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1983 Year in Review

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-12-30

Duration: 00:08:44

Subjects: Elections, 1983 | Edwards, Edwin W. | Politics | O'Keefe, Michael | Cannon, Billy Abb, 1937- | FLOODS | STOVALL, JERRY | LSU Tigers (Football team) | STATE BUDGET | Louisiana World Exposition (1984: New Orleans, La.) | SPECIAL OLYMPICS | TORNADOES


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Leslie, Carole Reporter


This segment from the December 30, 1983, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a recap of the major stories of 1983 by Robyn Ekings, Beth Courtney, Ken Johnson, and Carole Leslie. These stories include: the results of the 1983 statewide elections, including the re-election of Governor Edwin Edwards to a historic third term; the downfall of former Senate President Michael O’Keefe; the arrest and conviction of former LSU football player Billy Cannon on counterfeiting charges; devastating flooding in Monroe and Slidell; explosions at refineries and petrochemical plants; destructive tornadoes in Laplace; Baton Rouge hosting the 1983 Special Olympics; the firing of LSU football coach Jerry Stovall; the ongoing battle between business and labor; the state budget deficit; and the planning for the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans.