KDAQ Repairs:

Kirby Goidel

6:00pm

Sun July 13, 2014
Louisiana Public Square

Louisiana Public Square: Pot or Not? - The Decriminalization Debate

Airs Sunday, July 13 at 6 p.m. Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization? Mandatory drug sentences cost Louisiana taxpayers millions of dollars to incarcerate people charged with simple possession of marijuana. Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization? Or does Louisiana - which ranks among the top ten states for drug use - need further reinforcements in its battle against this “gateway drug”? Louisiana Public Square explores the pros and cons of legalization on “Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate.”

6:00pm

Sun August 4, 2013
LA Public Square

LA Public Square: Preventable - HIV & AIDS in Louisiana

Airs Sunday, August 4 at 6 p.m.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Baton Rouge and New Orleans rank 2nd and 3rd among America’s largest metropolitan areas for the rate of new HIV diagnoses. For AIDS cases, Baton Rouge and New Orleans rank 1st and 5th. Nearly one-third of new cases for both diseases are among women, and more than three-quarters of new diagnoses are among blacks. So how is Louisiana confronting this health issue? Who is most at-risk? Do new testing methods exacerbate the problem? Is the solution just more funding and education? Where is the line drawn between individual responsibility and government intervention? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers to these issues and more.

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