Residents of Hurricane Sandy are currently in the process of rebuilding their lives, an experience all too familiar to those impacted by major storms along the Gulf Coast. One organization in New Orleans called St. Paul’s Homecoming Center has made helping hurricane victims its mission. St. Paul’s was established in order to assist residents in New Orleans after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Now, members of the organization are turning their attention to the Northeast.
Shrimp remains a vital commodity not only to the state but to the entire country, with Louisiana being the number one provider of shrimp in the nation. However, the threat of imported shrimp from overseas markets is not only harming the economy but also posing a risk to consumer’s health. With over 80 percent of the shrimp consumed in the United States being imports, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act allowing the FDA to force a strict ban on toxic shrimp and enforce a more extensive testing method to ensure that the seafood is safe to eat.
The change of location for the University Bookstore has brought complications. Students have to reorient themselves with the new layout and lack of parking. Renovation and expansion of the Student Union, including the Book Store is not entering its second year, and when completed will become part of a multi-million dollar master plan for the university. Last year a series of public discussions helped establish this vision, and even though the Student Union predated those charettes, it will fair in the grand design.
There are currently over one hundred million people on welfare in 2012. It may be harder for these Americans to obtain welfare as 23 states have, or are considering a requirement for recipients to take drug tests before receiving any government assistance. Louisiana State Representative Sherman Mack proposed the bill making Louisiana one of those 23 states.