Reaud Guest House Executive Director Brooke Morrow

Whether it’s two in the morning or two in the afternoon, trips to the hospital are tiring, not only for the patient but also for those who are there to offer support to their loved one in a time of need. Waiting-room chairs and sofa beds stationed in busy lobbies and crowded hospital rooms leave little escape for the patient support group wanting some long-awaited shuteye or a refreshing shower.

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If Jefferson County departments budget requests are fully funded this year, according to County Auditor Patrick Swain, the county is looking at a $4 million shortfall. Among the requests for increased funding are various capital improvement projects throughout the county, increases to cover healthcare premiums, and more than a half-million dollars in requested additions for the SMG-managed and county-owned Ford Park Entertainment Complex, which already loses more than $2 million annually.

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Four-time Grammy nominated rock act The Fray will perform at Liquid Society Party by the Pool at L’auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles on Thursday, July 21, with gates opening at 7 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older show are $35 and are purchased at the gate. From Colorado, four-piece The Fray has been compared to the likes of Coldplay and has released four studio albums, with two reaching platinum status.

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In another recent attack against law enforcement officers, an assailant carrying an assault rifle and a pistol, with a backup assault rifle reportedly hidden in his car, shot and killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on July 17 before he was taken down.

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The Gig on Crockett Street just recently announced that ’80s rockers Great White will perform on Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this 18-and-older show are $20. There are two versions of the ’80s rock act Great White touring, and this one includes 55-year-old vocalist Jack Russell.

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