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Know your foe (Florida) – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2023-09-05 12:17:15

SUMMARY: Florida head coach Billy Napier, who previously had great success at Louisiana-Lafayette, is facing pressure after a rough start at Florida. The team has a four-game losing streak and Napier's record is 6-8. However, the team is still talented and looking to prove themselves against McNeese State. Napier acknowledges his responsibility for the team's performance and is focused on fixing the issues. Both Napier and McNeese State head coach Gary Goff were disappointed with their team's opening performances and stressed the importance of execution and improvement. Despite the differing levels of competition, both teams are looking to bounce back and get their seasons back on track.

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10 Commandments must now be in all La. public classrooms – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Associated Press – 2024-06-19 20:35:26

SUMMARY: Louisiana is now the first state to mandate the display of the Ten Commandments in all public school classrooms, following a bill signed by Republican Gov. Jeff Landry. The law requires a poster-sized display with a context statement in classrooms from kindergarten to state-funded universities by 2025, funded through donations. Proponents view it as historically significant, while opponents, including civil rights groups, plan to sue, arguing it's unconstitutional and marginalizes non-Christian students. This move reflects a broader conservative agenda under the new GOP-led state government. Similar legislation has faced legal challenges and has not been enacted in other states.

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Landry signs education savings account bill into law – American Press

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www.americanpress.com Staff – 2024-06-19 17:44:39

SUMMARY: Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry signed Senate Bill 313 into law on June 19, 2024, establishing the state's first universal education savings account program for K-12 education, known as the Louisiana Giving All True Opportunity to Rise (LA GATOR) Scholarship Program. This initiative allows parents to use educational savings accounts for school enrollment, tutoring, or other related expenses. The program will replace an existing voucher system, initially targeting students in poverty and those with disabilities, before extending to all students. Landry emphasized this reform as a necessary step for improving education quality and giving parents control over their tax dollars.

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UPDATE: SW La. expected to feel some ‘indirect impacts’ from Tropical Storm Alberto – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Crystal Stevenson – 2024-06-19 16:48:00

SUMMARY: Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2024 hurricane season, formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, is expected to make landfall in northern Mexico by Thursday, affecting Texas and Mexico with strong winds and heavy rainfall. Southwest Louisiana will experience indirect impacts with coastal flooding and hazardous seas. Forecasters warn of potential significant flooding and mudslides in some Mexican states. The National Hurricane Center predicts the 2024 hurricane season to be above average, with up to 25 named storms, including possibly 13 hurricanes.

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