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Louisiana corrections officers accused of crimes

Everyone understands that life behind bars is very difficult. Those sentenced to serve time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary have long, trying times ahead of them. Those who work at the prison located about 150 miles east of Lake Charles often struggle, too, trying to get by on low wages as they spend significant portions of their days behind bars as well.

We read recently of seven Angola employees arrested on charges that include felony malfeasance in office, smuggling contraband and sexual misconduct.

Are advanced cars making us worse drivers more likely to crash?

A recent article in online news magazine Slate makes an interesting connection between the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash and today’s highly evolved automobiles. In the airline crash that killed everyone on board, it is suspected that navigation software called MCAS might have caused the 737 Max to nosedive after takeoff from Addis Ababa.

Owners of newer cars equipped with advanced driving systems say they are sometimes startled, sometimes frightened when the vehicle suddenly takes control of braking or steering – a sensation pilots have experienced repeatedly over the years as planes have become more autonomous.

Is your spouse hiding money in a divorce?

It is that time of year when people are either filing their income tax forms or procrastinating. With April 15 getting closer by the day, a story we read recently about an accountant and his wife makes for food for thought.

According to a news source, because the CPA was preparing for a divorce, he overpaid the IRS hundreds of thousands of dollars in a scheme to hide income from his wife.

Louisiana mom arrested for Facebook post of video of school fight

About 80 miles east of Lake Charles, you'll find in Lafayette parish the town of Broussard. A 32-year-old mother there recently spent a night in jail after being arrested for what many observers believe is not only a miscarriage of justice, but also a violation of her civil rights.

What did the Broussard mom do? She posted a video to social media of a fight between a pair of high school students. That's it.

Louisiana State Police: Speed a factor in 4-vehicle fatal crash

If you drive east of Lake Charles on Interstate 10 for about 150 miles, you will wind up in Ascension Parish. A recent multi-vehicle highway crash there claimed the life of a 21-year-old St. Amant woman.

A spokesperson for the Louisiana State Police said an initial investigation points to excess speed was a crucial factor in the deadly crash.

Tips for divorcing parents

No matter who you are and no matter what your career and family circumstances might be, divorce is not easy. Divorce might be most complicated of all for parents who are trying to juggle work responsibilities with the needs of their children.

We recently read a blog post devoted to divorcing moms, but the advice and tips it contained can be applied just as easily to divorcing dads who are also balancing career, kids and their personal needs and desires for post-divorce life.

New technology might reduce driving distractions

Distracted driving causes numerous accidents in Louisiana every year. Between 2011 and 2015, almost 27,000 people were injured, and more than 190 people were killed because of distracted driving. Although the law has made some behaviors, like texting, illegal to do while driving, many people are still allowing themselves to be distracted while driving.

A major cause for those distractions has been technology. Anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off driving is a distraction, and technology presents some distractions that tempt drivers to do all three. However, technology might be both a cause and a solution to distracted driving.

Louisiana's harsh marijuana laws are still enforced

Marijuana laws vary greatly throughout the United States and reflect a confusing mix of statutes that allow varying degrees of freedom to possess and use cannabis. Make no mistake: Louisiana is not among the group of states that has loosened its weed laws.

Though our legislature did establish provisions for medical marijuana for patients and caregivers in 2017, it remains illegal for the average person to possess, use or cultivate cannabis in Louisiana.

Dual challenge: being successful in marriage and business

The challenges thrown at Lake Charles businesspeople every day are enough to make all but the strongest entrepreneurs run for cover. When you add the challenges of marriage to the demands of creating and running a successful business, the combination can sometimes force a person to choose between commerce and personal relationships.

We read an article in which marriage and business experts were asked if entrepreneurs are more likely to go through a divorce. Though there are no formal studies of the question, it seems a majority of experts believe businesspeople face more obstacles than the average person in trying to make their marriages healthy and lasting.

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