Roundup: JM Test expansion / Save the Children report / Legislative committee districts 

    Growing: Baton Rouge-based JM Test Inc. is expanding, according to an advance notice filed with Louisiana Economic Development. The expansion represents a $1 million investment for the company including pay for 15 new employees, expanding the workforce to 295 workers. The company cites an increase to its customer base and product demand as the reasons behind the expansion. The company is applying for the Quality Jobs program, which provides cash rebates to companies that create jobs and promote economic development. Officials with JM Test were unable to be reached for more information before this morning’s deadline. 

    Last place: Humanitarian aid organization Save the Children has ranked Louisiana as the worst state for children to live in America based on four factors: hunger, dropping out of school, teenage pregnancy and early death due to poor health, accident, murder or suicide, The News Star reports. Louisiana’s dead-last ranking was the result of a 26.5% state child poverty rate, the nation’s second highest; 23% of children lacking adequate access to food, the nation’s third-worst hunger rate; one of the nation’s highest rates of infant deaths; the third-highest teenage pregnancy rates in the U.S.; and the 10th-highest rates of child homicides and suicides. Read the full story. 

    ICYMI: Louisiana Republicans can keep the districts they want for their governing body. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law two measures that keep the Republican Party from having to follow a 1980s-era law that would have forced it to dramatically rework its State Central Committee districts. Lawmakers overwhelmingly backed the measures sponsored by Rep. Beryl Amedee and Sen. Stewart Cathey, both Republicans, in the regular legislative session that ended June 1. Read the full story.  

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