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Mardi Gras countdown begins

A brass band strolled through a riverside warehouse holding huge, colorful parade floats in New Orleans as Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials kicked off the countdown to Mardi Gras. A group of masked revelers called the Phorty Phunny Phellows scheduled their annual streetcar ride through New Orleans Tuesday evening. It’s a decades-old tradition […]

Worksites encouraged to make healthy choices

An initiative started by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Well-Ahead Louisiana is aimed at improving the health and wellness of Louisiana citizens. One of the major components of Well-Ahead is worksite wellness, as most of us spend more waking hours in our workplace than our homes. DHH Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert said […]

Support our law enforcement officers

The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the U.S. jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush assaults, according to a report released Tuesday. The annual report by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 50 officers were killed by guns this year, compared to 32 in […]

Blood donation ban could be lifted

Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it favors replacing the blanket ban with a new policy barring donations from […]

Domestic violence at forefront of NFL in 2014

The video of the hit to the face, the pictures of the lash marks on a young boy’s body and all the rest of the unseemly evidence rolled out over days and weeks in a steady, stomach-churning stream. With virtually every revelation about domestic abuse committed by Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players, the […]

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 […]

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