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California Judge temporarily blocks ban that would harm Louisiana alligator industry

BATON ROUGE – A federal judge in California has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting enforcement of that state’s effort to ban the sale and importation of alligator and crocodile products, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced Friday (Dec. 27).
California’s ban, which would devastate Louisiana’s lucrative alligator product industry, was scheduled to go into effect on Jan.1, 2020. Louisiana officials also worried this ban would harm coastal conservation efforts associated with the maintenance of alligator habitats.

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Abbeville Police arrest man allegedly involved in armed robbery on Christmas Eve

​On December 24, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., officers with the Abbeville Police Department responded to a call of an Armed Robbery at Gamestop, located at 3001 Veteran’s Memorial Drive.
According to the Abbeville Police Department, an officer who happened to be working an off-duty detail in the area did not witness the robbery but was able to notice an individual running from the area immediately prior to officers getting the call of the robbery.

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry speaks Friday morning during the
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Memorial honors fallen officers from Vermilion Parish

ABBEVILLE — There is an understanding among members of the law enforcement family; the next shift may be their last.
Members of the Vermilion Parish law enforcement family and others gathered Friday morning at the Abbeville Police Department for the John “Dooley” Hardy Memorial, remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The memorial is held each December by the Fraternal Order of Police John “Dooley” Hardy Memorial Lodge 48 to honor fallen officers from Vermilion Parish.

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From left to right: Troy Hebert, UL Lafayette Alumni Association president, Victoria Furka, UL Lafayette Outstanding Graduate, Tina Billberry, UL Lafayette Outstanding Master’s Graduate, and Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president, during the University’s Fall 2019 Commencement General Assembly on Friday at the Cajundome. A total of 1,358 degrees were awarded.

UL Lafayette awards record number of master’s degrees during Commencement

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette awarded 1,358 degrees during its Fall 2019 Commencement on Friday.
Bachelor’s degrees were presented to 1,077 graduates. Master’s degrees were awarded to 255 graduates, the largest number in UL Lafayette history. Twenty-four graduates received doctoral degrees. One graduate certificate and one post-baccalaureate certificate were bestowed.

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