Louisiana Boil Water Notices Paint A Picture Of The State’s Failing Drinking Water Infrastructure

This story was co-published with the Louisiana Illuminator. As far back as Fannie King, 39, can remember, there have been problems with the drinking water in Tallulah, a small city in northeastern Louisiana. King's experienced water outages, discolored water and backups that cause the water to drain slowly. “As long as I’ve been living, there’s always been a complaint about what they were going to do,” she said. “The piping system that runs through Tallulah is so old in the residential areas....

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As Lumber Prices Climb, DIYers Cut Out The Middle Man And Mill Their Own

The price of lumber has more than doubled over the past year, and economists warn that things might stay this way for a while. That's why people like Hans Dow are getting crafty. "I was like, well, I want a sawmill. I can make a lot of stuff with it. I also need to learn how to weld ...," Dow says as he hefts a 9-foot log onto the deck of his hand-built sawmill. It sits in the corner of his South Anchorage backyard. Dow spent the winter in his garage building this sawmill from scratch. He...

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'The Power Of YOUth' Summit

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The Northeast Delta Human Services Authority is holding a virtual youth summit. The summit will focus on the impact youth can make in their community and families with an emphasis on the inner power of themselves. The goal of this event is to raise awareness on underage drinking and to help youth recognize the power they have for positive change.

With Roe v. Wade hanging by a thread, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a major rollback of abortion rights.

It is the second time in weeks that the court's new conservative majority has signaled a willingness to reconsider long-established legal doctrine, this time on abortion, and just weeks ago, on guns.

This story was co-published with the Louisiana Illuminator.

As far back as Fannie King, 39, can remember, there have been problems with the drinking water in Tallulah, a small city in northeastern Louisiana. King's experienced water outages, discolored water and backups that cause the water to drain slowly. “As long as I’ve been living, there’s always been a complaint about what they were going to do,” she said. “The piping system that runs through Tallulah is so old in the residential areas.”

Forecasters are predicting another busy hurricane season -- and New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell is urging residents to start preparing ahead of the season’s official start date, June 1.

At a press conference Friday, Cantrell told people to make a plan and have a go-bag ready. But this year, Mayor Cantrell is calling for an extra step.“Get vaccinated,” she said. “There is absolutely no excuse not to be vaccinated.”

Amtrak wants to restore a love of trains along the Gulf Coast and has plans for a line that would go back and forth between New Orleans and Mobile, Ala. twice a day. Supporters say this will be an economic shot in the arm, especially for the Mississippi towns along the way.

“It’s one of the best things that will happen to the coast,” said Nikki Moon, the owner of the Bay Town Inn in Bay St. Louis, Miss.

PANEL FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF—Arkansas Governor  Asa Hutchinson has formed a panel to come up with ways to spend the $1.5 billion dollars  the state is receiving from the latest federal coronavirus relief package. Democrats passed the bill in Congress without a Republican vote through the budget reconciliation process.   The Republican governor on Tuesday signed an order creating a 14-member steering committee for the state’s share of the $1.9 trillion relief measure that became law in March.

Federal safety officials found it necessary this past week to remind Americans not to put gasoline in plastic bags. Hey folks, that's dangerous. Remember?

WM Street Crimes Unit Is Back

May 14, 2021
City of West Monroe

The West Monroe Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit is back on the streets. Since May 6, three police officers from the West Monroe Police Department have been assignedto the department’s Street Crimes Unit, which operates out of the Metro Narcotics Building. The Street Crimes Unit operates as part of Metro Narcotics in cooperation with the Monroe Police Department and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

(Warning: This column contains descriptions of racialized violence and discusses some plot points in The Underground Railroad series.)

After more than a year of telling Americans to cover their faces and keep their distance whenever they're in public, the Centers for of Disease Control and Prevention is now advising that masks aren't necessary in most indoor spaces, as long as someone is fully vaccinated.

"Now is the moment" to relax the guidance for vaccinated Americans, said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Thursday.

She credited a drop in infections, effective vaccines and availability of the shots to nearly everyone who wants one.

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To Prepare For Hurricane Season 2021: Get Vaccinated

Forecasters are predicting another busy hurricane season -- and New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell is urging residents to start preparing ahead of the season’s official start date, June 1. At a press conference Friday, Cantrell told people to make a plan and have a go-bag ready. But this year, Mayor Cantrell is calling for an extra step.“Get vaccinated,” she said. “There is absolutely no excuse not to be vaccinated.” The city will provide buses for anyone who needs help leaving town if there’s...

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