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Civil War guerilla fighting in La. to be discussed

After the Union capture of Vicksburg and Port Hudson in 1863, unconventional war continued to rage for control of the vital economic Lafourche district lying west of New Orleans and the Mississippi River.
Confederate partisan bands raiding out of the Atchafalaya Basin interrupted Union efforts at peaceful occupation and pre-reconstruction. The results were a virtual guerrilla war in the swamps that tested the mettle of civilians and combatants alike.

Survey shows growing support for criminal justice reforms

Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication found support among people in Louisiana is growing for criminal justice reforms. Still, few believe the system is fair or effective at keeping communities safe. These details come from the fifth of six reports from the 2019 Louisiana Survey, which shows growth for criminal justice reforms is especially strong among Republicans and independents.

Large patch covering a large area of a lawn. (Photo by Raj Singh/LSU AgCenter)

Large patch disease on the rise in Louisiana lawns

Large patch, formerly called brown patch, is the most common disease of lawns in Louisiana. And it’s on the rise.
LSU AgCenter plant doctor Raj Singh said the disease can occur on all warm-season turfgrasses. It is particularly prevalent on St. Augustine grass.
“Symptoms appear as yellow, circular or irregular shaped patches of disease that can become quite extensive,” Singh said. “As the disease develops, large areas of turf appear brown as smaller patches come together.”

State constitutional convention is a long shot

No bills or resolutions have been introduced for the regular session to address the issue of another constitutional convention, which had otherwise become a perennial topic at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
And even if a proposal did surface, passage would still be a long shot.
On the political side, however, the issue is still very much alive. Public advocacy groups and business associations are expected to take up outreach campaigns this summer and a well-funded activist organization intends to make the matter a campaign topic.

Voters to face extensive candidate list in the fall

There will be 16 offices up for election in the the Oct. 12 Gubernatorial Primary Election. The runoff is scheduled Nov. 16.
Offices are the ballot include:
Governor;
Lt . Governor;
Secretary of State;
Attorney General;
Treasurer;
Commissioner of Agriculture;
Commissioner of Insurance;
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education;
State Senator;
State Representative;
Sheriff;
Clerk of Court;
Assessor;
Coroner;
Parish President; and
Parish Council members.

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