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Special session begins today

BATON ROUGE — The State Legislature has announced that it will convene the 2020 Second Extraordinary Session starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, that will focus on Hurricane Laura recovery, COVID-19 funding and the state’s unemployment fund.
According to a release from the Louisiana House of Representatives, a majority of the House and the Senate members have authorized the written petition under the state constitution to call itself into special session, which also sets the agenda for the upcoming session.
Lawmakers can file and consider bills on 70 items.

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Photo by Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Louisiana at Lafayette researchers are using artificial intelligence to more accurately – and quickly – forecast floods. They've created a data mining prototype that placed UL Lafayette – along with tech giant Google and the U.S. Department of Defense – among the top finishers in the Igniting Innovation Award competition. Dr. Emad Habib (left) and Dr. Robert Miller of the University’s Louisiana Watershed Flood Center are shown by the Vermilion River discussing water gauges.

UL Lafayette researchers developing 'smarter' methods for forecasting floods

Researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are using artificial intelligence to more accurately – and quickly – forecast floods.
And they’re doing it well.
UL Lafayette – along with entities such as tech giant Google and the U.S. Department of Defense – are among the top finishers in the Igniting Innovation Award competition earlier this month. The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council gives the award for innovative research that benefits people and communities.

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$7.75 ‘Parcel’ fee on Nov. 3 ballot; would generate new revenue stream to support Economic Development in Vermilion Parish

When you spend $7.75 on a meal at a fast food restaurant for lunch, you are helping the local economy.
There’s a chance that same $7.75 can be used to further economic development for all of Vermilion Parish.
On the Nov. 3 ballot, voters in Vermilion Parish will have an opportunity to decide on a parcel fee for the Vermilion Economic Development District (“Alliance” or VEDA). Anne Falgout, VEDA executive director, attended meetings this past month, including Delcambre, Erath, Abbeville, Gueydan, Maurice and the Abbeville Rotary, to provide details on the proposition.

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(Photo by Doug Dugas/University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
Students study earlier this month in Edith Garland Dupre Library on the UL Lafayette campus.

Enrollment growth continues for UL Lafayette’s Graduate School

Graduate school enrollment is climbing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Fall 2020 graduate school enrollment is 2,430 students and marks a 46% growth over the past five years. UL Lafayette had 1,521 graduate students in Fall 2016.
Enrollment grew by 100 students between Fall 2019 and this semester. Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser, dean of the Graduate School, attributed the jump to the continued growth of online delivery of the MBA program and to increased retention rates across the University’s nearly 50 master’s and doctoral degree curriculums.

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Info needed for cattle theft in Vermilion Parish

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office are looking for information regarding 10 head of cattle reported missing on September 21, 2020. The calves were last seen on a Dewberry Road property in the Leleux community.
“Our investigators have reason to believe the calves were taken from the property without permission from the owner,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “We are seeking the public’s help in tracking them down.”

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