Graham-Cassidy Health Bill Would Shift Funds From States That Expanded Medicaid

Senate Republicans' latest plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system ends with a massive shift of federal money from states that expanded Medicaid — and are largely dominated by Democrats — to those that refused to expand. Several analyses of the bill show the pattern. A report by the health care consulting firm Avalere Health shows California and New York losing a combined $123 billion in federal health care funding by 2026, while Texas would see its flow of money from Washington rise by ...

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Gov. Edwards Requests Universities To Review Hazing, Drug And Alcohol Abuse Policies

BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released a letter he sent to Louisiana higher education system presidents requesting that they conduct a thorough review of all policies related to hazing and drug and alcohol abuse among Greek organizations and all other university sanctioned groups. The governor plans to partner with them to promote a positive and safe learning environment on all Louisiana college campuses. Below is an excerpt from the governor’s letter: “It is up to us to do...

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The Autism Center at the University of Louisiana Monroe (AC-ULM) hosts two workshops about sensory processing disorders for professionals and parents of children with autism on Thursday, Oct. 12 at West Monroe Convention Center.

 

The workshops will be presented by Cara Koscinski, an occupational therapist from Charleston, SC.

 

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BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released a letter he sent to Louisiana higher education system presidents requesting that they conduct a thorough review of all policies related to hazing and drug and alcohol abuse among Greek organizations and all other university sanctioned groups.

The governor plans to partner with them to promote a positive and safe learning environment on all Louisiana college campuses. Below is an excerpt from the governor’s letter:

Coach Orgeron on the Hot Seat for this Weeks Game

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Louisiana State University football Coach Ed Orgeron is promising a better performance on Saturday night when his Tigers host Syracuse. The Bayou Bengals suffered their worst loss ever to Mississippi State last week in a 37-7 drubbing. Orgeron says he’s on a mission for his team to play better.

LSU is a 22.5 point favorite to beat Syracuse, who has victories over Central Connecticut State and Central Michigan, but a touchdown loss to Middle Tennessee. Dino Babers is in his second season at head coach and Orgeron says they have a talented quarterback by the name of Eric Dungey.

Why is Pumpkin Spice so Nice ?

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The pumpkin spice craze is in full swing as it around this time every year, and experts say there is science behind your autumn craving. Dr. Michelle Moore is a psychologist at LSU Health New Orleans, and she says people have natural reactions to certain scents, and your brain gets triggered to certain memories.

 

 

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The interim chief Eugene Ellis from the Monroe Police Department soothed a worried crowd on Thursday night.

He said the MPD is very much capable at handling crime.

 

 

Ellis says the new system seems to be working as crime rates have gone down somewhat. He also adds that he too would like to see the current rates drop more.

 

UPDATE: Amazon In Talks With Louisiana On Possible Location For Hub

Sep 21, 2017
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UPDATED: 10:00 AM Friday September 22

Governor John Bel Edwards says he misspoke when talking on his monthly radio show about the possibility of Amazon building a regional distribution center here. Edwards says Louisiana had discussions with Amazon about this project, but there is presently not a definitive project in the works.

Our original story below:

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On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the TV host bashed the health care plan being pushed by US Senator Bill Cassidy. “The Jimmy Kimmel Test” is what Cassidy had previously said on the show, that the nation’s healthcare system should pass, but Kimmel on Tuesday accused Louisiana’s Senator of being a liar.

LSU Greek Crackdown Has Constitutional Concerns

Sep 21, 2017
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LSU’s suspension on Greek activities in the wake of the death of fraternity pledge Max Gruver, is rife with constitutional concerns, according to attorney Scott Sternberg. LSU officials said fraternities and sororities can’t tailgate in a group of more than 10, or do most things together as an organization. Sternberg says LSU is trying to teach these students a lesson.

Sternberg also questions the prohibition of wearing Greek attire on LSU’s game day. He fails to see how that has anything to do with educating students about making good decisions.

North Louisiana Economic Partnership

North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) won three Excellence in Economic Development Awards during the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada on September 19, 2017. These highly competitive awards are peer-judged, recognizing the world's best economic development programs, marketing materials, and the year's most influential leaders. 
 

Louisiana Closes Year With $100M Surplus

Sep 21, 2017

      Louisiana has a rare bit of good budget news: The governor's chief financial officer says the state ended the last budget year with a surplus topping $100 million. 

     Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne outlined the better-than-expected finish to the 2016-17 budget year in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. 

     He says Louisiana collected more money than projected from sales taxes and personal income taxes in the year that closed June 30. 

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Accounting, CIS, healthcare, and manufacturing are the in-demand career sectors in north Louisiana according to workforce development experts. KEDM's Policy and a Pint dug into the subject at an open public forum on workforce issues. Panelists and audience members agreet that the future of our workforce is children. Panelists fielded many questions about STEM education and the educational foundation being laid by our area educators. The KEDM Policy and a Pint public forum was held Tuesday,...

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