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Louisiana at a Crossroads (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Washington, D.C.

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-04-05

Duration: 00:27:22

Subjects: United States. Congress | Politics | Government | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Education | Agriculture | Johnston, J. Bennett (John Bennett), 1932- | Tauzin, Billy, 1943- | Moore, W. Henson, 1939- | Roemer, Buddy | Long, Russell B. | Livingston, Robert L., 1943- | Boggs, Lindy, 1916-2013 | Huckaby, Jerry


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Denton, Randy Photographer
  • Johnston, J. Bennett Interviewee
  • Tauzin, Billy Interviewee
  • Moore, Henson Interviewee
  • Roemer, Buddy Interviewee
  • Long, Russell Interviewee
  • Livingston, Bob Interviewee
  • Boggs, Lindy Interviewee
  • Long, Huey Speaker
  • Huckaby, Jerry Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 5, 1985, features Ken Johnson’s special report from Washington, D.C., on the Louisiana Congressional Delegation’s thoughts on the pressing problems facing Louisiana, including high unemployment, an eroding tax base, and a troubled public education system. Johnson first reports on the need to attract new industries to the state due to the decline in the oil and gas industries. He interviews: United States Senator J. Bennett Johnston; Congressman Billy Tauzin; Congressman Henson Moore; Congressman Buddy Roemer; United States Senator Russell Long; Congressman Bob Livingston; and Congresswoman Lindy Boggs. Next, Johnson reports on the ongoing efforts to improve Louisiana’s public education system dating back to Governor Huey Long’s administration. Johnson reports that Louisiana has the highest high school dropout rate in the country. He interviews: Congressman Roemer; Congressman Moore; Senator Johnston; Congressman Livingston; and Congressman Tauzin. Lastly, Johnson reports on the problems facing Louisiana’s farmers due to high costs and low prices. He interviews Congressman Jerry Huckaby, a member of the House Agriculture Committee.