Future disaster victims could have more time to claim lost pets
Posted on 5/28/2017 5:21:00 AM.

Pet owners will soon have more time to claim their lost pets after a disaster. A measure by Gonzales Representative Clay Schexnayder allows pet parents 30 days to claim their fur babies following a state of emergency. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says his agency takes in abandoned animals after disasters.
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Mike Strain, Clay Schexnayder, natural disaster, pets

LSU wins by Mercy Rule again as Tigers advance to SEC Title game
Posted on 5/27/2017 2:11:00 PM.
By Jeff Palermo
For the 5th straight game LSU scored in double figures and for the second consecutive contest the Tigers run-rule their opponent as the Bayou Bengals blanked South Carolina 11-0 in seven innings. 
 
The Gamecocks were playing their fifth game in as many days and their pitchers looked like they were on fumes.
LSU, Jared Poche, Greg Deichmann, Kramer Robertson

CDC warns public about bacteria in pools
Posted on 5/27/2017 2:03:00 AM.

With the summer in full swing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns the public about bacteria in public pools. Michelle Hlvasa with the CDC says there’s a germ called cryptosporidium that’s causing a lot of outbreaks linked to swimming. She says they’re seeing an uptick in the number of infections.
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Michelle Hlvasa, CDC, cryptosporidium, pool, swimming, summer

LDH Secretary Gee makes case not to cut health budget
Posted on 5/26/2017 1:29:00 PM.

Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee made her case to the Senate Finance Committee today, as her department is facing a huge budget cut. Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue says state spending on healthcare has increased $1.4 billion since 2010. LDH spending now accounts for nearly half the state’s total annual budget.
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Rebekah Gee, Jack Donahue, budget, healthcare

Deadly virus threatens Louisiana crawfish
Posted on 5/26/2017 12:04:00 PM.

A deadly virus is threatening Louisiana crawfish. Aquaculture specialist Mark Shirley with the LSU AgCenter says the white spot syndrome virus showed up in Acadiana about a decade ago. He says the virus is showing up again in ponds across southwest Louisiana, and it’s hurting the crawfish harvest.
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Mark Shirley, crawfish, white spot syndrome, virus

LED creates business startup program for military veterans
Posted on 5/26/2017 11:45:00 AM.

Louisiana Economic Development, along with several partners, has created a business startup program for military veterans. LED Secretary Don Pierson says many soldiers have a desire to start a small business once returning home.

 
He says the idea for the Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program came after hearing LSU’s Baton Rouge campus was helping disabled veterans in a similar way.
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LED, Don Pierson, Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program

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