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Lafayette is running out of starter homes

With an aging stock of existing homes, and effectively no new construction below $200,000, Lafayette’s first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market.

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Link to Louisiana House approves bill to let teachers reject student’s pronouns (opens in new window)

Under the proposal, school employees or volunteers would not be allowed to use a student’s preferred pronoun that differs from the gender listed on their birth certificate unless a student’s parent provides written permission. Even if a parent does provide permission, the bill would allow a teacher to ignore it based on religious or moral reasons.

Source: Louisiana Illuminator

Link to U.S. News puts Louisiana last again in annual Best States rankings (opens in new window)

It’s the latest in a series of studies listing Louisiana as the worst or among the worst states in key quality of life areas.

Last week a WalletHub study concluded Louisiana is the worst state in America for working mothers, showing moms here are shortchanged on everything from pay to childcare. America’s Health Ratings from the United Health Foundation lists Louisiana as the worst state for women and children’s health.

Source: The Advertiser

Link to First Horizon stock tumbles 50% after TD Bank merger collapses (opens in new window)

First Horizon and TD Bank have called off a $13 billion deal that would have formed America’s sixth-largest bank, adding to the turmoil sweeping the country’s regional lenders.

Caught up in the worst banking crisis since 2008, First Horizon (FHN)’s share price has plunged about 40% over the past couple months, falling well below the $25 per share that TD offered when the takeover was announced in February 2022.

Source: CNN