It’s Memorial Day and the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs is holding ceremonies across the state at V.A. cemeteries. Brooke Thorington has more.
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Right in the middle of negotiations in D.C. on raising the federal debt ceiling sits Louisiana District 6 Congressman Garret Graves. Is he the next power player on Capitol Hill? Kevin Gallagher reports…:
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It’s Memorial Day, a day to pay respects to those who’ve died while serving in the US military. Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland says they will be holding ceremonies at the state’s five veterans’ cemeteries and honor the more than 8,800 veterans interred there.
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Strickland says he recently shared with a family member of a Vietnam vet his own experience at that time when so many were lost in battle.
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While the holiday is often celebrated with cookouts and fireworks, Strickland reminds residents to take a moment during their gathering to say a prayer and remember the true meaning of the day.
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At the five veterans’ cemeteries in Louisiana, Strickland says they will also honor those who passed away after they completed their military service.
Boating season is underway and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds boaters to be safe, responsible, and knowledgeable while on the water this summer. LDWF Spokesperson Adam Einck says boaters should expect waterways to be crowded today.
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Einck says in 2022, Louisiana reported 29 boating fatalities of which 22 were not wearing a life jacket.
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So far this year, there have been four boating fatalities.
Einck says alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crashes…
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LDWF also wants to remind anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 that they must take a NASBLA-approved boater safety education course. Since the course’s inception in 2003, over 140,000 boaters have been certified in Louisiana.
One thing became apparent during the recent federal debt ceiling debate between Congress and the White House: Louisiana District 6 Congressman Garret Graves has emerged as a top negotiator in those budget talks. LSU political science professor Robert Hogan says he is somewhat surprised to see Graves in the middle of such critical negotiations, given his congressional background…:
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Graves has been involved in discussions on raising the federal debt ceiling, and whether to cut spending (as the GOP wants) or fund some white House and Democrat priorities. Hogan says the Baton Rouge congressman has qualities that make his presence welcome at the negotiating table…and he obviously has the trust of House speaker Kevin McCarthy…:
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Hogan characterizes Graves as legitimately conservative, but moderate enough for many Democrat members of Congress to feel comfortable with…:
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Meanwhile Graves continues to negotiate, as a new deadline of June 5th looms for resolving the issues of spending and raising the debt ceiling.
The Memorial Day holiday means plenty of Louisianans will be firing up the grill today. John Thompson, with the Louisiana Beef Industry Council, says make room on your grill for what everybody wants: steaks, burgers and beef ribs…:
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Beef prices are up considerably over the past several months, but Thompson says market conditions make the price increases unavoidable for cattlemen…:
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Thompson says the U.S. beef cattle herd is the smallest it has been in decades, and that is also driving market prices. However, he says you should be able to find quality cuts for your Memorial Day cookout with ease…:
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Ground beef is an average $4.89 a pound…brisket over $15.00 a pound…ribeyes are averaging over $18.00 a pound.