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DHH encourages residents to report suspected abuse

Communities across the nation and throughout the world are uniting to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal proclaimed June 15, 2014 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Every year, an estimated 4 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. That’s just a small part of the problem. Experts […]

God bless those who serve us

If you missed Thursday’s dedication of the Burton J. LeBlanc Training Facility (see page one for complete details), you missed an incredible lesson on the importance of our law enforcement and emergency services community.  Over 14 years ago on Feb. 5, LeBlanc was working an average shift, like many do each day. One fateful call […]

College cuts end legislative session

After years of budget cuts, Louisiana’s public colleges got most of what they sought in the recently-ended legislative session. Their budget is going up, and they’re getting a new incentive fund to help funnel money to high-demand degree and worker training programs. University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley called it “the most successful legislative […]

Task force remains aggressive in the hunt for child predators

June is National Internet Safety Month, and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force affiliates have joined forces in the latest effort to keep Louisiana’s children safe as they as they embark on summer break. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the recent arrest of 19 individuals as a result of Operation Broken Heart, a coordinated law […]

Fun, affordable activities open to kids this summer

Summer has its perks and despite its sweltering heat, many of us look forward to the season for outdoor activities, vacations, special events and more. Summer time isn’t always fun, though, especially for parents seeking affordable, family-friendly events for their kids. This summer, however, no one has to look far to keep area children busy. […]

Americans not doing enough to challenge treatment of veterans

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released from five years of Taliban captivity as a prisoner of war (POW) in exchange for five hardened terrorists from Guantanamo Bay. It is a deal that has sparked fury within the United States, mainly because some are alleging Bergdahl is not a POW, but rather a deserter. As is usual […]

Well-Ahead La. designates first WellSpots

In April, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) along with Gov. Bobby Jindal launched the Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative, which encourages healthy behavior and designates organizations as WellSpots.  WellSpots are the healthy places around the state that voluntarily champion and embrace health and wellness. WellSpots can be employers, schools, health care providers, universities, child care […]

State lawmakers back execution drug privacy

Lawmakers in the state House Tuesday overwhelmingly supported a proposal to let Louisiana’s corrections department keep information on the suppliers of execution drugs hidden from the public. The House voted 94-2 for the measure by Rep. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie, joining a national push among states for confidentiality. Supporters say secrecy is needed to combat a […]

Congratulations to our graduates!

Like they do every year, Jeff Davis Parish’s high school graduates have proven they are ready to take on the world. Over the past week, our local high school seniors bid farewell to their high school careers to embark on their futures. This amazing group of young men and women have already dived into the […]

Insurers refusing to pay for medical marijuana

Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don’t cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month. Once the drug of choice for hippies and rebellious teens, marijuana in recent years has gained more mainstream acceptance for its ability to boost appetite, dull […]

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