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2020 storm losses at Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. limited to $35M

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. (Citizens), the state’s insurer of last resort, will take a $35 million financial hit from the 2020 hurricane season because of its reinsurance program, according to Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.

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A flood forecasting prototype to help people and communities become more resilient during flooding events has earned a 2020 Government Innovation Award. UL Lafayette and tech company CGI developed the prototype. It discovers and curates large amounts of data that is integrated and interpreted with artificial intelligence. (Photo courtesy of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Flood forecasting research earns acclaim for UL Lafayette, CGI

A flood forecasting prototype developed as part of a collaboration between University of Louisiana at Lafayette researchers and tech company CGI has earned a 2020 Government Innovation Award.
The awards are given by a group of media outlets affiliated with Public Sector 360, a company that provides information, analysis and news for government and IT sectors. The Government Innovation Awards recognize “transformative government projects, individual change agents and industry partners that are reimagining public-sector IT,” according to the awards website.

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Bayleigh Walker, an employee at Totally Tanned, decorated the store for the 21st annual Noel on the Prairie Saturday, and Sunday. There will be many participating businesses that will offer holiday shopping, which includes discounts, door prizes, and free refreshments. The Noel event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday and some stores will be opened Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Decorating for Noel on the Prairie

Bayleigh Walker, an employee at Totally Tanned, decorated the store for the 21st annual Noel on the Prairie Saturday, and Sunday. There will be many participating businesses that will offer holiday shopping, which includes discounts, door prizes, and free refreshments. The Noel event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday and some stores will be opened Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. (Photo by Myra Miller)

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Ashley LeBlanc, director of the Acadia Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, addresses members of the Crowley Lions Club during a recent luncheon meeting. LeBlanc has served as the local OHSEP director since March. (Photo by Steve Bandy/The Crowley Post-Signal)

Acadia Parish emergency director literally ‘hit the ground running’

If you could look up “hit the ground running” in a dictionary, there would probably be a picture of Ashley LeBlanc with it.
LeBlanc took over as director of the Acadia Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness the very weekend Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the first emergency declaration dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Since then, the area has had, to deal with school and business shutdowns and an onslaught of hurricanes.

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Bald eagle. (File photo)

Rescued bald eagle returned to the wild

On Friday, while Twitter battles raged and the nation’s future was being decided ballot by ballot, a bald eagle with a broken wing flew back into freedom in Morgan City.
The eagle, its head still covered in juvenile brown feathers rather than the familiar white, was nursed back to health by the Louisiana Wildlife Hospital and released to the wilds of Lake End Park on Friday.

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