that oversees a college fund created by the Louisiana Legislature is
deciding how to dole out $40 million to state schools.
That may seem like a lot of money, but it’s got a long way to go.
The WISE Council, which oversees the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund, ...
Lafayette could get a medical school within the next three years, and the move could help address a growing problem: The number
of Louisiana-educated physicians who choose to stay here is dwindling.
The Advocate reported that LSU
Health Sciences Center New Orleans is considering offering a three- ...
A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
It is also something that should not be put on hold, either.
Yet as a new school year gets underway, that is exactly what the leaders of Louisiana are doing.
As the battle over Common Core
continues to rage, teachers and students find themselves stuck in the
Louisiana has one of the better
waste tire programs in the country, but it does have its problems. The
in a recent report said the program operated by the state
Department of Environmental Quality needs to ensure that waste tire
fees are paid to the department on time.
announcement of several industrial projects within Southwest Louisiana
has officials predicting that more people will come
to the area. With the expected growth, officials have acknowledged
that some services, including drainage, could be affected.
That’s one of the reasons why
response to the recent spate of shootings in the area, more than 150
students, community leaders and church members participated
in a parade focused on awareness of violence in Lake Charles.
Police Chief Don Dixon recently confirmed that crime overall is on the rise in the city. He said in Ju ...
Something suggests that Louisiana will come up with the $900,000 needed to continue its groundwater monitoring program past 2015.
Using $2.7 million in federal money, the state has been monitoring wells, checking water levels.
The program was instituted after a 2011 report found that better inform ...
Another school year has begun in Calcasieu Parish, and that means drivers must obey the posted speed limit while driving through
school zones when students are going to and from school.
This week, law officers handed out fliers to remind drivers to observe school zone speed limits, school crossing ...
congratulate the Lake Charles City Council for recently passing a
resolution to ask the state Department of Transportation
and Development to pick up the trash and debris along the
Interstate 10 corridor from the Calcasieu River bridge to the I-210
“In that area, you can se ...
As we fight over Common Core and the direction of education on the lower levels in Louisiana, it is good to note that when
it comes to higher education some of our schools make the dean’s list.
Eight state institutions for higher learning received national recognition in the past week.
A new air quality standard for ozone would have a dire effect on the economy and jobs, a new report said.
Billions of dollars and millions of jobs will be lost if the Environmental Protection Agency tightens restrictions on ozone
levels, the report released by the National Association of Manufactu ...
A group of local business and industry leaders is working to inform potential Calcasieu Parish School Board candidates on election
dos and don’ts, as well as what the duties of the position are.
Forming the Committee for Better
Schools in Calcasieu Parish was a smart move in advising qualif ...
Last spring the state of Louisiana came to the Lake Area to crown seven baseball champs.
Turns out that was only the beginning of a season in the sun for local teams.
Kinder won the state 2A championship and Barbe the 5A crown that weekend in Sulphur. That gave our area a pretty good ego
boost wh ...
Lake Charles has endured its share of senseless crime recently.
The city saw eight shootings in seven days, beginning July 21. Thankfully, no one was killed. When the trigger is pulled that
often, it’s only by the grace of God that no one dies.
Were the eight shootings a sign of things to c ...
The current temporary federal moratorium on Internet taxes expires Nov. 1, and both the House of Representatives and the Senate
need to make that moratorium permanent. The moratorium, which has kept the Internet mostly free from government regulation
and taxation, has been in effect since 1992.
Louisiana had the biggest jump in the number of students who passed Advanced Placement tests this year — good news for a state
that for years has sat near the bottom of the national ranking.
State education officials announced last week that the number of college credits earned by students w ...
has 8.7 percent of its citizens on credit reports as having past-due
debt, the highest percentage in the country.
However, it is doing much better than some other states when it
comes to debt that has already been targeted for collection.
Nevada holds the title in that department. It ...
T he worldwide observance of the beginning of World War I is underway and although Southwest Louisiana was a long way from
the major fighting front in France, the conflict had a major impact on our area.
Besides the contribution of local manpower Southwest Louisiana made to the U.S. Armed Forces, ...
The wait is over for the more than 50,000 veterans in south Louisiana. Congress this week approved veterans reform legislation
that authorizes funding for the long-delayed Veteran Affairs clinics in Lake Charles and Lafayette.
The Louisiana delegation has worked
to hold the VA accountable after ...
McNeese State University is investing in itself.
Last week its athletic director, Bruce Hemphill, told the American Press that plans for building an on-campus basketball facility were “moving forward quickly.”
That news should be received with a resounding cheer.
While final plans are ...
How Louisiana rates its teachers and public schools is again subject to debate.
Teacher and school evaluations do
not line up, a Tulane professor said. While teachers are annually
reviewed based on student
growth and on observation by principals, schools are reviewed
based on students’ t ...
The insurance program for the state’s 230,000 employees, their dependents and retirees is a major expense and obligation that
requires and deserves close scrutiny by the Legislature.
Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget Chairman Rep. Jim Fannin recently said he wants monthly reports on ...
people said it couldn’t or shouldn’t be done, but the Jindal
administration’s private insurance-based program covering
about 900,000 Medicaid recipients, so far, is working to curb
escalating health care costs, according to Kathy Kliebert, secretary
of the state Departmen ...
A private consultant’s suggestion that Louisiana can save millions annually by using a thinner asphalt on state roads isn’t
being well-received by legislators or the motoring public. The issue came up at a recent meeting of the Joint Legislative
Committee on the Budget.
Researchers at ...
state Department of Education recently released results on the national
ACT college entrance exam that show some improvements,
but education officials say the overall results are still low.
The ACT tests students in English, math, reading and science. A score is given for each subject, alon ...
