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Tapping the remnants of a salty sea

During the first week of May in 1862, workmen enlarging briny springs at Avery Island unexpectedly ran into a wall of solid salt. They didn’t know it, but they’d hit the core of the island itself, and run up against a piece of ancient geology
It was the first discovery of solid rock salt in North America, and eventually caused the curious or the far-sighted to poke into some of the other “islands” pushing up through the south Louisiana marshland and discover that they were also made of salt.

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Tri-Parish job picture brightens

The Tri-Parish employment pictured brightened in March with jobless rates declining, according to federal data released Friday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The unemployment numbers are not adjusted for seasonal factors.
The state’s jobless rate was 5.4 percent, down from 6 percent a year ago in March.
March Tri-Parish unemployment numbers were:
— St. Landry Parish, 7.1 percent, down from 7.3 percent in February and 8 percent in March 2016.
— Acadia Parish, 6. 5 percent, unchanged from February and down from 7.3 percent in March 2016.

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Rep. Bernard LeBas

Louisiana Rural Caucus elects LeBas chairman

The Louisiana Rural Caucus has elected Rep. Bernard LeBas of Ville Platte to lead the 67-member group of legislators this year.
Joining Chairman LeBas in leadership roles are Larry Bagley of Stonewall, vice-chairman, and Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill of Dry Creek, secretary/treasurer.
“We’re the largest membership caucus in the Legislature, representing practically the whole state, outside of metropolitan areas,” LeBas said. “We deal with all kinds of issues, not just those that are agriculture-related.”

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Park’s Acadian Cultural centers to hold free screenings of ‘Cajun Heart’

The Acadian cultural centers in Thibodaux, Lafayette and Eunice will hold free screenings of ‘Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart’ in May.
The award-winning, feature-length documentary is in French with English subtitles and stars world-renowned Cajun singer, songwriter, and cultural activist Zachary Richard. The film follows Richard on a quest to explore his roots and examines the nature of Acadian/Cajun identity in the 21st century.

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Saturday election to decide judicial seat

Voters return to the polls here Saturday to fill a seat on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Candyce Perret and Susan Theall are in the runoff from the March 25 election. Perret won 41 percent of the March 25 vote followed by Theall with 37 percent. They edged Vanessa Waguespack Anseman out of the runoff.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
— The judicial race is the sole decision on St. Landry Parish ballots.


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