A softball send-off. Curtis Joubert, right, talks to LSU Eunice softball players and others about how far LSUE has come since he and others were instrumental in getting the university located here. Joubert, a former state representative and mayor, hosted a dinner for the Lady Bengals prior to their departure for the national tournament in Illinois.

Eunice crowd gathers to pray for local, Louisiana, national leaders. Part of the crowd on hand for the 58th annual Observance of National Day of Prayer where prayers for city, parish, state and national leaders were lifted up during Thursday’s gathering at City Hall.

From The Eunice News files

From the May 2009 files of The Eunice News.
International Day at St. Edmund Elementary. St. Edmund Elementary sixth-graders celebrated International Day Friday. The students completed a Social Studies unit on different countries of the world and they were given an assignment. As a grade they had to complete a project on their picked country, dress in the ethnic wardrobe and also bring an ethnic food dish to school. Teachers are Annie Miller and Candy Atteberry. From left are Drew Brown, Austin Sittig and John Patrick Berzas.

Sen. J.P. Morrell changed his approach Wednesday after an initial defeat and won Senate approval to exempt diapers and tampons from the state sales tax. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)

Senator changes course on diaper, tampon tax

After the Senate rejected his bid for a constitutional amendment to exempt diapers and tampons from the state sales tax, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. J.P. Morrell, found another way to get the job done.
Late Wednesday, Morrell, a Democrat from New Orleans, changed another bill to do essentially the same thing by statute. That bill passed 29-5.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that Amazon Web Services will help Louisiana’s community colleges offer cloud computing courses. (Photo by Lauren Heffker /LSU Manship School News Service)

Amazon, state’s community colleges plan collaboration for tech degrees

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System is partnering with Amazon Web Services to implement the tech company’s Educate curriculum, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday.
The community colleges also will collaborate with Amazon to offer an associate degree in cloud computing.
“This is all about the talent pipeline,” Edwards said. “We want that in Louisiana, too,”

Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, discussed the House version of next year’s state budget before its passage Thursday. (Photo by Madeline Meyer/LSU Manship News Service)

House OKs budget on 100-1 vote

The House on Thursday passed a $30 billion operating budget for next year that includes $1,200 teacher pay raises, $600 for support staff and full funding for TOPS scholarships, but not the $39 million for public schools sought by the governor.
In stark contrast to previous budget debates, the full House almost unanimously approved the bill in a 100-1 vote.


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