Medicaid may have spent millions in healthcare costs for ineligible recipients
Posted on 11/13/2018 5:39:00 PM.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says the state Medicaid program potentially paid 85 million dollars in medical costs for people who may not have been eligible for benefits. Medicaid previously only checked wage eligibility every 12 months, and Purpera says that led to overpayments relative to other states who check eligibility more frequently.

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Winnfield woman loses sight in right eye due to police taser
Posted on 11/13/2018 2:46:00 PM.

The ACLU of Louisiana is looking for answers from authorities after a Winnfield woman lost sight in her right eye due to a police taser. ACLU spokesperson Bruce Hamilton said Tanisha White had gone to a private residence to speak with someone and called the Winnfield Police to ask for a ride and upon their arrival, she was eventually tased.

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Early education programs seeing better results
Posted on 11/13/2018 12:30:00 PM.

71 percent of early education programs in the state were rated proficient, up five percent from last year according to the Louisiana Department of Education.

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Internet expansion set for north Louisiana
Posted on 11/13/2018 2:47:00 AM.

54,000 rural homes and businesses in north Louisiana will have access to broadband internet as part of the fed’s Connect America program that’s providing 22 million dollars so three different internet providers can make it happen. Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell says high speed internet is a necessity in today's world.

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TV ad campaign attempts to bring public support for new bridge
Posted on 11/12/2018 8:06:00 PM.

Republican Senator Rick Ward of Port Allen is attempting to build awareness and public support for a new bridge crossing the Mississippi River with a TV ad that started airing last week. Ward said the new bridge would help alleviate the congested roadway issues for Baton Rouge and outlying areas.

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Teacher strike possible before end of school year
Posted on 11/12/2018 3:49:00 PM.

Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter says if the legislature stalls on a teacher pay raise, you could see a mass walk out by the end of the school year. A recent survey found 61 percent of educators would support a strike.

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