A measure heading to the Senate floor would require higher ed institutions to put together an action plan for preventing unplanned pregnancies. Michelle Southern has more…
Governor Edwards alongside with DHL and Graphic Packaging International announced 274-million dollar folding carton operation and logistic center will be built in Monroe. Emelie Gunn has more…
Universities would be required to make an action plan to prevent unplanned teen pregnancies, under a proposal approved by the Senate Education Committee. New Orleans Senator Wesley Bishop spent decades working in higher education. He says he’s talked with many young women who dropped out of school for so-called medical reasons.
The measure would require all universities, community colleges, and trade schools to have a plan to help students prevent unplanned pregnancies to keep students in school. Bishop says only 40 percent of teen mothers finish high school, and just two percent complete college by age 30.
Bishop says that’s because often times the responsibility of raising that child falls on the mother. He says pregnancy prevention is something that should be taught along with time management and study habits. He is confident if young people knew better, they would do better.
The proposal now heads to the full Senate.
The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a burning car in DeSoto Parish where the body of a woman was found inside. Fire Marshal Butch Browning says they responded to a call from the Sheriff’s Office at 2 a.m. this morning reporting a vehicle fire on Interstate 49 near Stonewall.
Browning says the victim has been identified as Kelly Jo Brunettin of Frierson. He says her vehicle was the only one at the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
The Storm Prediction Center is calling for an enhanced risk of severe weather for northwest Louisiana tomorrow. C.S. Ross with the National Weather Service in Shreveport says a cold front will bring the potential for severe weather as early as Saturday afternoon.
Forecasters say the severe weather threat will shift to the eastern side of the state after midnight on Saturday. The Mississippi River Delta and southeast Louisiana will be under a slight risk on Sunday. He says heavy rainfall is also possible with this system.
Many folks aren’t aware, but Saturday is an election day in Louisiana. Voters in 46 parishes will be deciding on vacancies in the state House, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal and the Lake Charles Mayor’s office. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says there is also a big Senate race:
Schedler says there are also many local propositions of tax renewals or new taxes to be decided throughout the state. He says if you aren’t sure if there’s an election in your area Saturday, check out the GeauxVote app…:
Schedler says, unfortunately, he is not expecting a good turnout. He says the early voting turnout was a dismal 14%..:
Governor John Bel Edwards along with DHL and Graphic Packaging International broke ground on a 1.27 million-square-foot folding carton plant and logistics center outside of Monroe. The expansion is estimated to be about 274 million dollars.
The project will create 93 new direct jobs and 74 indirect jobs. Edwards says GPI will continue to employ 800 workers at their mill in West Monore. He says Graphic Packing will move their folding cartons operation from West Monroe to the new facility in Monroe.
The facility will be the size of six Mercedes Benz Superdomes. Edwards says not only will this expansion create more jobs at the logistics center but around north Louisiana.