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How are decreasing oil prices impacting you?

Oil’s plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe. The price of a barrel has fallen by about half since June, punishing the economies of some major exporters. Russia’s currency has nose-dived, for instance, and investors worry Venezuela could default on its debt. For countries that consume a large amount of the world’s […]

Should La. farmers trade with Cuba?

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says restarting trade between the U.S. and Cuba would be of enormous benefit to Louisiana. President Obama on Wednesday said his administration would work toward resuming diplomatic relations and trade with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years. Strain, a Republican, said that resumed trade would be a […]

Gift the gift of life for Christmas

In an effort to prevent a blood supply shortage, LifeShare Blood Centers reminds us that the blood products patients need can only be provided by blood donors. LifeShare is providing Christmas cards at their centers acknowledging a donation given in honor of someone else. The cards may be delivered by the donor or given to […]

Fireworks retailers must meet state standards

The Christmas/New Year’s retail fireworks season began on Dec. 15 and will continue until midnight on Jan 1. Certainly, the holiday season brings much joy and happiness; however, improper use of fireworks can quickly lead to tragedy, reminded State Fire Marshal “Butch” Browning. For this reason, fireworks related laws, rules and regulations have been established […]

Medical debt ruining Americans’ credit

Has your credit ever suffered because of overdue medical bills? You aren’t alone. Medical debt is hurting the creditworthiness of 43 million Americans, and the systems in place to collect and report this debt can be challenging for people, according to a new report released on Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). “It’s […]

Lawmakers wary of genetically modified food labels

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Republicans and Democrats on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questioned Wednesday whether requiring a label on any packaged food including genetically modified organisms – or foods grown from seeds engineered in […]

La. gets break from ‘No Child Left Behind’

Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. In 2011, the Education Department announced that states could petition for waivers from the law’s ambitious requirements, such as having all students read at grade level by 2014 or else risk their federal funding. In exchange, […]

Flu cases increase throughout the state

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report that shows Louisiana physicians are seeing more flu cases than in other parts of the United States. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) strongly encourages Louisiana residents to receive flu vaccinations as the best protection against the flu, but also to […]

Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths. Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year. That strain […]

Board moving ahead with preschool licensing revamp

New licensing regulations are on the way for Louisiana’s child care centers and preschool programs, after a majority of state education board members backed the rules Tuesday. The vote was 7-2 from a committee of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, with nearly all board members present. Final passage was expected Wednesday. The […]

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