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Week in Review – January 27, 1984

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-01-27

Duration: 00:05:52

Subjects: UNEMPLOYMENT | Drugs | RACKETEERING | Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality | Environment | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana World Exposition (1984: New Orleans, La.) | Pan Am Flight 759 Crash, 1982 | HAZARDOUS WASTES


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Guste, William Speaker
  • Treen, Dave Speaker


This segment from the January 27, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson and Robyn Ekings reporting on the week’s headlines. These stories include: the State of Louisiana borrowing $500 million from the federal government to cover unemployment checks; Attorney General William Guste testifying before the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement on the need to expand the state’s 1983 drug racketeering law, including wiretapping capabilities; the new Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announcing an investigation into 300 inactive and abandoned hazardous waste sites around the state; the U.S. Department of Environmental Quality granting Louisiana the sole authority to issue permits for dumping hazardous waste; a report by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees claiming that Louisiana has lost $675 million in federal aid during the Reagan Administration; Governor Dave Treen discussing his lack of information on the status of the state budget; the 1984 World’s Fair experiencing cash flow issues; Art Thiel, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), expressing his support for Governor-Elect Edwin Edwards’ plan to raise taxes by at least $500 million; highlights from Governor-Elect Edwards’ trip to Paris; and a federal jury awarding $523,000 to a couple from Kenner, who lost their six-year-old daughter in the 1982 Pan Am Flight 759 crash.