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Tax money buys anything

Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of the House Health and Welfare Committee (though that brings up the question, why were they allowed to do so in the first […]

Report illegal alcohol sales

Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents recently went into “The Keg”, located on McKinley Street in Lafayette, to conduct a compliance inspection. After receiving information that the establishment was allowing kids under the age of 18 on the premises, as well as selling alcohol to them, ATC sent in undercover operatives to verify these complaints. As […]

Is last minute change of course on Common Core a mistake?

The Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) believes that Governor Bobby Jindal’s recent “concerns with Common Core” should be cause for concern for the State of Louisiana. Jindal has said he’s opposed to “federal, one-size-fits-all testing that potentially breaches student privacy” and added that Louisiana should withdraw from the consortium of states developing a new […]

Emergency managers urged to educate public

Two of the country’s top disaster experts on Wednesday challenged emergency managers and forecasters from Texas to Maine to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards. Speaking at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency urged city and county officials to factor disaster preparedness and risk […]

Should LA be REAL ID compliant?

Louisiana driver’s licenses would move in line with federal standards soon to be required for ID cards used to board domestic flights under a bill that won the backing of a House committee Tuesday. If licenses aren’t deemed compliant with the federal REAL ID law by 2016, Louisiana residents could run into flying difficulties, either […]

How much is a new jail truly worth?

Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) voters will have a very important decision to make on May 3 – whether or not to support a 10-year, half-cent sales tax that would fund the annual operations and maintenance costs for a new 200-bed jail. In your mind, you might have already decided yes or no. Whatever your decision, […]

Is public education facing more money woes?

State financing for Louisiana’s public schools is short $55 million of what is needed to cover all the state’s students this year, Superintendent of Education John White told lawmakers Tuesday. White said $35 million of this year’s shortfall is tied to having higher-than-estimated student enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. The rest of it he […]

Heroin deaths rise dramatically in Louisiana

Some states, including Louisiana, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. State health officials say heroin deaths in Louisiana have spiked dramatically, reaching 110 fatalities last year, compared to fewer than five deaths 10 years earlier. Addictive disorder treatment facilities […]

Study claims racial gap among youth

In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap. Titled “Race for Results,” the report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has […]

Survey says residents split on Common Core

The 2014 Louisiana Survey findings reveal that Louisiana residents are largely unaware of the Common Core educational standards and that nearly three out of four residents – 74 percent – support increased spending on higher education when asked about state spending priorities. The Louisiana Survey is conducted annually by the Public Policy Research Lab, or […]

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