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Few La. judges will be elected “by the people” this fall

The vast majority of Louisiana judges will be elected or re-elected to the bench without any input from voters this fall, as revealed in a newly released review of judicial candidates qualifying for elections across the state. Melissa Landry, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, said that the non-partisan legal watchdog organization analyzed candidates’ […]

Reforms aimed at improving birth outcomes for LA newborns

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert joined officials from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, and other health care leaders this week in announcing a payment reform that will help Louisiana newborns have a head start on a healthy life. Effective Sept. 1, 2014, Blue Cross and Louisiana Medicaid […]

Judge rules against BP

BP acted “recklessly” and bears most of the responsibility for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge concluded Thursday, exposing the energy giant to roughly $18 billion in additional penalties. BP PLC, which vowed to appeal, already agreed to pay billions in criminal fines and compensation to people and businesses affected by the […]

La. still holding out in gay marriage movement

The legal issues and concerns surrounding gay marriage in America sometimes appears to be just another example of a generation gap. Middle-aged and older Americans are more likely to oppose gay marriage, while younger generations often do not see any difference from men and women marrying one another. Some people feel gay marriage, and homosexuality […]

Is the world losing its battle against Ebola?

The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been “reduced to places where people go to die alone.” In separate remarks after a United Nations meeting on the crisis, the World Health Organization chief said everyone involved […]

La. abortion law ruling expected before Monday

A federal judge will rule before Monday on a request to block enforcement of Louisiana’s new, restrictive abortion law while a lawsuit seeking to overturn it remains in court, attorneys for both sides said Friday. The law, which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, is scheduled to go […]

Parent involvement can help schools get healthier

Because children spend most of their time in classrooms, schools are an ideal setting for healthy behaviors to be taught and modeled. Therefore, parents are speaking up and getting involved in an effort to improve the health of their children at schools. One Washington, D.C. mother of two Roots Charter School students recognized the need […]

Help recognize those who keep La. beautiful

We can all do our part to keep our state beautiful. Meanwhile, those who go above and beyond to do so may also earn recognition for those efforts.   Nominations for the Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) annual awards are now being accepted, by the non-profit organization that is dedicated to litter prevention, waste reduction and […]

US housing recovery appears to be back on track

A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year, the Associated Press reported. Housing has been a drag on an otherwise strengthening economy, in part because a harsh winter delayed many sales. But Americans are […]

‘Tis the voting season

It’s an exciting yet headache-inducing time – election season. Starting yesterday, candidates for a variety of seats across the state and parish began qualifying for office. Voting season is exciting because it is a time when the people have the most opportunity to exercise their power. What’s more, citizens have the chance to review the […]

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