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Rep. Steve Carter introduces House Bill 632 in the House’s Chamber on Tuesday. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

17-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase bill filed

Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, filed, as promised, House Bill 632 Tuesday, which would increase Louisiana’s gas tax by 17 cents per gallon and would raise an estimated additional $510 million annually for the state’s highways and bridges.
“Across Louisiana, our infrastructure is crumbling,” Carter said off the floor. “The citizens of this state are sick of being stuck in traffic, and they want bold solutions that improve safety, quality of life and economic productivity, which this bill provides.”

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A six-pack of Bayou Bengal. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

Senator wants to ban college beer deals

A contentious proposal in the Louisiana House of Representatives by a Shreveport lawmaker would prohibit a state institution of higher learning from allowing its name or symbol to be affixed to an alcoholic beverage.
This has ramification for both the microbreweries and the schools. The controversy even caught the attention of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who weighed into the brew-ha-ha Thursday.

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Bridget Ortego

Ortego joins LSU AgCenter staff as a nutrition agent

Bridget Ortego joined the LSU AgCenter staff in St. Landry Parish on April 3 and is assigned to teach nutrition in St. Landry Parish and Pointe Coupee parishes.
Ortego received her bachelor of science in dietetics from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette in May 2009 and attended graduate school and completed her dietetics internship at Louisiana Tech in Ruston.
Ortego will be enrolled at LSU this fall to work towards completing her master’s degree.

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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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