Louisiana ranks 2nd for rate of women killed by men
Posted on 9/19/2018 4:03:00 AM.

Louisiana has the second highest rate of females killed by men in the United States according to a report from the Violence Policy Center. The Bayou State has seen its rate rise five consecutive years. VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand says there’s a number of factors that go into the state’s high rate, but one in particular stands out.
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Cap on medical marijuana patients lifted
Posted on 9/17/2018 5:15:00 PM.

The Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners is lifting the cap on how many medical marijuana patients a doctor can treat. Previously doctors were limited to 100 patients a year. Medical Marijuana expert and prescriber Dr. Victor Chou, one of only three or four dozen in the state, says this will dramatically increase access to the treatment for those who are eligible.
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Mentorships available for aspiring entrepreneurs
Posted on 9/16/2018 4:33:00 AM.

The Department of Economic Development is launching a new mentorship program that will pair business veterans with upstart entrepreneurs to help get the rookies off the bench and onto the field.
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Schroder estimates significant budget surplus for last fiscal year
Posted on 9/14/2018 1:29:00 PM.

State Treasurer John Schroder estimates the state will have an over 300 million dollar budget surplus from last fiscal year after revenues out performed expectations. However, the final audit results won’t be ready until October, and Schroder says they’ll have to figure out just how the state stumbled into so much cash.
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US Supreme Court takes on St. Tammany frog challenge
Posted on 9/14/2018 2:29:00 AM.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a St. Tammany man who says the U.S. Wildlife and Fisheries is illegally blocking him from developing his property on the Mississippi border. The site has been designated a critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog.

But the property owner’s lawyer, Mark Miller, says it’s a government overreach, because the frogs don’t actually live there.
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Rep. Higgins aims to have congressmen drug tested
Posted on 9/13/2018 12:42:00 PM.

Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins introduces legislation that would mandate random drug tests for U-S House and Senate members. If there's a failed test, the Ethics Committee can take further action. Higgins says many middle class Americans are drug tested for their jobs, so why shouldn’t congressmen?
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Amazon set to ship Christmas trees
Posted on 9/13/2018 4:35:00 AM.

Amazon is set to start shipping seven-foot tall Christmas trees come November. A North Carolina Frasier will run customers about $115 bucks and will be shipped to your house within ten days of being cut down, but Allen Parish Christmas Tree farmer Gray Anderson says that takes the fun out of getting a real tree.
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LaFourche Councilman violates protective order against fellow Councilman
Posted on 9/12/2018 12:40:00 PM.

A LaFourche Parish Council member was arrested after violating a protective order filed against him by another councilman for the second time in four months. 51-year-old James Bourgeois Sr. had been ordered to stay clear of Jerry LaFont after a fist fight broke out at a council meeting back in April. 
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Veterans cemetery to be built in Jennings
Posted on 9/12/2018 11:37:00 AM.

The VA has awarded Louisiana a 7.2 million dollar grant to building a new veterans cemetery in Jennings that’s set to break ground November 1st. Louisiana VA Secretary Joey Strickland says currently, Southwest Louisiana families have to drive at least 80 miles to find the nearest veterans cemetery.
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Health leaders urge state legislature to raise legal buying age for tobacco products to 21
Posted on 9/12/2018 3:49:00 AM.

Three major medical leaders are calling on the state legislature to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21. The presidents of the Orleans and Jefferson Parish Medical Societies along with Smoking Cessation Trust CEO Mike Rodgers are behind the effort. Rodgers says raising the legal age from 18 to 21 could prevent thousands from smoking.
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