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Rep. Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma, helped create the state budget as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Garner/LSU Manship School News Service

State budget approved

By Kathleen Peppo
LSU Manship School News Service

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UL Lafayette announces fall semester calendar changes

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will begin its Fall 2020 semester on Monday, Aug. 17.
The earlier start date is one of several changes the University has made to its academic calendar as it prepares for the safe resumption of on-campus instruction and housing and residential life in the fall.
The last day of classes is Friday, Nov. 20.
Final exams will conclude on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Fall break, originally scheduled for Oct. 1-2, has been canceled.
Fall 2020 Commencement will be Tuesday, Dec. 8; details about the ceremony will be forthcoming.

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There will be no street fair taking place in Erath, as the 83rd Fourth of July Celebration has been canceled.

Streets quiet in Erath; 83rd 4th of July Celebration not taking place

ERATH — This week would be when the street fair would be rolling through the streets of Erath in preparation for the 83rd Fourth of July Celebration. Instead, Erath’s streets will be empty this week because there will not be a Fourth of July Celebration because of the coronavirus.
A couple of months before the Fourth of July, the committee voted not to celebrate because of COVID-19. While there won’t be any street fair or parade this week, there still will be a partial celebration.

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Vermilion Parish’s unemployment rate second lowest in Acadiana at 10.6%

BATON ROUGE – While the state unemployment average is 13 percent, the good news is that Vermilion Parish’s unemployment rate is well below that and is one of the lowest in Acadiana.
As of this week, Vermilion Parish’s unemployment rate is 10.6 which is the second lowest out of an eight-parish area in Acadiana.
The lowest is Cameron Parish at 7.9 percent, followed by Vermilion and then Acadia Parish (10.7).
The highest unemployment average in Acadiana is St. Mary Parish at 13.9 percent. Iberia Parish is second at 13.3 percent.

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