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News in Brief- November 18, 2018

News in Brief- November 18, 2018

State once again breaks record for most adoptions in year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Children and Families has again set a record for the most adoptions in a year, with more than 900 children finding permanent homes last year.

Citing a press release, the Advocate reports 912 children were adopted into permanent homes by 631 families from October 2017 through the end of September. That's up from the previous record of 771 foster children adopted by 548 families in 2017.

In addition to the foster children who were adopted, officials say another 2,332 children were reunited with their families after being taken into state custody, either returning home or to the guardianship of a relative.

Department Secretary Marketa Walters says permanency is their goal for children who enter foster care. Walters says that's a safe, stable and loving home, whether through adoption or reunification with their family.

Information from: The Advocate,


Jazz Fest to mark 50th anniversary with an extra day

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Music lovers will get an extra day this year at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The festival's management announced Friday that they will add another day as a way to honor the festival's 50th anniversary.

The new day will be Thursday April 25.

That will take the festival from seven days to eight days spread out over two weekends.

The festival will run April 25-28 and May 2-5.

Locals will also be able to get in for $50 on the first Thursday by showing Louisiana ID.

The festival lineup will be announced in December.

The New Orleans festival has hosted big-name musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Elton John and also showcases hundreds of performers from Louisiana.


Boy, 13, pleads not guilty in shooting death of 6-year-old

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy in Louisiana has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old.

The Advocate reports the child appeared in court Tuesday wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and accompanied by his grandmother and court-appointed attorney. First-grader Jahiem Holliday was shot to death this month in the backyard of a Baton Rouge home.

Authorities say the boys were playing outside near a group of people who were talking about making a music video. Their ages are unclear. They say the 13-year-old went inside his home and returned with a gun thought to belong to his uncle.

Police have said the boys may have argued. Prosecutors say the boy pointed a gun at the 6-year-old and fired a shot that the defense says was accidental.

Information from: The Advocate,


Louisiana GDP rises again in second quarter

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana posted growth of 4.3 percent in real gross domestic product during the second quarter, ranking 12th in the nation for growth.

The Advocate reports the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released the figures Wednesday. They represent the second straight quarter of strong growth in Louisiana after a poor showing in 2017.

Louisiana's GDP was more than $249 billion during the second quarter. Gross domestic product measures the market value of goods and services produced. It's a widely-used benchmark for the economy.

Mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction rose by 0.40 percentage points in Louisiana after tumbling in the first quarter. Construction and utilities are among the other sectors that gained during the second quarter.

The only sectors in Louisiana that fell during the period are educational services and finance and insurance.

Information from: The Advocate,