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News in Brief- June 3, 2018

News in Brief- June 3, 2018

Evangelist wants $54M jet: 'Jesus wouldn't be riding donkey'

DESTREHAN, La. (AP) — A prosperity gospel televangelist is asking disciples to "pray about becoming a partner" to his mission of obtaining a $54 million private jet.

The Louisiana-based ministry of Jesse Duplantis has already paid cash for three other private planes, but he says God told him "I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X."

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that Duplantis made the pitch to his followers in the May 21 edition of his weekly video address.

Duplantis says the three-engine plane would allow the ministry to fly "anywhere in the world in one stop," reducing fuel costs while maintaining a global reach.

Duplantis says Jesus Christ "wouldn't be riding a donkey" today -- "he'd be in an airplane flying all over the world."

Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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Louisiana governor backs "In God We Trust" display in school

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to require Louisiana public schools to display "In God We Trust" in their buildings.

The governor's office announced Tuesday that it had signed Sen. Regina Barrow's bill into law. Schools will have to fulfill the requirements by the 2019-20 school year.

Barrow's bill also requires the schools to teach students about the motto.

During a legislative hearing on the measure, Barrow, a Baton Rouge Democrat, said she sponsored the bill because she thinks "it's really important that young people understand the patriotic history" of the country.

The bill easily sailed through the House and Senate with no opposition during the regular session that ended last month.

Senate Bill 224: www.legis.la.gov

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US gains 223K jobs; unemployment at 18-year low of 3.8 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent.

The Labor Department says average hourly pay rose 2.7 percent from a year earlier, a slightly faster annual rate than in April. But pay growth remains below levels that are typical when the unemployment rate is this low.

Still, the report shows that the nearly 9-year old economic expansion — the second-longest on record — remains on track. Employers appear to be shrugging off recent concerns about global trade disputes.

The job market is also benefiting a wider range of Americans: The unemployment rate for high school graduates reached 3.9 percent, a 17-year low. For black Americans, it hit a record low of 5.9 percent.