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Ethics Board Backpedals Child Care Decision For Political Candidates In Louisiana

The Louisiana Board of Ethics voted on Friday to allow political candidates to use campaign funds to pay for certain child care expenses. Some say the decision breaks down a barrier that working parents, especially women, face getting on the ballot.

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'Expect Change': Robert Lighthizer Is Trump's Hardball-Playing China Trade Negotiator

When U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was growing up in Ashtabula, Ohio, in the 1950s, it was a thriving port town on Lake Erie where everyone who wanted one found a job. Ships brought in iron ore destined for the steel mills of Pennsylvania, and left with coal from the mines of Appalachia. But as steel and coal have declined, the Ashtabula of Lighthizer's childhood has disappeared, taking a lot of jobs with it . As a doctor's son, Lighthizer grew up in relative comfort compared to...

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The spending bill signed by President Trump last week will increase the amount of money for inspections of imported seafood -- a move praised by the local shrimp industry.

The United States is importing more and more shrimp from other countries, some of which is produced with antibiotics that are banned in the US. So when it’s tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it’s rejected.

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The Louisiana Board of Ethics voted on Friday to allow political candidates to use campaign funds to pay for certain child care expenses. Some say the decision breaks down a barrier that working parents, especially women, face getting on the ballot.

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Every year, local gardeners see pansies, violas, dianthus, snapdragons, and other flowers whose peak blooming season is in March through May. Invariably, these gardeners then go out to nurseries in April, purchase these plants, and plant them, wishing to recreate this beauty in their own gardens. Unfortunately, they're disappointed when their plants never reach the spectacular results they saw.

There's a good reason. Most of the mid to late spring displays of cool season bedding plants were planted last fall, or at least by late winter or early spring. Early plantings allows bedding plants to develop into larger plants with robust root systems by the time April's crescendo of blooming season arrives.

In his State of the Union address last week, President Trump announced a plan to eliminate the spread of new HIV cases in the U.S. by 2030.  The initiative could propel efforts already underway in Louisiana to prevent and treat the virus.

February marks the 85th anniversary of the opening of New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The facility served as New Orleans' major commercial airport for 12 years, until the opening of Moisant Airport in 1944, which later became Louis Armstrong International Airport.

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A blooming Japanese magnolia is a horticultural groundhog, indicating winter is just about done for the year. This plant is a hybrid, or a cross. The parent plants are difficult to find in local nurseries, but their offspring are stocked in abundunce as their blooms open.

The chemicals used to clean up the BP oil spill may not have been as bad as previous studies suggest -- that’s one of a few themes from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science (GOMOSES) Conference this week.

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, WWNO’s Travis Lux talks with Nola.com | The Times-Picayune environment reporter Tristan Baurick about the latest in oil spill science.

Plus, Tristan tells us about his search for the elusive black rail -- a threatened bird that’s found a home in the precarious marshes of coastal Louisiana.

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President Trump is delivering a State of the Union address after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

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The Industrial Tax Exemption Program, or ITEP, is the most expensive tax incentive program Louisiana offers to manufacturers. In exchange for spurring economic development, manufacturing companies can get a break on their property taxes for 10 years.

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