News roundup: Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni unveils three-year strategic plan … Walgreens opens specialty pharmacy on Essen Lane … Supreme Court delays decision in sports betting case

    Long-term outlook: Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni has unveiled a three-year strategic plan that it hopes will make the organization stronger and more of leadership force within the Baton Rouge community. According to a news release, the plan focuses on three priorities: connecting alumni with community needs and with each other; leveraging its collective impact through community partnerships; and reconnecting alumni to the Leadership program and to other participants. The organization also has created task forces on education, poverty, race relations, and traffic and infrastructure that alumni can join in order to help the group meet its goals. The missions of the task forces were chosen based on feedback from focus groups and surveys. The group also is planning to conduct meetings. The strategic plan was unveiled during the organization’s annual holiday social in December. Read the full strategic plan. 

    New options: Walgreens has opened a new specialty pharmacy focused on helping patients manage complex health conditions like cancer, cystic fibrosis, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and transplants, among others. According to a news release, the community pharmacy, located at 5555 Essen Lane, Suite C, is one of more than 250 Walgreens Community and Health System pharmacies in the nation that are focused on services for patients with chronic, complex and rare health conditions. The pharmacy will carry prescription services, immunizations, prevention education and injectable medication for patients. To celebrate the opening of the new pharmacy, several elected officials, including state Reps. Ted James, Steve Carter and Franklin Foil and state Sens. Regina Barrow and Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb are expected to attend a grand opening ceremony taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the store’s Essen Lane location.

    Delayed: Supporters of legalized sports gambling in New Jersey and several other states were handed a small victory today when the U.S. Supreme Court delayed a ruling on whether it will take up the states’ challenge to a federal ban. The Associated Press reports New Jersey is challenging a 1992 federal law that restricts sports betting to Nevada and three other states that already had approved some form of wagering. The state has argued the federal law violates the Constitution by preventing states from repealing their own laws. Louisiana has joined the effort. The court invited the solicitor general to file a brief on behalf of the government, which means a decision on whether the court will hear the challenge could take several more months. Other states siding with New Jersey include Mississippi, West Virginia, Arizona and Wisconsin.

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