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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 […]

Hold your horses, Welsh

Jeff Davis is a rural parish and even those in incorporated areas like Jennings or Lake Arthur are accustomed to some type of “country” living. In the past decades, we have all seen many areas expand and flourish but the traditions of our past are still very much alive and practiced by locals today. For […]

BP: Jindal admin. ‘misrepresents’ company’s record?

BP and state officials aren’t seeing eye to eye at the moment. BP is accusing the Jindal administration of misrepresenting its record in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including how much it has spent on cleanup, according to a report from The Associated Press. Geoff Morrell, BP’s vice president of U.S. communications, responded […]

Free materials could help struggling students

Whether through learning disabilities or learning difficulties, school is sometimes an oppressing task rather than an educational journey. Students who do not absorb or understand lessons as easily as others need extra help. Sometimes this help comes through teachers, classmates and parents. While those people do their best to help struggling students, sometimes, it is […]

Be aware of air quality

It is important for citizens and businesses to be aware of the air quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lowered the standards for many criteria air pollutants which makes areas that have had excellent air quality in the past much closer to being out of attainment with federal standards. While only one area […]

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