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Jim Gazzolo column: Second Southland honeymoon – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2023-08-31 12:00:48

SUMMARY: The Southland Conference has extended its basketball championships in Lake Charles through 2029, signaling a stronger partnership between the conference and McNeese State. The decision, which comes at a cost to McNeese State's baseball and softball championships, is seen as a smart move that will generate more economic impact for the region. The agreement also reflects a shift in focus towards Southwest Louisiana, with plans for a Basketball Media Day in the area and a potential satellite office in Lake Charles. McNeese State's investments in basketball have been rewarded, making it harder for them to leave the conference.

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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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