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New in Brief- May 30, 2018

New in Brief- May 30, 2018

Louisiana voters to decide in Nov. on fantasy sports gaming

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Voters will decide whether fantasy sports games through online sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel will be legalized in Louisiana.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday he has signed the measure by Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot, of River Ridge, that sets up the November ballot decision.

If voters in a parish vote against it on Nov. 6, people could not legally play the cash-league games on their smartphones or computers while in that community. If voters in a parish support allowing the fantasy sports games, lawmakers would have to decide how to regulate and tax the games and the state's gambling board also would need to devise regulations.

In fantasy sports, people assemble a roster of professional athletes whose real-life performance statistics determine the winner.

House Bill 484:


Conference on coastal restoration set for New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards will be a keynote speaker when a three-day conference dedicated to restoring and preserving Louisiana's coast opens.

The State of the Coast conference begins Wednesday in New Orleans. It's sponsored by two non-profit organizations — the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Water Institute of the Gulf — along with Louisiana government's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Other featured speakers include Marvin Odum, the chief recovery officer for the city of Houston; and Jason Clay, a senior vice president of the World Wildlife Fund.

The event, held every two years, brings together more than 1,000 attendees, including scientists, natural resource managers and landowners.

It will also feature a Friday mini-conference called "Restoration on the Half Shell" for those wanting less technical information.


La. governor signs bill to encourage adoption over abortion

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to bolster a state law aimed at encouraging women seeking an abortion to instead give birth and place the baby for adoption.

Edwards' office announced Friday that the Democratic governor had signed into law the bill by Rep. Rick Edmonds, a Baton Rouge Republican.

The changes add more information about adoption to a state-mandated website and a state-issued pamphlet that must be given to a woman before she can have an abortion. The website and printed materials have to contain ways a pregnant woman can get confidential information about placing a child for adoption.

The legislation also creates a task force to help develop the website and pamphlet, along with an outreach program promoting adoption and discouraging abortion.

House Bill 449:


Study estimates LSU’s economic impact on Lafourche Parish at $6.5 million


BATON ROUGE – A study by the Economics & Policy Research Group at the E. J. Ourso College of Business has determined LSU’s economic impact on Lafourche Parish to be $6,485,393.


The study, released in February, is the first to calculate the collective economic impact of all eight LSU campuses – LSU, the LSU AgCenter, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU-Alexandria, LSU-Eunice, LSU-Shreveport, and the LSU Health Sciences Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans – at the parish level. Statewide, LSU has an impact of $5.1 billion.


The full report is available at


“This study demonstrates that LSU is found in every parish of our state, helping to solve the biggest challenges we face in Louisiana,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “Through education and research, we are creating the economy of tomorrow by improving today’s quality of life.”


The study excludes the fiscal impact of LSU’s athletics and a number of other factors that would ostensibly increase the university’s economic impact, including the role of college graduates and faculty as job creators, the role of the university in bringing in outside talent and business, and the collective increased lifetime earnings of all LSU graduates.