September 6, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A 24-year-old Marine who was killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II will be buried Sept. 15 in Louisiana. Maj. Tim Kronjaeger says the remains recently were identified as those of Cpl. Raymond Clark Snapp of Bonita, Texas. He was killed on Nov. 20, 1943, in the Battle of Tarawa. Kronjaeger tells The Times of Shreveport that Snapp’s closest living relative lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Snapp will be buried in the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Enrollment is down again this year at the University of New Orleans, but the university’s president says a decrease of less than 1 percent is reason for optimism. The university’s fall 2017 total enrollment is 7,976, down from 8,037 last fall.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than $40 million are owed to parties who successfully sued New Orleans dating back 20 years and now City Council members are considering a new fund dedicated to help pay the debts. Times-Picayune reports Councilman Jason Williams proposed setting aside at least $2 million every year to pay off some of the settlements and state court orders. The idea comes as the Council prepares for extended hearings on the 2018 spending plan from Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials walked through how they will respond if the state gets hit by a major hurricane while parts of the Gulf Coast are recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Tuesday’s “tabletop exercise” came as Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Jose lurked in the Atlantic Ocean. Gov. John Bel Edwards called for the preparation exercise, which envisioned a Category 3 hurricane moving across Florida and impacting New Orleans and other south Louisiana parishes.

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