Governor John Bel Edwards’ 2022 state budget proposes loads spent on roads and bridges, teacher pay raises and more. Kevin Gallagher reports…:
We’ve heard the term shedding the virus when it relates to COVID and now there are reports of people shedding their hair two months later. Brooke Thorington has more.
The future of Saints head coach Sean Payton remains a hot topic. David Grubb has more.
Governor John Bel Edwards presents his proposed budget priorities for the fiscal year that starts July 1st, with major focus on teacher pay and the state’s infrastructure needs. Mr. Edwards says improving education in Louisiana will help correct a lot of problems, and the best place to start is with teacher pay raises…:
Governor Edwards proposes allotting just under $150-million; earmarked for $1500 raises for teachers and $750 raises for support staff. He says lawmakers can go even higher, should state surplus revenues projected for the current fiscal year prove true…:
The governor also proposes fully funding TOPS again this year, but increasing funds for needs-based Geaux Grants and other education opportunity programs.
The Governor’s budget contains major funding for roads and bridges; including investing $500-million in building a third Mississippi River Bridge at Baton Rouge. Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says that money will augment a public-private partnership for construction because the actual cost of the bridge and approaches will be much more than that…:
The governor’s infrastructure budget also includes $500-million for statewide water and sewer improvements & upgrades, $100-million to go toward finishing I-49 south of Lafayette and $100-million to kick-start a new I-10 Bridge at Lake Charles. Dr. Wilson says the new Baton Rouge Bridge is a most-needed project, but funding for bridge connectors to Interstate 10 and State Highway 30 at both ends are also paramount…:
A side effect of COVID that physicians say they are beginning to see more patients for is hair loss. LSU Health New Orleans Dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Grieshaber says high stressors on the body like childbirth and COVID can cause temporary hair loss.
She says you can lose up to 50-percent of your hair. If you are experiencing significant hair loss, she recommends visiting a dermatologist so they can rule out other causes like thyroid disease or anemia.
Hair loss can cause anxiety and Grieshaber says that will only add to the problem as high levels of stress can cause you to lose even more hair. She says there are supplements that can help.
Hair loss post-COVID can occur in both men and women, but Grieshaber says it’s more noticeable in women because they tend to have longer hair. Recovery is a long process, and she says it can take a minimum of three months before you see any progress.
Grieshaber says in addition to seeing a physician about your hair loss she also recommends not braiding or getting a perm when experiencing hair loss to minimize trauma to your hair.
The COVID pandemic has had a major impact on Mardi Gras celebrations over the past couple of years. Monday, Ochsner Health officials provided some potentially good news for those looking to enjoy the Carnival season this year. Dr. Robert Hart says that their data suggests that the Omicron surge was reached nearly two weeks ago in New Orleans and other parts of the state, and with Mardi Gras still more than a month away, time is on our side.
The Louisiana Health Department reported 2,304 people in hospital with COVID as of Monday, with several thousand more exposed to the Omicron variant. Hart is, however, optimistic that being on the other side of the curve means some level of protection.
Children remain highly susceptible to the virus, so Dr. Sandra Kemmerly strongly encourages all who are eligible to be vaccinated or to get their booster.
State police are prepping for their first-ever accelerated cadet academy. LSP Sargent Monroe Dillion says the accelerated academy is only open for police officers who are POST certified.
Dillion says a typical cadet class can last up to 24 weeks and they are open to those with military experience and those without police experience. Dillon says they are hoping to have more officers trained and, on the job, sooner with the accelerated academy.
Dillon says another benefit to having an accelerated academy made up of police officers is that they are already familiar with the demands of the job and want to continue in the profession.
The 101st cadet class is expected to commence in June, but Dillon says the application deadline for the class of up to 60 officers is right around the corner.
To apply or for more information visit www.lsp.org/recruit.html
Though Sean Payton is back from his vacation, there is still no word on his coaching future. Questions about Payton’s status as coach of the Saints found their way to Gayle Benson on Monday, who didn’t have any updates. Rod Walker, who covers the Saints for NOLA.com, thinks Mrs. Benson is much like the rest of Who Dat Nation; awaiting word from the man himself as he processes one of the most exhausting seasons of his career.
Even with their incredible number of obstacles, the Saints were in contention for the playoffs down to the season’s final game. The on-field future of the team still seems bright, but Walker says Payton’s decision is bigger than just Xs and Os.
Should the unimaginable happen, and Payton step away from the Saints, Walker says that New Orleans, in no small part due to what Payton has built, instantly becomes one of the most attractive jobs in the NFL.