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LSU Health Sciences Center
3:37 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU center wins tumor registry award

The LSU Health Sciences Center's Louisiana Tumor Registry has been recognized with an award from the National Program of Cancer Registries.

Dr. Vivien Chen, professor of public health and director of the LSUHSC registry, accepted the organization's 20th Anniversary Research Award in Washington.

LSU
3:35 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Constant picked for LSU post

David Constant has been named head of the department of biological and agricultural engineering, a joint position shared between the LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Engineering.

Constant, most recently dean of the LSU Graduate School, has been on the LSU faculty since 1984. He holds the Humphreys T. Turner Professorship in the department of civil and environmental engineering and has served as associate dean and then interim dean in the College of Engineering.

Hurricane Isaac
3:29 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Hurricane-resistant home survives Isaac

Representatives of OceanSafe say the hurricane-resistant model home built in New Orleans as a demonstration project survived Hurricane Isaac undamaged.

The home, as well as several other company-built structures around the New Orleans area, took no damage from the hurricane's winds and heavy rain.

The company built a steel-paneled demonstration home earlier this year using materials and technology designed to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes.

Board of Embalming and Funeral Directors
2:58 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

David named to state funeral board

Royal David of Mandeville has been appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Embalming and Funeral Directors.

The board regulates embalmers, funeral homes and funeral directors, and handles consumer complaints. It also establishes requirements for funeral homes and individuals engaged in the care of the deceased.

David is the general manager of E.J. Fielding Funeral Home.

Monster Piano Concert
2:55 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Nicholls sets piano concert for Sept. 18

Nicholls State University plans its annual Monster Piano Concert Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Mary M. Danos Theater on the Thibodaux campus.

The concert is presented by the Nicholls State University Foundation and the university's music department.

A total of 16 pianists, including faculty, staff and guests, will perform on eight Steinway grand pianos.

Proceeds will be used to help renovate the Danos Theater. Tickets are $50 each, or $25 for Nicholls students.

Reservations can be made by calling 985-448-4005.

Louisiana Supreme Court
2:53 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Lawyer explains appeal in La. chief justice spat

A lawyer for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a federal judge created confusion when she ruled in favor of state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's bid to become the court's next chief justice.

Kevin Tully, one of the state's attorneys, said in a statement Saturday that it's unclear whether U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan believes a 20-year-old federal court settlement prohibits the state's highest court from "carrying out its constitutional duties" and naming its next chief justice.

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Louisiana Chicken Festival
2:51 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Get ready for the Louisiana Chicken Fest in Dubach

Get your cackle on for the Louisiana Chicken Festival in Dubach.

The Ruston Daily Leader reports the festival is the last Friday and Saturday in September, starting with a talent contest the evening of Friday, Sept. 28. The top 12 entries will compete Saturday evening.

Other events Saturday include a strut, cackle and crow contest, a chicken cooking contest and a drumstick-eating contest.

There's also a dog show, quilt raffle, cakewalk and a stick horse rodeo.

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Hurricane Isaac
2:46 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Isaac leaves behind dead fish in bayous

Thousands of dead fish are littering bayous in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, casualties of oxygen depletion caused by Hurricane Isaac.

The Courier reports the kills, common after hurricanes disturb organic matter in local waterways, are not expected to pose a threat to drinking water supplies.

National Guard
2:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

La. National Guard official promoted

Brig. Gen. Barry D. Keeling has been promoted to the Louisiana National Guard's director of the joint staff.

Keeling was promoted to the position during a ceremony Thursday at Camp Beauregard.

Maj. Gen. Glenn H Curtis, the Louisiana guard's adjutant general, praised Keeling for his dedication to duty. Curtis says Keeling was relentless during the Guard's response to Hurricane Isaac.

Education
2:34 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

State education program upends public school model

Louisiana's education department is soliciting ideas from nontraditional places, seeking to offer students new academic courses, skills training and work-based apprenticeships outside of public school classrooms.

The new "Course Choice" program will begin in fall 2013, after state education leaders choose from among the many applications from contracting groups, online course providers and colleges seeking state tax dollars to teach public school students.

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