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Red Cross volunteers in Louisiana are on standby to receive the call to assist with recovery from Hurricane Ian in Florida. Brooke Thorington has more.

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Next year Ochsner Health will begin construction on a state-of-the-art neuroscience center in New Orleans, to serve all of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region. Marsanne Golsby has more.

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As Hurricane Ian lashes out at Florida’s west coast, the Louisiana Red Cross is prepped to provide relief efforts once they receive the call. Executive director of the Louisiana Capital West chapter Ed Bush says about a dozen volunteers have already been deployed to Florida.

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He says about 50 volunteers from the local Red Cross, which includes the Baton Rouge area and west to Lafayette, are on standby for Hurricane Ian.

Bush says the preferred plan is to send a few people forward instead of an entire team, because like we’ve seen with hurricanes in Louisiana, they can shift direction at the last minute.

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If you’d like to assist with Hurricane Ian either monetarily or by volunteering for the Red Cross, Bush says you can do so by visiting RedCross-dot-org.

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Ochsner Health is building a new, state-of-the-art neuroscience center in New Orleans. Dr. C.J. Bui (pronounced like BOUY) says it will offer a combination of critically renowned programs available at only a few facilities in the world.

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Ochsner says the center is being built thanks to a huge gift. It will treat diseases of the spine, nerves, and brain diseases such as epilepsy, movement disorders, and cognitive impairment.

He says the new center will serve as Ochsner‘s flagship center for neuroscience programs and educate the next generation of specialists.

But Bui says the main reason the Robert J and Debra H Patrick Neuroscience Center is being built is because of the growing need as people live longer. Bui says as we live longer, more of us will be impacted by neurological diseases.

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The center is being funded totally with private donations. Groundbreaking will be in 2023 and it’s expected to be open to begin treating patients in 2025

Bui says the need is so great it can’t come soon enough.

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Governor Edwards is making his second overseas trip in less than two months as his office says he’s on economic development trip in London. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell went to Switzerland and France this summer to sign sister city agreements. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says Edwards’ trip has more substance…

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The governor’s office says Edwards will be in London this week to meet with international business and insurance leaders and promote foreign direct investment in Louisiana.

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Cantrell has defended her recent sister city trips as a way to promote New Orleans internationally. But Dubos says it appears Edwards is addressing one of the state’s biggest problems

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In early August, Edwards went to the Netherlands to learn more about their flood control methods.


Governor John Bel Edwards is offering help to Florida who is expected to receive extensive damage from Hurricane Ian.

Mike Steele, spokesperson for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness  says resources are en route.

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Steele says The Emergency Management Assistance Compact offers assistance during declared state of emergencies.

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After damage assessments are complete preparations for additional assistance will begin.

Steele says helping other states in a crisis goes a long way

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