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Mental health vetting of pilots ineffective, US experts say

There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said in a bevy of interviews this week. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which […]

Ag students are in high demand

As Louisiana educators try to prepare students for a growing number of careers in seemingly divergent fields – science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and mechanical trades – agriculture could provide common ground for training the state’s workforce of the future. High school agriculture programs consist of courses in ag sciences, basic mechanics and […]

Buying local seafood means defunding slavery

A common opinion among seafood lovers in Southwest Louisiana is that the seafood should be fresh and local. It is not unusual to encounter consumers who want to know whether the seafood they are buying is from Louisiana, or overseas. Of course, we know there is plenty of frozen, overseas catches to be found in […]

Uninsured drop by 11M since passage of Obama’s law

The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although that still would leave about 37 million people uninsured, it’s the lowest level measured […]

Fracking beneficial, but needs tighter rules

The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, a controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production across the country. A rule to take effect in June also updates requirements for […]

La. residents differ on opinion of state

We often hear talks on the future of America but sometimes it seems there are not enough talks on the future of Louisiana. According to a recent poll, though, people in the state might be torn on whether we are moving forward, or two steps back. An annual poll by the LSU Public Policy Research […]

Sunshine week shines light on record fees

The public’s right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, as authorities set fees and hourly charges that often prevent information from flowing. Though some states have taken steps to limit the fees, many have not. For example, Mississippi law allows the state to charge hourly for research, redaction and labor, including […]

Most La. students taking state test

Concerns that large numbers of Louisiana public school students would skip the Common Core standardized tests appear unfounded, with the state’s education superintendent saying 99 percent showed up Monday for the opening day of exams. Some parents who oppose the education standards have sought to keep their children from taking the tests, and education officials are […]

Who has time to read these bills we pass?

Congress can get so busy that senators and their staffs don’t always have time to scrutinize bills they pass and letters they sign  –  or so it seemed this week, anyway. Two episodes left Democrats blushing, some Republicans muttering under their breath, and taxpayers perhaps wondering what those well-educated people do on Capitol Hill. First, […]

Fake agents target more than 366

Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail in the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency, a federal investigator said Thursday. More than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse since 2013, said Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy inspector general […]

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