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Reporters' Show - November 1982

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-11-26

Duration: 00:26:20

Subjects: Education | CREATIONISM | Science | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education | Environment | Guste, William J. | SIMONEAUX, FRANK | Louisiana. Department of Natural Resources | Railroad accidents | United States. National Transportation Safety Board | STATE BUDGET | Lotteries | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Reagan, Ronald | ATCHAFALAYA BASIN | Elections, 1983 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1983 | Politics | SPECIAL SESSIONS | O'Keefe, Michael | Filmed panel discussions | Journalists


  • George, Beth Host
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Tallaksen, Dale Photographer
  • Carroll, Mark Photographer
  • Bryan, Bill Photographer
  • James, Frank Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Associate Producer
  • Fourrier, Clay Director
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Guste, William Speaker
  • Lynch, Bill Panelist
  • Ekings, Robyn Panelist
  • Maginnis, John Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from November 26, 1982, features Beth George leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Bill Lynch of the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item; Robyn Ekings of Louisiana Public Broadcasting; and John Maginnis of the Baton Rouge Enterprise.  They discuss: the recent federal court ruling on the unconstitutionality of the 1981 creation science law; the Legislature not having the authority to tell the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) what to teach in public schools; the battle between Attorney General William Guste and Secretary Frank Simoneaux of the Department of Natural Resources on who has jurisdiction on environmental issues; the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearings on the Livingston train derailment; declining state revenues; the possibility of a state lottery; Governor Dave Treen’s recent meeting with President Ronald Reagan in New Orleans on funding for the Atchafalaya Basin; the private Treen fundraiser attended by Reagan; the upcoming special session of the Legislature; and the effect of Senate President Michael O’Keefe’s second indictment on the session.