For this episode of Community Concerns Brian was joined by a variety of guests to talk about what might be concerning the residents of Baton Rouge.
He kicked things off with Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul to talk about the rise in violent crime in Baton Rouge. He had a city meeting with Mayor Sharon Weston Broome to discuss violence in the city. Chief Paul talks about what his department is doing to stop violent crimes and what community events they are taking part in to have more community policing.
One of the things that made it through the last legislative session was getting more access to our seniors to get help at home. A lot of seniors in the area don’t want to live in nursing homes, they would rather live at their own home. Just because they want to live at home doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be provided the same health care as those in nursing homes. AARP Advocacy Director Andrew Moll joined Brian to talk about the new bill that allows seniors more medical access from the comfort of their own home.
Senator Bill Cassidy joined Brian on the show to discuss a possible change in smoking laws. There is a bill that is being presented to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 years old. Senator Cassidy explains the status of this bill and why the change could be needed.
He was then joined by Ron Smith from the ExxonMobil YMCA to tell Brian about what the YMCA is doing to help children in the Baton Rouge area learn how to swim. He also provided a public service announcement from Biologist Catherine Norman with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to explain the high bounty they have put on Nutria tails.