SLU's mascot Roomie getting a makeover
Posted on 3/28/2017 12:30:00 PM.

Fans are giving Southeastern University’s mascot Roomie a makeover, as voting is open for the lion’s new look. Erin Cowser with SLU says Roomie’s current costume is a little over 7 years old, and the average lifespan of a mascot’s look is 6 to 10 years. She says they’ve learned when giving a mascot a makeover, it’s important not to totally change up the look.

Erin Cowser, Southeastern University, Roomie, mascot, football season

Legislation seeks to protect military monuments
Posted on 3/28/2017 12:22:00 PM.

A bill filed for the regular session seeks to protect Louisiana’s military monuments, including controversial confederate statues. Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody authored the legislation that would prohibit state and local governments from removing, relocating, or destroying a memorial that commemorates wars in US history. He says there’s also a provision to make sure the monuments can be maintained.

Thomas Carmody, military, monuments, regular session

Measure filed that would increase cigarette tax by 22 cents
Posted on 3/28/2017 10:47:00 AM.

A measure has been filed for the upcoming legislative session that would increase cigarette taxes by 22-cents. Currently, the tax on a pack of cigarettes is $1.08 and the proposal would up that to $1.30 a pack. Author of the legislation, West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman, says this increase would generate more revenue for the state and lead to a healthier Louisiana.

cigarette tax, Frank Hoffman, legislative session

Plan to provide schools with high speed internet scrapped
Posted on 3/28/2017 10:37:00 AM.

A plan to provide all Louisiana school districts with high speed internet has been scrapped. Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, Scott Richard says districts were given a short time period to commit to a plan with very little information from the Board of Regents. He says every school district wants to have high speed internet access, but funding uncertainties caused many to be hesitant.

Scott Richard, Louisiana School Boards Association, internet,

Revised coastal restoration master plan to be discussed in regular session
Posted on 3/28/2017 5:52:00 AM.

Louisiana’s revised coastal restoration master plan will be taken up by lawmakers in the regular session, as part of the governor’s legislative package to protect and restore the state’s coast. The bill contains 120 projects to be completed over the next 50 years that will maintain over 800 square miles of coastal land. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish co-authored the legislation.

Blade Morrish, coastal restoration, regular session, oil spill

DOE: Families are satisfied with early childhood providers
Posted on 3/28/2017 4:50:00 AM.

Most families are satisfied with their child’s early childhood provider. That’s according to a recent survey from the Department of Education, which finds 90 percent of respondents are likely to choose their program again.

Jenna Conway, DOE, early childhood, survey, education

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