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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • La. news and notes: Bayou Bartholomew documentary airs, job site launches and more

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  • Bayou Bartholomew documentary replays on LPB
    At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, LPB will air an encore showing of the Bayou Bartholomew documentary. The program discusses the world's longest bayou and traces its path from Pine Bluff, Ark. to Sterlington through discussions with numerous locals. Multiple residents of Morehouse Parish, Ashley County and the surrounding areas spoke about Bartholomew and recounted stories about growing up around the bayou or traveling its path.
    La. Budget Project discusses free lunches
    The Louisiana Budget Project released a report stating that nearly 368,000 students at 849 schools in the state could eat two free meals a day at school under the Community Eligibility Provision. Communities where at least 40 percent of the students automatically qualify for free meals are eligible for the program according to the LBP.
    LBP states that only eight school districts in the state have signed up for full implementation so far. One of those is the Morehouse Parish School System, which, as previously reported, is participating for the 2014 to 2015 school year.
    La. Job Connection site opens
    Louisiana Economic Development launched LouisianaJobConnection.com for potential employees on Monday. The new website, which has been accessible by employers since June, helps pair individuals looking for a job with the posted position for which they are most qualified.
    The site is extremely intuitive to use — it features on-screen prompts or directions for each step of the process — and allows job seekers to either upload a resume or pair the website with an existing LinkedIn profile in order to find the jobs for which an individual is best suited.
    According to a LED release, over 600 employers in the state of Louisiana are already using the site to fill thousands of jobs.
    Economics of Ft. Polk force reduction discussed
    In a news release, Fort Polk Progress discussed the findings of a Business Development Advisors analysis on the economic impact of Ft. Polk on its surrounding communities and how a troop reduction of 6,500 would, potentially, negatively impact the region.
    The study projects that Vernon, Beauregard, Rapides, Sabine and Natchitoches parishes would lose $713 million in sales (output), $468 million in income, $25 million in state and local taxes and approximately 9,000 total jobs.

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