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News in Brief- May 20, 2018

News in Brief- May 20, 2018

LSU Tram now proposed to be 10-mile express bus route

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The plans for a 3-mile tram between Louisiana State University and downtown Baton Rouge have morphed into a 10-mile express bus route.

The Advocate reports the new plan was announced Tuesday by the Capital Area Transit System chairman, Jim Brandt. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said in February that a streetcar wouldn't be built along Nicholson Drive. Instead, she promised a system of bus rapid transit that would serve a larger number of area residents.

The Capital Area Transit System already had plans to build bus rapid transit routes in another area, and Broome decided it should oversee the new project. The new plan would run the express route from LSU to Airline Highway and would cost up to $50 million.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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College-bound public high school grads on the rise

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana education officials say 23,517 public high school students who graduated in 2017 enrolled in college in the fall.

That's a record for the state. Tuesday's news release from the Department of Education says it's an increase of more than 500 from the previous year; and it's up by more than 3,000 since 2012.

The department said school systems in Calcasieu, Lafayette, Livingston, Orleans and Bossier parishes account for more than half the increase in recent years.

Those parishes represent 22 percent of graduates but 31 percent of the increase in college enrollment from 2012 to 2017.

The number of college-going high school graduates deemed economically disadvantaged increased by 56 percent over those five years; and the number of college-bound minority graduates increased by 16 percent.

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Alabama-Louisville to kickoff ABC's Saturday Night Football

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC's first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend.

ESPN announced Wednesday its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night games. The Crimson Tide meets Louisville in Orlando, Florida, at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 1. The next day Miami and LSU square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be the third straight season ABC airs a Sunday night game on Labor Day weekend, when college football doesn't compete against the NFL.

In week two, Penn State will face Pittsburgh for the ABC Saturday Night Game. Ohio State faces TCU at Arlington, Texas, the following Saturday night.

More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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Louisiana's riverboat casinos could soon be heading to land

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to let the state's riverboat casinos move onshore and rework their gambling space.

A 54-41 House vote Tuesday sent the bill by Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns to the governor. The Senate previously voted 22-14 for the measure.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to sign the changes into law.

Riverboat casinos will be allowed to conduct gambling activities within 1,200 feet on land from their licensed berth and will no longer need an operable paddlewheel.

A restriction keeping facilities to 30,000 square feet of gambling space will be replaced with a cap of 2,365 gambling positions.

Supporters say the changes will modernize an important industry. Opponents say they will expand gambling and move away from the casino style that voters supported.

Senate Bill 316: www.legis.la.gov