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Legislative session draws to end

The 60-day regular session of the Louisiana Legislature ended Thursday. A look at what passed and failed from the Associated Press: • Budget: Lawmakers are haggling over next year’s $24 billion budget and how to close a $1.6 billion shortfall without devastating cuts to public colleges and health care services. The House and Senate passed […]

Childhood makes a comeback

You have to let the past go. You cannot constantly live under the cloud of what once was. Sometimes, it is hard to move on and find the next phase in life for which you are destined. After dedicating so much time to one certain thing, you suddenly have to say goodbye and move on […]

Why is the 2016 Democratic field so old?

There are five Democrats who have either declared or are thinking about running for president. Three – Joe Biden, Bernard Sanders and Jim Webb – will be over 70 years old on Inauguration Day 2017. Front-runner Hillary Clinton will be nine months short of 70. Only Martin O’Malley, who will turn 54 a couple of […]

Higher education leaders looking for ways to raise money

Threatened with the loss of up to half of their state financing, Louisiana’s higher education leaders are devising their own package of ideas to generate new cash for their campuses. College system heads have asked for ideas from campus leaders, and they’ve been floating suggestions to lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration in behind-the-scenes discussions. […]

Are prison healthcare costs stabilizing?

States are spending slightly less on prisoner health care after nearly a decade of steady increases, according to a report released Tuesday. The report from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that in most states, prison health care spending peaked at $8.2 billion in 2009 after nearly a decade of dramatic increases. But by 2011 that […]

Are corporations people?

 There may be more to that “we the people” notion than you thought. These are boom times for the concept of “corporate personhood.” Corporations are people? Mitt Romney got mocked during the 2012 presidential campaign for the very idea. The Associated Press reported that it turns out the principle has been lurking in U.S. law […]

Health Department offers summer safety tips

The summer vacation season is upon us. That means fun in the sun and staying cool in the inviting waters of Louisiana’s beaches, rivers, lakes and pools. But before jumping in for a refreshing swim, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reminds everyone to be safe and cautious. A fun and exciting day on […]

Contest underway for Red Ribbon Week

The 28th annual Red Ribbon Week is this month, and the National Family Partnership has launched its month-long, national contest. Ten families across America will win $1,000 for their school and an iPad for their home by participating in the campaign. While the contest has already kicked off, it’ll be held throughout the month of October, […]

Vets can still access museums despite shutdown

The head of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans is extending an invitation to veterans groups that might find themselves unable to hold planned events at federal memorial sites or parks due to the government shutdown. Museum chief executive Gordon H. Mueller notes in a statement that the museum – and independent […]

Concerns raised about navigating health exchange

State lawmakers said Tuesday they are concerned about a shortage of people helping Louisiana residents sign up for new insurance options available under the federal health care law. Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, urged the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center to give lawmakers information about where to direct […]

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