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Great American Smokeout a great opportunity

Are you looking to finally kick that smoking habit? Perhaps Thursday, Nov. 20 is the perfect time to quit. That’s the same day the American Cancer Society (ACS) will hold its annual Great American Smokeout – an event designed to offer free resources to help smokers quit, even if it’s just for the day. By […]

Net neutrality issue has pros and cons

Let’s say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs – or stifle innovation and kill jobs. The divisive and often confusing debate […]

Lessons learned from Louisiana election

With the midterm congressional election in Louisiana in the rearview mirror, political watchers, campaign strategists and potential candidates can glean a few takeaways. President Barack Obama is a winning political argument if you’re a Republican and an albatross if you’re a Democrat. While state residents love the bearded men of “Duck Dynasty,” they aren’t necessarily […]

Senate runoff to have less ads for Dems

Senate Democrats’ campaign committee on Thursday began canceling plans for television ads in Louisiana’s major markets to help Sen. Mary Landrieu’s runoff campaign against Republican Bill Cassidy, making her re-election bid an even steeper challenge. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee initially had reserved $1.8 million in television advertising for after Tuesday’s first round of voting. […]

More focus being placed on young breast cancer survivors

A $2.2 million social media campaign will educate and support young breast cancer survivors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, according to LSU Health New Orleans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the medical school’s School of Public Health a five-year grant to lead a coalition developing the campaign. Other members are the Mary […]

Check your health care coverage for 2015

Now that Election Day is over, another important date is rapidly approaching – the open enrollment for health care coverage slated for Nov. 15. According to Bob Moos, Southwest Public Affairs Officer for the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, now is the time to check your health care coverage for 2015 or sign […]

Migrant workers find their way to Louisiana

For up to 10 months each year, thousands of Latinos leave home to work on Louisiana farms as documented temporary agricultural workers — H-2A workers, in bureaucratic parlance. About 15,000 Latinos have visas for work in Louisiana, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Many have families counting on them back home – where one person […]

Easy guide to amendments available

Deciding which candidates to choose for various offices is already a great responsibility of voters. This year, though, 14 constitutional amendments will also be on the Nov. 4 ballots. Citizens only have three minutes total to decide on those and several open seats while in the voting booth. This year’s amendments include some very important […]

Health overhaul’s subsidies at Supreme Court

Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama’s health care law. Some of the same players who mounted the first failed effort to kill the law altogether now want the justices to rule that subsidies that help millions of […]

DWI arrest, accidents can make for a harrowing holiday

Halloween falls on a Friday this year, which could result in some sobering statistics. Police are planning for the worst as far as drunk driving is concerned and motorists are reminded to celebrate responsibly. Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays for children and adults. However, the combination of trick-or-treaters and adult celebrations […]

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