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The Senate on Tuesday approved a 15.5 percent tax on online fantasy sports betting. (LSU Manship School News Service photo)

Real sports betting sparks lawmaker squabble

The Senate on Tuesday approved a 15.5 percent tax on online fantasy sports betting along with an amendment that represented a last-ditch effort to keep the possibility of betting on real sports alive.
The bill now goes back to the House, which supports the tax on fantasy sports betting but has opposed gambling on real football, basketball and baseball games.

United Way of Acadiana’s Women United plans community-wide read

What would happen if 1,400 women in Acadiana read the ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures?
Brené Brown has spent 20 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. She recently completed a seven-year study on brave leadership.
Frances McIntosh, Louisiana’s only Brené Brown-certified facilitator, will speak at the Dare to Read kick-off event at 3 p.m. June 15 at Barnes and Noble in Lafayette. McIntosh will lead the group in exercises and share some of the wisdom and insights she has gained from her training with Brown.

2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Award honorees named

The 2019 Leaders In Philanthropy Awards will held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette.
A Leaders In Philanthropy Award is given to an individual, couple or business who have made substantial contributions or secured contributions to enhance the quality of life in their communities by supporting nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools.
Honorees are:
Acadia Parish – Nancy Broadhurst.
Evangeline Parish – Joan and Eugene Fontenot.
Iberia Parish – Stewart and Becky Shea.

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