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Rep. Walt Leger II sponsored a bill, named for a New Orleans musician, to ban use of a deceased person’s name and image without the family’s consent. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)

House panel seeks protection for deceased

By James A. Smith
LSU Manship News Service
BATON ROUGE — A House committee approved a bill that would enact the Allen Toussaint Legacy Act, outlawing the use of a deceased individual’s name, image and likeness without the consent of the individual’s family or representative.
The bill, named after a famous New Orleans musician, seeks to prevent the exploitation of Louisiana’s cultural assets and ensure the protection of performers’ identities.

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Dr. Stephen Barnes was named director of the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center. (Photo credit: Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Barnes named director of Blanco Public Policy Center at UL Lafayette

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has named Dr. Stephen R. Barnes founding director of the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center.
Barnes directs LSU’s Economics and Policy Research Group, the state’s largest university-based economics research center. He will begin his new position at UL Lafayette in August.
Barnes said the Blanco Center “is poised to become a leading source of research on the most pressing challenges facing Louisiana.”

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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Dr. Connie Castille, state director, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president; and Dr. Jaimie Hebert, University provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. The four participated in a signing ceremony and announcement April 25 of a $250,000 state grant the University received to examine the seafood supply chain in seven coastal Louisiana parishes. (Photo credit: Rachel Keyes / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

UL Lafayette snags coastal seafood industry study grant

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has netted a $250,000 grant to help create a comprehensive economic development strategy for the state’s coastal seafood industry.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser joined UL Lafayette administrators to announce the grant from the the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board on Thursday. The money will enable University researchers to examine the seafood supply chain in seven coastal parishes – Cameron, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard.

SLEMCO agrees to purchase Knight Oil Tools facility

SLEMCO has entered into an agreement to purchase the Knight Oil Tool campus, near the Lafayette airport, and will relocate its headquarters once the purchase is complete, the electric co-operative announced in a news release on Monday.
The purchase is expected to be final in 60 days.
SLEMCO has grown dramatically since moving into the Carencro headquarters facility in the 1970’s. A 10-year master plan for expansion and growth was set to begin when the Knight Oil Tool Facility became available for a fraction of its value.

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