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Study claims racial gap among youth

In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap. Titled “Race for Results,” the report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has […]

Survey says residents split on Common Core

The 2014 Louisiana Survey findings reveal that Louisiana residents are largely unaware of the Common Core educational standards and that nearly three out of four residents – 74 percent – support increased spending on higher education when asked about state spending priorities. The Louisiana Survey is conducted annually by the Public Policy Research Lab, or […]

Heat illnesses can be prevented for spring athletes

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), exertional heatstroke (EHS) is the leading cause of preventable death in high school sports. Kenny Henderson, Executive Director of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, feels it’s a good topic to touch on this week as spring sports seasons start to heat up, coinciding […]

Smokers need to watch their butts

Most people do not purposely litter. We all know land and ditches filled with trash is not only unsightly, but causes a number of problems. However, few consider the problems created by cigarette butts. The Louisiana Legislature has taken notice, however. In fact, throwing a cigarette butt out your car window could get you a […]

It might be a careless driver, not a speed trap

According to Louisiana State Police (LSP), last weekend alone, over 1,000 pounds of marijuana valued at $1.5 million, as well as some cocaine, was confiscated in three traffic stops between Baton Rouge and Lafayette on Interstate 10. LSP reported that in all three cases, troopers stopped the cars after spotting improper lane usage, a broad […]

Emergency rule bans sale/use of additional synthetic drugs

The Department of Health and Hospitals recently issued an Emergency Rule banning the sale or use of eight additional synthetic cannabinoids, commonly marketed as synthetic marijuana, following reports from law enforcement officials of a high number of associated drug overdoses in recent weeks. DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert signed the Emergency Rule after consultation with the […]

Agencies aim to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Louisiana State Police, and state police and highway patrol leaders from over 40 states joined forces earlier this week to announce the Drive to Save Lives Campaign. The announcement took place at a press conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The implementation […]

There are bigger dangers than tanning beds

While admirable, the House’s Wednesday decision to ban teens under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed goes overboard. Though the bill has yet to pass the Senate or head to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk, it won’t make much of a difference if it does become a law. New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, […]

Small town residents depend on their community paper

Two-thirds of residents in small towns across America depend upon their local newspaper for news and information, according to the National Newspaper Association’s most recent newspaper readership survey. The survey noted that more readers are using mobile devices to shop, read and communicate. The number with smartphones jumped from 24 percent to 45 percent and […]

Health law concerns for cancer centers

Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation’s best cancer hospitals are off-limits. An Associated Press survey found examples coast to coast. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is excluded by five out of eight insurers in Washington state’s insurance […]

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