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The Republican Parish Executive Committee of St. Tammany has passed a resolution calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state Legislature to remove Common Core standards and curriculum and the specialized testing students undergo as part of the initiative. The resolution, posted on the organization's website Wednesday (April 23), applauds the quality of public education in the parish and aligns the committee with the local school board in its opposition to Common Core.

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady has made the opening day roster of the Sugar Land Skeeters as a pitcher, manager Gary Gaetti told KRIV-TV in Houston on Wednesday.

"Tracy is on the team," Gaetti told KRIV. "He's just done what needed to be done since the idea came about.

State Senate to consider equal pay proposal
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:04

Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.

The equal pay proposal, Senate Bill 334, by New Orleans Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a Democrat, received the backing Wednesday of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Supporters said Louisiana has the second largest gender pay gap in the country. Peterson said pay inequity in the state hurts the morale and welfare of Louisianians.

Louisiana lawmakers are considering a measure that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep brain-dead pregnant women alive until they give birth, no matter a family’s wishes.

The House Health and Welfare Committee backed House Bill 348 Wednesday without objection. The legislation by state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, moves to the full House for consideration.

Badon, a Democrat, says he wants to “give the unborn child a chance.” He described his HB348 as protecting the sanctity of life.

Without debate, the state House on Wednesday rejected a proposal to require the election of the state superintendent of education.

The vote was 40 in favor and 56 opposed.

State Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napelonville and sponsor of the measure, was the lone speaker on the issue.

Harrison, a former school board member, told the House that parents deserve a voice in picking a superintendent, especially amid sweeping changes in public schools in the past two years.

Medicaid expansion bill fails
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:04

An attempt to go around Gov. Bobby Jindal and put the issue of Medicaid expansion to Louisiana voters failed to clear its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.

After more than four hours of testimony, most of it from supporters, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 6-2 to defer action on the proposed constitutional amendment.

Proponents quoted the Bible about responsibility for caring those in need, pitched the health and economic benefits that would result and appealed for help because they fall in the “Jindal gap,” some of the 240,000 people in Louisiana making too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to get coverage through the new federal health insurance exchanges.

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.

Syria flatly denied the allegations, and they have yet to be confirmed by any foreign country or international organization. But if true, they highlight the limitations of the global effort to rid President Bashar Assad’s government of its chemical weapons.

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No other baseball district in the state has changed more in the past 24 hours than 6-5A.

With the LHSAA’s ruling on Wednesday that forces Mandeville

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