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News in Brief- October 31, 2018

News in Brief- October 31, 2018

Mother-daughter duo becomes first in Louisiana State Police

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Amid the 48 newly minted Louisiana State Police troopers, one woman was making history, with a little help from mom.

WBRZ-TV reports that when 23-year-old Tiah Larvadain recently graduated from cadet training, she became part of the first mother-daughter duo in state police history.

Larvadain's mother, Lt. Treone Larvadain, has more than 20 years of law enforcement and 12 years with state police.

The younger Larvadain said she was inspired by her mother to walk in her footsteps.

The pair said they hoped to send a message to other women that they can have success in law enforcement.

Information from: WBRZ-TV,


Report: 14 percent of Louisiana bridges are deficient

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A national transportation research group says 14 percent of Louisiana's state and local bridges are structurally deficient, the seventh-highest rate in the nation.

A report by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, says 1,821 bridges in Louisiana are deemed to have significant deterioration of a bridge deck, supports or other major components.

The group says the Federal Highway Administration estimates it would cost $1.9 billion to replace or rehabilitate all structurally deficient bridges in Louisiana.

Louisiana faces a $14 billion backlog of transportation projects, with $3.4 billion of that tied to bridge work.

Shawn Wilson, secretary for the state Department of Transportation and Development, told The Advocate the TRIP report isn't news to his agency. And he said the problems are only likely to get worse because of stagnant funding.

Information from: The Advocate,


Missing class ring found 32 years later in neighboring state

NATALBANY, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has been reunited with his high school class ring that went missing 32 years ago.

The Daily Star of Hammond reports the ring was found in Wiggins, Mississippi, and recently returned to Natalbany resident Luis Alvarez. Alvarez says the ring commemorating his 1984 graduation from Natalbany Baptist High School went missing in 1986. He says he's not sure how it ended up in Mississippi.

Natalbany Baptist Church administrator Hope Taylor says someone found it in a park and dropped it off at the Wiggins Baptist Church with a letter. She says it went unclaimed until someone mailed her church the ring, which has Alvarez's name and "Natalbany Baptist" etched on it. Alvarez now as two copies of the ring as he had ordered a replacement.

Information from: The Daily Star,


UNO gets $150,000 for study of Louisiana's rail system


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The University of New Orleans is beginning a $150,000 study of freight and passenger trains in Louisiana.

The school's Transportation Institute director, Bethany Stich, said in a news release Monday the study will look at potential for economic development and key corridors for investment. She says it also will show where to focus on mitigating safety concerns and rail traffic congestion.

The Louisiana Transportation Research Center is paying for the study.

It will use the system analysis to develop a plan to expand transportation efficiency, cost effectiveness, accessibility and capacity.