Behind The Lens episode 118: ‘Personal vigilance’

This week on Behind the Lens, the NOLA Public Schools district wants to pilot a so-called “early warning system,” a program designed to identify students in danger of falling behind or failing to graduate. The initiative is still in its early stages, but several charter school leaders have been in meetings with district officials about it.

The New Orleans City Council has filed a complaint against Entergy Corp. over chronic problems with the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Mississippi. Statewide energy regulators in Louisiana and Arkansas have also joined the complaint. According to Councilwoman Helena Moreno, reliability problems at

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NFL hires first Black female game official

The NFL has hired Maia Chaka as the first Black female official in league history. She will work games during the 2021 season.“I am honored to be selected as an NFL official,” Chaka said. “But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community and my culture.”Chaka enters the NFL after working in the Pac-12 and Conference USA. She was selected in 2014 for the NFL’s Officiating Development Program, which identifies college officiating talent with the goal of showing them some of the same experiences as NFL officials before determining if they … Read More

Personal information of thousands of KY members may have been inappropriately shared

Humana is notifying approximately 65,000 health plan members, including approximately 3,000 in Kentucky, that some of their personal information may have been inappropriately shared after an incident involving the employee of a subcontractor.According to a statement from the company Friday, one of the separate companies Humana uses to request medical records to verify data — Cotiviti — used a subcontractor to review those collected medical records.One of the employees of the subcontractors, who was authorized to access and use the data for Humana purposes, then inappropriately disclosed the information to unapproved individuals for unauthorized training purposes that took place between … Read More

What to do before applying for a personal loan

In the wake of the pandemic, many are turning to personal loans for help. (iStock)

The economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic suffered a blow in December, as the U.S lost 140,000 jobs that month. And although the unemployment rate dipped to 6.3% in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that seasonal jobs were responsible for the employment uptick. Surely, the road to recovery will take time before we see numbers like the pre-pandemic unemployment rate of 3.5% in February 2020.

With so many Americans still facing financial hardship, some people may be looking into getting

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EIPH will no longer issue mask mandates – advises public to take personal responsibility

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IDAHO FALLS — Eastern Idaho Public Health won’t be issuing any more public health orders on COVID-19, including mask mandates, after a decision by its board Thursday.

Although it is still highly recommending individuals, businesses, schools and others to implement proper safety protocols, personal responsibility is now being pushed rather than countywide enforcement.

“(Hospitals) are in a good position to care for all patients needing hospital care. Our kids are in school, our businesses are open, and more and more people every single week are getting vaccinated. With all of this being said, I feel that continuing to

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Practice Profile: Bringing personality to personal finance

It was about five years ago when Tiffany Vaughn, an audit and assurance director from a Big Four firm on maternity leave with her first child, decided to devote more time to another money-related passion of hers, personal finance.

Given her recent life change, Vaughn was evaluating her family’s own finances when she began sharing her strategies online, via her blog and social media. Her expert tips, which became the foundation for Cents Savvy — recently relaunched as a full website and online shop — covered everything from budgeting to student loan management, to building credit and tools to get

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