'Incredibly Dangerous' Hurricane Michael Nears Florida, With 150-MPH Winds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfjKsfbLitY Updated 11:28 a.m. ET Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to a "potentially catastrophic" Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, the National Hurricane Center says. Data collected by NOAA and U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft show gusts up to 172 mph. "We've issued our first ever Extreme Wind Warning," the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee said in a tweet . "This means wind gusts in excess of 130 MPH are...

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With Kavanaugh Confirmed, Both Sides Of Abortion Debate Gear Up For Battle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q54092FNtLI The end of the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination sets up a new battleground over abortion rights, and activists on both sides of the issue are gearing up for what's likely to be a series of contentious battles from the high court to state legislatures. Planned Parenthood is unveiling a new strategy designed to prepare for the possibility of a nation without the federal protections for abortion rights outlined in the 1973 Roe v....

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Wallis Watkins

Election season is officially underway, as qualifying for the fall election ended Friday, July 20. Voters in Louisiana will head to the polls Nov. 6 to choose the state’s six members in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of State in Louisiana. 

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In many ways, having a plant produce a flower is our trophy as gardeners for doing such a good job in the care and maintenance of our landscape plans. But there is much more to a flower than the symbolism of success. To understand flower biology, you must understand the parts of a flower.

The main components are the sepals, the leaf-like structures under the flower itself; the pedals, the colored part of the flower, which contain the perfume and nectar glands, and are the part to which we're more attracted; and, lastly, the male and female parts of the flower, which are responsible for production of the seed.

Wallis Watkins

Friday was the last day for candidates in Louisiana to get their name on the ballot for fall elections. The only statewide race in November will have nine candidates vying for the job of Secretary of State, responsible for overseeing elections throughout Louisiana.

State Rep. Rick Edmonds (R-Baton Rouge) qualified for the race Friday, saying he’s ready to build transparency and integrity into the office.

It’s been nearly 13 years since Hurricane Katrina decimated the city and its school system. And a lot has changed since then. Now the city is the first, large school district in the nation where nearly all students attend charter schools. But the reforms are controversial, and have left many wondering, did they work?

School is out for most New Orleans kids, but many of them are still learning at summer camps. Some of them are taking on big topics, like the history of civil rights. At the Leona Tate Foundation For Change camp, students get to interview real leaders in the battle for racial equality. 

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Far too hot to be gardening outside, but this shouldn't stop you from gardening indoors in the air conditioning.

There shouldn't be much to plant in your garden in July. This is the time for maintenance. There will still be weeding and watering and weekly grass mowing, of course, but this is not to say that you can't or shouldn't be planting anything this month.

But wouldn't you rather be inside? Adding houseplants to your living room, study, kitchen, or even bathroom can liven up the room.

Wallis Watkins

It took multiple special sessions, but the Louisiana Legislature avoided the fiscal cliff. With a budget crisis behind them, Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Advocate, says lawmakers, including the Governor, will focus their attention on other issues, like an upcoming election. 

Grace discusses which policy issues may or may not get traction in an election year with Capitol Access Reporter Wallis Watkins.

LSU AgCenter

I've always thought of gardening as a green activity, but there's an argument that some of the things we do when we garden are not necessarily as green as we might think. Consider our use of gas-powered equipment, over-application of fertilizers, and careless use of pesticides.

There are things we can do to keep our gardening efforts more sustainable with less of an environmental impact.

One group of forecasters has decreased its 2018 hurricane season forecast from above-average to below-average.

There are typically about 12 named storms in the Atlantic during hurricane season.

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Many weeds in the landscape can cause a gardener to gripe, but when the weed is specifically named after a gardener's complaints, then you know you have a real problem on your hands.

Gripe weed has become more common in our area over the past decade. You should accept eradication of a weed as impossible, but management and control are well within our reach. Hand-weeding and herbicide on the foliage work well. Shield or cover nearby desired ornamental plans when you're spraying herbicide.

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