, "When the Rivers Rise." The film takes a look at 2016's historic flooding in our state. Catalanotto's film will show next week at the Louisiana International Film Festival in Baton Rouge.


Dr. Paul Offitt, author of “Pandora’s Lab,” argues that science is a process of learning from one’s failures. He notes seven historical examples of significant missteps by science.


Every year, households across Louisiana celebrate the eight-day festival of Passover. On this week's show, we’re bringing in the experts to help us explore Jewish food traditions old and new. 

 

We speak with Joyce Goldstein, author of The New Mediterranean Jewish Table, about sephardic recipes of the Jewish diaspora. In compiling her book, Joyce set out to demystify the diverse traditions of Jewish cooking in the Mediterranean region.

flickr.com/AJC1 / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode

Abortion rights advocates say an abortion clinic in northwestern Louisiana has closed, leaving three other such clinics in the state.

 

Owners of Bossier City Medical Suite could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The phone number at the facility was no longer in service and the website was down. State business records show the company's officers are the same Texas-based principals of Causeway Medical Suite, a suburban New Orleans facility that closed last year.

 

Justice advocates are recommending changes at New Orleans Criminal Court. One suggestion is not locking up victims who refuse to testify. The annual report from CourtWatch NOLA says prosecutors should consider that victims can be afraid of retaliation if they appear in court.

The House Ways and Means Committee has started looking at how Louisiana could change it's method of taxing. On Tuesday, the focus was on personal income taxes. 


Airs Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

Pages