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Reporters' Show - August 1978

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1978-08-18

Duration: 00:27:55

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Environmental law | HAZARDOUS WASTES | PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY | Jackson, Kirtley M., d. 1978 | Louisiana. Insurance Department | Bernard, Sherman A., 1925-2012 | Hollins, Harry, 1933-1989 | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1979 | Elections, 1979 | Moore, W. Henson, 1939- | Elections, 1978 | United States House of Representatives elections in Louisiana, 1978 | Roemer, Buddy | Roemer, Charles, E., II, 1923-2012 | Ewell, Edmund | Environment | Republican Party | Politics


  • George, Beth Host
  • Stephens, Catherine Photographer
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Jackson, Lyle Photographer
  • Folmar, Bill Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Wolf, Thom Director
  • Hill, John Panelist
  • Lynch, Bill Panelist
  • Michaud, Larry Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from August 18, 1978, features Beth George leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: John Hill of the Shreveport Times and Monroe Morning World; Bill Lynch of the New Orleans States-Item; and Larry Michaud of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State Times. They discuss: the growing public concerns over the disposal of hazardous wastes by the petrochemical industry after the death of teenager Kirtley M. Jackson at the Bayou Sorrel Hazardous Waste Pit; the lack of regulations and enforcement of existing regulations for hazardous waste disposal; the feud between Commissioner of Insurance Sherman Bernard and State Representative Harry Hollins, the Chairman of the Insurance Sub-Committee in the legislature, including the initial investigation of the Department of Insurance and Bernard by the Sub-Committee and Bernard’s subsequent hearing over revoking the insurance license of Hollins, who also works as a life insurance agent; the Republican Party choosing Congressman Dave Treen as its candidate for governor in the upcoming 1979 election; the political future of Congressman Henson Moore after he was overlooked by the Republican Party as their gubernatorial candidate; the close election for the 4th Congressional District between candidates Buddy Roemer, Buddy Leach, Jimmy Wilson and Loy Weaver; and the potential effect of Commissioner of Administration Charles Roemer on the candidacy of his son, Buddy Roemer.