VA Still Arbitrarily Cutting Caregivers From Program, Even As It Aims To Expand

Chris Kurtz is trying to keep his sense of humor. Even after the VA told him last summer that he no longer needs a caregiver. "Apparently my legs grew back, I dunno," he says with a laugh, and sinks into his couch in Clarksville, Tenn. And then he mentions that he probably can't get out of the couch without help from his wife. In December 2010, a bomb blast ended his Army deployment to Afghanistan. He lost both legs above the knee and half of his left hand. Heather, then his fiancée, joined...

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Greg Kelly's grandson, Caden, scampers to the tree-shaded creek behind his grandfather's house to catch crawdads, as Kelly shuffles along, trying to keep up. Kelly's small day pack holds an oxygen tank with a clear tube clipped to his nose. He has chairs spaced out on the short route so he can stop every few minutes, sit down and catch his breath, until he has enough wind and strength to start out again for the creek. "I just pray that the Lord give me as much time as I can with him," Kelly...

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For the second time in as many weeks, Republican leaders in the House have rejected guidance from state economists who estimate Louisiana’s income will be higher than expected this fiscal year and next. 

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For the second time, the state Revenue Estimating Conference has rejected an increased budget forecast for this fiscal year and next.

Republican Speaker of the House Taylor Barras was the only member of the four person panel to reject economists' projections to increase the state's budget by $125 million for the current fiscal year.

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Governor John Bel Edwards now has two Republican challengers in the 2019 gubernatorial campaign.

Congressman Ralph Abraham became the second Republican to announce his candidacy for the job. Abraham’s formal campaign won’t launch until the beginning of the year, but in a brief statement Thursday, the Congressman said “I’m running for Governor and I intend to win.”

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Primary elections work differently in Louisiana than most other states. In Louisiana's jungle primary system, all candidates - no matter their party - compete against each other. If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers move on to a run off, even if they both belong to the same political party. 

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, people around the country quickly rejected their government's conclusion that a sole assassin committed the crime. A slew of conspiracy theories took hold, but only one conspiracy theorist transferred his theories into actual arrests. Jim Garrison, District Attorney of New Orleans, was media savvy, and skillfully attracted TV cameras, reporters, and supporters with his giant claims. In 1967, the world watched Garrison insist that he had “solved the assassination.” But who was at fault?

The US Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to take another look at the case of the endangered dusky gopher frog and some protected habitat in Louisiana.

Fewer than 100 dusky gopher frogs are thought to be left in Mississippi. In order to survive, they need habitat with “ephemeral ponds” -- shallow ponds that regularly fill up and dry out.

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There’s bipartisan agreement in Congress that the National Flood Insurance Program needs to be reformed, but lawmakers have been unable to settle on a permanent fix. Over the past year, the program has had seven short-term extensions. It's running up on yet another expiration date Friday. 

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Louisiana gardeners often use contianers of tender tropical plans on decks, patios, porches, and in courtyards to provide color and beauty throughout the growing season. Some of these plants thrive in outdoor conditions but can't withstand freezing temperatures. This means they need to be protected during the winter and may need to be brought indoors.

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Louisiana is one of five states in the nation that doesn’t have a minimum wage law of its own. Instead, it sets the same rate as the federal government, $7.25 an hour. That rate hasn’t changed since 2009. And while democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has urged the Republican-controlled Legislature to set and raise the minimum wage in Louisiana, all efforts have failed. 

Holiday Plant Care Basics

Nov 16, 2018
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This time of year, even people who have no interest at all in growing plants find themselves purchasing and displaying living plants as an element of holiday decorating. If you're not accustomed to taking care of indoor plans, this episode of Bayou Garden will be especially helpful.

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