TUESDAY: Solar Industry, Louisiana State Law on Creationism, Baltimore Riots, Author Jim Grimsley, and Entergy Power News


CEO Tom Neyhart from Posigen Solar Solutions discusses the solar leasing tax credited.  "It is designed to help put solar panels on the roof... when you buy a solar system, there is a time where you're making back the amount you invested in before it starts paying for itself."  

"Solar panels that we put up today have a 25 year power production warranty," Neyhart says.  

Neyharts says that the tax credits for solar leasing will lower the state's fiscal notes which will in turn help higher education.  

Activist Zack Kopplin comments on the Louisiana law that allows for the teaching of Creationism and unsuccessful attempts to repeal the statute.  They discuss the Louisiana Science Education Act which allows supplemental information in science classes on creation.  The repeal was once again lost last week 4 to 3.  

Senator Ben Nevers from Bogalousa sponsored the bill originally.  

Zack Kopplin attends Rice University.  

Kopplin says there are an overwhelming amount of biologists on the side of evolution.  

Kopplin's father is Andy Kopplin who worked as the chief of staff for Governor Mike Foster, and also worked for Governor Blanco.  

"In science class, we just teach science.  This isn't about saying what you can and cannot believe in." 

Dr. Faye Williams gives her opinion on the riots in Baltimore.  "Those who have committed arson will have to pay for that, but on the other hand, crimes have been committed against these young people."   

She feels that no matter how she is mistreated she should never resort to violence.

"The young people in Baltimore are acting out the craziness they see in Congress, and even in churches.  We need to show these young people better ways to solve problems." 

"There's more to policing than enforcement, it's about serving the people," Williams says.  

"We also see young people rising up like this over football games," she says, referencing unfair treatment of white communities versus black.  


Professor and Author Jim Grimsley shares his book How I Shed My Skin.  He grew up in a small village in North Carolina during the year of segregation that was sanctioned both legally and socially.  "In encountering these three black girls in the classroom in 1966, I came to realize they were just like us," he says.  "By the time of integration had come to pass, about half of the white kids went to private school." 

He speaks about an encounter in which he called one of the black girls, Violet, a racial slur and expected she would not talk back, but she did.  Because she surprised him, Grimsley said this made him very aware that she was just like him.  They all became friends.  "Those three girls in that 6th grade classroom were heroes as far as I'm concerned," Grimsley says.  

"When you're watching people being gunned down in your community for doing nothing, you're going to be angry," Grimsley says, "If we can't see as white people that we are part of the problem, then things won't progress." 

Former Baseball Player Denny McLain comments on the Major Leagues Baseball Game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox in an empty Camden Stadium tomorrow.  He speaks about a riot that occurred when he was scheduled to play a double header.  

Customer Service Representative Will Johnson III gives news on Entergy recovering power outages.  

Former Representative for Entergy Bill Benedetto also joins us to shed light on power outages.  For more than 30 years, he was the voice and the face of Entergy.