A new energy center is coming to the research and technology park at the University of New Orleans. The goal is to develop clean energy technologies to fuel Louisiana’s industrial corridor. Marsanne Golsby has more.
Funds to assist homeowners and small businesses impacted by Hurricanes Laura and Delta have finally reached the state. Brooke Thorington has more.
State education officials will announce a new plan to help head off violence in Louisiana schools. More from Kevin Gallagher…:
The University of New Orleans announces a new energy center is coming to its research and technology park. UNO research and technology foundation president Rebecca Conwell says the school is using a $10 million dollar federal grant and five million dollars in state funds to be a catalyst in the growing renewable energy sector
A new suite of offices will be built at The Beach, UNO’s research and technology park that houses tenants from the government, nonprofits, and the private sector. Conwell says much of the research at The Beach will focus on green hydrogen. For example, using wind-generated electricity from turbines in the Gulf of Mexico.
Governor John Bel Edwards has set a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Conwell hopes the research at the New Energy Center will significantly contribute to that effort…
Conwell says the design phase of the center has yet to begin, but the research into solving long-term energy challenges is underway.
Louisiana residents on food stamps receive an increase in their monthly maximum benefits starting this month. Assistant Secretary for the Department of Children and Family Services Shavana Howard says a household of four that receives SNAP benefits will see their monthly maximum rise to 939-dollars, almost a hundred dollar increase
Howard says the federal government determines the cost of living adjustment….
Howard says gross and net monthly income limits for households are also increasing, because of inflation…
The state has signed a $600 Million HUD grant agreement for recovery from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development Pat Forbes says it means the state finally has the money to help those who were impacted by the two hurricanes in 2020.
Forbes says homeowners who had major or severe damage from Hurricanes Laura or Delta can fill out a survey to start the process.
And for those small businesses who were negatively impacted by the hurricanes, Forbes says there will be funding available also. He says they will be rolled out via non-profits and credit unions. And for renters in southwest Louisiana…
The survey for homeowners can be found at restore.la.gov or you can call 1-866-735-2001 for application assistance.
The state Department of Education will announce today a new initiative to help make schools safer. Education Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley says they will announce the plan later this morning, along with representatives of Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans…:
The idea is to implement a program within schools that – like Crimestoppers – would let students inform officials of possible violence while remaining anonymous. Brumley says too many kids are reluctant to come forward for fear they’ll be branded a “rat”…:
Brumley says the details will be revealed during an 11 a.m. online press conference. He says the Department of Education will encourage school systems across the state to embrace the program, which can help stop acts of school violence before it happens…:
Brumley says the safety of students is the primary concern.