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Jim Gazzolo column: McNeese invests in winning – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2023-08-26 11:00:26

SUMMARY: McNeese State University has invested heavily in its football program, with the construction of a new $31 million press box and a $1.2 million locker room. The team is looking to make a strong comeback after three consecutive losing seasons. The pressure to win is high, as the administration hopes to move up to the larger and wealthier Football Bowl Subdivision level. The program has seen rival schools leave the league and achieve success, while McNeese has fallen behind. The Cowboys must start winning this season to justify the investments made in the program.

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Tropical Storm Alberto dissipates after heavy rains kill 4 – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Associated Press – 2024-06-20 18:39:20

SUMMARY: Tropical Storm Alberto, the season's first named storm, dissipated after causing heavy rains and fatalities. Moving inland over northeast Mexico, it left at least four dead due to flooding and electrocutions. Alberto's remnants spread over central Mexico, particularly affecting Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, and Coahuila states. Substantial damages included washed-out highways and homes destroyed by collapsing retaining walls. In South Texas, the storm caused significant rainfall and flooding, prompting emergency services and disaster declarations. Despite initial disappointment at the rain's scarcity in some areas, affected regions are beginning cleanup efforts as they recover from the storm's impact.

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Casssidy: Bill would ‘dismantle’ DEI efforts – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Emily Burleigh – 2024-06-20 17:49:11

SUMMARY: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., discussed the Dismantle DEI Act during a conference call, which he introduced with other Republican senators and congressmen. The act aims to abolish federal diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and eliminate funding for associated agencies. Cassidy criticizes DEI initiatives as institutionalizing discrimination, stating hiring should focus on qualifications. The Act would terminate chief diversity officers and DEI offices and end DEI and critical race theory training. Cassidy also condemned efforts to expand Title IX protections for transgender and non-binary students, arguing it undermines longstanding protections for women, leading to legal challenges.

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Fontenot signs with Cowgirls – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2024-06-20 17:13:26

SUMMARY: Former Barbe High star Nyjah Fontenot has signed with McNeese State's softball team, transferring from Arkansas. Fontenot was a standout outfielder, earning accolades such as a Class 5A All-State selection, a National Player of the Year watch list spot, and a first-team All-American by MaxPreps. She had an impressive high school career, hitting .486 with six home runs as a senior. Fontenot was a medical redshirt at Arkansas after tearing her ACL. McNeese coach James Landreneau expresses excitement over the recruitment and aims to further strengthen the team. Additionally, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Gerry Glasco announced his move to Texas Tech.

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