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What will summer hold for Common Core decisions?

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration said Thursday that public school fourth-graders and eighth-graders who retook their standardized tests this summer should get their results on time, despite Jindal’s suspension of the testing contract. The Associated Press reported the retests for students who previously failed the high-stakes tests are used to determine if the students advance to […]

Anticipate average dead zone

Researchers say the annual low-oxygen “dead zone” that forms every summer off the coast of Louisiana will be about average size this year. According to forecast modeling done through research at a number of universities, including LSU and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, and through support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the dead […]

Obama says US should have paid maternity leave

President Barack Obama announced this week that he believes the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” Obama said at the White House Summit on […]

What is a slur? Redskins case forces us to decide

Something is happening just beneath the fight over the name of a certain Washington, D.C., pro football team: America is working through the process of determining what is — or is not — racially offensive. What is a slur, and who gets to decide? How many people must be offended to tip the scales? Why […]

What is Jindal up to?

If you think Gov. Bobby Jindal’s official change of heart regarding Common Core is a win for the state, think again. Really, it seems like an orchestrated move in Jindal’s not-so-subtle bid for the White House. To summarize his actions, the governor issued an executive order requiring the state education department to conduct a competitive […]

All gone: How erasing billions of birds shocked us

It was the moment that humanity learned we had the awesome power to erase an entire species off the face of the Earth in the scientific equivalent of a blink of an eye: The passenger pigeon went from billions of birds to extinct before our very eyes. It was one bird’s death after many. But […]

Investigate before purchasing home security system

Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be careful when answering the door to traveling alarm system salespeople. Every summer, BBB receives complaints from homeowners alleging high pressure sales tactics and promises that were never fulfilled. Consumers are often told they must act now, warned BBB President Carmen Million, as she added that it’s important […]

DHH encourages residents to report suspected abuse

Communities across the nation and throughout the world are uniting to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal proclaimed June 15, 2014 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Every year, an estimated 4 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. That’s just a small part of the problem. Experts […]

God bless those who serve us

If you missed Thursday’s dedication of the Burton J. LeBlanc Training Facility (see page one for complete details), you missed an incredible lesson on the importance of our law enforcement and emergency services community.  Over 14 years ago on Feb. 5, LeBlanc was working an average shift, like many do each day. One fateful call […]

College cuts end legislative session

After years of budget cuts, Louisiana’s public colleges got most of what they sought in the recently-ended legislative session. Their budget is going up, and they’re getting a new incentive fund to help funnel money to high-demand degree and worker training programs. University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley called it “the most successful legislative […]

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