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News in Brief- February 13, 2019

News in Brief- February 13, 2019

Grocery ad sent to Arkansas stores says 'Heaven has a wall'

CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) — A grocery store chain is facing criticism after it sent out a weekly ad to stores in Arkansas and Louisiana that included the message: "Heaven has a wall."

The Mac's Cashsaver ad was distributed in the Arkansas cities of Camden, Magnolia and El Dorado, and in northern Louisiana.

The front page of the ad featured promotions for food products and included the text: "Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in."

The company describes itself as family-owned and Christian. Jack Digby is the manager of a Mac's Cashsaver in Camden. He says he's fielded dozens of angry calls over the ad.

The company tells Little Rock television station KARK that it stands by the ad and will continue to put out messages each week.

Information from: KARK-TV.


Louisiana governor announces Feb. 21 state business summit

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is launching a Louisiana business summit this month that he says will link business leaders with state government officials.

The Feb. 21 event also seems aimed as a promotional event for a Democratic governor running for his second term this fall.

The governor's office says the summit "will highlight Louisiana economic development success stories" and work on ways to address economic challenges in the state.

The Louisiana Statewide Business Summit will be an all-day event in Baton Rouge. Edwards will give a keynote address, and four panel talks will be held on infrastructure, tax policy, economic opportunity and investment in water, cyber and advanced manufacturing.

More information is available online.


Coastal agency: Hundreds of acres of marsh built, restored

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority says it has built or renewed 600 acres of marsh in Cameron Parish, and has nearly completed a slightly smaller project.

The authority announced Friday that the Oyster Bayou Marsh Creation and Terracing project is complete.

The $31 million project used dredged sediment to build 510 acres of salt marsh and nourish another 90 acres. It also created 2.5 miles of earthen terraces.

The restored area had lost wetlands to drought, saltwater intrusion and hurricanes.

The agency says a project to build and nourish more than 580 acres of marsh is nearly complete. It's near Cameron, and is called the Cameron-Creole Watershed Grand Bayou Marsh Creation project.

The authority has an online interactive map of its projects.


Thousands who attended New Orleans protest raised $57, 000

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of people attended the city of New Orleans' protest parties on Super Bowl Sunday, and many of those who attended a special fundraiser contributed more than $57,000 for a foundation that works to improve the community.

A blown referee call in the NFC championship that many believe cost the Saints a chance to play for the Super Bowl title, and angry Saints fans organized a number of protest parties around the city Feb. 4, the day the game was played in Atlanta.

The Boycott Bowl featured more than 15 musical acts. Boycott Bowl officials on Friday presented the NORD Foundation with a check for $57,404.36 from the street festival.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the money raised shows how resilient the city's residents are when they are knocked down.


New Orleans Saints hire Darren Rizzi as special teams coach

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says he's hired Darren Rizzi as special teams coordinator.

Rizzi, whose hiring was announced Monday, fills a vacancy that opened when former coordinator Bradford Banta was fired after this season, his second on the job.

Rizzi has spent the past 10 seasons as an assistant with Miami and has 26 years of coaching experience at the professional and college levels. The Dolphins have been among the league leaders in blocked kicks during the past eight seasons 22 during that span, including 11 blocked punts.

Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders made 90 percent of his field goal attempts (18 of 20) this season while Miami punter Matt Haack ranked fifth in the NFL in punts inside the 20-yard line with 35. The Dolphins' 10.5 yards per punt return ranked eighth.

Rizzi's college coaching stops included Rutgers, Rhode Island and Northeastern.

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Nicholls to host world renowned pianist Friday in Danos Theatre

Romanian pianist Dr. Catalin Dima has performed all over the world and his next stop is Nicholls State University.

The award-winning musician and instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma University will perform masterpieces from Frédéric Chopin and Maurice Ravel at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the Mary and Al Danos Theater.

Dr. Dima has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C., the International House in Washington D.C. and New York, the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, the Klavierhaus in New York, the Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.