Here's what you need to know as Louisiana lawmakers kick off redistricting process

The first hearings will be held Oct. 20 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Oct. 21 at Louisiana State University - Shreveport. Additional details can be found on the legislature’s redistricting website . Louisiana lawmakers kicked off the months-long effort to redraw the state’s political districts last week, using new population data collected during the 2020 census. The effort will reshape the state’s congressional, state legislative, state Supreme Court, Public Service Commission...

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Flood insurance rates are spiking for many, to account for climate risk

The cost of federal flood insurance is rising for millions of homeowners, threatening to make homes in coastal areas unaffordable for many. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says its new rates better reflect flood risk in a warming climate. There may be few places affected more by the new risk rating system than the Florida Keys, where the average elevation on the chain of islands off Florida's peninsula is just over 3 feet above sea level. Almost all homeowners are required to carry...

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards and Air Products’ Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi announced the company will develop a $4.5 billion clean energy complex near Burnside in Ascension Parish. This will also be the world’s largest permanent carbon dioxide sequestration endeavor to date. Air Products will construct a blue hydrogen manufacturing complex to produce more than 750 million standard cubic feet per day of blue hydrogen, with carbon dioxide from the manufacturing process captured and permanently sequestered.

Medicare open enrollment starts today

Oct 15, 2021

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon reminds Medicare beneficiaries the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is available to help them navigate the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. During this time, consumers are advised to review their Medicare coverage options and benefits to make the best choice for their health care needs. Medicare Open Enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

MONROE, LA – The University of Louisiana Monroe First Lady Christine Berry, Ph.D., knows making a good impression is essential at a job interview. When a job candidate feels good about their appearance and attire, it comes through as confidence – which is vital in an interview. 

  

"Having access to a professional wardrobe will help to remove a significant barrier to ULM students when interviewing for an internship or a full-time position," Berry said. 

 

An industrial gas provider is moving to Ascension Parish with plans to build a $4.5 billion clean energy facility, Louisiana officials announced Thursday.

Air Products, the company responsible for the project, will create 170 direct jobs with an average salary of $93,000, more than 400 indirect jobs in the region and more than 2,000 construction jobs over the three years it will take to build the facility near the community of Burnside. The project is expected to be operational in 2026.

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces its final mobile locations for the Blue Roof program sign up ahead of the Oct. 15, deadline.

USACE employees will be at three Mobile Communication Vehicles from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., to assist residents with Hurricane Ida structural roof damage apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency assigned USACE managed Blue Roof program.

Updated October 16, 2021 at 6:13 PM ET

Former President Bill Clinton, who has been hospitalized at the University of California Irvine Medical Center for a "non-Covid-related infection," is expected to be discharged on Sunday, his spokesperson said Saturday afternoon.

"President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the last 24 hours," Angel Ureña said in a statement released on Twitter.

ULM Hispanic Month

Oct 14, 2021

As most colleges do, the University of Louisiana at Monroe takes much pride in its international students and will be celebrating hispanic heritage throughout the entire week of October 11-15. Valley Franz and Kailey Fines, international students at ULM, share their excitement for the celebrations belonging to their heritage.

 GOP WHIP WON’T SAY — The U,S, House of Representatives  second-ranking  Republican, Minority Whip  Steve Scalise,  is refusing to say whether or not  the  2020 presidential  election was legitimate.  In a television interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday,  the Louisiana congressman was repeatedly  asked  directly  if he thought the 2020 Presidential Election was stolen,   a claim former President Trump has repeatedly made since Joe Biden was certified as President by Congress.

ARK DEM ON REDISTRICTING-  The new chair of the Arkansas Democratic Party says Republican proposed  redistricting maps are illegal.  In an appearance on Arkansas Public Media’s “Talk Business and Politics”,  New Democratic Party of Arkansas Chair Grant Tenille suggested the GOP’s redistricting map efforts are a deliberate,  unilateral sign  that the Arkansas Republican Party’s focus is to dominate politics in the state.

Two candidates running for a hotly contested City Council seat have unusual endorsements for their campaigns: each other.

In a Times-Picayune article published Tuesday, councilmembers Kristin Gisleson Palmer and Jared Brossett urged voters to pick either candidate for the Division 2 at-large council seat when they head to the polls in November, as long as it's not their competitor, former State Sen. JP Morrell.

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ULM Warhawk Wardrobe outfits students with professional attire

MONROE, LA – The University of Louisiana Monroe First Lady Christine Berry, Ph.D., knows making a good impression is essential at a job interview. When a job candidate feels good about their appearance and attire, it comes through as confidence – which is vital in an interview. "Having access to a professional wardrobe will help to remove a significant barrier to ULM students when interviewing for an internship or a full-time position," Berry said. The Warhawk Wardrobe grew from a...

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