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Residents advised to take air quality precautions due to wildfires – American Press

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www.americanpress.com Staff – 2023-08-28 15:58:50

SUMMARY: The extreme heat and drought in Louisiana have caused wildfires that are negatively impacting air quality. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and State Fire Marshal have issued a statewide burn ban and Governor John Bel Edwards has urged everyone to follow it. Even young, healthy adults can experience health issues from short-term smoke inhalation. Residents in affected areas and neighboring areas should be aware of the health effects and take precautions. People with respiratory or cardiac problems should consult with their doctor if they are near a fire. It is important for everyone to have an evacuation plan in case of fire or smoke effects.

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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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