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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes ban on transgender women and girls in women’s sports

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a ban on transgender women and girls participating in women and girls sporting events. The veto didn’t come as a surprise. The governor, a Democrat, had said in April that he intended to reject the legislation if it passed.  “As I have said repeatedly when asked about this bill, discrimination […]

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered Monday by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law. “Put simply, […]

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Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In a party-line 50-50 vote, the Democratic measure, S.1, titled the For the People Act, did not reach the 60-vote threshold required to end a filibuster and advance. […]

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Louisiana lawmakers rejected proposal to deter euthanasia of dogs from dog fights

BY: - June 22, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers killed a bill during the legislative session that was intended to deter the euthanization of dogs seized at dog fights. Supporters of House Bill 231 pulled the proposal once it became clear it wouldn’t get through the Senate Agriculture, Aquaculture and Rural Development Committee. Veterinarian associations opposed the legislation, though they didn’t explain […]

More than 160,000 sign up for $1 million vaccine lottery after first day

BY: - June 21, 2021

More than 160,000 vaccinated Louisianians entered for the chance to win $1 million Monday as the Louisiana Department of Health launched “Shot at a Million,” a lottery for vaccinated Louisiana residents and the state’s latest vaccine incentive program. Fourteen Louisiana residents who enter the vaccine lottery will win cash prizes — including four prizes of […]

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LSU faculty and staff receive 3 percent raises

BY: - June 21, 2021

For the first time in years, LSU faculty and staff members will receive a merit pool raise of 3 percent. Staff raises for college and universities were worked into the budget that the Louisiana Legislature passed earlier this month. Outgoing LSU President Tom Galligan said in a letter to the LSU faculty and staff he […]

Louisiana Workforce Commission writing new medical billing rules

Fraction of La. unemployment payments went to dead people, audit finds

BY: - June 21, 2021

The Louisiana Workforce Commission distributed just over one one-hundredth of its total unemployment payments to people who were dead during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, who noted that the vast majority of these mistaken payments were unpreventable and largely the result of bad timing. According to a report released last week, […]

Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The lesser prairie-chicken, a rare dancing grouse once abundant on the Great Plains, could benefit again soon from the protection of the U.S. government. So could the rusty patched bumblebee, a black-headed pollinator that at one time ranged from Georgia to Maine and across the Midwest. The Biden administration is rewriting how it […]

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LSU athletes are a step closer to earning money from endorsements

BY: - June 21, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors Friday established rules governing student athletes seeking to take advantage of new legislation that, if it becomes law, allows them to profit from their name, image and likeness. Stephanie Rempe, LSU’s executive deputy director of athletics and the department’s chief operating officer, told the board at a meeting at the university’s […]

Settled into new homes, refugees in US say they are working for a better life for all

BY: - June 20, 2021

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million.  Of those forced to flee their […]

FedLoan will no longer manage student loans for Education Dept.

Rebuffing its Faculty Council, LSU declines to mandate vaccines for students and faculty

BY: - June 18, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors decided against mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty and staff returning in the fall, choosing instead to pass a resolution encouraging the LSU community “to voluntarily vaccinate against COVID-19 until the Louisiana Department of Health shall add COVID-19 vaccinations to its list of required immunizations.” The board is, however, requesting “the […]

Louisiana Legislature 2021 pet projects

Louisiana legislative leaders send over half of $85 million in ‘pet projects’ to their own parishes

BY: - June 18, 2021

A million dollars for Pointe Aux-Chenes Elementary in Terrebonne Parish. Two million dollars for the Central Athletic Foundation in East Baton Rouge. Two and a half million dollars for Johnston Street lighting in Lafayette. One hundred and ten thousand dollars to upgrade the computer system for the 23rd state judicial district attorney’s office.  Louisiana lawmakers […]