BATON ROUGE (AP) — While debate over the expiration of more than $1 billion in temporary state taxes centers on the risks to health and education programs, the ripple effect also threatens to cause a cash crunch for state-financed construction work.

I went to an outdoor event in Washington, D.C., last week. Boy, was it hot under the noon sun. It was so hot, I saw a mother swipe a Popsicle from her own child.

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers made crafting their latest nearly $29 billion state operating budget a teeth-gnashing, stress-inducing struggle that took two legislative sessions to complete. That doesn’t bode well for what comes next.

As you hit the roadways this summer, here’s a safety tip to keep in mind: Beware of distracted drivers. According to, Distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, this involves “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of…

Two of my family’s old neighbors passed away a few weeks ago, and it makes me sad. My family’s old neighborhood was like many suburban neighborhoods that sprouted up in the 1960s.

Every now and then, I come across items in the news that make me worry about the future of our country. Here’s one such item: CNNMoney reports that Americans are paying hundreds of dollars for dirty jeans.

This past weekend, my mother, sister, niece, daughter, and I, traveled to the Kemah Boardwalk to spend a day with my niece’s girl scout troop. Eight girls between the ages of seven and nine, along with some intrepid mamas, boarded flying, spinning, jerking, and dropping rides in the gale for…

Say you’re the backup shortstop on a Big League team, watching from the dugout as the guy ahead of you takes the field. What are you rooting for-deep down?

Americans have way too much stuff.  According to the American Psychological Association, Americans “own twice as many cars per person, eat out twice as often and enjoy endless other commodities that weren’t around” in 1957 - “big-screen TVs, microwave ovens, SUVs and handheld wireless device…

Donald Trump is the political reincarnation of Tina Turner — he doesn’t do anything nice and easy. Also, they’re both Type A personalities who expend a lot of energy, but hardly move at all. And both are famous for high-maintenance hair.

As extraordinary as it sounds, Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. It’s mind-boggling. Like making John Goodman the cover model for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Kim Kardashian-appointed chief scientist at the Atomic Energy Lab. Colin Kaepernick i…

Get this: The share of millennials who own a home has fallen to a 30-year low.  What’s worse, reports The Wall Street Journal, is that 32 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds are living at home with Mom. The percentage hasn’t been that high since 1940, at the tail end of the Great Depression.

Get this: The U.S. Treasury says that America’s debt grew by another trillion dollars in 2016. If you’re like me and you find it difficult to grasp how much a trillion really is, econ4u.com, an educational project of the nonprofit Employment Policies Institute, offers a mind-blowing illustration.

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From our children’s infancy on, as parents we learn about them from their behavior. When babies cry, or are fussy, we try to figure out if this means they are hungry, tired, need to have a diaper change, or just want to be held. When nothing seems to comfort them, new parents may begin to wo…

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Last month, Oxford Dictionaries chose “post-truth” as 2016’s international word of the year. The phrase was all the rage during and after both Brexit and the U.S. presidential election.