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Reporters' Show - February 1981

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-02-27

Duration: 00:28:27

Subjects: Desegregation | Environmental monitoring | Air pollution | Water pollution | Gerald, Gaston | Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana. Department of Health and Human Resources | Teacher pay raises | State employee pay raises | HIGHER EDUCATION | Universities and colleges | College integration | Historically black colleges and universities | United States. Department of Justice | Louisiana. Department of Natural Resources. Environmental Control Commission | Environment | Chemical spills | Georgia-Pacific Corporation


  • George, Beth Host
  • Fourrier, Clay Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • Fuglaar, Bill Director
  • Blome, Ron Producer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Lightfoot, Linda Panelist
  • Coates, Guy Panelist
  • Courtney, Bob Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from February 27, 1981, features Beth George leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Linda Lightfoot of the Baton Rouge State-Times; Guy Coates of the Associated Press; and Bob Courtney of WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge.  They discuss: the debate over Governor Dave Treen’s proposed state budget; the problems facing Secretary George Fisher of the Department of Health and Human Resources in putting together the agency’s budget because of pending federal budget cuts; the disagreement over Governor Treen’s pay raise package for state employees and teachers; the status of the college desegregation lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice against the State of Louisiana; the recent meeting of the Environmental Control Commission; the concerns over a recent chemical spill by Georgia-Pacific that affected the drinking water in the New Orleans area; the need for more environmental monitoring related to air and water pollution; and the efforts to remove State Senator Gaston Gerald from office as he serves a federal prison sentence for extortion.