Travel for the 4th of July holiday could break previous records. Brooke Thorington has more.
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The Governor vetoes a bill intended to phase out Louisiana’s corporate franchise tax; seen as detrimental to business. More from Kevin Gallagher…:
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Extra hours of play in scorching temperatures for kids can mean dehydration and health officials gives a word of caution… Teiko Foxx has more…
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Travel for the 4th of July Weekend is underway, and AAA estimates it will be among the busiest with close to 51 million Americans who will venture 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day. Triple-A spokesperson Don Redman…
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Redman says with gas prices almost $1.10 less than this time last year is one reason more people can travel for the holiday. But airline costs are almost 50 percent higher this year and Redman says it’s not deterring travelers whatsoever.
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He says air travel is up both domestic and international.
Triple A estimates 43 million people will drive to their destination, more than 2 percent from last year and 4 percent higher than in 2019. Regionally Redman says about four to five million will be traveling by car.
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He says the earlier you leave on your journey the better. Among the best travel times, are before 10 am Friday and after 6 pm on Friday. Also before noon on Saturday is an ideal time to drive. Traffic should be minimal Sunday and Monday.
Governor John Bel Edwards has vetoed a senate bill that sought to phase out Louisiana’s corporate franchise tax. The bill was sponsored by Franklin Republican Senator Bret Allain II (pronounced “L-N”). He says he’s disappointed because the state’s franchise tax system is cited as a big reason companies choose not to come to our state…:
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In his veto statement, the Governor says he’s concerned the effects of having two stacked tax phase-outs in play would have on state revenues and future budgets. Allain says his bill would have been beneficial to Louisiana’s business environment and the economy…:
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Allain says his SB 1 would have meant real tax reform for Louisiana, and he regrets the Governor’s decision…:
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Allain is term-limited, so he cannot bring the bill back next year. He says he hopes his successor in Senate District 21 will consider filing it in the next fiscal session in 2025.
While summer typically means no school and more fun for kids, it also means they are at more risk of getting dehydrated. Health officials remind parents to keep kids hydrated. Dr. Kevin Stephens says parents must step in and pay attention to their kids.
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Kids are at a higher risk for dehydration and heat illness compared to adults because children have a lower sweating capacity and produce more heat during physical activity. The amount a child should drink varies by age, gender, weather, and level of physical activity. Stephens suggests offering plenty of water and hydrating foods…
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Stephens urges parents to avoid long hours of play in extreme heat and to keep an eye out for symptoms.
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Stephen says if you think your child may be suffering from heat illness, hydrate them and consult a physician.
The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down college affirmative action programs will have little impact in Louisiana. That’s according to Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Kim Hunter Reed. She says the ruling was specific to the use of race as a factor in admissions.
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However, Hunter Reed says it is important to affirm and reaffirm the importance of diversity at higher learning institutions in Louisiana.
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Hunter Reed says admissions will remain business as usual for public universities in Louisiana.
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The cases heard before SCOTUS pertained to admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.
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