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New Orleans is starting a program to help economically disadvantaged residents get work.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu unveiled the program yesterday.

It comes after a report last year by Loyola University that found more than half of working-age black men in the city were unemployed.

The New Orleans Advocate reports details are still being worked out, such as who will run the program and what its budget will be.

An agreement has been reached on splitting a $40 million higher education incentive fund.

It’s designed to steer money to programs that help fill high-demand jobs.

A council of Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials yesterday approved a plan to divvy up the money among the four college systems.

LSU will get the largest share, about $14.5 million from the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund.

The New Orleans Police Department Training Academy graduated 28 recruits on Thursday, the first class subject to higher standards before being accepted as recruits.

The Times-Picayune reports applicants who completed the 23-week academy program were required to have at least 60 hours of college credit or the equivalent of two years of military service.

The Louisiana State Police and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are exploring the possibility of a joint training academy as a way to recruit new officers and reduce agency costs.

State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said Wednesday that no date has been set for a possible class, according to The Times-Picayune.

Both agencies haven't held training academies because of the state's budget troubles.