Southern University

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Louisiana's historically black university system has been selected to participate in a CIA recruitment program.

The Southern University System has signed an agreement with the Central Intelligence Agency that sets up the framework for the workforce development effort.

The agreement allows the CIA to work with Southern's five campuses and their staff on classroom workshops, curriculum development and student recruitment activities. The agency also will do a campus advertising campaign.

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Southern University says its medical marijuana grower has planted its first crop, as Louisiana edges nearer to having product available to patients.

The Baton Rouge university announced Thursday that seeds were planted two days earlier by Ilera Holistic Healthcare. The school estimates its medical marijuana could be in pharmacies by the fall.

Southern says the growing facility located in nearby Baker received the final needed approvals Monday from the state agriculture department, which oversees Louisiana's medical marijuana program.

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 A former band director at Southern University in Louisiana is accused of pocketing more than $293,000 from public funds owed to the school.

A report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says Nathan Haymer set up a collection system with an unauthorized third party to collect the money.

An official sign declaring that slaves were "well taken-care of and happy" at Louisiana's most-visited historical site has been removed. It's unclear how long the sign was up at Rosedown Plantation, State Parks deputy assistant secretary Brandon Burris told The Advocate .

Pennsylvania-based Ilera Holistic Healthcare is the new operator of Southern University's medical marijuana program, news outlets reported.

With only a few doctors signing up to dispense medical marijuana, Louisiana regulators are considering whether to change rules limiting how many cannabis patients each doctor can treat before the product becomes available later this year.

Louisiana's State Board of Medical Examiners established a limit of 100 medical marijuana patients per physician in 2016, with doctors allowed to seek waivers for more. Vincent Culotta, the board's executive director, said that cap could be boosted higher at the panel's September meeting amid concerns the current limit is too low.

Community Meetings To Fight Monroe's Blight

Jul 27, 2018
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The City of Monroe is announcing a series of community development seminars aimed at helping in the Fight the Blight effort.

 

The seminars will be conducted by the Southern University Center tor Economic and Entrepreneurial Development. They will be held on consecutive Saturdays, August 4th and 11th from 9 am until 1 pm. The seminars will take place at the City of Monroe Pubic Safety Center located at 1810 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (U.S. Hwy 165 South).

 

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Southern University has signed a contract for the school's medical marijuana program with a firm struggling with its ownership structure.  

Southern said Thursday that the contract has been signed with the two biggest owners of Advanced Biomedics. The majority owner, Carrol Castille, and the founder and minority owner, Chad Bodin, have been battling in a Lafayette court for weeks. The contract was signed on assurances that the company is working to resolve the ongoing feud. 

Body Found Near Southern Campus

Feb 7, 2018
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A body has been found along the Mississippi River near a college campus in Louisiana.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports the body was discovered Tuesday afternoon by Louisiana State University students on a field trip near Southern University. The body was found in a pool of water blocked off from the main river flow between the river bank and a line of rocks. One of the LSU students who discovered the body, Hanna Simpson, says it was heavyset, clothed and face down. She says she couldn't identify the person's race or age.

BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced $10 million in funds dedicated for a project to alleviate severe erosion along the canals that run through Southern University Baton Rouge campus to the Mississippi River. The erosion, exacerbated by failed drainage structures, is impacting critical infrastructure and utilities on campus resulting in safety concerns and challenges to the day to day operation of the university. In June, the governor toured damages on campus caused by the erosion including a temporary bridge and a partially collapsed road.