Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday that could end up shrinking — or even nullifying — some large federal national monuments on protected public lands, as established since the Clinton administration. The move is largely seen as a response by the new administration to two controversial, sweeping national monument designations made late in the Obama administration: the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah considered sacred to Native American tribes and the Gold...

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Bill To Abolish Death Penalty Heads to Senate Floor

In a meeting of a Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Representative Terry Landry (D-New Iberia) presented Senator Dan Claitor's (R-Baton Rouge) bill to eliminate the death penalty in Louisiana.

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Sometimes the dumbest thing you can do is not ask a stupid question.

Maybe you have no idea where to start in thinking about retirement planning. And so you think asking about it might be a so-called stupid question.

Well, if that’s you, it isn’t a stupid question – it’s a good one.

So congratulations for just asking! Asking is the first step to gaining wisdom. Acting on what you’ve learned is the second (and most important) step.

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Saturday April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The Northeast Louisiana Children's Coalition is partnering with the University of Louisiana Monroe's Pharmacy Program to provide eight locations for the community to take back expired, unwanted, and potentially harmful prescription drugs. 

The eight locations where the community can take back their unwanted prescription drugs are spread throughout Ouachita, Lincoln, and Union Parish. 

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Tuesday, April 25th Louisiana Tech University will be holding the 5th annual I-20 Top 20 Showcase. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. in University Hall.

The I-20 Top 20 Showcase allows local entrepreneurs, whether that be students or professionals, to pitch innovative ideas and startup plans. Guest will hear some of the participant's pitches and will be able to see displays of all the participants ideas. 

http://latechinnovation.org/makermonth/

Louisiana Tech's Innovation Enterprise is currently in the season of Maker Month, a three month time period during Tech's Spring Quarter where students showcase accomplishments of the year. 

Conservation Ethics

Apr 17, 2017
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My boyhood in Louisiana was immersed in a culture where conservation ethic did not exist in the general populace. The notion was that wildlife was there for the taking, not unlike blackberries or mayhaws in the swamp. As a carryover of attitude about natural resources since Europeans arrived in North America, it was a lingering remnant of 19th century arrogance defined as Manifest Destiny. State of affairs was exacerbated by the legal system hobbled with weak statutes and one that did not take violations of natural resource laws, including fish and wildlife regulations, seriously anyway.

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Saturday April 15th, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo will be holding its Easter Eggstravaganza. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. that morning, and the Easter egg hunts start at 11:00 a.m.

The Easter Eggstravaganza is one of the zoo's biggest events of the year. Director of the zoo, Joe Clawson, shares that, "The event is to raise money, but it is also to share with the community what's been going on at the zoo. We're really proud of what the staff has accomplished."  

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Saturday April 29th, the Northeast American Red Cross will celebrate its 100th anniversary with its 20th annual Red Cross Bash. This event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Monroe Regional Airport Hangar 9.

Sarah Mouton / Wine Over Water 2017

Thursday April 20th, the University of Louisiana Monroe Alumni Association holds its signature event, Wine Over Water. The main event will be held at the ULM Bridge from 7 to 10 p.m.

Wine Over Water is the largest fundraiser the ULM Alumni Association holds during the year. This event raises money for the Spirit of The Warhawk Scholarship. The Spirit of the Warhawk Scholarship helps reduce the costs of attending ULM for local students.

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Abortion rights advocates say an abortion clinic in northwestern Louisiana has closed, leaving three other such clinics in the state.

 

Owners of Bossier City Medical Suite could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The phone number at the facility was no longer in service and the website was down. State business records show the company's officers are the same Texas-based principals of Causeway Medical Suite, a suburban New Orleans facility that closed last year.

 

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Two sisters are fighting over Mom and Dad’s estate. Now, mind you, Mom and Dad are still alive and kicking.

One sister thinks Mom and Dad should give away most of their assets so they can qualify for Medicaid if one or both have to go to a nursing home. The other sister thinks that is a terrible idea and tantamount to bilking the government out of money.

So they come ask me what I think.

I think that when it comes to settling arguments between sisters, I usually try to speak out of both sides of my mouth, then duck.

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Herding the CAT Tax

“ I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tax proposal in Louisiana that has drawn this much concern and criticism from a variety of different voices,” LABI's Steve Waguespack told me on Friday. And while he hasn't spoken his piece about the Corporate Activity Tax to the House Ways and Means Committee yet, more than a few lawmakers already had their fur up when Representative Sam Jones started herding the CAT tax bill through that committee on Monday.

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