Governor John Bel Edwards

Breakfast Challenge seeks to Reduce child Hunger in Louisiana

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Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards encourages schools to participate in the school breakfast challenge to help reduce childhood hunger. Donna Edwards says schools that take action and make sure kids eat breakfast can win up to one-thousand dollars in cash and other great prizes.

 

Edwards says research shows one in four children in Louisiana struggles with hunger. The First Lady knows as a former teacher that if children have a healthy start to their day, it will lead to better results in the classroom.

Amazon Distribution Center to be Built in Louisiana

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Governor John Bel Edwards confirmed on his monthly call in radio show that Amazon is set to build a distribution center somewhere in Louisiana, but details are limited at the time. He says either way, it’s great news that the online retail giant is bringing a part of its operation to the state.

On Sunday 17th September, Governor John Bel Edwards and Department Of Transportation Developement Secretary Shawn Wilson are in Washington D.C. to meet with the US Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the long-delayed Comite River Diversion Canal, a flood control project for the Baton Rouge area. Wilson says the state has committed a significant amount of resources for this project, and it’s time for the Corps to do their part.

University Health System

The Edwards administration has started the legal process to remove BRF as the operator of the state’s safety net hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a letter has been sent to Shreveport-based BRF that gives them 45 days to correct various problems.

Dardenne says the state has spoken with Ochsner Health System and the New Orleans based hospital company could help BRF run the hospitals or possibly replace BRF.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards today highlighted the efforts of technology leader CSRA to quickly establish a call center in Bossier City, Louisiana, that will assist the federal government’s response to Hurricane Harvey.

 

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The Governor’s Office is holding a statewide blood drive today amid a supply shortage following Hurricane Harvey. Tina Martinez with LifeShare Blood Centers says because of the hurricane’s destruction, many communities have not been able to donate blood to support the medical needs of local patients.

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BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate requesting that Congress clarify language in the Stafford Act that has lead to flood victims being penalized for making use of Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans in the aftermath of the 2016 floods.  As Congress considers disaster assistance for Hurricane Harvey, survivors of that storm are likely to experience similar problems as they work to recover.