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News in Brief- February 3, 2019

News in Brief- February 3, 2019

Report: Louisiana ranks high for pedestrian danger, deaths

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana ranks among the most dangerous areas for pedestrians in a new national report.

The state is listed as fourth in the nation for pedestrian fatalities in the report released by Smart Growth America. In Louisiana, 1,047 walkers were hit and killed by drivers from 2008 through 2017, an average of 2.25 for every 100,000 people.

Baton Rouge is listed as 12th among the top 20 metro areas on the "Pedestrian Danger Index." The report says the city had 182 pedestrian deaths over the decade, averaging more than 2 deaths for every 100,000 people.

The report says the number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking increased 35 percent nationally over the decade.

The report suggests better crosswalks, sidewalks and other infrastructure to make it safer for walkers.


Nungesser urges Louisiana residents to travel their state

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Louisiana's chief tourism ambassador, has an idea for where his state's residents should vacation: close to home.

As part of Tuesday's "National Plan for Vacation Day," Nungesser urged Louisianans to book trips around the state. The Republican lieutenant governor says they should see a part of the state they haven't seen. He encouraged them to visit .

Nungesser says Louisiana residents earned an estimated 34.7 million vacation days in 2017, but didn't use 8.9 million of those days — 25 percent of them.

The lieutenant governor's office says National Plan for Vacation Day is a country-wide effort to encourage people to schedule their vacation time.


Louisiana diocese names 37 clergy members accused of abuse

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has released the names of 37 clergy members it says were credibly accused of sexually abusing children or vulnerable adults.

News outlets report Bishop Michael Gerard Duca on Thursday released the list, which says several clergy members were accused multiple times. Duca says the list will be updated and names will be added as more information is collected.

It includes clergy who were accused within the diocese's territory before and after it formed in 1961 and clergy not accused in the diocese's territory but named as credibly accused by other dioceses.

Two of the named clergy members remained in ministry until their deaths. One of the named clergy members was also a former Lafayette police officer, and more than a dozen of the clergy members are listed as deceased.