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George Washington University associate professor David Karpf, leaning forward at center, discusses the meaning and power of fake news at the conference. (Photo by Jennifer Korth/LSU Manship School News Service)

Experts pore over the truth about fake news

By now you’ve probably all heard the popular buzzwords “fake news,” but would you recognize fake news if you saw it?
Eighty percent of Americans in a nationally representative sample express confidence in their ability to recognize fake news, according to recent research from the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Yet many remain vulnerable.

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Motorcyclist killed in St. Landry Parish crash

A single-vehicle motorcycle crash killed a man from New Iberia on Friday.
Shortly before 6:30 a.m., troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to the crash on Interstate 49 north near the Sunset exit.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Harley Davidson, driven by 44-year-old Duel Judice of New Iberia, was traveling north on Interstate 10. For unknown reasons, the motorcycle ran off of the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch. Judice, who was wearing a DOT approved helmet, was ejected.

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TOPS Second Chance Award bill advances

The House Education Committee pushed four bills last week to the House floor, two involving TOPS scholarships and two focused on student safety.
The committee on Wednesday passed a bill to create a TOPS Second Chance Award for students who are succeeding at four-year universities even though they did not score at least a 20 on the ACT in high school.

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Regional view of drainage issues urged

Before flooding problems are alleviated in South Louisiana, there is a need to understand the watersheds said Monique Boulet, CEO of the Acadiana Planning Commission.
“We need more information. We need more data and that’s where the gauge project comes in,” she said at Wednesday’s meeting of the St. Landry Parish Council.
“We are pursuing a model for the entire region,” she said. “It is not just St. Landry Parish, it is across the region, actually across the entire state,” she said.

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Two new Eunice Fire Department trucks were introduced to the community on Thursday at the Sittig Fire Station. The trucks are the first new units to enter service here since 2007. They replace 1979 and 1984 model trucks. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Monsignor J. Robert Romero, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, provided a blessing for the trucks and the crews that will staff them at Thursday’s ceremon at the Sittig Fire Station.

Eunice’s aged firefighting fleet gets a couple of shiny updates

Two brand new fire trucks were introduced to the city at the Sittig Fire Station on Thursday.
The 2017 model trucks replace 1979 and 1984 models, which were parked not too far away from the shiny red new trucks.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said, “It is a good investment, a very good investment for the city moving forward.”
The Board Aldermen were called to a special meeting in March to approve buying the trucks.
The city will pay about $677,000 for the trucks and financed them for 10 years with annual payments of $79,588 for a total of $795,882.


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