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Jim Beam column:Unpopular tolls are necessary – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Beam – 2023-08-26 06:54:40

SUMMARY: The content discusses the necessity of unpopular tolls for building a new Interstate 10 bridge at Lake Charles. The state Legislature has refused to increase the gasoline tax for 33 years, making tolls the only viable alternative for funding the project. The late-state Rep. Steve Carter's bill to raise the gasoline tax was not passed, which would have generated $600 million annually. The article also mentions that many states already have gasoline taxes, with California having the highest at 68.1 cents per gallon. The proposed tolls for trucks are deemed too high, and negotiations are underway to lower them.

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Poll: Nearly half of Americans struggling because of higher prices – American Press

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www.americanpress.com Staff – 2024-06-19 22:21:17

SUMMARY: A recent Monmouth University poll indicates that nearly half of Americans are struggling with the financial strain caused by inflation, marking the highest recorded level since President Biden's term began. Currently, 46% of respondents report difficulty making ends meet, a notable increase from the 20-29% range during President Trump's tenure. Inflation has driven prices up by approximately 20% since Biden took office, though the rate of inflation has recently slowed. Despite economic improvements, financial concerns remain influential for voters. The poll, conducted from June 1 to June 6, sampled 1,106 adults, highlighting continued economic discontent among the American public.

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BREAKING: CPSO searching for man who escaped custody – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Crystal Stevenson – 2024-06-19 21:46:54

SUMMARY: The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for Malik D. Williams, 23, who escaped custody on June 19, 2024. Williams fled on foot during an investigation on Gulf Highway after slipping out of handcuffs. He was being detained for domestic abuse charges and was last seen wearing gray Nike shorts, black and white Nike shoes, and no shirt. Despite setting up a perimeter, deputies have not located him. A warrant for $375,000 has been issued for his arrest on charges of domestic abuse battery and simple escape. Public assistance is requested for information on his whereabouts.

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10 Commandments must now be in all La. public classrooms – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Associated Press – 2024-06-19 20:35:26

SUMMARY: Louisiana is now the first state to mandate the display of the Ten Commandments in all public school classrooms, following a bill signed by Republican Gov. Jeff Landry. The law requires a poster-sized display with a context statement in classrooms from kindergarten to state-funded universities by 2025, funded through donations. Proponents view it as historically significant, while opponents, including civil rights groups, plan to sue, arguing it's unconstitutional and marginalizes non-Christian students. This move reflects a broader conservative agenda under the new GOP-led state government. Similar legislation has faced legal challenges and has not been enacted in other states.

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