President Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons could change the U.S. response to the Syrian civil war. But why this focus on chemical weapons when conventional weapons have killed tens of thousands in Syria?
The answer can be traced back to the early uses of poison gas nearly a century ago.
In World War I, trench warfare led to stalemates — and to new weapons meant to break through the lines.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. And the number one cause of suicide of college student suicides is untreated depression. Students at the University of Louisiana At Lafayette are no strangers to stress. Counseling and Testing intern Ryan Winters explains that there are different techniques that students can use to relieve stress on a daily basis such as breathing exercises and organizing. The UL Counseling and Testing Center located within the Saucier Wellness Center provides professional counseling services for students and University employees.
The Saint Thomas More Cougars defeated the Northside High Vikings to win the 4-A State Championship. The cougars were led by their six seniors who also set a record for fewest points allowed per game. Senior players, Matt Roberts, MVP of the game, and Charlie Padgett were two seniors that helped the cougars capture the state championship. Head Coach of the cougars, Danny Broussard, knows that it will be tough to replace the six seniors, but winning the state championship this year will motivate his team next year to do the same. Story by Thomas Babin.
During the housing bust, taxpayers were forced to bail out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But thanks to the real estate recovery, Fannie Mae could end up paying tens of billions of dollars back to the Treasury this summer.
That's just one of the factors behind a better bottom line for the federal government. This week, the Treasury Department announced it will pay down some of its debt for the first time in six years.
Faith House is a vital program in Acadiana and is considered home to many battered women and their children. It is estimated that one in three women will be affected by domestic violence at some point in their life. Recently, domestic violence programs like Faith House of Acadiana have suffered a huge decrease in their budget. The amount of $124,000 has been cut from their total $998,000 budget. Faith House helps women to recover, but with more than 12 percent of its budget cut, the program will need help to continue this vital assistance. Story by Lillian Brown.
Most Medicaid patients in Louisiana will no longer receive hospice care as long as the state refuses the Medicaid expansion available under the Affordable Care Act. Since the end of 2012, local hospices have banned together to lobby against recent state budget cuts, and so far Hospice of Acadiana has been lucky.
In February, a ban was lifted allowing female soldiers to participate in U.S. military combat. On a national level, this change is being well-received, having numbers higher than 60 percent in some polls. But two local soldiers believe this change could have drastic negative effects. They argue that while physically women can carry their weight, the mental toll that combat has on soldiers could be emotionally destructive, both for the females at war and the men serving with them. Story by Katie Mendoza
In the United States, 12 out of 1,000 children are victims of neglect or are put into unsafe situations. And while this is a concern for the youth in our community, there is a club that knows just how to combat the issues children face today. Ebony Breaux Unit Director of the Jackie Club in Lafayette explains the programs available to children and teens that need guidance when their parents are at work. Story by Brian Richard.
Will Adams, native of Georgia, is travelling 16,000 miles on a bicycle to raise awareness of water issues in other countries. This journey, that started out with a partner, has taken four years to plan out. He has a motorized bicycle to travel on so he peddles while the engine pulls him forward. His partner only made it about 30 miles before he had to turn around because of engine troubles. Adams is planning on reaching his destination in Argentina in eight months.
The Acadiana Roller Girls, Lafayette’s women’s roller derby team, has begun its fifth season of battling it out on the track for charity. Home bouts, which take place at Top Shelf Sports Arena in Broussard, offer family fun peppered with fast-paced action and bone-rattling hits.“Roller Derby is one of the only sports out there where your body is, I guess, the ball. Your body scores the points,” said Colonel Sanders, the team’s assistant coach.The exciting sport, however, can be physically demanding and many of the women have the scars to prove it.“You’re gonna get hurt.