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Lake Charles, Sulphur populations down, but Hunter says news isn’t all bad – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Rita Lebleu – 2024-05-31 04:48:17

SUMMARY: Between 2020 and 2023, Sulphur and Lake Charles in Louisiana saw significant population drops due to severe weather and the completion of industrial projects. Sulphur's population decreased by 6.5% (1,414 residents), while Lake Charles decreased by 6.2%, falling from 84,879 to 79,633. Mayor Mike Danahay linked the decline to the transient nature of construction crews, whereas Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter highlighted the city's resilience amidst disasters and robust housing recovery after Hurricane Laura. Lake Charles is now rebuilding with higher-standard, resilient mixed-income housing, and Hunter is optimistic about the population gradually returning. Meanwhile, Hammond was the only city in the area that saw a population growth of 14.4%.

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Rougarou catch Gators in late innings – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Rodrick Anderson – 2024-06-13 23:27:44

SUMMARY: The Baton Rouge Rougarou defeated the Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators 8-2 in a Texas Collegiate League game on Thursday. The game, played at Barbe High School, saw the Gators' first home run of the season, but the Rougarou pulled ahead in the top of the eighth inning with a bases-clearing double by Clayton Pourciau. The Gators' Reagan Weilblinger struggled, loading the bases before Pourciau's decisive hit. The Gators are now 2-4 in their last six games and will play the Rougarou again in Baton Rouge. Ethan Oceguera pitched well in relief for the Gators, while Matthew Bienvenu earned the win for the Rougarou.

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Schroyer named to national committees – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2024-06-13 14:35:26

SUMMARY: Heath Schroyer, McNeese State Athletic Director, was named to two national NCAA committees: the Division I Council and the Men's Basketball Oversight Committee, elevating his profile and providing McNeese and the Southland Conference significant representation in college sports decisions. Schroyer has been instrumental in transforming McNeese's athletic department in the wake of COVID-19 and hurricanes. His role includes influencing crucial areas like NIL deals and the transfer portal. Schroyer expressed honor and excitement about his new responsibilities, while McNeese officials praised the recognition and potential benefits for the institution and its athletic programs.

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17 state AGs sue Biden administration for allowing foreign farmworkers to unionize – American Press

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www.americanpress.com Staff – 2024-06-13 09:17:20

SUMMARY: Seventeen state attorneys general, led by Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach, have filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over a new rule allowing temporary farm workers on H-2A visas to unionize. This rule contradicts federal law, which prohibits American farm workers from collective bargaining. Kobach criticized President Biden, stating that the policy prioritizes foreign workers' political benefits while American workers face challenges in the current economy. This legal action underscores the ongoing tension between state officials and the federal government regarding labor and immigration policies.

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