Tangipahoa Parish

The city of Hammond's economy is on a 17-month roll. Sales tax receipts are up 7 percent compared to the first half of 2011. Mayor Mayson Foster says the numbers indicate not only a strong economy in Tangipahoa Parish, but also that people are staying in Hammond to make their purchases rather than going elsewhere.

AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish school officials are exploring ways to expand virtual learning opportunities in grades 6-12, but some board members are concerned about the program's ability to meet the needs of at-risk students.

Chief Academic Officer Melissa Stilley tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/LPNZSY ) implementing a virtual learning program would allow the district to provide more opportunities for learning while addressing the system's needs, including saving money.

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