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Party Messaging Lesson: Keep It Local

There was a noticeable lack of enthusiasm for the state Treasurer's race — from voters, and from the traditional political parties, as well. Meanwhile, more than 25 percent of voters in the state are now registered as "other" or "no party." Is there a link?

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Undersea 'Banging Sounds' Not From Sub, Argentine Navy Says

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a4jmpvBLe4 There has been yet another false alarm in the search for an Argentine submarine with 44 crew members that's been missing for nearly a week. A hopeful sound picked up by two vessels running a search pattern near the sub's last known position was likely caused by a "biological" source — meaning a sea creature, not a submersible. NPR's Philip Reeves reports that the sound, detected by Argentine ships about 220 miles from the coast of Patagonia at a...

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Louisiana’s Joint Budget Committee meets today to vote on two-year contract extensions for the state’s Medicaid-managed care organizations.

“Why two years? Because we have made dramatic changes to these contracts, not just tweaks,” Health Secretary Rebekah Gee explained when lawmakers began debating the extensions two weeks ago.


Legendary musician Antoine “Fats” Domino passed away last week. New Orleanians celebrated his life and career with a second line parade Wednesday night. The whole thing started at Vaughan's, a bar in the Bywater. The intersection out front was packed by 5 p.m.

People were selling cold drinks and cotton candy. There were barbecue booths atop portable trailers. One person was wearing Fats Domino fat-suit complete with paper mache head, but most were wearing some shade of blue — a reference to the titles of some of Domino’s most famous songs like Blue Monday and Blueberry Hill.

Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice

"We've been told by the United States Supreme Court, 'You guys have to fix this,'" Baton Rouge Sen. Dan Claitor said, when he brought this year's bill to restrict sentencing juveniles to life without parole.

But Act 277, Louisiana's legislative response to the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Louisiana, may need a do-over.


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Many aspects of Louisiana’s criminal justice overhaul go into effect today.

“The prison population grew exponentially, and it became — quite candidly — a cottage industry/prison industrial complex of housing people that were sentenced to jail,” explains LaFourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre, who backed the changes. “Now we are moving away from that model, and there’s going to be some difficulty in that.”


Chelsea Beck / NPR

Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google are meeting with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Wednesday to discuss Russia's use of their platforms to spread disinformation. The panels are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Exxon Mobil will settle air pollution cases with the federal government and the State of Louisiana.

 

The feds and the state of Louisiana claimed that Exxon Mobil violated the Clean Air Act by releasing excess amounts of harmful pollutants from eight of its chemical plants.

 

Five of those plants are in Texas. Three of them are in the Baton Rouge area.  All of them make either plastic, or chemicals for plastic — according to EPA officials.

Tech Giants Testify Before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee

Oct 31, 2017
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Tech giants are testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday about Russian efforts to spread disinformation in the United States.

Huey Long's Ghost

Oct 31, 2017
Louisiana State Archives

They say Huey Long’s ghost still haunts the Louisiana Capitol.

“The corporate element of this state are being told what they can do, what they can’t do, what they will pay for the welfare of the people of Louisiana,” said Louisiana’s 40th governor.

But it’s not his voice echoing through the marble halls, or Long’s fog-shrouded figure rounding a corner late at night that people mean when they talk about his ghost these days.

“It’s politics, and it’s Huey Long politics,” explains state Sen. Conrad Appel of Metairie.

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How do you pick a college? There are some standard questions.

“What do you want to be, and what are you really good at?” suggested Director of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid, Sujuan Boutté. "Which of these institutions have what you want to major in, and they’re good at it? Where can you get in?”

But according to Boutté, Louisiana students have to do the math and consider the financial factor.


Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

Medium to large shade trees provide benefits when you put them in your yard. These benefits inclue air purification, the removal of CO2 and other greenhouse gases from the air, and a moderation of the micro-climate in your yard and in your home.

Shade trees will keep home cooler in summer by blocking the heat of the sun and will keep home warmer in winter by blocking heat-sapping winds. But there's more.


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