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Gov. Jindal Hits Road To Fund His Own Campaign

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal will travel to St. Louis, Missouri where he will attend a fundraiser in support of his gubernatorial reelection campaign. On Saturday, October 9, Governor Jindal will stop by the Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate Campaign Headquarters in St. Louis to visit with phone bank volunteers. Later on Saturday, the Governor and his family will attend his brother's wedding in St. Louis. The Governor will return to Baton Rouge on Sunday, October 10.


(Jindal Press Release)

Protesting Education Budget Cuts

With more Louisiana university faculty and course cuts and an estimated two billion dollars budget deficit for 2011 in line, more than 300 faculty and students were in line for a ‘jazz funeral’ as protest against decline of higher education.

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Did Louisiana Unlawfully Use Disaster $

Did Louisiana unlawfully use federal Katrina disaster money to lure a company from Kansas?  That is the claim being lodged by  “Kansas Representative Todd Tiahrt wants to know if Louisiana was offering money it got for disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina to try to lure Hawker Beechcraft away from Kansas. Tiahrt held a press conference Thursday, saying he wants a federal investigation.

Current Louisiana Secretary of Economic Development, Stephen Moret has denied the Kansas claim.

A Disaster

Health Care Law Awards 8.9 million for Louisiana facility

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $4.1 million to the SWLA Center for Health Services in Lake Charles and nearly $4.8 million to the Teche Action Clinic in Franklin.  Totaling $8.9 million, these grants are projected to create more than 200 new jobs and increase capacity by 13,428 patients.

The funds awarded to Louisiana today were made possible by the passage of the new health care law – the Affordable Care Act – this spring. Sen. Landrieu was the only member of Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation to vote for the bill.

“Community Health Centers play an invaluable role in delivering affordable and quality health care throughout Louisiana,” Sen. Landrieu said. “The SWLA Center for Health Services and the Teche Action Clinic are two of the finest facilities in our state. Funding for these community health centers is an investment in Louisiana's health care infrastructure. Primary and preventative care is the key to keeping our communities healthy and reducing reliance on the emergency room for treatment, which is more expensive and counterproductive.”

SWLA at Lake Charles is the only federally qualified health center within a five parish- region in Southwest Louisiana. These parishes include Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen, Beauregard, Jefferson Davis. The facility currently provides comprehensive primary medical care services for some 11,500 patients with 34,500 visits annually. Medical services, along with a network of ancillary and supportive services, include obstetrics, pediatrics, women’s health and wellness, immunizations, nutrition counseling, dentistry, and many others.

The Tech Action Clinic in Franklin offers a variety of services to residents St. Mary Parish, including adult medicine, mental health, pediatrics, WIC/nutrition, obstetrics and gynecology services, lab, pharmacy, dental, and Medicaid enrollment. Teche Action Clinic has been on the cutting edge in the delivery of health care in Louisiana with many firsts: the first Community Health Center, the first residency affiliation, the first to assume a public health unit, a pilot program on prevention, the first to have a Nurse Practitioner, and the first to have a Diabetic Educator.

Over the next five years, the Affordable Care Act provides $11 billion in funding for the operation, expansion and construction of community health centers across the country.  This expansion of sites and services will help community health centers to serve nearly double the number of patients receiving care, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

(Landrieu Press release)

Louisiana Workforce Commission
the latest Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims files from the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).  Initial UI claims for the week ending October 2, 2010, increased to 3,742 from 3,680 for the week ending September 25, 2010.  Continued UI weeks claimed for the week ending October 2, 2010, decreased to 50,423 from the previous week's total of 50,940.

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