[The] continuing resolution would cut by 10 percent the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, which serves 9.6 million low-income women, new mothers, and infants each month, and has been linked in studies to higher birth weight and lower infant mortality.
“In Louisiana, we already have limited resources for women,” said Lauren Vice, a UL visual arts student and one of the protest coordinators. “We want to introduce to the town that this exists, a group of people in a conservative area who believe in choice. We want our autonomy protected. It’s ridiculous that we have to walk around town carrying glittery signs to ask for adequate health care. But I do like glitter.”
The group decided against widely publicizing the local march beforehand — essentially because organizers weren’t sure of the kind of feedback they would face in their hometown.
“A lot of women who wanted to come couldn’t because they couldn’t find a baby sitter for their children,” Vice said. “They were afraid to bring their children because of the response [the protest] might bring.”
What started with a little more than 15 people grew slightly during their trek from Girard Park to downtown Parc Sans Souci, taking in two additional stragglers who joined the “Keep your Boehner off my body” signs along the way.
“Activism isn’t something we see here,” said Lauren Hebert, 27, an online student of library science at the University of Arizona. “It’s easy to feel isolated here.
ABC News reported on its website that Planned Parenthood already is banned from using federal dollars to fund abortions. The money the House voted to take away is used by Planned Parenthood for “family planning, birth control, medical and preventive services.”
The Planned Parenthood budget amendment is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
Read more on the Planned Parenthood funding cuts and other measures in the bill here.
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
Oilfield service company’s year-over-year revenues climbed 3.7 percent.
Move is part of company-wide consolidation of residential call centers.
Contentious deposition renders LOGA chief too ill to testify. Here's why.
Proposal for the upcoming legislative session would set Louisiana’s minimum wage at $10 per hour, beginning in 2015, up from the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.
Patrick Kane II recalls his mother awakening him 50 years ago to say his dad’s plane was missing.
His health affected by a contentious deposition last week, the LOGA chief says he can't testify (court will reconvene March 10).
Chair of the energy committee, Mary Landrieu (discussing the urgency of Keystone with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird) should get the respect she deserves in Louisiana.
A fundraiser co-chaired by former U.S. attorneys from both sides of the political aisle could signal the end of Mike Harson’s long grip on the D.A.’s office.
Former W. Home Furnishings owner Rene Ward faces seven years in prison.
Stuller’s Danny Clark focuses on satisfied customers and effective employees as he settles in as the company’s president/COO.
Sterling Ford-Lincoln of Opelousas ribbon cutting and the State of the Parish address
Increases in higher-end home sales say a lot about the health of the overall market.
Who joined whom or got promoted?
World-class athlete riding high in custom bike biz.
Setting the record straight on that February story in HuffPo
Liability waivers — what you need to know before you sign
A one-man operation, Brett Gauthier is bringing the oil and gas industry into the age of digital animation.