Louisiana gets bombarded by its standing on so many “bad lists,” it is noteworthy to point out when we make a “good list” —
in fact, a downright “happy list.”
Not only was Louisiana listed as the “happiest” state in the nation, Lake Charles was ...
Louisiana has received a double whammy of bad news in the past few weeks that makes our state continue to look bad in the eyes
of the nation.
In early July, the U.S. Census Bureau disclosed that babies are significantly more likely to be born into poverty in Louisiana
than in most of the rest of ...
Two weeks ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order banning new state borrowing that would have been permitted because
of a law enacted in 2013. His order mandates that state debt remain within the limit fixed prior to the new law.
Jindal acted to restrain the unintentional consequences of ...
Our founding father’s warned us about the dangers of big, centralized government, but the current generation of Americans
has become more dependent on it than any other.
We’ve seen many recent examples of the failures of our Federal government, including the Internal Revenue Service, ...
Louisiana can’t whittle down its $12 billion backlog in highway and bridge needs because too much of the state’s gasoline tax
revenue is being used for other purposes. Two state senators talked about the diversion of those funds at a recent meeting
of the policy committee of the Statew ...
Louisiana is not alone in its world-leading incarceration rates.
While our state may have a hefty lead of per capita residents imprisoned, the other 49 states also have rates that lead the
According to a report by the Prison
Policy Initiative, Louisiana has an incarceration rate of 1,341 ...
The U.S.-Mexican border is being flooded by immigrants, many coming from Central America and including some small children
and teenagers allegedly fleeing from criminal gangs in their nations.
Texas has been ground zero for this seemingly relentless mass migration, with Mexico doing nothing to sto ...
Citing rising premium costs, the Calcasieu Parish School Board last week unanimously voted to eliminate the district’s student
athletic insurance policy, leaving the families of players to provide for themselves.
Terminating the policy was the fiscally responsible thing to do, and the saving ...
residents who live near bridges that are considered “structurally
deficient” deserve to know where they are located.
Unfortunately, officials with the state Department of
Transportation and Development say they are prohibited by federal law
from disclosing their locations.
Calcasieu Parish will experience a taxable property bonanza until 2017 because of expiring exemptions on more than $2 billion
of refinery property.
Calcasieu leads four other parishes as more than $550 million in refinery property becomes taxable, economist Loren Scott
noted in a recent study tit ...
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury recently agreed to reappoint Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo Jr. to the West Calcasieu Airport
Authority board, but the decision wasn’t unanimous.
The panel voted 7-5 in favor of reappointing the 70-year-old Palermo. His reappointment was controversial for tw ...
The 20,000 veterans in Southwest Louisiana have waited more than four years for the adequate health care services they deserve,
and many have died because they could not outlast the bureaucratic bottleneck at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The first delay came when the VA
admitted to bu ...
The town of New Llano has had a ban on pit bulls since March 2013, and one couple who is fighting the ban was able to take
their dog, Mazzy, home last week thanks to a judge’s ruling.
U.S. District Judge Patricia
Minaldi issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the ban from being
How many times can a person slip through the cracks of the legal system?
Twenty-seven, it appears. That’s the number of times the recent subject of a drug bust, Norvell Harris, was arrested.
Since his first arrest in 1998, Harris has been convicted of felonies twice. He spent nearly a decade ...
The power of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is hard to ignore, and while most people use them
as a fun and easy way to interact with people they know, they can sometimes prove useful for detectives who are searching
for leads in an investigation.
A recent article in th ...
Supreme Court ruling in favor of the family that owns the Hobby Lobby
chain, in their claim that their religious liberties
were being infringed upon by the Federal government, shows that
“checks and balances” part of the U.S. Constitution still
The Obamacare (Afford ...
Amid all the celebrating today, July 4, take time to reflect on the real meaning of Independence Day — limited, self-government.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago had learned the dangers of big, centralized government and wanted
to be free to govern themselves in t ...
has been sweeping the country over the past two weeks as the country
has followed the exploits of the national soccer
team as they competed at the World Cup tournament in Brazil. That
patriotism will only increase this weekend with Independence
Southwest Louisiana ...
With a mission to enhance the
lives of children with autism, delays and disorders by providing therapy
and family support,
the St. Nicholas Center for Children’s Doré Center for Autism
officially opened its doors on Sunday with a grand opening celebration.
Since 2008 the center has ...
A recent audit found that a water district that serves residents in the Mossville community has lost $164,000 over the past
five fiscal years — but the reason is because it has continued to lose customers during that time.
Waterworks District 2 of Ward 4 has
been active since 1965 after it ...
In not-so-surprising news, Louisiana ranks third in the amount of toxic chemicals released into waterways, according to a
The state released 12.6 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the water in 2012, trailing Indiana (17.7 million) and Texas
(16.4 million), according to a report b ...
Leaving children unoccupied in a motor vehicle during the hot summer months can produce serious heat problems, including heat
The Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund has launched the Look Before You Lock initiative in an effort to reduce deaths and injuries
caused by negligence and abus ...
Two recent convictions in state district court have shown just how powerful DNA evidence can be.
In both cases, the victims had no idea who their attacker was, nor could they identify them in the courtroom, but DNA stood
in to point a finger at the guilty party.
Criminals can’t stop looking ...
The significance of the recent announcement that Sowela Technical and Community College had earned regional accreditation cannot
be overplayed, either for the institution or Southwest Louisiana.
News of the recognition by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges repr ...
history tells us, makes strange bedfellows. There’s no clearer example
of that than the battle royal over the implementation
of Common Core education standards that escalated earlier this
week when Gov. Bobby Jindal announced he was ordering the state
out of the new tests and ac ...