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Wed
01
Sep

Rep. Larry Bagley Named Legislator of the Year by LPTA

Rep. Larry Bagley Named Legislator of the Year by LPTA

Last week, State Representative for District 7 Larry Bagley was named Legislator of the Year for 2020 by the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association. Rep Bagley said, “I am honored to have been named Legislator of the Year by LPTA. Their members represent a vital and necessary component of our healthcare system that is often overlooked.” Rep. Bagley (right) is pictured with LPTA President Bart Jones at their annual conference that was held in Baton Rouge on August 27 through 29.

Wed
01
Sep

Ida Wrecks Southeast Louisiana

Ida Wrecks Southeast Louisiana
Ida Wrecks Southeast Louisiana
Ida Wrecks Southeast Louisiana
Ida Wrecks Southeast Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards received word Sunday night, August 29, that Pres. Joseph R. Biden had approved his request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration due to the severe impacts of Hurricane Ida, a category 4 storm that has caused widespread damage across Louisiana. Ida made landfall early Sunday afternoon in Port Fourchon with winds of 155 miles per hour. As the slow moving storm continued to impact Louisiana, more than 800,000 people were without power statewide. Surge and damaging winds impacted areas along the coast and moving inland.

Thu
26
Aug

Edwards Sends Letter to Education Supt. Brumley Clarifying Temporary Mask Mandate for Louisiana K-12 Schools

Edwards Sends Letter to Education Supt. Brumley Clarifying Temporary Mask Mandate for Louisiana K-12 Schools

Gov. John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to Louisiana Education Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley to clarify any confusion parents may have about the reinstated temporary mask mandate for K-12 students. The letter is in direct response to questions raised about exceptions to the mandate and in particular, the letter by the Louisiana attorney general that ignores the dangerous fourth surge of COVID-19 that Louisiana is currently facing with increasingly alarming case counts, hospitalizations and deaths and seeks to undermine public confidence in one of the most effective tools to combat it. At this time, children under age 12 are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but wearing a mask has proven to be one of the most effective tools we have for slowing the transmission of this virus.

In his letter, Gov. Edwards states:

Thu
26
Aug

Get Ready For Fall, Y’all

Get Ready For Fall, Y’all

Although it doesn’t feel like it because it’s still so hot, it’s time to start thinking about your fall garden.

Fall is my favorite time to grow vegetables because all my personal favorites thrive in the cooler weather of fall and winter. It is when many brassica family vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and greens such as collards, mustards and turnips grow.

These vegetables are some of the easiest to grow and the most nutritious you can prepare. This group of vegetables contains high levels of vitamin C, potassium, beta carotene and fiber.

In addition to vegetables in the brassica family, tomatoes, peppers, okra and eggplant can continue through the fall to make another crop before temperatures drop. Artichokes, carrots and spinach can also be grown in the fall and winter. With so many options, it’s time to get busy planning — and planting.

Thu
26
Aug

Kennedy Urges Treasury to Stop Over $400 million from Flowing to Taliban

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today urged U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to stop the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) from flowing to the Taliban terrorist group.

The Biden administration has been a proponent of the $650 billion allocation of special drawing rights (SDRs), which would send more than $400 million to Afghanistan. The IMF allocation is set for Aug. 23.

Thu
26
Aug

Almond Brothers Lumber Company in Coushatta Receives Safety Award

The Almond Brothers Lumber Company sawmill in Coushatta, LA is the recipient of the 2020 Sawmill Safety Award in Division I, presented by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA). This is the second time the Coushatta mill has received this respected award, having also earned the achievement in 2014.

SFPA Lumber Manufacturer members are considered for the award based on information submitted regarding occupational injuries and illnesses. The results for 2020 included reports from 43 mills that recorded nearly 14 million employee hours. Safety performance is judged by how each mill’s safety record stacks up against facilities with comparable lumber output throughout the year. Division I covers facilities that produce less than 50 million board feet of Southern Pine lumber annually.

Thu
26
Aug

Pfizer Vaccine Gets Full FDA Approval

Pfizer Vaccine Gets Full FDA Approval

On August 23, Gov. John Bel Edwards and State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter applauded the U. S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the first such full approval of its kind. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and easily available all across Louisiana for people ages 12 and older. More than 2.2 million Louisianans have taken at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with nearly 40 percent of Louisiana’s population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to CDC data.

Thu
26
Aug

Prepare Now for Winter Feeding

Prepare Now for Winter Feeding

It may seem crazy to be thinking about winter feeding needs in the middle of July but now is the time to begin preparing for it. Cattle producers in Louisiana have experienced a u n i q u e Spring/Summer thus far with ample amounts of rainfall. This is indeed very good news for pastures and hay fields; however, we have been very limited on the amount of hay that has been harvested. Many producers did not get their mowers in the fields until the first part of July when they usually would be on their second or even third cuttings. I have spoken to some hay producers in the SW portion of Louisiana who have not baled the first bale as of the middle of July due to either the fields being too wet or not being able to catch a window of opportunity in the weather.

Thu
26
Aug

The Afghanistan Debacle

The Afghanistan Debacle

As we watch Afghanistan again devolve dangerously into a terrorist magnet ruled by the Taliban, we witness once again the timeless and immutable principle of history and nations that strength deters bad actors while weakness begets war.

Yes, Afghanistan has been a 20- year war beginning after 9-11 and yes, the American people no doubt wish to conclude America’s engagement there and our troops, finally, return home. However, the American people also remember why they were deployed to Afghanistan in 2001 and recognize strong and effective leadership as well as politically driven tactical and strategic incompetence when they see it. They shudder when they realize their weak and inept national leadership has fallen far below America’s high standard of competence, courage, and commitment to our strategic interests, our values, and the security of our country, and that the trust our international allies have placed in us has been seriously damaged.

Thu
26
Aug

Cleco Power to Work with Customers Who Need Assistance with their Bill

Multiple factors are contributing to higher than usual Cleco Power bills, but some of the increases are temporary.

“By early next year, our fuel costs will be lower,” said Shane Hilton, president of Cleco Power. “The higher fuel charges from the February ice storms will roll off of bills in April 2022, and we intend to close Dolet Hills Power Station in Mansfield by the end of the year which will save customers who use 1,000 kWh approximately $9 to $15 per month in fuel costs. These savings will be higher for customers who use more than 1,000 kWh.

“We understand these increases come during the time of the year when customer bills are historically higher because of the hot summer months, but we will work with our customers, large and small, on an individual basis like we always have to assist them in navigating the changes to their bill.”

Factors contributing to higher customer bills include:

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