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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 […]

If OGB isn’t broken, why fix it?

Today the Senate Committee on Insurance will get to hear from Gov. Jindal’s Division of Administration Commissioner Paul Rainwater, La. Dept. of Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and La. Office of Group Benefits (OGB) CEO Scott Kipper on the matter of the privatization of the OGB. Some legislators have been calling for this meeting, including Senate […]

Don’t take Mother’s Day for granted

Life is hard, and it comes with many difficult decisions. And if anyone knows that, it’s a mother. People often do not think twice about having children, but any parent will tell you that it is a very powerful commitment. You are in charge and completely responsible for another person’s entire life – from their […]

Louisiana is ready to work

Louisiana – and Southwest Louisiana, for that matter – has found itself atop a very interesting list, and this time the news is very positive. Site Selection magazine, a publication dedicated to real estate and economic development, has recognized Louisiana Economic Development (LED) as the best such agency in the nation. The magazine uses a […]

Weighing the pros and cons of TED

With as many stories as the Jennings Daily News has reported regarding the Welsh Police Department’s (WPD) Traffic Enforcement Detail (TED) program, it’s time we give an opinion on the matter: Give TED a chance, but with restrictions. The Welsh Board of Aldermen and the WPD have argued on the matter since 2006, both with […]

Strokes can strike anyone

May is National Stroke Awareness month and the National Stroke Association (NSA) is reminding people that even the smallest efforts matter when it comes to stroke prevention. National Stroke Awareness Month has taken place this month since May 1989, when President George Bush, Sr., designated the event at the urging of the NSA. Since then, […]

Relay for Life is bittersweet

Attending the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life can be a very powerful and emotional experience. Everyone we know and everyone you know has been touched by cancer in some way. The reason Relay is so powerful is because, sadly, we can all share in it somehow. A truly monumental amount of work goes into […]

SWLA gets high marks for air quality

Louisiana’s air quality has been steadily improving, and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has data to show the entire state meets the one-hour and 1997 eight-hour federal standards for ozone. In the newly released 2011 “State of the Air” report, distributed annually by the American Lung Association, no Louisiana cities or parishes were listed […]

Sex assault victims need local voice

Television shows and news stories do no justice to highlight the impact sexual assault has on our communities until you look at the numbers. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual abuse organization in the country, sexual assault takes place every two minutes if you compare the time in […]

Arbor Day celebrates 139 years

This Friday is National Arbor day, celebrated annually throughout the nation and the world on the last Friday in April. The first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska City, Neb., in 1872, through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton, who proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for […]

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