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Chalmette pharmacy caught up in federal drug investigation

Law enforcement agencies at all levels are increasingly cracking down on doctors and pharmacists who abuse their authority by providing potentially-lethal amounts of drugs -- particularly opioids -- to patients. A pharmacy here in Chalmette has been the target of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation.

In April of this year, the DEA raided Wilkinson Family Pharmacy. The pharmacy reportedly has one of the highest rates of opioid prescriptions in Louisiana.

How to avoid hydroplaning

In Louisiana, where we get battered by heavy rains, the possibility of hydroplaning is a significant danger for drivers. It happens when drivers hit standing water in the road. The vehicle's tires are no longer on the road's surface, which can make steering the car or controlling it in any way virtually impossible. Hydroplaning often sends drivers into a panic, which only exacerbates the situation.

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to have many inches of water to cause hydroplaning. Even a small amount of water that hasn't drained off and is still standing can create a dangerous situation.

Louisiana man arrested for fatal crash that occurred in March

It took seven months, but Louisiana State Police have arrested and jailed a man for causing a fatal car crash this March in Metairie. The crash killed an 88-year old man.

According to state police, on March 13, the 29-year-old driver crossed into traffic going the opposite direction, striking the car being driven by the elderly man. He also reportedly hit two parked cars that were unoccupied at the time and eventually ended up off the road.

4 signs it may be time to divorce

After more than two decades of marriage, things are probably much different than they were when you first said "I do." It is not uncommon for couples to settle into a routine and for it seem like the romance has faded during the years that you built your family. But, if it is at a point where you are contemplating divorce, it might be time to examine your relationship more closely and decide if that is the right course of action.

While there is no one particular sign that you should get divorced, there some indicators that it might be time to take the first step.

Louisiana State students facing charges after hazing death

We've seen some high-profile stories of fraternity hazing rituals gone horribly wrong in recent years, resulting in the deaths of young men. Earlier this year, a Penn State student died during hazing. In September, a freshman at Louisiana State University died after becoming severely intoxicated during a hazing ritual.

This month, ten people were charged in the death of the 18-year-old LSU student. All but one were charged with misdemeanors. However, one -- a 19-year-old -- is facing a charge of negligent homicide, which is a felony. Multiple witnesses told police that he was "the most aggressive and in charge of the hazing event," according to the warrant.

Avoid the dangers of holiday shopping

Increasingly, Louisiana residents, like many people worldwide, are choosing to do their shopping online rather than drive to the nearest mall or outlet stores. However, many of us make an exception as the holidays approach. There's something about the festively-decorated stores and tempting bargains that make dealing with the crowds and the traffic worthwhile.

However, the holidays are also the time of year when thieves and others who don't have the Christmas spirit are out in force. If you haven't been to a shopping center recently, these important safety tips can help keep you from becoming a victim.

Infotainment, GPS systems lead to distracted driving

We usually associate distracted driving with texting and talking on the phone. However, a recent study of 30 new model cars found that the elaborate bells and whistles common in 2017 vehicles can be dangerously distracting.

GPS and infotainment systems, even those with voice commands, can take drivers' eyes and concentration off the road. Researchers from the University of Utah and the Automobile Association of America (AAA) recently staged a demonstration using a 2017 Mazda3 Touring in a parking lot to show how long it took drivers to figure out the vehicle's infotainment center.

What does legal separation entail?

Some couples in Louisiana opt for a legal separation rather than divorce. Legal separation is an option in our state for married couples who break up.

When you opt for legal separation rather than divorce, however, it's essential to understand exactly what that means. A couple who is legally separated is still married in the eyes of the law. Neither person can remarry while they are still legally separated.

How does Louisiana fare in school zone safety?

Unfortunately, some drivers simply cannot seem to stay off their phones, even when their driving through marked school zones during the school year. About one in three drivers engage in texting and other unsafe behaviors even in these zones.

A new study by a company called ZenDrive ranks approximately 75,000 school zones and areas around schools throughout the country based on the number of distracted drivers observed by researchers. Overall grades of A through F were also assigned to counties and to entire states. Louisiana fared poorly overall, receiving a grade of D and a ranking of 44.

How to share custody of your child on Halloween with your ex

Many parents enjoy the thought of seeing their children dressed up as their favorite storybook character, a superhero, or maybe just a cute little pumpkin. If you are your ex and divorced though, finding a way for both of you to enjoy time with your child on a holiday like Halloween can be far from easy to do.

When working out a custody agreement with your ex, you'll want to think long and hard about how you wish to spend holidays with your children. If you're big into celebrating these occasions, you'll want to ensure that the parenting plan you and your ex agree to accounts for that.

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