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Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths. Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year. That strain […]

Board moving ahead with preschool licensing revamp

New licensing regulations are on the way for Louisiana’s child care centers and preschool programs, after a majority of state education board members backed the rules Tuesday. The vote was 7-2 from a committee of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, with nearly all board members present. Final passage was expected Wednesday. The […]

Can Common Core achieve success?

U.S. Sen. David Vitter has changed his mind on Common Core, announcing Monday that he now opposes the multistate education standards that only four months ago he said he strongly supported. He said that after listening to literally thousands of parents, teachers, and others since then, he no longer believes that success can be achieved […]

Ferguson lesson: Can police calm some situations?

The grand jury that declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was focused on whether he might have acted in self-defense when he shot and killed unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown. But the case raises another question: Could Wilson have avoided getting into a spot where he had to make that split-second, life-or-death decision? Departments […]

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 […]

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