The voice on my cellphone was familiar and welcomed, in heavily accented Spanish. “Hallo, Meester Gary. It’s Jaìme. How are you?” I haven’t heard from my compadrè since my birthday in 2010, when he called to remind me I was turning 55. “Muy Viejo,” he joked at the time. Very old.
This week, in the Obergefell case, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the 14th amendment— the one with the equal protection clause — requires states to license marriages between people of the same sex or if requires states to recognize same-sex marriages conferred by another state.
A bill to prohibit payroll deductions for union dues prompted hours of impassioned testimony Thursday.
“Teachers, firemen, police — these are the people you trust every day to take care of everything in our communities. But you insult us by telling us we’re not smart enough to know if we want things taken out of our paycheck,” said an angry Melody Munch, president of the Jefferson Parish Federation of Teachers.
This was the fourth annual try for the so-called “Paycheck Protection Act”, pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Americans for Prosperity (AFP), and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.
“It’s being advanced by the same folks everywhere, because it’s template legislation,” Louisiana Federation of Teachers president Steve Monaghan noted during his testimony against the bill.”
LABI president Stephen Waguespack said this is about drawing a bright line between political organizations and public employees.
High school students from across northeast Louisiana and Mississippi celebrate world languages through presentations made at the Festival of World Languages, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
"This gives the students more opportunities to be introduced to other languages, outside of what they're currently studying, and to know more about what they can do with the second language they've learned," said ULM School of Humanities Director Dr. Ruth Smith.
A Nepali woman who moved to Magnolia, Arkansas, 11 years ago is relieved that her parents and grandmother are safe after Saturday’s massive earthquake. But Charu Simmons regrets not seeing her homeland one more time before the 7.8-magnitude quake. Simmons’ parents lives just outside of the capital Kathmandu. They were outside when the earthquake struck and are safe. Simmons says her grandmother was in bed and crawled outside to safety.
Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 10:43 am
A bill that would set up rules and the system for dispensing medical marijuana advanced out of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday. Although law enforcement opposition has derailed similar bills in previous sessions, the difference with Fred Mills’ SB 143 was the support of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association.
“The move that our sheriffs made was to be compassionate; was to do things to provide relief,” Sheriffs’ Association director Mike Renatza testified, “And to hopefully not harm anyone.”
Renatza said each sheriff examined his own conscience, and asked themselves, “What would you do? What would you do for your son? What would you do for your daughter?”
Aired Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m. On this Mental Health edition of Health Matters, hosts Mark Vigen and Shelley Visconte were joined by guests Betty Marak, Assistant Federal Public Defender, and Dr. Pam McPherson, psychiatrist, for this discussion on pornography and its effects on adolescents.