Category archives for: Editorial

It might be a careless driver, not a speed trap

According to Louisiana State Police (LSP), last weekend alone, over 1,000 pounds of marijuana valued at $1.5 million, as well as some cocaine, was confiscated in three traffic stops between Baton Rouge and Lafayette on Interstate 10. LSP reported that in all three cases, troopers stopped the cars after spotting improper lane usage, a broad […]

Emergency rule bans sale/use of additional synthetic drugs

The Department of Health and Hospitals recently issued an Emergency Rule banning the sale or use of eight additional synthetic cannabinoids, commonly marketed as synthetic marijuana, following reports from law enforcement officials of a high number of associated drug overdoses in recent weeks. DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert signed the Emergency Rule after consultation with the […]

Agencies aim to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Louisiana State Police, and state police and highway patrol leaders from over 40 states joined forces earlier this week to announce the Drive to Save Lives Campaign. The announcement took place at a press conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The implementation […]

There are bigger dangers than tanning beds

While admirable, the House’s Wednesday decision to ban teens under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed goes overboard. Though the bill has yet to pass the Senate or head to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk, it won’t make much of a difference if it does become a law. New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, […]

Small town residents depend on their community paper

Two-thirds of residents in small towns across America depend upon their local newspaper for news and information, according to the National Newspaper Association’s most recent newspaper readership survey. The survey noted that more readers are using mobile devices to shop, read and communicate. The number with smartphones jumped from 24 percent to 45 percent and […]

Health law concerns for cancer centers

Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation’s best cancer hospitals are off-limits. An Associated Press survey found examples coast to coast. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is excluded by five out of eight insurers in Washington state’s insurance […]

Young readers choose best books for 2014

The 2014 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award winners are in, with students throughout the state in grades nine through 12 selecting “Divergent” by Veronica Roth for this year’s Teen Readers’ Choice Award. The State Library of Louisiana hosts the Louisiana Reader’s Choice Awards, a program that strives to foster a love of reading in young Louisiana […]

Livi Joeleigh Romero

It was surprising to learn during this week’s meeting of the Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) Police Jury that certain laws concerning livestock were not on the books. Wednesday, ordinances were amended to state that parish-wide, it is illegal to permit livestock at large on public highways or property other than that of the animals’ owner. […]

Help us salute our soldiers

What defines a true hero? According to Webster, a hero is simply defined as: one that shows great courage. Well, the Jennings Daily News is honored to report that we come across our fair share of heroes each year when we compile material for our annual “Salute to Soldiers” section. So many local men and […]

Volunteers needed to help decide where United Way dollars are spent

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” This quote by Deann Hollis is stamped on the United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s website – and for good reason. Without the commitment from dedicated volunteers, this non-profit agency would […]

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