Temporary buildings at the Eunice Elementary campus in February. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Progress slow at Eunice Elementary

Weather is blamed for slow construction progress at Eunice Elementary.
Claudia Blanchard, school system director of operations, said, “We are proceeding in Eunice. As all of you know, the weather has not been kind”
Blanchard updated the St. Landry Parish School Board’s Buildings, Lands and Sites Committee at a meeting Monday in Opelousas.
There are two buildings receiving repairs at the campus.

Gulf Coast Brotherhood Ride bicyclists pause for group selfie at LSUE on Monday morning before embarking on a five-day ride to Orange Beach, Alabama. The riders are honoring fallen first responders in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Riders honor 12 fallen first responders

The inaugural Gulf Coast Brotherhood Ride started from the LSUE campus Monday morning on a five-day, 440-mile ride to Orange Beach, Alabama, to honor a dozen fallen first responders and raise money for the families.
The first responders are law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel.
They all put on a badge and expected to come home at the end of the day, said Rob Hyatt, a Houston, Texas, firefighter at LSUE on Monday. But he added that unfortunately some “sisters and brothers” are lost.

Pro-choice protesters rallied outside of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge on Tuesday as legislators advanced several abortion bills.(Photo by Hunter Lovell / LSU Manship School News Service)

Abortion restrictions advanced

Abortion continues to top the legislative agenda this week as Louisiana lawmakers in the House Health and Welfare Committee supported several bills on Tuesday that would further regulate abortions in the state.
Two key proposals would require abortion providers to give their patients detailed background information before performing an abortion and permit abortion facilities to report suspected human trafficking crimes to law enforcement.
Both bills were sponsored by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, and now move to the House floor for final passage.

Will Amtrak break up Sunset Limited?

Amtrak is looking seriously at the idea of breaking up some of its traditional cross-country routes into shorter rides that would be attractive to more passengers. The planners say more riders would get aboard for, say, the stretch between Houston and New Orleans, if the trains ran more often and on more convenient schedules.


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