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Troopers will be out in full force for holiday

The Memorial Day weekend is the “official” start of summer for many of us in Louisiana. As children finish their school year, families plan weekend outings – or we head out on vacation. Either way, the traffic on our roadways will increase. Unfortunately, with that increased traffic there is also a greater chance of being […]

Louisiana ranks high for pedestrian fatalities

Louisiana is among the most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians, ranking third out of the 50 states researched, a new report released by Transportation for America shows. Over the 10 years from 2000 to 2009, 1,040 Louisianans were killed while walking. Dangerous by Design 2011: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths (and […]

More Americans suffering from asthma than ever

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. May is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases. According to AAFA’s website, asthma is a disease of the lungs […]

Tell us more about this new prison

Earlier this week, most of Jeff Davis Parish’s governement agencies announced their support for an attempt at landing a proposed state juvenile prison in our backyard. According to these officials, this high-tech, state-run prison will not be an eyesore, will be secured by top-notch technology and will specialize in the rehabilitation of juveniles, keeping them […]

Gaudets deserve name change honor

News can be a nasty business, and very often we have to report things from the darker side of human nature. But every now and again, we have the opportunity to report on stories that make our hearts feel good, and today is one of those days. While the renaming of Jennings High School’s gym […]

Train safety is still ignored

In 2010, 13 people died in train-related fatalities in Louisiana. So far this year, Jeff Davis Parish has seen one train fatality, while neighboring Acadia Parish reported a similar death Wednesday afternoon. Despite knowing just how powerful moving trains can be, people still sometimes try to “beat the train.” Sometimes these people trade their lives […]

Catch skin cancer early –it’s treatable

The American Academy of Dermatology and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have designated May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with over one million people diagnosed each year. More than 90 percent of skin cancer is caused by excessive exposure to the sun. Each […]

Get ready for hurricane season now

The 2011 Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season is literally days away (it starts June 1), and as always, it’s time to review your game plan for taking care of your property and family should Mother Nature send us the worst. If you want a full overview of exactly what you should do to prepare for the […]

May is Mental Illness Health Month

May 1 kicked off National Mental Health Month (NMHM), continuing the long-standing tradition of encouraging awareness of mental and emotional health. It’s important that we do focus on mental and emotional health, especially since one in four adults live with a diagnosable, treatable condition, including bipolar disorders, depression and adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). […]

Mother of crash victim shares seat belt mesage

Tammy Ryden, whose daughter was not buckled up when she was killed in a vehicle crash, recently completed a tour of Louisiana during which she met with more than 300 law enforcement officers and urged them to issue as many tickets as they can to unbelted motorists. Ryden’s tour of all nine regional Louisiana State […]

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