01/14 Thursday: Rising Tide of Mississippi River with John Barry, Louisiana House Speaker Election, Budget, and Powerball


John Barry

John Barry is football coach turned writer and author of two books: Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State and the Birth of Liberty and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.  Barry shares the latter given the recent rising of the Mississippi River once again. 

Franklin Foil

Franklin Foil is the Representative for District 70.  He is a Republican.  Foil comments on the recent election of the House Speaker and gives his opinion of the effect on the new governor.  He also discusses the budget and the special legislative session. 


Rose Hudson

Rose Hudson is the President and CEO of Louisiana Lottery.  Hudson joined Louisiana Lottery as it was starting up during the Buddy Roemer administration after serving as a legislative fiscal analyst.  She comments on the Powerball winners and the process behind it.  Thirty-five percent of the lottery goes to K-12 education, though none goes to higher education.  "We retain about nine million dollars a year in unclaimed money," Hudson says.