Clutter clearing: Carnival season is over, and one byproduct of parading is being swamped with plastic beads that aren’t quite as exciting the morning after. To help with the clutter, The Salvation Army is collecting beads for recycling at their two Baton Rouge locations on Coursey Boulevard and Airline Highway.
Controversial: The Food and Drug Administration approved a controversial drug for depression Tuesday that could be the first of a long-awaited wave of new treatments, but has also raised concerns about abuse, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drug, a nasal spray that manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has branded Spravato, is a close chemical relation to ketamine, an anesthetic that is known for its heady effects on the brain. It is often abused as a party drug with the nickname “Special K,” but it has also been shown in studies to have a fast-acting impact on depression symptoms. Read the full story.
Hiring: U.S. businesses added 183,000 jobs in February, a private survey found, a sign that companies are continuing to hire. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that last month’s job gains were down from the 300,000 added in January, a figure that was revised up sharply from 213,000. It was also below last year’s average monthly gain of about 235,000. Hiring occurred across all major industries tracked by ADP, including professional and business services, accounting and engineering, education and health care. Read the full story.