Ochsner opens Central urgent care clinic

Ochsner Urgent Care-Central is now open at 10513 Sullivan Road, in the former Essential Credit Union building.

The clinic will initially be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend hours will be added in January. The clinic phone number is (225) 388-6920.

The clinic offers walk-in pediatric and adult care for minor injuries and common ailments such colds, flu, earache, upset stomach, allergies and skin irritation. Flu shots and rapid COVID-19 testing are also available.

Capital One makes $500,000 grant to HOPE Credit Union

Capital One has made a $500,000 grant to HOPE Credit Union, an organization that seeks to provide financial well-being resources to South Louisiana.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, underserved communities were hit especially hard. To address these disparities and help advance socioeconomic mobility, HOPE Credit Union will use the grant funds to expand its Hope Affinity Network, conducting on-site financial education and delivery services to support the financial well-being of partner organizations.

Capital One’s grant is part of a $3.5 million commitment to 12 nonprofit organizations across the U.S. who are addressing critical community needs in financial well-being, workforce development, housing and small business support because of the COVID-19 pandemic and long-standing issues caused by racial inequity.

LSU scientists study Amazon rainforest birds 

The most pristine parts of the Amazon rainforest devoid of direct human contact are being impacted by human-induced climate change, according to new research by LSU scientists.

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Analyses of data collected over the past four decades show that not only has the number of sensitive resident birds throughout the Amazon rainforest declined, but the body size and wing length have changed for most studied species. These physical changes in the birds track increasingly hot and dry conditions in the dry season, from June to November.

“Even in the middle of this pristine Amazon rainforest, we are seeing the global effects of climate change caused by people, including us,” said Vitek Jirinec, who earned a doctorate this year from LSU and served as lead author of study published in the journal Science Advances. Philip Stouffer, who is the Lee F. Mason Professor in the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, is a co-author.

Birds in the Amazon rainforest have become smaller and their wings have become longer over several generations, indicating a response to the shifting environmental conditions that may include new physiological or nutritional challenges.

This is the first study to discover these changes in non-migratory birds’ body size and shape, which eliminates other factors that may have influenced these physiological changes. Jirinec and colleagues studied data collected on more than 15,000 individual birds that were captured, measured, weighed, marked with a leg band and released, over 40 years of field work in the world’s largest rainforest. The data reveal that nearly all of the birds’ bodies have become lighter since the 1980s.

McDonald's opens Prairieville location

A McDonald's is now open in Prairieville at Airline Highway and Germany Road.

The restaurant is owned and operated by Lafayette-based MacLaff, which will mark its 50th anniversary next year.

Ruby Slipper co-founder to speak at ACG luncheon

Jennifer Weishaupt, co-founder and chair of the board of Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group, will be the guest speaker at the Dec. 2 meeting of ACG Louisiana.

The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. at August Restaurant, 301 Tchoupitoulas St. Registration is required and the deadline is Thursday. To register go to www.acg.org/louisiana/events.