In the U2 song "Crumbs From Your Table," there's a line that goes: "Where you live should not decide, whether you live or whether you die." And according to a new report from the Every Child Matters Education Fund, that is the case. The infant mortality rate in Louisiana is higher than any other state in the nation - more than twice that of Montana and Vermont, the states with the lowest infant mortality rates.
The recent report, Geography Matters: Child Well-Being in the States also considers other issues facing children - like teen pregnancy, uninsured children, abuse fatalities, welfare expenditures and poverty. In most categories, Louisiana ranks in the bottom 10 and ranks dead last in the "Overall Vulnerability Rank."
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.