Louisiana and other states fight federal transgender bathroom policy
Posted on 5/25/2016 5:41:00 PM.

Louisiana has joined several states seeking to block the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom policy in public schools. The federal government says public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, or risk losing federal funding. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says the President does not have the legal authority to require children to share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the opposite sex.

Jeff Landry, transgender bathroom, Title IX

Smoking rate sees largest drop in two decades
Posted on 5/25/2016 12:58:00 PM.

The adult smoking rate in the US is falling faster than is has in the past 20 years based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 50 years ago, roughly 42% of adults in the US smoked, and that rate has now fallen to about 15%. Renee Underwood with the state Department of Health and Hospitals says currently there is no state specific data on smokers. She says their department launched a statewide campaign last year to help people kick their tobacco habits.

Renee Underwood, DHH, smoking rate

Warning signs will soon be required to be posted ahead of red light cameras
Posted on 5/25/2016 12:29:00 PM.

A bill to require municipalities to post warning signs 500 feet ahead of red light cameras has just received final legislative passage. New Orleans Senator Troy Carter says red light cameras should be about safety, not collecting revenues.

Troy Carter, red light cameras

Bill requiring sex offenders to register online usernames heads to governor's desk
Posted on 5/25/2016 11:09:00 AM.

A bill to help parents keep up with who their kids are talking to online is heading to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. Metairie Representative Cameron Henry says his bill requires sex offenders to register any email addresses or online user names, as they would with a phone number or address. He says kids are playing online games and talking to strangers on the internet, and this will help parents make sure their children aren’t talking to predators.

Cameron Henry, sex offender registry

New website launched to help workers in the oil and gas industry find jobs
Posted on 5/25/2016 10:24:00 AM.

A new website, BayouOpportunity.com, has just been launched to help workers in the oil and gas industry find new jobs, as unemployment in that sector continues to rise. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says this new site could help people who have lost their jobs in this industry.

BayouOpportunity.com, Don Pierson

PETA calling for LSU to end live mascot program
Posted on 5/25/2016 6:25:00 AM.

PETA has sent a letter to LSU calling for them to end the live mascot program once Mike VI passes away. Lewis Crary, a captive wildlife specialist with PETA, says wild animals are not meant to live in captivity on a college campus.

PETA, Mike VI, LSU, Lewis Crary

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