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With sports betting now legal, state health officials are working to combat problem gambling

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Today on Louisiana Considered, we learn about problem gambling and potential solutions for those who are addicted. Then, we learn about the importance of planning for your own death care.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health has doubled-down on their efforts to raise awareness of problem gambling, in the wake of sports wagering and mobile sports betting becoming more widely available in the state.

Robert Henson, program manager at the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Behavioral Health, tells us more about potential solutions to problem gambling.

While dying is a part of life we all go through, not many people are directly involved with planning for their own death. Organizing funerals usually falls to friends and family, but an organization in New Orleans is trying to change that.

Liz Dunnebacke, executive director of Wake, a New Orleans-based organization that helps people with death-care options, joins us to talk about what she describes as a “death positive” approach.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is also frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.