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NEW ORLEANS — The day before Fat Tuesday is almost as lively as Mardi Gras itself, with bands playing on the riverfront, the French Quarter alive with revelers and the make-believe-monarchs of Mardi Gras putting in a time-honored ceremonial appearance late in the day. And, oh yeah, there's that parade on Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) evening by the krewe associated with that Harry Connick fellow. By Chevel Johnson. UPCOMING: 450 words by about 3 p.m. With updates. With AP Photos
NEW ORLEANS — State officials say Louisiana paid $18,000 last year to tipsters who helped arrest 68 people accused of killing protected animals, poaching and other wildlife violations. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck says Louisiana Operation Game Thief reviewed 47 cases and gave rewards in 41 considered flagrant violations. He says four cases brought more than one tipster, so 48 people were paid. Last year's largest total reward — including $7,000 from other sources — was $8,000 to three tipsters who helped arrest a man later convicted of killing a threatened Louisiana black bear Nov. 27, 2012, in Avoyelles Parish. A $15,000 reward for information about whoever killed an endangered whooping crane in Red River Parish went unclaimed. Einck says Operation Game Thief doesn't keep require or track convictions. By Janet McConnaughey. UPCOMING: 400 words by about 11 a.m.
PINEVILLE — Joe Aguillard could soon receive a contract extension to remain at the private Baptist school in Pineville. Tommy French, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Louisiana college Board of Trustees, said the board began working on Agulliard's contract last week. French says the executive committee will meet again this month. If a contract extension is offered to Aguillard, French says it must be approved by the full board, which is scheduled to meet in April. French said he couldn't speak for the committee or the board, but he saw no reason Aguillard would not receive a new contract. Aguillard has been president at Louisiana College since Jan. 19, 2005. SENT: 365 words.
GIBSON — Gibson is getting a new library with more computers and parking space. Terrebonne Public Library officials say the library, which will face La. Highway 182 and be located behind Gibson Elementary School, could be built by next year. The Terrebonne School Board is partnering with the Library Board to use up to one acre of school property for the project. Library Director Mary LeBoeuf said the library will have about 2,500 square feet and cost about $700,000 to $800,000, which will be paid from local sales tax money designated for the public library system. The cost will cover construction and equipment such as tables, chairs, shelving and computers. SENT: 264 words.
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