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News in Brief- February 17, 2019

News in Brief- February 17, 2019

Edwards trip to Israel cost $100,000

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration spent over $100,000 on a seven-day trip to Israel that involved meetings with Israeli leaders, cyber-security experts and other activities. Times-Picayune reports the cost of the trip from public records.

The newspaper reports that $61,000 of the cost was associated with providing security to the governor while he was traveling

That included the cost of bringing the governor's state police security detail to Israel and money paid a private Israeli security firm to provide additional protection.

Edwards met with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and had meetings with the Israel Defense Forces.

Edwards and the delegation took several business meetings focused on cybersecurity and resource management.

Information from: The Times-Picayune,


Police: Suspect got stuck in mud trying to flee robbery

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say a man robbed someone he met on a dating website but got stuck in the mud as he tried to flee the scene.

The Houma Courier reports Thibodaux police say 25-year-old Kareem Acker was arrested Tuesday on charges including armed robbery. Police say Acker forced the victim out of his car at gunpoint and tried to drive away from responding officers, but the car got stuck. Police say he then tried to hide a loaded gun in the mud after he was ordered out of the car. Times-Picayune reports New Orleans police are investigating a similar case in which an unidentified suspect stole the wallet of a woman he met on a dating app.


Gov reveals plan to outfit every college with veteran center

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state leaders have announced a plan to put a veteran center on every college campus in the state by fall 2019.

The Advocate reports the program announced Wednesday to help veterans navigate campus life will cost about $520,000 annually. State officials say federal grants are expected to cover about $320,000 of the LaVetCorps program costs, with the Department of Veterans Affairs expected to contribute about $200,000.

The newspaper says Louisiana gets more than $185 million annually from G.I. Bill funding. It says about 8,300 Louisiana college students are veterans and most are first-generation students.

Louisiana Community and Technical College System, LSU System, Southern University System, University of Louisiana System and Xavier University in New Orleans are expected to take part.

Information from: The Advocate,


Newborn found in hospital parking lot, search on for mother

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A full-term newborn girl found in the grass outside a Louisiana hospital is doing well but police are searching for her mother.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says a woman told deputies she heard crying as she got into her car Tuesday night outside Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. She found the naked baby about 50 yards (45.7 meters) from the hospital's front door.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said in a news release Wednesday that once found, the mother will face child abandonment charges.

He says she could legally have gone inside and given her daughter to a hospital employee without any questions asked. Louisiana's Safe Haven Law lets a parent turn a baby up to 60 days old over to a worker at a hospital, fire station or law enforcement agency.