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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 […]

Heat illnesses can be prevented for spring athletes

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), exertional heatstroke (EHS) is the leading cause of preventable death in high school sports. Kenny Henderson, Executive Director of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, feels it’s a good topic to touch on this week as spring sports seasons start to heat up, coinciding […]

Smokers need to watch their butts

Most people do not purposely litter. We all know land and ditches filled with trash is not only unsightly, but causes a number of problems. However, few consider the problems created by cigarette butts. The Louisiana Legislature has taken notice, however. In fact, throwing a cigarette butt out your car window could get you a […]

It might be a careless driver, not a speed trap

According to Louisiana State Police (LSP), last weekend alone, over 1,000 pounds of marijuana valued at $1.5 million, as well as some cocaine, was confiscated in three traffic stops between Baton Rouge and Lafayette on Interstate 10. LSP reported that in all three cases, troopers stopped the cars after spotting improper lane usage, a broad […]

Emergency rule bans sale/use of additional synthetic drugs

The Department of Health and Hospitals recently issued an Emergency Rule banning the sale or use of eight additional synthetic cannabinoids, commonly marketed as synthetic marijuana, following reports from law enforcement officials of a high number of associated drug overdoses in recent weeks. DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert signed the Emergency Rule after consultation with the […]

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