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Auditor: Financial issues at Caddo school board, Jeanerette

Weak internal controls allowed cyber thieves to steal almost $1 million from the Caddo Parish School Board, though much of the money has been recovered, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor says in a report made public Monday.
The School Board also accidentally overpaid the IRS by more than $6 million, and was still waiting for the federal government to pay it all back.

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La. auditor questions contract enforcement with private contractors

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says the state’s economic development department isn’t doing enough to monitor its agreements with private contractors.
Louisiana Economic Development’s top official defended his agency’s monitoring process, suggesting auditor staff misunderstood how it works.
“We agree with the Louisiana Legislative Auditor that LED should enforce consistent contract monitoring policies and procedures, and the record demonstrates that LED does precisely that,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said.

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Shrimp and Petroleum Fest begins today in Morgan City

Louisiana’s oldest chartered harvest festival is scheduled to celebrate 84 years of tradition and family fun this upcoming Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29 to Monday, in downtown Morgan City.
Most festivities are held within the Downtown Historic District and are free to the general public.
New events this year include Loyal to Local from 3 to 7 p.m. today. Merchants along Main Street will be serving refreshments, offering promotions and inviting people to invest in the community.

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Officials with the Vermilion Parish Police Jury, City of Abbeville and members of the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new LSU AgCenter Extension Office in Abbeville.

AgCenter ribbon officially cut in Abbeville

On Thursday morning, Vermilion Parish officials cut the ribbon on the new LSU AgCenter Extension office building in Abbeville, more than two-and-a-half years after the old building became a casualty of historic flooding.
AgCenter agents have been operating out of the building, located on West Port Street, after moving in a few weeks ago. Vermilion Parish 4-H is also centralized in the building.
“We are enjoying this building,” LSU AgCenter agent Andrew Granger said. “It’s going to be great for the people of Vermilion Parish.”

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A St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office car blocks the La. 182 bridge over Berwick Bay Wednesday morning after a tugboat struck the bridge late Tuesday night. The bridge has since been reopened. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

(Updated) Officials: La. 182 bridge safe for traffic after tugboat hits it

Authorities say the La. 182 bridge over Berwick Bay sustained no significant damage after a tugboat struck it Tuesday night and is safe for motor vehicle traffic.

A tugboat pushing six barges struck the bridge’s west stanchion, according a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.

The bridge was struck Tuesday night, and officials closed it around 10 p.m. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development officials conducted a full inspection to determine if the bridge was safe for motorists, DOTD spokeswoman Brandi Richardson said in an email.

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