FBI SAC Mike Anderson comments on terrorism investigations in Louisiana. There are counter terrorism investigation open in every state according to the Director of the FBI. He comments on the Homeland Security movement that encourages a role for the common citizen to play in keeping the community safe. "If You See Something, Say Something"
Anderson speaks about the amount of ground level fundraising for terrorist groups. It is very difficult to track the money once it leaves. Often times the fundraising comes from a tax evasion or from legitimate businesses as well as prostitution, black market gun sales, or drugs. "The homegrown violent extremist is the biggest concern of counter terrorism," Anderson says.
Greg Langley and Brian Johnston join us in studio from the Department of Environmental Quality to discuss air quality and jobs. Right now, there are 75 parts per billion. The EPA wants 65-70 parts per billion.
"Hot, stagnant air does contribute to ozone formation," Johnston says. You can find the air quality controls and limits here.
Editor in DC for Time Magazine Ryan Beckwith shares his thoughts on his recent column "Bobby Jindal, America's Next Top Columnist." He calls the 47 opinion pieces a clever political move. "They're good in ways that make them good columns in ways that would make him a bad politician." Beckwith points out that the target audiences for the publications Jindal has used are conservative.
He comments briefly on Hillary Clinton's new tweeting instead of directly talking to reporters. "Whether they were willing to put their name at the top," says more than their originality Beckwith says.
Chairman of the BESE Board Chas Roemer comments on Common Core. Common Core has been adopted by 45 states and D.C. It calls for standards and content not curriculum.
"It's not that our students were capable, we just weren't making our standards high enough," Roemer continues, "It is in the best interest of every student to take the test."
"I think 99% of students in the state will take the test," he says, "Some districts are concerned that there may be more than normal <not taking the test>."
"In some ways, we've always taught for the test," he says.