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Mobile pet shelter for disasters becoming a reality

Could the state have an evacuation plan in place for our four-legged before the start of next year’s hurricane season? Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., hopes so, as he reported that construction is expected to begin in December for a mobile pet shelter. The shelter is scheduled to be […]

Should LA join SEC Primary push?

On the gridiron, it takes a team to win, and some elected officials around the South are looking to band together rather than brawl over the 2016 presidential primaries. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is among those pushing a regional March 1, 2016 contest known as the “SEC Primary,” named after the Southeastern Conference […]

Louisiana children awaiting homes

While discussing building or expanding a family, many couples today are not simply hoping to become pregnant; foster parenting and adoption have become part of more and more families. Whether a couple with biological children or a single adult who wants to take on parenthood, adoption is more commonplace in society than ever. November is […]

Great American Smokeout a great opportunity

Are you looking to finally kick that smoking habit? Perhaps Thursday, Nov. 20 is the perfect time to quit. That’s the same day the American Cancer Society (ACS) will hold its annual Great American Smokeout – an event designed to offer free resources to help smokers quit, even if it’s just for the day. By […]

Net neutrality issue has pros and cons

Let’s say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs – or stifle innovation and kill jobs. The divisive and often confusing debate […]

Lessons learned from Louisiana election

With the midterm congressional election in Louisiana in the rearview mirror, political watchers, campaign strategists and potential candidates can glean a few takeaways. President Barack Obama is a winning political argument if you’re a Republican and an albatross if you’re a Democrat. While state residents love the bearded men of “Duck Dynasty,” they aren’t necessarily […]

Senate runoff to have less ads for Dems

Senate Democrats’ campaign committee on Thursday began canceling plans for television ads in Louisiana’s major markets to help Sen. Mary Landrieu’s runoff campaign against Republican Bill Cassidy, making her re-election bid an even steeper challenge. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee initially had reserved $1.8 million in television advertising for after Tuesday’s first round of voting. […]

More focus being placed on young breast cancer survivors

A $2.2 million social media campaign will educate and support young breast cancer survivors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, according to LSU Health New Orleans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the medical school’s School of Public Health a five-year grant to lead a coalition developing the campaign. Other members are the Mary […]

Check your health care coverage for 2015

Now that Election Day is over, another important date is rapidly approaching – the open enrollment for health care coverage slated for Nov. 15. According to Bob Moos, Southwest Public Affairs Officer for the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, now is the time to check your health care coverage for 2015 or sign […]

Migrant workers find their way to Louisiana

For up to 10 months each year, thousands of Latinos leave home to work on Louisiana farms as documented temporary agricultural workers — H-2A workers, in bureaucratic parlance. About 15,000 Latinos have visas for work in Louisiana, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Many have families counting on them back home – where one person […]

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