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UPDATE: Governor arrives in Singer to assess damage – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Rita Lebleu – 2023-08-25 11:59:14

SUMMARY: The Tiger Island Wildfire in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana is now 50% contained, down from 85% the previous night. Governor John Bel Edwards has arrived in Singer to assess the damage and ensure the safety of the community. Local firefighters are being supported by 75 firefighters from Texas, who are helping to battle the blaze that has destroyed thousands of acres. Road closures include La. 27, La. 119, and La. 110. It has been determined that one of the fires was caused by lightning, and the rumored tornado was actually a microburst.

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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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Free summer concert: LCCB presents’ A Night at the Movies’ – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Rita Lebleu – 2024-06-20 17:01:14

SUMMARY: The Lake Charles Community Band (LCCB) invites the public to a free summer concert, “A Night at the Movies,” on Monday, June 24, at McNeese University Tritico Theater, starting at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature music from various films, television shows, and cartoons, including themes from “Caravan,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Adams Family,” “Mary Poppins,” and “Mulan.” Conducted by Dr. Davaron Edwards, the event promises diverse and challenging selections. The venue offers great acoustics, comfort, and accessibility. Additionally, the LCCB will participate in Lake Charles' Independence Day festivities on July 4.

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