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Bars, casinos should not face smoking bans

Now that New Orleans has banned smoking in bars and casinos, it seems the trend is spreading across the state, with Baton Rouge and Lafayette officials proposing the same move for their respective cities. The Lafayette City-Parish Council could decide before the summer whether to ban smoking in bars. According to the Associated Press, Council […]

We report the news, and so can you

The community knows there are many items you can always find in the Jennings Daily News (JDN). Whether you want to learn what was discussed at last night’s council meeting, which athlete scored the most points in a hardwood battle or what progress law enforcement has made on a particular case, you will find it […]

Student testing – When is it enough?

Do students take too many tests? Given the complaints about a high-stakes testing culture in classrooms, some states are reviewing the quality and quantity of the tests their students take. Congress is getting into the act, too. Last week, the Senate’s education committee discussed the issue of whether federally mandated annual testing should remain a […]

Coalition aims to protect student-athlete

The 32 Division I conferences have formed a coalition as a show of unity in the face of potential changes and threats that could drastically alter college sports. The “Coalition to Protect the Student-Athlete Experience” is described as a loosely knit forum for the conferences to deliver a message about the benefits college athletes receive. […]

Time to recognize FFA, Scouts

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. This is why the Jennings Daily News, along with the sponsorship from many local businesses and individuals, will be honoring two organizations which are highly instrumental in the development of local youth – Boy Scouts and the Future Farmers of America. There are millions of hard-working and dedicated young people […]

Can authorities curtail teen drinking parties?

Authorities in DeSoto Parish are working to close a loophole in the law that allows teenagers to drink at parties held on private property. They may actually be on to something. DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wants a new ordinance to let deputies ticket anyone too young to drink who is found with alcohol on […]

Is Hollywood worth it for Louisiana?

State officials say Louisiana’s generous film incentive program could and should be better designed to get the state a bigger return on its investment. According to the most recent estimates, the program has costs taxpayers about $170 million a year. On that point there was general agreement among five opinionated panelists Wednesday who convened to […]

National AMBER Alert Awareness Day recognized

Each year, the National AMBER Alert Program (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) honors the memory of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 13, 1996. Since the origination of the national initiative, over 728 children have been successfully recovered as a direct result of the AMBER Alert Program. Here […]

New high court looking at gay marriage in La.

The Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the chances the justices soon will settle the legal debate. Some justices expressed reluctance about deciding the issue when more than half the country prohibited same-sex unions. With […]

Students must plan future now

The high school students of today are facing greater challenges in the future job market than previous generations did. While many jobs are available, the jobs that provide a strong income and benefits now require trade skills or college education. Sure, a person can and will find employment without either of those things; but just […]

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