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Today, Business Facilities ranked LED FastStart® as the nation’s No. 1 state workforce training program for a record ninth consecutive year. In the magazine’s 2018 State Rankings Report, Louisiana also earned Top 10 rankings among the best states for Economic Growth Potential, Foreign Trade Zone activity (exports) and Chemicals Manufacturing. In addition, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Shreveport/Bossier City and the Port of South Louisiana-based Gramercy Foreign Trade Zone received Top 10 honors as regional economic leaders.

Jeremy Rogers Begins as CFO for St. Francis Medical Center

Jul 24, 2018
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Jeremy Rogers assumes the role of Chief Financial Officer at St. Francis Medical Center this week. Rogers will succeed Dan Macksood who has served as Interim Chief Financial Officer for nearly two years.Rogers joins St. Francis from Baton Rouge General Health System. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Baton Rouge General Physicians.

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Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the legislature, my fellow Louisianans:

Good afternoon.

Today, I’m going to be brief.  The time for politics and partisanship is over.  The time for solutions is now.  No more excuses.  The citizens of this state have waited long enough.  They deserve results – now. 

I’m not going to bog you down with the numbers and figures that have been in front of us for more than two years. We don’t need to rehash the tale of how we got here – we all know that by now.

The final act of this year’s special session trilogy is less than a week away, with the administration and many legislators scrambling to find some extra cash for programs like TOPS, which is facing a 30 percent cut. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the Department of Health is one place the state should look if it wants to plug the budget gaps.

 

An applicant for one of Louisiana's nine medical marijuana pharmacy permits has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Pharmacy over its decision to pick the fourth-ranked choice for the license in the New Orleans region.  News outlets report that Rx Greenhouse is suing in Baton Rouge court seeking to have the license awarded to H&W Drug Store vacated.

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Southern University has signed a contract for the school's medical marijuana program with a firm struggling with its ownership structure.  

Southern said Thursday that the contract has been signed with the two biggest owners of Advanced Biomedics. The majority owner, Carrol Castille, and the founder and minority owner, Chad Bodin, have been battling in a Lafayette court for weeks. The contract was signed on assurances that the company is working to resolve the ongoing feud. 

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The weather is becoming hot and with that comes nice refreshing glasses of lemonade. In honor of Louisiana's " Lemonade Day", Children get to learn how to make an ice cold glass of lemonade and market it at the governor's mansion.

Ex-Officer Who Killed Black Man Faces Unrelated Charge

Apr 30, 2018
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A former Baton Rouge police officer who fatally shot a black man nearly two years ago, setting off widespread protests and clashes with police, now faces a misdemeanor charge for an unrelated incident in which he allegedly slapped a suspect.

An attorney for Blane Salamoni told The Advocate the ex-officer received a court summons Friday for a simple battery charge. The lawyer, Brant Mayer, said Baton Rouge police issued the summons even though the alleged victim said he didn't want to pursue charges.

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A House-approved resolution to create a panel to find a solution to Baton Rouge’s horrible traffic problems flew through a Senate committee. The Capital City is plagued with rush hour gridlock, and Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter says the sponsor of the measure was inspired to bring forth the legislation after one too many bumper to bumper trips through BR.

 

Carter says the city is already looking into innovative options to curb excessive traffic, such as a compressed work schedule.

 

Recent University of Louisiana Monroe Graduate Tayler Davis has been selected the winner of the Thomson Reuters / White House Correspondents' Association reporting scholarship. Davis was a student journalist and did her undergraduate work at ULM. She volunteers her time at 90.3 KEDM Public Radio and works in the News Department.

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