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Benefit card skimmers found at multiple stores in Louisiana, DCFS warns

BY: - November 29, 2023

State officials are urging all electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cardholders to immediately change their personal identification numbers after authorities found skimmers at multiple retail locations throughout Louisiana. Skimmers are used to steal personal information and funds from EBT accounts, although the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) said there are no reports yet […]

“How Many More?” is painted on the rock on Michigan State University’s campus after a mass shooting on Feb. 13, 2023.

Gun violence as a public health crisis explored by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - November 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Tuesday discussed how to treat gun violence as a public health crisis, in hopes of building upon last year’s federal gun safety legislation. “Across the country, gun violence is a public health epidemic,” Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, the chairman of the committee, said in his opening remarks. […]

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Congressman Graves wants federal funding to stem tide of imported seafood

BY: - November 28, 2023

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser are calling for more federal funding to test imported seafood and tighter regulations to slow the influx of foreign catch onto Louisiana’s seafood market.  Both Graves and Nungesser shared separate though somewhat similar proposals Monday with the Louisiana Seafood Safety Task Force, which is working to […]

Louisiana state government can't estimate what the budget impact of Gov. John Bel Edwards new paid parental leave policy will be, according to Jay Dardenne, Edwards' budget chief. (Getty Images)

Governor’s budget architect: Impact of paid parental leave for state workers unknown

BY: - November 27, 2023

Louisiana won’t be able to estimate the cost of a new paid parental leave policy for state workers until it has been in place for at least several months, said Jay Dardenne, budget chief for outgoing Gov. John Bel Edwards. “We’re not going to know anytime soon what kind of financial impact this has on […]

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Some Republicans supported abortion ban exceptions. Activists made sure they failed.

BY: - November 27, 2023

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of federal protection for abortion, some states began enforcing strict abortion bans while others became new havens for the procedure. ProPublica is investigating how sweeping changes to reproductive health care access in America are affecting people, institutions and governments. State Rep. Taylor Rehfeldt […]

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Evolving overdose crisis shakes previously effective treatments

BY: - November 26, 2023

BURLINGTON, Vermont — “You can’t inject a horse tranquilizer and think nothing bad is gonna happen” to you, said Ty Sears, 33, a longtime drug user now in recovery. Sears was referring to xylazine, a sedative used for animal surgeries that has infiltrated the illicit drug supply across the country, contributing to a steady climb […]

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They were prosecuted for using drugs while pregnant, but it may not have been a crime

BY: - November 25, 2023

Spencer Woods wanted to fight a crime that didn’t exist. As a sheriff’s investigator in Monroe County, Mississippi, near the Alabama border, he would occasionally receive reports from his state’s child protection agency that a baby had tested positive for illegal drugs at birth. To Woods, the mothers had endangered their fetuses and should face […]

The Ohio March for Life rally against November’s Issue 1 reproductive rights amendment takes to the streets near the Statehouse on Oct. 6, 2023.

Anti-abortion groups shrug off election losses, look to courts, statehouses for path forward

BY: - November 25, 2023

Anti-abortion groups are firing off a warning shot for 2024: We’re not going anywhere. Their leaders say they’re undeterred by recent election setbacks and plan to plow ahead on what they’ve done for years, including working through state legislatures, federal agencies, and federal courts to outlaw abortion. And at least one prominent anti-abortion group is […]

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New Tulane study connects abortion, maternal health care access with birth outcomes

BY: - November 22, 2023

NEW ORLEANS — A study published last week by Tulane University researchers found that people living in areas lacking both abortion and maternity health care were more likely to give birth prematurely than those with more reproductive health services. While previous studies have documented adverse birth outcomes for those who live far from abortion clinics […]

‘Tapped Out’: Investigation finds deeper issues with New Orleans drinking water

BY: - November 21, 2023

Emails and interviews with Sewerage and Water Board officials, combined with an extensive analysis of their data, have revealed deeper, more extensive problems within New Orleans’ drinking water testing and sample collection programs than the Illuminator and our investigative news partners at WVUE-TV Fox 8 previously reported earlier this month. For example, GPS data show […]

Nurse practitioner Anthony Carano speaks with a patient at the Mountain Park Health Center, Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Phoenix.

The ‘doctor of nursing practice’ will see you now

BY: - November 19, 2023

When Vernon Langford sees patients, he typically wears a white lab coat with his title — “Dr.” — and his credentials as a nurse practitioner stitched on the front. “My credentials are on any jackets I have, the shirts I wear. If I have a name tag, it’s on that,” said Langford, who works as […]

Jullian Jefferson, a resident of the homeless encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway in New Orleans.

After New Orleans sweeps away a homeless encampment, some residents have nowhere to go

BY: - November 18, 2023

NEW ORLEANS — Jullian Jefferson has been living on the street for three years. On Wednesday, his tent was set up under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass, in a row of other makeshift shelters that have formed one of the city’s biggest homeless encampments. Jefferson and those remaining at the camp are worried they will have […]