Kennedy: Nuclear energy is key to America’s economic and geopolitical future

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) penned this op-ed for Roll Call outlining how nuclear power can serve as a clean, powerful energy source that can help America defend against China’s authoritarian advance. “Louisianians are facing rising energy prices at the same time as falling temperatures this winter. Meanwhile, President...
Picture for Kennedy: Nuclear energy is key to America’s economic and geopolitical future

First probable Omicron variant case reported in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) — The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is reporting its first probable case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Louisiana. The case was reported to be someone in the Greater New Orleans area who recently traveled within the U.S. “We now know Omicron is here...
Picture for First probable Omicron variant case reported in Louisiana

‘It’s not the time to panic’ but beware of omicron variant, Louisiana health official says

Three days out of hurricane season in Louisiana, State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter described the recently discovered omicron variant’s potential impact as “a storm that is out in the Gulf.” “You don’t know exactly where it’s gonna go. You don’t know exactly how strong it’s going to be when it gets there,” Kanter said. “But […] The post ‘It’s not the time to panic’ but beware of omicron variant, Louisiana health official says appeared first on Louisiana Illuminator.
Picture for ‘It’s not the time to panic’ but beware of omicron variant, Louisiana health official says

LDH reports first probable case of the omicron variant in the state

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, the first probable case of the omicron variant has been identified in the state. The case concerns one person in the Greater New Orleans area who has recently traveled within the United States. Health officials are saying this is not a time to panic.

Louisiana officials criticize insurance companies after hurricane damage

Louisianians are fed up with insurance companies, speaking of their frustrations caused by slow-moving processes, struggles to contact providers and too-small insurance payouts after two years of severe storms. Hurricane Ida landed in August, devastating large swathes of southeastern Louisiana. Months after the hurricane, people are still living in FEMA trailers or other temporary housing, […] The post Louisiana officials criticize insurance companies after hurricane damage appeared first on Louisiana Illuminator.

Crawfish Cracked Potatoes from Chef Brian Landry

Crawfish are one of the foods that are most associated with the Bayou State. Between January and June, Louisianians line up to boil, smother, fry, and sauté as many of the little crustaceans as they can. We caught up with 2009 Chef to Watch Brian Landry of Jack Rose in New Orleans’ Garden District to hear about one of his favorite ways to serve Louisiana crawfish.

‘It’s a matter of time’: Louisiana’s largest health care provider warns residents about new COVID-19 variant

Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19, has been spreading rapidly in the past few days, with the World Health Organization declaring it a variant of concern. While there haven’t been any Omicron cases found in the U.S. or in Louisiana yet, Ochsner Health — Louisiana’s largest health care system — asked residents to start preparing for the variant during a Tuesday press briefing.

BMI Songwriter Payton Smith Entertains Louisiana Restaurant Association

BMI songwriter Payton Smith performed at the Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) board dinner, held recently (11-8) at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, LA. Smith, who hails from Houma, LA, was well-received by his fellow Louisianians. Kicking off his set with a medley of country songs that have influenced him, he quickly delved into his own compositions including the singles, “Like I Knew You Would” and “That Ain’t That Song.” The evening was capped off with a standing ovation from the crowd.

Connecting Charitable Organizations with Those in Need

The resiliency of Southeast Louisiana was put to the test again this summer as the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana came ashore near Port Fourchon on August 29, 2021. Hurricane Ida left many Louisianians homeless and without the means to meet their basic needs, including the need for diapers. Diaper need is a cause that is near and dear to the heart of the Junior League of New Orleans, and in the aftermath of a disaster, JLNO is uniquely prepared to help meet that need. Through its Diaper Bank in Elmwood, The Junior League of New Orleans has provided over one million diapers to women and families throughout the metropolitan New Orleans area over the past two years.

LSU Health New Orleans -- Something to Celebrate

In an effort to balance recent stories, we submitted the following Op-Ed piece to The Advocate/Times Picayune. They declined to publish it. As you count your blessings and celebrate the good things in your lives this holiday season, please remember the men and women of LSU Health New Orleans, Louisiana’s largest and most comprehensive professional health university. Every day, they work tirelessly to take care of the health care needs of Louisianians. The vast majority of the physicians, dentists, allied health professionals and advanced practice nurses in Louisiana are educated by the dedicated faculty of LSU Health New Orleans. We treat patients in every major hospital and health facility in Southern Louisiana, so it is very likely that you or your loved ones have been one of our patients regardless of where you get your care.

Kennedy: A simple way to battle the opioid crisis

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) penned this op-ed for The Jena Times. It outlines a new way for Louisianians to get dangerous opioids off the streets and make their communities safer. Louisiana has had a tough couple of years. Hurricanes, floods, freezes, and the coronavirus slammed our state, but...
West Side Journal

Blue Cross covers COVID-19 vaccine boosters at $0 for eligible members

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 vaccine booster recommendation last week, now advising that anyone 18 or older may get a booster. The Louisiana Department of Health recommends all adults get a booster dose of the vaccine as the winter months and holiday season approach. COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone age 5 or older, but health officials have not made a booster recommendation for children at this time.

Our Views: Welcome the Bayou Classic home again, with purpose – and safe fun

Welcome home, Bayou Classic. We have been happy to share your special historically Black university football extravaganza with Shreveport in the spring, a move we know was made to accommodate an HBCU classic appreciated by many. It was hard enough to miss the Bayou Classic in what was then the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in November 2020, as the COVID-19 virus was raging. The Southwestern Athletic Conference delayed fall football until the spring, and the dome had significant renovation work that didn't allow the big game to be played there. The rare spring Bayou Classic, the 47th, was moved to Independence Stadium, an outdoor facility in northern Louisiana.
West Side Journal

Blue Cross shares tips to lower risks, keep blood sugar in a healthy range

Did you know approximately one in eight Louisianians is living with diabetes? The state has one of the highest rates of diabetes nationwide, and this long-term condition is among the leading causes of death in Louisiana. In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana encourages...

Study Shows Louisiana Doesn’t Waste Food

One thing we know how to do in Louisiana is stretch food. Many of you cook for your household, right? Oftentimes, the meals don't go to waste because they're either eaten up in one sitting by everyone or, if there are any leftovers, those are eaten within a day or two. One of the most satisfying things about having leftovers is recreating them. In this state, being wasteful isn't on our radar. Around the holidays, food definitely isn't going in the trash. Now, you may have to know how to store food properly, but other than that, those Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's meals go straight to the belly, not the trashcan.

The Best Shrimp Po’boy In The South Is Right Here In Louisiana

To the outsider, a po’boy is nothing more than a grinder, a hoagie, a sub, or any other name for sandwich known around the country, but Louisianians know the difference. That fresh French bread (Leidenheimer bread for the purists), dressed to perfection and piled sky-high with your choice of protein… it just hits differently than a sub/grinder. Of course, Louisiana is the king of the po’boy, and if you’re looking for a good shrimp po’boy, you’ll find it at Rocco’s, a casual little restaurant in Louisiana with one of the best shrimp po’boys in the state.