AM Newscall November 2, 2015

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is rolling out enhancements to its online system for Louisiana job seekers and employers. Jeff Palermo reports…

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The Tulane School of Medicine has received a 1.6 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the flu vaccine. Emelie Gunn has more…

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Louisiana’s START College Savings Program has been ranked the 5th best plan in the country by Christian Science Monitor. Don Molino has more….

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The Louisiana Workforce Commission is rolling out enhancements to its online system for Louisiana job seekers and employers. LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink says the improvements are being made to the HiRE employment system. Eysink says these upgrades will better connect unemployment insurance to workforce development and job matching…

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He says Louisiana will be the first state in the country to launch a system where all the unemployment business conducted will ride on the same system as their job matching and skills development. Eysink says, with these enhancements, the re-employment process will begin immediately…

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He says these enhancements will affect thousands of job seekers and employers by streamlining the employment process. Eysink says this roll-out is another major step in technological upgrades LWC has designed to make finding a job easier and more efficient…

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As flu season is rapidly approaching, the Tulane University School of Medicine is working on more effective vaccines after receiving a 1.6 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health. Tulane immunologist Dr. Elizabeth Norton says their goal is to make a better vaccine for people regardless of the strength of their immune system.

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Norton says the grant will support research until 2020. She says there is an estimated three to four-thousand deaths each year from the flu and they plan to drastically drop that number with a better developed vaccine.

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Norton says they also have another study going on right now to examine how well the flu shots are working in the New Orleans area. She says they’re looking to see what about a particular person makes the flu vaccination ineffective.

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The Christian Science Monitor has named Louisiana’s START College Savings Program the 5th best plan in the country. State Treasurer John Kennedy says START is an underutilized program that allows money to grow over time without being taxed. He says over the past eight years tuition has gone up 70-percent and this is a great way to help students pay for college.

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Kennedy says all a parent needs to do to open a START account is ten dollars and then the money is professionally managed for future educational expenses. He says he is proud Louisiana has such a great program and START has grown so much since he first became state treasurer.

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Kennedy says anyone using the START program can take their money out whenever they choose. He says for more information on Louisiana’s START saving program, visit…

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Daylight Saving Time ended Sunday and Louisiana State Police reminds motorists to stay safe on the road as you adjust to the new time schedule. Trooper Dustin Dwight says it will take a little time for our bodies to adjust to the new time change…

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As the sun begins to set earlier in the day, it may throw some drivers off who are not used to driving in darker conditions. Dwight says this would be a good time to take a look at your car’s equipment…

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He reminds drivers to to stay engaged and aware of your surroundings as nighttime driving hours increase. Dwight says following basic driving safety rules will keep roads much more safe, even at night…

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Kicker Kai Forbath’s 50-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Saints to a 52-49 win over the New York Giants yesterday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for a career high 511 yards and tied an NFL record for most touchdown passes in a game with 7. Head coach Sean Payton appreciated his team’s effort…

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for a career best six touchdowns. Their combined 13 touchdown passes in a single game set a new NFL record. Payton was impressed with Forbath’s game-winning kick that improved the Black & Gold to 4-4 on the season…

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Former LSU standout Odell Beckham, Jr. caught three touchdown passes for the Giants. The Saints have now won three in a row. Payton says it’s nice to be on a winning streak, but the focus now must be on the Tennessee Titans…

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