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Northwestern State University’s Acting President Dr. Chris Maggio and LSU Eunice Chancellor Kimberly Russell sign agreements creating a 2+2 program between the two schools in criminal justice and unified public safety administration. With Maggio and Russell, from left, are Dr. Joe Morris, head of the NSU Department of Criminal Justice; Shirley Snyder, NSU criminal justice instructor; Jack Atherton, UPSA coordinator, and Dr. Douglas Narby, head of the LSUE Division of Liberal Arts. (Submitted Photo courtesy of LSUE)

LSUE signs 2+2 agreement with Northwestern in criminal justice

New agreements between Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University Eunice will allow students pursuing degrees in criminal justice and unified public safety administration to apply credits earned at LSUE to bachelor’s degree programs at Northwestern State. The memorandums of understanding were formalized Thursday by administrators, who said that both traditional and non-traditional students expressed a need for opportunities in which associate degree credits could transfer easily into a baccalaureate program.

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Early voting continues for April 29 election

Early voting for the April 29 election continues through Saturday at registrar of voters offices.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registrar offices include:
In Acadia Parish, 568 NW Court Circle, Crowley. Contact the registrar’s office at 337-788-8841.
In St. Landry Parish, 118 S. Court St., Suite 114, Opelousas. Contact the registrar’s office at 337-948-0572.
Elections include a vote for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals race with candidates Candyce Perret and Susan Theall.
In Acadia Parish:

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Business tax introduced with meow

By William Taylor Potter/Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE – A key part of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ tax plan quietly was introduced to the House on Monday in the form of House Bill 628 by Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, which would place a tax on gross receipts of businesses. It faces an uncertain future.
The commercial activity tax – often called the CAT – focuses on the total amount of revenue an organization receives from all sources, without deducting expenses. The tax would apply to most businesses, regardless of the organizational structure.

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A fire Sunday morning at this residence at 140 College Road in Eunice resulted in the death of a 2-year-old girl. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Investigation continues into fatal fire

Louisiana State Fire Marshal investigators are continuing to look into a fire Sunday morning that claimed the life of 2-year-old Sa’mya Leblanc.
Brant Thompson, deputy state fire marshal, said some details about the fire are not being released.
According to Eunice Police Department radio dispatch logs, the fire at 140 College Road was reported at 4:40 a.m.
By about 6:30 a.m. the fire marshal’s office took over the investigation.
Thompson said a father, Curtis Leblanc, the mother and four children were in the house when it caught fire.

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Jeremy Alford

Capitol battle of the PACs begins

An “armed and ready,” Louisiana-based super PAC called Truth In Politics started taking aim at Gov. John Bel Edwards last week not long after lawmakers convened their spring regular session.
With startup funding from a group of well-connected donors like Cajun Industries founder Lane Grigsby and a fundraising operation being headed up by Allee Bautsch, who helped build the campaign war chests of former Gov. Bobby Jindal, the group will operate under a large umbrella that will include 501(c)3, 501(c)4 and 527 structures.
Media consultants have already been hired as well.

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