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State website will match employers and job seekers

Louisiana is about to launch a new program that will match employers and skilled workers. On Aug. 18, state officials will make a free, online, matchmaking employment service available for the first time to both employers and job seekers who want only their top options. The Louisiana Job Connection, commissioned by the state Department of […]

Obama to sign vererans health care overhaul

Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting government-paid health care from local doctors under a bill that President Barack Obama is set to sign into law today, Thursday. The $16.3 billion measure also allows the Veterans Affairs Department to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the VA’s nearly 1,000 […]

Poll: No agreement on how to pay for highways

Six in 10 Americans think the economic benefits of good highways, railroads and airports outweigh the cost to taxpayers. Yet there is scant support for some of the most frequently discussed options for paying for construction of new roads or the upkeep of existing ones, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Among those who […]

Is political faceoff just for show?

Republicans said they were determined to make President Barack Obama heed the Constitution as they began muscling legislation through the House on Wednesday authorizing an election-year lawsuit asserting he has exceeded his executive powers, the Associated Press wrote. Democrats branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up GOP voters for this fall’s congressional […]

NCAA will change rules to address head injuries

The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. According to a report from the Associated Press, the governing body for college sports also […]

Give peas a chance

Two weeks from today, Jeff Davis Parish’s (JDP) public schools will open to students for yet another academic year. This means cooking will be underway in cafeterias, too. In Thursday’s edition of the Jennings Daily News, we reported that local school board officials have reviewed what goes onto students’ plates, and a few changes can […]

It’s not easy to escape poverty

Louisiana fell one spot to 47th in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The Kids Count report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization that had Louisiana ranked at 46th in 2013. The state improved […]

Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA hospital in Wilkes-Barre, according to The Associated Press. […]

Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

In the nation’s agricultural heartland of the Midwest, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of […]

Survey finds math, science grads earn top dollar

It seems to matter less whether your alma mater is public or private than what you study — math and science in particular — when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department. The survey of the class of 2008, by the National Center […]

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