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The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
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An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:17:04 GMT
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
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More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
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In an area prone to hurricanes, flood insurance is important for Louisiana residents. Calcasieu Parish became a part of the National Flood Insurance program in 1978. By participating in the program,More >>
As a way to continue offering flood insurance, Congress passed the Biggert Waters Act in 2012. More >>
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It's that time of year again. Daylight saving time (DST) for spring of 2013 will occur on Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. United States residents will prepare to wind their clocks forward one hour, with the exception of the states of Arizona and Hawaii, where the tradition is not observed.
According to the Huffington Post, the idea of DST was first introduced by Benjamin Franklin in a jesting suggestion that Paris could save money on candles by adopting the system. The idea was officially proposed to the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, a prominent entomologist. In 1916, Austria and Germany became the first countries to adopt the DST system.
According to the National Atlas of the United States, standard time zones in the U.S. were begun by railroads in 1883. With the ability to travel long distances in a short amount of time, railroad companies had a need for a standard time zones in order to accurately schedule stops at various localities. Many of these localities followed their own "sun times," which were determined by a local, standard clock, such as one on a town's church steeple.
According to the Department of Transportation, the original time zone system adopted by railroad companies consisted of four zones (eastern, central, mountain, and Pacific). Time zones in the U.S. were later expanded to include the following: Atlantic, eastern, central, mountain, Pacific, Hawaii–Aleutian, Samoa, and Chamorro.
According to the National Atlas of the United States, standard time zones were not part of established law until the Standard Time Act of 1918, which laid out specific time zones for the continental U.S. and also established DST.
According to the United States Naval Observatory, DST was repealed in 1919, at which time it became an issue debated by local governments, but it was reinstated during World War II and standardized under the Uniform Time Act (UTA) of 1966. The UTA decreed that daylight time would begin on the last Sunday in April and end on the last Sunday in October each year at 2 p.m. local time. The UTA allowed for local exemptions from observance.
In 1974, daylight saving time began in January, and in 1975, it began in February, due to an energy crisis, as declared by Congress. In 1986, the U.S. reverted to the original dates declared by the UTA, according to the United States Naval Observatory.
For 1987, the starting date was changed to the first Sunday in April, but the end date remained the same. In 2005, both dates were changed under the Energy Policy Act, and as of 2007, the beginning date for DST is the second Sunday in March, and the end date is the first Sunday in November, according to the United States Naval Observatory.