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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 […]

Over 300 citations issued in first month of crackdown

Agents with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) issued 331 violations in just the first month of the agency’s 2014 Summer Crackdown on underage alcohol and tobacco sales, including a citation to one local business. Alcohol was recently sold to a minor at Myers Landing in Lake Arthur, resulting in the only violation […]

Funding protects Louisiana fishermen from illegal dumping

Louisiana is home to more than 1,800 crawfish farmers and fishermen who harvest over 110 million pounds of crawfish each year, contributing nearly $120 million in economic impact for Louisiana’s economy. Louisiana’s shrimp industry supports over 14,000 jobs and contributes $1.3 billion to Louisiana’s economy. In 2011, shrimpers landed over 92 million pounds of shrimp, more […]

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over in effect July 2-6

With the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday this year, Louisiana highway safety officials are warning that traffic will likely be heavy on the state’s roads as families take advantage of the extended holiday period to drive to vacation spots, attend parties and visit friends and relatives. Louisiana State Police and law enforcement agencies from […]

What will summer hold for Common Core decisions?

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration said Thursday that public school fourth-graders and eighth-graders who retook their standardized tests this summer should get their results on time, despite Jindal’s suspension of the testing contract. The Associated Press reported the retests for students who previously failed the high-stakes tests are used to determine if the students advance to […]

Anticipate average dead zone

Researchers say the annual low-oxygen “dead zone” that forms every summer off the coast of Louisiana will be about average size this year. According to forecast modeling done through research at a number of universities, including LSU and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, and through support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the dead […]

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