Hometown spotlight: Issues plaguing Louisiana’s coastline will be the subject of a feature by The New Yorker, set to be published in its April 1 print edition. The article details how the state has lost more than 2,000 square miles since the days of Huey P. Long and what steps are being taken to grapple with the changing landscape. Read the full report.
On the decline: The amount of opioids being prescribed in Louisiana is dropping, according to data released Monday by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. After launching a new policy last year to curb opioid use, there was nearly 13% fewer opioid prescriptions and 18% fewer opioid quantities dispensed per member, per month, last year, says the health insurance giant.
Steady as she goes: Oil prices steadied in New York after its biggest loss in three weeks, yet concerns continue that a slowdown in global economic growth will erode fuel consumption, The Houston Chronicle reports. A closely watched gauge of U.S. Treasuries inverted for the first time since 2007, a signal that a recession may be coming in the world’s largest economy. Some concerns over a new crude glut abated however as drilling rigs in America fell to the lowest in almost a year. Read the full report.