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‘Giving Away the Future’ : Billions in ITEP incentives failed to grow jobs in La., group says – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Emily Burleigh – 2024-03-03 05:56:36

SUMMARY: The Ohio River Valley Institute's report criticizes Louisiana's Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP), suggesting it failed to foster job and personal income growth despite exempting over $20 billion in local tax revenue. The ITEP, aimed to attract industry with tax incentives, underwent reforms, adding a job requirement and allowing individual local approval for applications. However, recent policy changes by Gov. Jeff Landry have removed the job requirement and centralized decision-making, which researchers believe could undermine local benefits. Their study reveals a lack of correlation between ITEP incentives and economic prosperity, challenging the state's longstanding strategy of relying heavily on the petrochemical industry for economic development.

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UPDATE: Bond set for Jennings High gunman – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Doris Maricle – 2024-04-16 13:21:46

SUMMARY: Dillion M. Champagne, 37, from Duson, was arrested after entering Jennings High School and firing a shot. His bond is $600,000 with numerous charges including aggravated assault and possession of a stolen firearm. The incident, which occurred before students arrived, led to a 13-hour manhunt ending near Jennings. Champagne, who was on a meth binge, had stolen a crawfish truck, then a BMW, before targeting the school for another vehicle. Classes were canceled during the search utilizing drones and helicopters. Police Chief Semmes praised the multi-agency effort, and School Superintendent Hall acknowledged the teamwork in a challenging situation.

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Conviction, life sentence stands for man who killed then burned body in DeQuincy – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Crystal Stevenson – 2024-04-16 11:02:01

SUMMARY: Nathaniel Mitchell III's life sentence for the murder of Zacchaeus Hakim Burton in 2019 will remain. Mitchell killed Burton and burned his body in DeQuincy, a fact supported by co-defendant George Buck's testimony and corroborating evidence such as phone records and surveillance. Mitchell bought a gun before committing the crime, as testified by Buck. Despite claims of trial errors and ineffective counsel, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal rejected Mitchell's appeals, stating there was no evidence to suggest the inclusion of certain evidence or counsel's actions prejudiced the trial's outcome. Mitchell was convicted on October 3, 2022, of second-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

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University UMC to host National Faith and Climate Forum – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Emily Burleigh – 2024-04-16 08:41:38

SUMMARY: University United Methodist Church (UUMC) is hosting the livestream of the National Faith and Climate Forum 2024 on April 16, focusing on the impact of climate change on church communities and action steps for sustainability. This hybrid event is a collaboration with For a Better Bayou and Blessed Tomorrow, aiming to connect congregations and promote environmental stewardship rooted in faith. Over 50 churches will serve as hosts for discussions on building resilient congregations and caring for creation, with key speakers from various religious organizations. The event is free, includes lunch, and open to all, with registration available online.

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