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Crews continue to battle Tiger Island Fire as it reaches pine plantations – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Emily Burleigh – 2023-08-30 17:32:04

SUMMARY: The Tiger Island Fire in Louisiana is currently burning in pine plantations and is 50% contained. The affected acreage ranges from 32,000 to 38,000, and over 55,000 acres have been burned by active fires throughout the state. Hot and dry conditions are exacerbating the fire hazards, and there are threats of severe fires due to heat, low humidity, lack of rain, and wind gusts. Despite recent light rain, severe drought conditions persist, and a burn ban is still in effect. Residents are urged to refrain from activities that could ignite new fires and to treat ignition sources with extreme care.

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Smith’s big hits help Gumbeaux Gators sweep DH from Rougarou – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Rodrick Anderson – 2024-06-16 14:45:13

SUMMARY: The Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators swept a doubleheader against the Baton Rouge Rougarou on Saturday, improving their record in the Texas Collegiate League. Jake Smith (Rosepine HS/Louisiana Tech) was pivotal, hitting a go-ahead three-run home run in the first game and executing a walk-off RBI bunt in the second. The Gators overcame a 3-0 deficit in the first game with a six-run fifth inning. The second game went into extra innings, with the Gators winning 4-3. Pitchers Travis Phelps and Hayden Harmon secured wins in their respective games. The teams face off again at Golbsy Field in Baton Rouge tonight.

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Scooter Hobbs: ACC-SEC challenge may be the future of CWS – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Scooter Hobbs – 2024-06-16 11:15:16

SUMMARY: The 2024 College World Series features only teams from the ACC and SEC, marking the first time since 1948 that only two conferences are represented. The SEC missed setting a new record with Georgia's loss, leaving four SEC and four ACC teams in contention. The ACC boasts only two national championships, while the SEC aims to secure its fifth different champion in the last five years. With Oklahoma and Texas joining the SEC and the Pac-12's decline, the future dominance of college baseball seems likely to be contested between the SEC and ACC. The article concludes with a prediction that the Tennessee-North Carolina game could determine the national champion.

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Jim Beam column:Pet project system is unfair – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Beam – 2024-06-15 06:43:55

SUMMARY: Jim Beam criticizes the Louisiana Legislature's funding of pet projects, which he argues is unfair and arbitrary. A city councilman inquired about accessing such funds after learning that lawmakers are spending $92.7 million on various local projects, some of which include golf courses, schools, courthouses, and nonprofits. Legislators, primarily from the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, have significant influence over these allocations. Various organizations, including Bridge House Corp. and the Baton Rouge Art Gallery, receive substantial funds, raising questions about the criteria for selection. Beam suggests it's time to reform or abolish this system.

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