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Canning proves kids need discipline, not coddling

A New Jersey family court judge ruled Wednesday that Rachel Canning’s parents do not have to pay her high school tuition and weekly allowance, or even provide her with clothing, transportation or other living costs after she sued them to cover such fees. The 18 year-old said she was kicked out of her parents’ home […]

Cartels send ice from super labs to Mississippi

An underworld that traffics meth has found its way to the south, with Mexican drug cartels sending small groups to handle the delivery of meth in its most potent form. The addictive stimulant is known as Mexican meth, crystal meth or ice because of its appearance. Hundreds of kilos of ice have been found in […]

Arizona bill went too far

Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays. The conservative governor said she could not sign a bill that was not only unneeded but would damage the […]

SOWELA achieves record enrollment for spring semester

Southwest Louisiana Technical Community College (SOWELA) enrolled 3,275 students for its spring 2014 semester, which marks the second semester in a row that SOWELA has achieved record enrollment growth of over 20 percent. Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Chancellor, said growth in Process Technology, Industrial Instrumentation, and Practical Nursing programs actually mirror industry needs, as well as […]

Congress skeptical about plan to shrink military

The Obama administration’s push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years battling the Pentagon’s vision for a new security strategy. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is proposing to shrink the Army to its smallest size in three-quarters of a century, hoping to reshape the military after […]

Judge again rules tenure law unconstitutional

A state district judge in Monroe ruled Friday that parts of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s teacher tenure revamp passed in 2012 are unconstitutional. District Judge Benjamin Jones upheld a decision he made in August that said the law violates the constitutional rights of teachers facing dismissal. After his August ruling, the state sought to intervene in […]

Designate a driver this weekend

Mardi Gras is Louisiana’s deadliest driving holiday because revelers are usually drinking alcohol and traveling to Fat Tuesday celebrations around the parish. In 2010, Mardi Gras proved to be relatively dangerous in Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. There were 509 fatal and injury crashes. It was the highest figure during all holiday […]

Should campaign contribution caps be scrapped?

A super PAC supporting Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, challenging the state’s donor limits on political action committees as an unconstitutional restriction on political speech. The Fund for Louisiana’s Future is asking a New Orleans-based federal judge to throw out Louisiana’s cap on contributions, which is $100,000 for each election […]

There’s help if smokers want to quit

The Smoking Cessation Trust may be the best kept secret in Louisiana. And its executive director, Mike Rogers, would like that to change. The SCT, which has been in operation for a year and a half, provides free medical, counseling and telephone support to some Louisiana smokers. What it doesn’t provide are funds to let […]

Agritourism business grows in Louisiana

Louisiana birds and wildlife habitat considered commonplace by local residents are considered exotic and fascinating by many out-of-state visitors looking for the different and unusual, according to speakers at an agritourism workshop on Feb. 11. The event was jointly by the LSU AgCenter and Mississippi State University to explain how to start a business based […]

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