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Springtime is acceptance letter season for most college bound high school students, and the state’s budget uncertainty is causing many to rethink whether they want to attend school in Louisiana. LSU president F. King Alexander is calling on legislators to find a budget solution that funds higher ed and TOPS by the end of the February special session.

 

Alexander says there was a noticeable impact the last time the state failed to properly fund TOPS in a timely manner.

 

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Lafayette Representative Nancy Landry is proposing a bill that would substantially increase legal penalties for campus hazing related incidents, in response to the 2017 death of LSU student Maxwell Gruver. Hazing is currently covered by education statues, and not criminal statues, and carries a fine of 100 dollars or less, plus a possible 30 days in jail. Landry’s bill would change that.

 

Under the proposed legislation, if the incident involves serious injuries, or death, the penalty would escalate to 10,000 dollars and five years in jail.

 

Management of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana could soon be changing hands.Southeast Louisiana-based Ochsner Health System has tentatively agreed to take over day-to-day oversight of the Shreveport and Monroe facilities from BRF.The move announced Tuesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is aimed at ending years of disputes over operations of the facilities.

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Facebook plans to launch a new app for kids so they can message their friends with the approval of their parents. It’s called Messenger Kids and is aimed at children under 13 who aren’t legally allowed to have real Facebook. LSU Mass Communications Professor Lance Porter says many kids lie and use social media platforms before they’re old enough.

 

Messenger Kids is controlled by parents and will not let kids add their friends or delete messages without permission. Porter says this is another way to combat the new trend of dark social.

 

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Louisiana State University Athletics Director Joe Alleva says the elimination of tax break in the GOP tax reform bills could be disastrous for big-time collegiate athletics. LSU and many other schools require donations to purchase tickets to athletic events and Alleva is concerned those donations will go away, if fans can no longer claim 80-percent of the donation as a tax deduction.

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University system presidents met at the governor’s mansion Thursday afternoon to discuss steps to eliminate hazing and alcohol abuse among sanctioned groups on campus. LSU System President F King Alexander says it’s not their intention to get rid of Greek organizations, because they do a lot of good work in the community

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Louisiana residents trying to rework the state's system for drawing political maps are planning a summit they hope will drive changes.

A grassroots, bipartisan group called Fair Districts Louisiana is working with Louisiana State University's Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs on the all-day summit, set for Jan. 19. 

The event aims to start talks about revamping Louisiana's method for divvying up electoral districts ahead of the redistricting cycle tied to the 2020 Census.

LSU Gets Grant To Study Exercise In Drinkers With HIV/AIDS

Oct 23, 2017
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An LSU Health professor has $390,000 to study whether exercise can help avert insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and other metabolic disorders in heavy drinkers with HIV.

 Louisiana State University Health New Orleans says the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism awarded the two-year grant to Dr. Patricia Molina, head of physiology.

 HIV infection once almost always became full-blown AIDS, which is usually fatal.

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Ten people will be arrested on hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of drinking, LSU officials said Wednesday. 

 One of the 10 suspects - Matthew Alexander Naquin, 19, of Boerne, Texas - also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death last month of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia, LSU said in a statement. 

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The death of a Louisiana State University student who was reported missing and later found dead has been ruled a suicide.  

     East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William "Beau" Clark said Monday that 21-year-old Michael Nickelotte Jr. died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officials say the investigation into his death will remain closed unless further details emerge.  

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