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Idalia strengthens to a hurricane, pushing a surge of ocean water toward Florida

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www.wbrz.com – Associated Press – 2023-08-29 04:56:20

SUMMARY: Florida is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Idalia, which is forecasted to become an “extremely dangerous major hurricane.” The storm is projected to hit the Gulf Coast with sustained winds of up to 120 mph, potentially causing significant damage. Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in 46 counties and issued evacuation notices in 21 counties. Residents are advised to prepare for storm surge and flooding, seek higher ground, and secure shelter. Airports and schools have closed, and thousands of utility workers are standing by to make repairs. President Joe Biden has approved an emergency declaration for the state.

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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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93-year-old veteran remembers celebrating Juneteenth

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www.youtube.com – News 10 – 2024-06-19 18:52:07

SUMMARY: 93-year-old veteran Samuel Gatlin reminisces about Juneteenth before it became a Federal holiday. As a young boy, he worked in the cotton fields of Logansport, Louisiana, under the harsh conditions similar to slavery. Gatlin recounts how Juneteenth was eagerly anticipated by the black community as it symbolized freedom from enslavement. His family, working as sharecroppers, would ensure their tasks were completed so they could fully celebrate the day. Abram Freeman, known as the “father of Juneteenth” in Hub City, emphasizes that Juneteenth is a holiday for all Americans to celebrate. Michelle Obama's words highlight the ongoing fight for worthy causes and historical milestones.

93-year-old veteran Samuel Gatlin, a medic in Korea and the National Guard shares his memories of Juneteenth.

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Nola company makes new military training tech

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www.youtube.com – – 2024-06-19 18:46:41

SUMMARY: Tonight, we spotlight a New Orleans tech company, HapTech, known for developing training weapons for future military personnel. CEO and founder Kyle Monty, a UNO graduate, has led the company to create safer military training tools using an electromagnetic recoil system, simulating live fire without bullets. This innovation has resulted in $1.5 million in military contracts and created jobs in Louisiana. HapTech employs 20 locals and plans to hire 10 more, boosting the local economy. Their technology also includes sensors for detailed training data, offering significant advancements in training methods.

We put a spotlight on a home-grown New Orleans technology company now developing training weapons for the next generation of military men and women.

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