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Reporters' Show - February 23, 1979

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-02-23

Duration: 00:28:38

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | New Orleans Police Department | Police | Public employee strikes | Unions | INFLATION | MARDI GRAS | Air pollution | United States. Environmental Protection Agency | Public health | PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY | Nix, J. Kelly | Teachers' unions | Louisiana Association of Educators | TEACHERS | Elections, 1979 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1979 | Political campaigns | Henry, E. L. "Bubba" | MOUTON, EDGAR G. "SONNY" | Politics | Strikes | Environment | Cancer | Education | Labor


  • George, Beth Host
  • Jackson, Lyle Photographer
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • Fourrier, Clay Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Wolf, Thom Director
  • Lynch, Bill Panelist
  • Coates, Guy Panelist
  • Michaud, Larry Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from February 23, 1979, features Beth George leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Guy Coates of the Associated Press; Larry Michaud of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State Times; and Bill Lynch of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.  They discuss: the strike of the New Orleans Police Department and its effect on Mardi Gras; the increasing unionization and strikes by public employees in Louisiana because of inflation; a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that found nine cancer-causing ingredients in the air in Baton Rouge due to the presence of the petrochemical industry in the area; the continuing battle between Superintendent of Education Kelly Nix and the teachers’ unions, including the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE); the results of recent student testing; and education as the number one issue for Speaker of the House Bubba Henry and State Senator Edgar “Sonny” Mouton in their gubernatorial campaigns.