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State Library announces literature contest

The 22nd annual Letters About Literature contest, a national reading and writing competition for students, is now accepting entries. To enter, fourth through 12th grade students write personal letters to living or dead authors from any genre explaining how their views of the world or themselves have changed based on what they read. Students are […]

Republicans rallying behind ‘religious liberty’

Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote “religious liberty” at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP. The annual Values Voter Summit opens Friday in Washington with speeches from several potential presidential candidates, including Kentucky […]

Homecoming pranks fun, but sometimes cross lines

Homecoming week is an exciting time for every community. Citizens rally around their respective schools to support football or basketball efforts and alumni celebrate their high school years. Students get a break from boring uniforms for dress-up days that include such themes as Camouflage Day, Cartoon Character Day and more. Families watch as their babies […]

Louisiana: Where politics and kegs mix quite well

Photos of a vulnerable Democratic senator helping a constituent drink upside-down from a beer keg would be a faux pas six weeks before Election Day in many places. But in party-centric Louisiana, prominent players say the image of Sen. Mary Landrieu at an LSU pregame tailgate party, which went viral on social media, won’t hurt […]

Women’s concerns becoming more political

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women’s economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign. Clinton, the Democratic former senator and first lady who is considering another presidential bid, […]

Study says Americans endure unwanted care near death

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by “perverse incentives” for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday. Though people repeatedly stress a desire to die at home, free from pain, the […]

CDC study: American’s bellies are expanding fast

Southwest Louisiana residents love their home cooking. In fact, we often celebrate with feasts and invite the whole family to indulge.  Unfortunately, over-indulgence isn’t just a problem here in Cajun Country. According to a new government study, the overall number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of […]

Help us celebrate National 4-H Week

The national spotlight will soon shine on 4-H organizations and the accomplishments of its young members, volunteer leaders and supportive parents who make the 4-H mission possible. The Jennings Daily News would like its readers to help feature our local 4-H participants and their accomplishments, as well, by sharing their 4-H news with us. Local […]

State needs to address $12B in roads

Louisiana, like many states, is struggling with a stagnant gasoline tax that hasn’t kept pace with construction inflation and a disinterest from the governor and lawmakers to raise new taxes to fill the gaps in roadwork. The Associated Press reported this week that lawmakers launched their latest effort Wednesday to try to chip away at […]

Welcome home, Ricky

June 23 of this year was an unforgettable day in two different cities. Somewhat like Sept. 11, 2001, there was a stunning act; then not much later, the act was repeated, leading to a nightmare. Locally, Jennings Police Department (JPD) Sgt. Ricky Benoit was working a regular shift when he and a fellow officer responded […]

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