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News in Brief- April 3, 2019

News in Brief- April 3, 2019

State pledges $80 million for Bayou Chene floodgate

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — Residents in six southeastern Louisiana parishes will get some relief from backwater flooding thanks to a new floodgate.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week that the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is pledging $80 million to build a permanent floodgate across Bayou Chene.

The money comes from a revenue-sharing agreement called the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act that gives Gulf states money from oil and gas developments off their shores.

The floodgate will help Morgan City and other communities in the area that are prone to backwater flooding that happens when the Atchafalaya River is running high and water backs up north up Bayou Chene.

Over the years the area has relied on stopgap measures to hold back the water such as sinking a barge in the Bayou. St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Martin, Assumption and Iberville parishes have all been affected.

The structure will have a 400-foot barge gate that can be swung into place and then sunk during high waters.

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Former Louisiana priest pleads guilty to child molestation

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A former priest in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to a child molestation charge.

The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette reported 76-year-old Michael Guidry pleaded guilty Wednesday at the St. Landry Parish courthouse.

The former pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Morrow faces between five and 10 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Guidry surrendered to police last June, about two weeks after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette announced allegations of sexual abuse had surfaced against him, He had been placed on administrative leave.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said last year his office launched an investigation when a male victim reported Guidry molested him.

The newspaper previously reported the male was 16 at the time of the assault at the priest's home.

Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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National EMS Academy opens New Orleans facility

NEW ORLEANS, La. - To help meet the demand for EMTs and paramedics, the National EMS Academy, an Acadian company, has opened a new education facility located in the New Orleans region. Preparations are underway for the first EMS class in the new facility to begin on May 13.

The EMT class, in partnership with South Louisiana Community College, is a hybrid mix of instruction and testing hosted online plus hands-on simulation courses held on campus, located at 5749 Susitna Drive, Suite B, in Elmwood.

EMTs and paramedics are in high demand nationwide. Acadian Ambulance is currently hiring both levels of medics in the New Orleans area and throughout their four-state service area.

Students who are interested in pursuing their EMT certification and learning about National EMS Academy’s program and the coursework must attend a free information session, which are being held on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. and Monday, April 22 at 1 p.m. Orientation for the semester is Wednesday, April 24.

Students can register to attend an information session by filling out the form at https://form.jotform.com/Acadian/new-orleans-information-session.

Interested students can visit https://nationalemsacademy.com/programs/louisiana/nola/ to learn more about the program.

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Louisiana sheriff elected in 1985 not seeking reelection

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff first elected in 1985 says he won't seek his ninth election at the end of his term in June 2020.

The Courier of Houma reports that Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter announced he won't seek reelection this year. Larpenter said in a letter Saturday that he wants to spend time with family.

Larpenter says he started as a patrolman and worked his way through the ranks up to sheriff. He says he moved his office forward with a full-time K-9 team, body cameras and bulletproof vests for officers.

Larpenter was sheriff for 21 years before deciding not to run again in 2007. He was elected again after the gap in 2011 and 2015.

Three people have announced intentions to succeed Larpenter. The primary election is Oct. 12.

Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com