AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - An Auburn University marine scientist has received a USDA grant to study oysters. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that Bill Walton landed a $456,646 federal grant to help ensure that farmed oysters are safe to eat. The grant will fund a three-year study to determine whether an oyster farm's geographic location, handling practices and choice of equipment affect bacteria levels in farm-raised oysters.
DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - A cemetery damaged by the 2016 flooding in southwestern Louisiana is finally reopening. The Plainview Cemetery in Denham Springs reopened Monday. The Advocate newspaper reports that 74 cemeteries were damaged during the August 2016 flooding. The Plainview Cemetery, which sits a little less than half a mile from the Amite River, was one of the most severely damaged. The bloated river flooded the cemetery and carried off burial vaults.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - McNeese State University has named a new chief of police to oversee campus security. The university, in a news release, says William Scheufens replaces Robert Spinks, who retired in May. Scheufens has 36 years of law enforcement experience, having worked more than 30 years in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. He most recently served as director of security for Lake Charles Memorial Health Systems.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's education superintendent says salaries for public school teachers need to be raised. State Superintendent of Education John White made his comments Thursday on a local radio show. The Advocate reports that White noted teacher pay has slipped below the regional average after Louisiana reached that longtime target in 2007.
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