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June 17, 2016
This Week at the Capitol, Veterans Coming Home - Burn Pit Registry, 2016 Louisiana Legend Hollis Conway, Take the LDMA for a Virtual Summer Vacation

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June 17, 2016
This Week at the Capitol, Veterans Coming Home - Burn Pit Registry, 2016 Louisiana Legend Hollis Conway, Take the LDMA for a Virtual Summer Vacation

This Week at the Capitol

With the special session set to expire next week, lawmakers are struggling to find the revenue needed to fully fund hospitals, K-12 and higher education and TOPS. Two longshot measures were given the thumbs up in their first committee screening. Will they have what it takes to go all the way? LPB’s political correspondent Kelly Spires has the details. SHARE

Veterans Coming Home - Burn Pit Registry

Gold Star Mom Alice Daniel and Louisiana Dept. of Veteran Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland discuss the Federal Burn Pit Registry. In 2012 Congress passed legislation to set up an Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. The registry has roughly 59,000 entries. Alice Daniel would like to see more medical attention given to soldiers who have been exposed to open burn pits during their service. Louisiana was the first state to pass its own registry in hopes of getting word out to service members and vets about the issues. Louisiana’s Burn Pit Law is named after her son, SSG Austin Daniel, who died in 2009 of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. LPB is among 20 television public television stations across the country highlighting issues our nation’s servicemen and veterans face with the Veterans Coming Home initiative. See more stories at SHARE

2016 Louisiana Legend Hollis Conway

Among this year’s honorees include two-time Olympic medalist high jumper Hollis Conway, political analyst Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report, Shreveport philanthropist Sylvia Goodman, former U.S. Congressman W. Henson Moore, Alexandria attorney Charlie Weems and retired CEO of Global Industries, Ltd. William J. Dore. This week we profile former world-class high jumper Hollis Conway. The Monroe resident won a silver medal in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul and four years later won the bronze in Barcelona. These days he is a motivational speaker, author and also serves as a youth counselor with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Watch every profile of the 2016 Louisiana Legends online at SHARE

Take the LDMA for a Virtual Summer Vacation

With the help of the LDMA, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive ( you can take a virtual summer vacation across some of Louisiana’s top travel destinations. One great spot is the Global Wildlife Center ( located just north of Hammond for one of the most unique animal adventures you will ever find. SHARE

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