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Jim Beam column:Old bridge repairs not answer – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Beam – 2023-09-02 11:02:23

SUMMARY: Opposition to plans for a new Interstate 10 bridge in Lake Charles, Louisiana is puzzling considering the need for a better bridge. The cost of the bridge is estimated at $2.1 billion, but the state has only managed to come up with $800 million. As a possible solution, the state is considering a public-private partnership (P3) to help finance the project. Texas has successfully used P3s for highway improvements and has served as a model for other states. The current bridge is outdated and exceeds its capacity, so building a new, high-quality bridge is necessary. The project has already seen significant investment, and starting over would be a waste of resources. The major obstacle to the project is the issue of tolls, which need to be brought down to a reasonable amount. If approved, the bridge is still several years away from completion.

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LC Symphony presents ‘the best songs of the MTV generation’ – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Emily Burleigh – 2024-06-20 04:03:47

SUMMARY: The Lake Charles Symphony's annual Summer Pops concert will celebrate 1980s music with a “Totally Awesome 80s” theme on Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m. The high-energy event features vocalists from Jeans ‘n Classics and aims to attract multigenerational audiences. Executive Director Beth Dawdy and Conductor William Rose highlight the diverse orchestration and nostalgic value of live performances. Guests are encouraged to wear 80s attire and engage as if it were a rock concert. Tickets are available online, with various pricing options, including general admission and reserved tables, at www.lcsymphony.com.

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Poll: Nearly half of Americans struggling because of higher prices – American Press

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www.americanpress.com Staff – 2024-06-19 22:21:17

SUMMARY: A recent Monmouth University poll indicates that nearly half of Americans are struggling with the financial strain caused by inflation, marking the highest recorded level since President Biden's term began. Currently, 46% of respondents report difficulty making ends meet, a notable increase from the 20-29% range during President Trump's tenure. Inflation has driven prices up by approximately 20% since Biden took office, though the rate of inflation has recently slowed. Despite economic improvements, financial concerns remain influential for voters. The poll, conducted from June 1 to June 6, sampled 1,106 adults, highlighting continued economic discontent among the American public.

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BREAKING: CPSO searching for man who escaped custody – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Crystal Stevenson – 2024-06-19 21:46:54

SUMMARY: The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for Malik D. Williams, 23, who escaped custody on June 19, 2024. Williams fled on foot during an investigation on Gulf Highway after slipping out of handcuffs. He was being detained for domestic abuse charges and was last seen wearing gray Nike shorts, black and white Nike shoes, and no shirt. Despite setting up a perimeter, deputies have not located him. A warrant for $375,000 has been issued for his arrest on charges of domestic abuse battery and simple escape. Public assistance is requested for information on his whereabouts.

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