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News in Brief- September 4, 2019

News in Brief- September 4, 2019

Never finished your degree? There's an app for that

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana System has launched a new program with the goal of getting Louisianians back to school and finishing their bachelor's degree.

The program is designed to re-engage the approximately 653,000 people in Louisiana with some college credits who dropped out before completing a degree. Henderson says the program is an opportunity to improve the state's second-to-last ranking on adults with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The program has 51 degree programs ranging from business and education to health care and the humanities.

It was introduced in May and has already engaged with more than 1,100 students.

The United States has a 30.9% educational attainment rate at the level of Bachelor's Degree or higher. Louisiana sits at a 23.4% rate.

Students interested in completing their degree can apply at www.CompeteLA.org or they can text CompeteLA to 58052.

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

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Standardized forms for Louisiana colleges to report hazing

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public colleges are receiving standardized forms to report hazing allegations, as the state's top higher education board works to comply with toughened anti-hazing laws.

The Board of Regents developed specific forms for both colleges and organizations to provide hazing allegations to law enforcement. The forms include sections to explain actions taken to respond to the claims.

The board adopted the forms at its meeting last week, along with a policy requiring any school or organization that receives "sufficiently credible" hazing allegations to publish that information on its website. Some redactions are allowed.

The standardized forms and toughened disclosure come in response to new anti-hazing requirements enacted by lawmakers this year. The latest provisions seek to force colleges to report those claims quickly or face a fine up to $10,000.

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Louisiana's Little League champs to ride in Bacchus parade

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Little League World Series champions are getting more recognition.

Krewe of Bacchus Captain Clark Brennan says the East Bank team and the Eastbank girls World Series finalists will ride on a special float in the krewe's Mardi Gras parade on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Brennan says the young athletes are "role models" whose "tremendous accomplishments" need to be recognized. The teams' managers and coaches will join the athletes on the float.

Brennan is working with float builder Barry Kern to create a unique float for the teams.

The East Bank team won the world championship last month, defeating Curacao 8-0.

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World War II Museum: Half price for Louisiana residents

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana residents can visit The National WWII Museum for half price during September.

In a news release, the museum says this is the fifth consecutive year that they have cut prices for Louisiana residents.

The discount also applies to rides on the museum's restored PT-305 boat as well as tours.

Residents have to show a valid Louisiana driver's license in order to get the discount. The discount is only available for walk-up purchases. It does apply to group sales.

The museum details the American experience in World War II.

The museum's newest exhibit tells the story of Andrew Jackson Higgins and Higgins Industries, which built the famed landing craft used during the Normandy invasion in 1944.