Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

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National Hospice and Palliative Care President and CEO Edo Banach says about 50 percent of Louisiana Medicare decedents were enrolled in hospice at the time of death. Banach says although it may be difficult to discuss, the holiday season provides an opportunity to discuss advance care planning with loved ones.

Starting a conversation about a grim subject may be hard to get started. Banach says remember you’re not talking about death itself, but end of life wishes, which everyone has to consider.

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On Governor John Bel Edwards’ monthly call in radio show, Ask the Governor, he voiced his frustration with the 13-percent turnout for the November 14th election. Edwards says there were important elections like the state’s treasurer’s race, New Orleans mayoral runoff and a state representative seat in St. Tammany Parish.

Edwards says everyone has the freedom to vote or not vote, but it’s something you would think residents would do. He says it’s more convenient than ever to vote with seven days of early voting, but still it seems there’s lower turnout than ever.

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Construction began yesterday, November 27th, on a new artificial reef in Calcasieu. 12,500 yards of crushed limestone will be spread on the lake bottom that will create 100 acres of artificial oyster reef. It will increase oyster and seafood production says the assistant Secretary for Fisheries Patrick Banks.

Banks also said it will take a few years to have a high functioning reef but will however give the fishermen a new place to fish for now.

Grants Awarded To 2016 Flood Victims

Nov 22, 2017
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The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program has offered grant awards for nearly 31-hundred homeowners affected by the floods in 2016, totaling nearly 92-million dollars. Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes says these funds are helping people rebuild their homes and many of the homeowners are reimbursed for work already done.

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All lanes on a high-rise interstate bridge in New Orleans have been reopened ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, following last week's tire fire that charred three girders, weakening the bridge's support structure. 

Retail Giants Open On Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2017
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The lines have become blurred between family traditions on Thanksgiving and getting the good deals before everyone else to kick off the holiday shopping season.  National Retail Federation’s Ana Serafin Smith says many stores are opening earlier on Thanksgiving.  It all started with one retail giant.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds holiday chefs to be conscious of food safety. Sarah Lichtman with the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says the first step is cleaning your hands and surfaces before and after touching raw meats. She says the next step is to separate.

About 128-thousand people are hospitalized each year as a result of foodborne illness. Lichtman says it’s also important to make sure you cook your turkey to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. She debunks the common myth that the before cooking your turkey it needs to be washed in the sink.

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AAA predicts nearly 51-million people will travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday, a three-percent increase from last year and it’s the highest number since 2005. AAA spokesman Don Redman says gas prices are about 35-cents higher than last year, but that’s not stopping the expected 45-million that will hit the highways..

Air fares are the lowest since 2013, which Redman says will mean about a five percent increase in air travel, but Redman warns air passengers may pay more after they land…

When azaleas are in full bloom early spring, you might think they're the most spectacular shrubs that could be incorporated into the garden. These charming shrubs are all the craze for two to three weeks of the year. Yet if an azalea planting is suggested during any of the other 50 weeks, many people scoff at the mention of a plant that is only green for the vast majority of the year.


A new study out of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University finds from 2001 to 2014, black students were twice as likely as white students to be suspended. Low income students were about 1.75 times more likely as non-low income students to be suspended. Researcher Nathan Barrett says these numbers are troubling.


Barrett says they also found that punishments resulting from fights between a black student and white student are different.