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News in Brief- October 16, 2019

News in Brief- October 16, 2019

National World War II Museum opening academic building

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National World War II Museum's $33 million education and outreach building will open Thursday.

After an opening ceremony, it will break ground for its final exhibit hall and hold an open house at the new building, called the Hall of Democracy.

It features a research library, classrooms, an auditorium, the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, and the WWII Media and Education Center.

There's also a special exhibit gallery. The opening exhibition is about the capture, extradition and trial of Adolf Eichmann, who played a major part in the Nazi mass executions of Jews.

The new building is the museum's sixth, including three exhibit pavilions, a theater and a restoration building. Its 239-room hotel and conference center is expected to open in late fall.


Rural tourism conference slated for 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Office of Tourism is looking to help rural communities who want to attract tourists.

The office said in a news release that they will be holding a conference May 14 and 15 of next year to bring together rural communities.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says the conference is a way for people to come together and "learn best practices and new creative ways to market their cities and regions."

The news release says the conference aims to show attendees how to "apply experiential storytelling to visitor activities" and how to make the best use of their regions' unique histories and cultures.

The conference is part of the Rural Tourism Initiative which holds educational workshops and other forms of assistance to rural areas.


Little League champs fly home to Louisiana with president

WASHINGTON (AP) — The winners of the 2019 Little League World Series are flying home from Washington to Louisiana in style — aboard Air Force One.

President Donald Trump met with the Eastbank All-Stars on Friday at the White House. The players then met again with Trump at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where they boarded the presidential plane together.

Trump is taking part in a rally in Lake Charles on the eve of Louisiana's election for governor. He is expected to encourage his supporters to vote for either of the Republican candidates over Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards.

The Eastbank All-Stars are based in suburban New Orleans.


2 injured after Louisiana road collapses, devours car

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A car in Louisiana was swallowed by a sinkhole when the roadway collapsed, injuring the occupants of the car.

News outlets report the roadway caved in at a major intersection in Bossier City Thursday leaving a 10-foot (3 meters) deep hole in an eastbound turning lane.

City Spokeswoman Traci Landry says the two people in the car had non-life threatening injuries.

Department of Transportation and Development Spokeswoman Erin Buchanan says the cave-in was caused by water flow issues in the sewer. She says there's water flowing where it shouldn't.

Buchanan says the road will be fixed once the department determines where the water is coming from and how to stop it.

Drivers are advised to proceed with caution in the area.


Louisiana man convicted of bludgeoning teenager to death

MAUREPAS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has been convicted of bludgeoning a teenager to death with a hammer and dumping her body in a swamp.

News outlets report a Livingston Parish jury found 37-year-old John Cowart guilty of second-degree murder on Thursday. He faces life in prison.

Prosecutors say that in 2018 he strangled 18-year-old Emily Rodgers until her neck was broken before repeatedly striking her with a hammer.

Cowart denied involvement in Rodgers' disappearance, but later led investigators to her body. The Advocate reports Cowart admitted to police the two were "messing around" in a bedroom when he accidentally strangled Rodgers with a zip tie. But autopsy results showed he choked her with his hands before beating her. Investigators never found a zip tie.

Two other men are charged with burning evidence.